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Travelogged#23 Visit Sikkim for the Enchanting Views And Experience An Unbeatable Adventure

By Arushi Bhalla

Updated - Oct. 25, 2019 5 min read

It is impossible to resist yourself from the magnetizing beauty of Sikkim. It is not only famous for its natural beauty - colourful valleys, misty hills, semi-frozen lakes, stunning Buddhist shrines and much more. This place will hook you with its adventure sports like river rafting, mountain climbing, trekking, the list is endless. No wonder Sikkim is included in everyone's travel wishlist. We have curated a list of places to visit in Sikkim.  

 

Things To Do In Sikkim

Goecha La Trek

Are you a Trekker? Every trekker should have the Goecha La trek in their trek bucket list because this is one of the most thrilling and adventurous treks of all times. The Goecha La Trek takes 10 days to be completed and it’s only moderately challenging. It’s perfect for all the trekkers because the Goecha La Trek is more rewarding than demanding. The view from the end of trek which is at the height of 4940 feet, the sight of Kanchenjunga will completely catch you off guard and all the challenge you faced during the trek will feel worth it!

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Rafting In Teesta River

Want to feel the ultimate adrenaline rush? Rafting in Teesta river is what will bestow you with the ultimate thrill and adrenaline rush. The great rapids of this wildly gushing river are can be tamed only by the most experienced and crazy of rafters. You will experience some serious FOMO if you miss out on rafting in Teesta River. Unleash your inner adventure junkie!

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Paragliding In Gangtok

Just imagine jumping off from the peak of a mountain and flying in the air like a bird. Turn your imagination into reality by experiencing paragliding in Gangtok. You can visit Pangthang, Bojoghari village, or Tashi View Point to find a paragliding service. You can rent the necessary equipment from them and let yourself glide over the green forests and wild rivers of Sikkim. You will have one of the best experiences of your life. This is one of the adventurous things to do in Sikkim.

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Sikkim Dzongri Trek

Yet another amazing trek, this enchanting trek takes a few days approximately 11-day tour of Sikkim. The journey further occupies you with the ethnicity of the local culture making the Dzongri Trek, which is one of the easy to moderate treks in the Sikkim Himalayan region, a frame of scenic beauty, wilderness and culture. The altitude of  Dzongri Trek is 4020 mts / 13185 ft. This is one of the major most visited Sikkim tourist places among trekkers. 

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Don't Miss Out On The Cable Car Ride

The cable car ride is one of the major attractions in Sikkim. You can relish this car ride with family and friends. This ropeway of about 1 km long has three entry points or stops. The lowest point is at Deorali market and the highest point is at Tashiling ( below the state secretariat ). The ticket fee for adult is Rs 50 and Rs 30 for kids below 6 years. 

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Places To Visit In Sikkim 

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim and located at an altitude of 12,310 feet. The name Tsomgo means 'Source of water'. Tsomgo lake which is located just 38 km away from the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok, is among the most popular tourist places in Sikkim. The lake seems different in different time of season like from Jan - March; the lake and the surrounding hills are in a frozen state, from April - May; one can visit the Rhododendrons and Orchids, whereas from Oct-Dec offers the pleasant atmosphere with best views of the hills. Tsomgo Lake has the most mesmerizing view ever! 

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Yuksom

If there is any place on earth where one can see "heaven," then it has to be Yuksom. Formally referred to as the 'Gateway to Kangchendzongha', Yuksom is all about majestic snow peaked mountains, monasteries, etc. Apart from the religious importance, the town also has numerous lakes and monasteries to visit. With lush green surroundings, an tons of monasteries, spellbinding waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, it does not disappoint a non-trekker as well. This is the most offbeat places in Sikkim. 

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Ravangla

If you are in a dilemma about visiting this place then we would like you to inform you that what makes Ravangla unique from other destinations in Sikkim is the Bonn Monastery, Ralang Monastery, the old yet historical market of Kewzing, along with mysterious small caves. Not only this, this place is a paradise for every nature lover because of it is furrowed by dense forests and outstandingly balanced on a ridge superintending an extensive swish of western Sikkim, Ravangla assures one of the most beautiful mountain views. It is a popular tourist place in Sikkim and draws many nature lovers every year. This is one of the most visited tourist places in Sikkim.

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Yumthang Valley 

A visit to Yumthang Valleys is truly a colourful affair! It is located at an elevation of 3,500m, this scenic valley is the home to several exotic, rare and wildflowers. Yumthang Valley is closed to tourists between December and March due to the heavy snowfall in the region. A few hot springs are situated in Yumthang Valley, which is often visited by tourists as they are believed to have miraculous healing power. This is among the offbeat places to visit in Sikkim!

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Gangtok

Extremely alluring, pleasantly boisterous and wreathed in clouds - Gangtok, the capital city of the Sikkim can also give you a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The folks here are known to have a keen sense of style and have a totally refreshing way of wearing the most casual outfits. Gangtok also has a very folksy and indie live-music sentiment. This is one of the must-visit places in Sikkim. 

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FAQ

Q. What is the best time to visit Sikkim?

A. The best time to visit Sikkim is either between March and May or October and mid-December.

 

Q. What are some of the adventure sports in Sikkim?

A. These are some of the adventure sports in Sikkim - River Rafting, Mountain biking, Mountaineering, Yak Safari, Paragliding.

 

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