Travel Guide of Sikkim- For Planning to Visit Sikkim
Travel guide of sikkim , The state of Sikkim, nestled in the North Eastern part of India, isn’t exactly on the tourist radar. But it should be. The state has so much to offer to visitors. You will fall short of words to describe its natural beauty. Towns such as Gangtok and Pelling have some gorgeous hotels and sights that ensure a memorable holiday.
But the lack of infrastructure, especially in areas such as North Sikkim, make the journey challenging. If that makes you apprehensive, skip North Sikkim and visit just Gangtok and Pelling on your trip to Sikkim or choose a trip to Ladakh, India instead (similar panoramas, better infrastructure). However if you’re an adventurer at heart, then here’s our itinerary that covers most of Sikkim for you:
Wreathed in clouds, Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, it is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities.
Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town which offers the tourist all possible amenities. Hotels are available in a range of prices along with a variety of eateries serving cuisine for all tastes. Shopping complexes, cyber cafes, night clubs and pool parlours abound for those so inclined.
MG Marg, the main street of Gangtok town is a great place to chill out. The countrys first litter and spit free zone, no vehicular traffic is allowed into the marg. You can sit at the Titanic Park or at the various benches stretched across the mall and take in the carnival like atmosphere, especially during the tourist season. The Mall is lined with shops on both sides of the road so shopping becomes an added pleasure.
MG Marg is also the venue for the annual Gangtok Food and Culture festival held in December each year when Sikkims multi-cultural cuisine, along with music and dance performances are showcased. This event attracts a large number of locals and tourists each year.
The picturesque mountain village of Lachung is embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards. Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu [river] which divides the village in two, Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches and apricots. But despite throwing its doors open to tourists Lachung still retains its distinctive culture and tradition, including the unique system of self governance called the Dzumsa.
The valley is also home to one of the most beautiful rhododendron sanctuaries in Sikkim, the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which houses more than forty species of the rhododendron. Other high altitude flora and fauna are the highlights of the sanctuary. Lachung is perfect for an overnight halt before you visit the spectacular Yumthang valley. Set at an elevation of 3575 meters above sea level, the Yumthang Valley is Sikkim’s undisputed natural paradise that is easily accessible via road. The hot springs and the valley of flowers is worth a visit for travelers making a trip to Lachung.
Lachen is a beautiful small town with houses on both side of the road. This village is full with tourist lodges and basic facility like electricity, BSNL mobile signal is available. This village at a height of 9500 ft ( 2624 meters ) is the entry point for Guru Dongmar lake. This village has DZUMSA ( local self governance ) and inside the village there are boards asking not to through garbage to drains, by orders Pipon ( The head of DZUMSA ). Villages offer puja early morning and this is a traditional village of north Sikkim.
Tourist arrive here directly from Gangtok or from Lachung. Tourist arrive in evening here and stay in night. Early morning at 5 AM they start there journey for Guru Dongmar Lake and return here for lunch. After lunch they start returning to Gangtok or Lachunga.