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Sikkim

Sikkim : Small But Beautiful

Sikkim, the landlocked state of India, is the antidote that can soothe your strenuous nerves with its fresh air, forested mountain valleys and long stretches of snow-clad mountain peaks. One of the best holiday destinations in North East India, Sikkim encompasses some of the best treks of the country where the strains of walking on the arduous mountain trails are seized by the vistas of adjacent forest. Where clouds play hide and seek with the beautiful silver-fir trees, and cherry red Rhododendron willingly gets united with snow white Magnolia to adorn the walking trails. Detached from the complexities of metro life, people of this Himalayan state are simple, slightly shy and behave in a charming manner.

Trekking in Goecha La Trek

Trekking in Goecha La Trek

Enclosed by majestic mountain ranges of the Himalaya from all sides, Sikkim, the wonderland of North-East India, brings brilliant opportunity of testing the strength of your legs. Each trek stands different from the next and even the novice trekker can walk on some of them with minimum precaution. For guaranteed fun of trekking in Sikkim the trail of Goecha La is unbeatable. Described as a tranquil high altitude trek in the Himalaya, Goecha La reaches ranges from easy to moderate and brings opportunity of walking through the awe-inspiring Tshoka Rhododendron forests and the vast Dzongri and Thangsing meadows.

River rafting on the Teesta

The lifeline of the Indian state of Sikkim, Teesta beautifies the natural panorama of the state. One of the best spots to try adventure activities in Sikkim, the river presents some great rapids that can be tamed only by the avid rafters with adequate experience. Those thrill seeking souls who love to navigate through wild rapids can satiate their thirst impeccably. Meandering down the rough and rugged rapids of this mountain river, the rafters can get enough tides to get an adrenaline rush. The rapids in Teesta range between grade 2 and 4 where the rapids between 2 and 3 let the beginners to try their hands at. The riverbank is dotted with green patches of paddy field, deep green forests, small villages and scattered white sandy beaches where setting a camp will work like icing on the cake.

River Rafting On The Teesta
River Rafting On The Teesta

River rafting on the Teesta

The lifeline of the Indian state of Sikkim, Teesta beautifies the natural panorama of the state. One of the best spots to try adventure activities in Sikkim, the river presents some great rapids that can be tamed only by the avid rafters with adequate experience. Those thrill seeking souls who love to navigate through wild rapids can satiate their thirst impeccably. Meandering down the rough and rugged rapids of this mountain river, the rafters can get enough tides to get an adrenaline rush. The rapids in Teesta range between grade 2 and 4 where the rapids between 2 and 3 let the beginners to try their hands at. The riverbank is dotted with green patches of paddy field, deep green forests, small villages and scattered white sandy beaches where setting a camp will work like icing on the cake.

Cable Car Ride in Gangtok

Cable Car Ride in Gangtok

One of the top things to do in Sikkim, cable car ride in Gangtok brings opportunity of witnessing the stunning views of the picturesque Gangtok town from the highest point of the city compelling one to visit the town the second time. The ride covers a distance of one km in just seven minutes and allows one to enjoy a bird eye view of the busy city engaged in mundane tasks. There are three terminal stations for this ropeway ride with its lower station at Deorali Market, the intermediate terminal at Nam Nang, and upper terminal station is at Tashiling. Every day the ride runs between 8 am to 4. 30 pm and one can join the ride from any of the three stations.

Rumtek Monastery

If you are looking forward to sightseeing in Sikkim and confused about what to see in Sikkim, start your trip from Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok. This picturesque monastery depicts typical Buddhist architectural style and impresses the first timers magnetically. The monastery is also known as the Dharma Chakra Centre and claimed to be one of the largest monasteries in Sikkim. The most impressive element of this shrine is the Golden Stupa that contains relics of the sixteenth Karmapa. Other than the main temple, the monastery complex encloses monk quarters, a monastic college, nunnery and several related accommodations. However, monasteries like old Sanga-Choeling monastey ( only accessible on foot from Pelling ), Pemyangtse ( near Pelling in West Sikkim ), the Enchey monastery ( in Gangtok ), Karma Kagyu monastery ( in Phodong in North Sikkim ) also are popular tourist attractions in Sikkim.

Rumtek Monastery
Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

If you are looking forward to sightseeing in Sikkim and confused about what to see in Sikkim, start your trip from Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok. This picturesque monastery depicts typical Buddhist architectural style and impresses the first timers magnetically. The monastery is also known as the Dharma Chakra Centre and claimed to be one of the largest monasteries in Sikkim. The most impressive element of this shrine is the Golden Stupa that contains relics of the sixteenth Karmapa. Other than the main temple, the monastery complex encloses monk quarters, a monastic college, nunnery and several related accommodations. However, monasteries like old Sanga-Choeling monastey ( only accessible on foot from Pelling ), Pemyangtse ( near Pelling in West Sikkim ), the Enchey monastery ( in Gangtok ), Karma Kagyu monastery ( in Phodong in North Sikkim ) also are popular tourist attractions in Sikkim.

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