10 Reasons Why Sikkim Is A “Must-Visit” For Your Next Vacation Time
Planning a trip? If you are looking to immerse yourself in nature, ancient Buddhist culture and stunning picturesque mountains but still want to be entertained with casinos, partake of mouth – watering food, party away the chill, get your adrenaline going with adventure sports then Sikkim is your choice.These are 10 reasons to convince you that now is the perfect time to visit this ‘Playground In The Clouds’ some reasons will be what you would expect but some may surprise you:
1. Every season is a good season to visit Sikkim
Bordered by Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, Sikkim is part of the mystical eastern Himalayas featuring beautiful landscape, including the “Kanchenjunga” the highest peak in India and the third highest in the world.
Sikkim’s natural portfolios includes a variety of flora with thousands of wildflower varieties,alpine meadows and breathtaking glaciers which without a doubt makes Sikkim an enchanting state. What makes it truly special is that every season is a good time to visit; any time of the year.
Winter in Sikkim starts in November and ends in March,you will love the clear skies, icy- cold weather with snowy mountain peaks and frozen lakes. Frosty beauty at its best.
Cool Summer Break
Looking to take a break from the heat? If so, head for Sikkim this summer. In April and May, the snow thaws while the frozen rivers and lakes flow once again. This is when nature bursts with pride and decorates Sikkim with full-blooming flowers from Azaleas,Orchids and Rhododendrons. Plus, summer is festival time in Sikkim.
Romantic Rainy Season
Everybody loves the monsoons and there is no place more romantic than Sikkim monsoons which arrives in May and ends in the first week of October. Foggy mountains and forests, waterfalls in full force, speedy clouds, thunderstorm, lush green landscapes; perfect mood setting for couples looking to cosy up.
2. Finding peace within: Monasteries
Monasteries all across Sikkim gives it a divine aura to the place with its majestic and fine architecture,historically driving the cultural heritage and lifestyle of the Sikkimese people.
Sikkim houses over 200 Buddhist monasteries , some of the most popular being Rumtek, Tashiding, Enchey Gompa, Permayangtse and Phensang , most belonging to the Nyingma and Kagyu order.
The Most Liked Monasteries:
One of the largest and most well-known monasteries for its architecture, belongs to the Kagyu sect. It is a bit of a steep walk of half a kilometer from the gate to the monastery The monastery is located 23 km from Gangtok in Rumtek.
Means “The Devoted Central Glory”. Legend has it that Guru Padmasmbhava, the great Buddhist saint who consecrated Sikkim in the 8th century, shot an arrow in the air and meditated where the arrow landed, the site later became the home of Tashiding Monastery.
Located in Western Sikkim, on top of the hill rising between the Rathong Chu and the Rangeet River, the monastery has a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga.
The “Solitary Monastery” is where Guru Padmasambhava subdued the spirits of Khangchendzonga, Yabdean and Mahakala and it is believed that these powerful protecting deities reside here, protecting and granting the wishes of their devotes. The monastery is located on top of a hill above the Gangtok city on Nathula road.
“Perfect Sublime Lotus” is the second oldest monasteries and leads the other monasteries in the Nyingma order. “Pure monks” or “ta-tshang “ (monks of pure Tibetan lineage) reside
at Permayangtse monastery, who are celibate and without any physical abnormalities. Monks from this monastery are distinguished by their red hats and all are chosen from the Bhutias of Sikkim.
Permayangtse is the most known monastery in western Sikkim, located 2 km from Pelling.
Dubdi or Yuksom Monastery
“The Retreat”, the oldest monastery in Sikkim,closely linked to the founding of the state, is a monastery of the Nyingma sect of the Tibetan buddhism. Also known as the “Hermit’s Cell”, the monastery is an hour’s walk from Yuksom through a thick chestnut forest to reach the hilltop location.
3. Lose Yourself In the Right Direction, Explore Attractions & Tours
If you are looking to experience a deeper sense of tranquility and growth, take a trip or let the trip take you. Sikkim is the gateway of India’s northeastern corridor and not only does it boasts enchanting beauty but it also offers different stunning places to explore.
The Most Liked Places:
We recommend you to visit and explore the scenic beauty of Yuksom, Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Pelling (captivating Himalayan range) Lachung, Namchi.
Yuksom is a small charming village and hill station in the Western region of Sikkim, known for its natural beauty.
The village provides access to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga and the starting point of many scenic treks and tours.
The lake is visually ethereal and mythical at the same time. Legend has it that Buddhists would forecast the future from observing the lake, making this lake sacred for the Sikkimese.
The surrounding lush green areas and the color changing lake is a major attraction with tourists.
Located on the crossroads of the Indo-China border, Nathula Pass used to be connected with the old Silk road. Reopened in 2006, the Nathula Pass serves as one of the three open trading border posts between India and China.
A small hill town in the western part of Sikkim, located at a height of over 7,000, Pelling is where the Kanchenjunga range is directly visible. From exploring monasteries, ruins lakes and waterfalls, there is always something to do in Pelling.
Lachung “Small Mountain” is a town and hill station, located at an elevation of 9,600 feet in northeast Sikkim. Expect to see snow-covered Himalayan peaks, streams, waterfalls, apple, peaches and apricot orchards. Lachung is the preferred base from which to visit Yumthang Valley,Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary. Namchi : “Top of the sky”, 78 kilometers from Gangtok in the Southern District, Namchi offers a picturesque location from where you can observe the Khangchenzonga and the Rangit Valley. Nearby, the highest statue of Guru Padamasambhava is installed at Samdruptse, standing at 135 feet high.
The Most Reputed Attraction Tour Operators:
. Yak and Yeti Travels & Expeditions is a leading name in the industry of tourism in Sikkim
. Sikkim Peak Tours & Travel, a home-grown Sikkim trekking company
. Tsozum Tours, tours, treks Buddhist Circuits
4. Adventures Unlimited & Uplifting Adventure Sports
Sikkim is a perfect destination for people to search for adventure. The region has been blessed with an incredibly beautiful landscape that is ideal for all kinds of adventure activities. You can participate in a whole variety of activities ranging from mountain biking and enjoying best trekking trails, along with canoeing, kayaking, hang gliding,
mountaineering and river rafting.
The Most Reputed Adventure Tour Operators:
Backpackers Tours & Travels: specializes in trekking and adventure tours.
Sikkim Paragliding: offers the best paragliding pilots in India
Get Set Go : Specializes in all adventure sports and tours
5. Home In the Clouds: Diversified Hotel Experiences
There are a huge number of hotels in Sikkim, each offering unique features and facilities. The type of hotel you choose can define what sort of holiday you have.Sikkim’s hotel and stay choices range from luxury, boutique, budget, with scenic views, with spas, with casinos, convenient locations, cottages, apart hotels to hotels near attractions and many more.
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The Most Reputed Hotels
Ranks as one of the best hotels in Sikkim with luxury accommodation available in various categories from lavish villas to spacious family rooms.
Is a luxury resort in the outskirts of Gangtok city in Sikkim. Luxury in nature.
Norling Resort & Spa
Situated in the Rongey area that is 15 minutes drive away from MG road, nestled in the hills, the hotel is a sublime and enriching experience.
6. Food Peak, Culinary Upbeats: Wide Array Of Restaurant Choices
Sikkim has hundreds of restaurants to satisfy even the most ardent foodie’s tastebuds. Momos and thukpas are great but a big part of your holiday is a culinary experience that is mouthwatering and diverse. Fortunately, you will be spoiled for choices in Sikkim and a wide array of restaurant selections are available in terms of cuisines (both local and international), ambiance, entertainment, spectacular views and budget.
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The Most Reputed Restaurants:
The best of Italian, modern and cosy, located on MG Marg, Gangtok.
Taste of Tibet
Located on MG Road, the best momos and Tibetan cuisine
7. On top With Coffee & Tea: Cafes & Coffeeshops
There’s nothing like having a cup of hot coffee or tea with freshly baked pastries to take a break from your sightseeing or adventure tours in Sikkim for that ultimate hill station feel.
The Most Reputed Cafes:
Baker’s Cafe: One of the oldest and most popular cafe for coffee and snacks of cakes, pastries and patties. Located centrally in MG Marg, Gangtok.
Cafe Fiction: Cosy up with a book and a hot cup of coffee at Cafe Fiction. Located below Rachna Books, Jeewan Theeng Marg, Gangtok.
The Local Cafe : Known for its high quality baked products, flavoured with locally grown ingredients
8. Not Only Our Weather Is cool : Pubs & Bars
You can chill, drink, listen to music and socialise in some of the coolest pubs and bars in Sikkim.
Low taxes on alcohol in Sikkim means that you can have a good time in bars and pubs at affordable prices.
The Most Reputed Pubs & Bars:
Pub with a British style ambiance offerring an impressive liquor menu along with an amazing food menu.
Located on MG road, Gangtok.
Great place to chill and if you like karaoke then you are in luck! A balcony overlooking MG Marg if you just want to enjoy your drink in an outdoor feel.
A well decorated bar with an outside balcony space, Gangtok Groove provided live band entertainment on an awesome sound system and serves good food.
9. Groove Up : NightLife
If you thought Gangtok was a sleepy hill station town, then you would be amazed when you witness the capital city’s nightlife. Gangtok has a vibrant nightlife and there are several hotspots where all partyholics converge.
The Most Reputed Nightlife Venues:
Cafe Live & Loud
Known as a live music club, Cafe Live & Loud is the most popular hangout for live gigs, chilling out and dancing. Located on Tibet Road, Gangtok
If you are young or young at heart head to the most popular nightclub in Gangtok, X’cape, with its great dance floor and music. Located on Baluakhani Road, Sungava, Gangtok.
A nightclub best enjoyed with a group of friends for scintillating DJ music and extensive liquor menu.
Located on Paljor Stadium Road.
10. Where Players Win Higher: Casinos
Touted as the Las Vegas of India, Sikkim has an added edge as a Himalayan holiday destination with casinos.
Sikkim is India’s only state to have casinos and legalized gambling onshore or land-based as opposed to Goa’s
casinos which need to be off the cost on ships and in the sea.
The combination of cool mountain environment and casinos takes “high” to a new level!
The Most Reputed Casinos
Housed in the posh Mayfair hotel, think gambling, entertainment and glamorous ambiance and you will be on the right track. Located at Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino, Gangtok East Sikkim
Casino Deltin Denzong
Offering a gaming room with 169 gaming positions and a selection of live tables, the atmosphere at Casino Deltin Denzong is electric. Live table games include Blackjack, Baccarat, Indian Flush, Casino War and Money Wheel. Located at Hotel Denzong Regency, Gangtok
The first land based live casino in the country housed at the Royal Plaza, a luxury hotel located above a river valley with a picturesque view of paddy fields and snow capped mountains. Gaming includes Roulette,
Baccarat, Flush, Blackjack and electronic slot machine. Located at The Royal Plaza, Gangtok With so many compelling reasons to visit, go ahead and book your trip to your ‘Playground in the clouds’ Sikkim now, you will want to return for more!
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