Sikkim draws vacationists from across the world, and tourists and travellers visit this natural haven for a variety of reasons. Many are enticed by the call of the mountains and seeking to trek in the Himalayas, some are fascinated by the culture and the famous city of Gangtok, and others visit Sikkim hoping to become one with nature. A visit to Sikkim can be a cultural eye-opener, adrenaline adventure, or even a life-changing vacation, depending on the itinerary and mindset of the traveller.
Here are a few best places to visit in summer in Sikkim.
Tsomgo Lake is located on the way to Nathula Pass, about 40 Km away from Gangtok. At an altitude of approx 12,000 ft above the sea level, it is one of the most visited summer destinations in Sikkim. In the Bhutia (Sikkimese) language, the word 'Tsomgo' means the ‘Source of the Lake'. The Lake is oval in shape, stretches about a km long with an average depth of 50 ft.
It is one of the popular summer attractions in Sikkim. Nathula Pass is a trade route which connects Sikkim with Tibet. It is situated just 56 km away from Gangtok and passes through Tsomgo Lake. Nathula Pass is located at an altitude of 4,200 m and Gangtok to Nathula Pass is one of the highest and challenging motorable roads in India. Also, you can find the highest ATM accessible in the world.
Gurudongmar Lake is encircled by snow-clad mountains, is a serene lake and an important summer destination of North Sikkim. It is situated at an altitude of 5500 m and is at a distance of 173 km from the Sikkim's capital, Gangtok. You can witness the glittering view of the frozen lake during summer.
One of the most well-maintained parks in South Sikkim, Buddha Park is a most sought after summer attraction in Ravangla. Built-in the year 2006, Buddha park is a government venture to promote tourism in Sikkim. The main attraction in this park is the 130 ft high statue of the Lord Buddha, that was erected here to commemorate the 2550th birth anniversary of the Lord Gautam Buddha. This recreational park is also known as 'Tathagata Tsal,' among the locals. Since Ravnagla is home to a Buddhist circuit, this summer destination also has a great spiritual significance.
Situated at a distance of 2 km from Pelling, Pemayangtse monastery is a famous Buddhist monastery. It was built by Lama Lhatsum Chempo in 1705. Far-famed as the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, this three-storied building is a heavenly place circled by magnificent Himalayan ranges of snow-capped mountains. Besides the beautiful collection of Buddhist idols, sculptures, scriptures, carvings and paintings, there is also a very beautiful scenic garden well maintained by the monks in its vicinity. Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim in summer.
Kecheopalri Lake is a sacred pilgrimage site in Pelling and scenic destination for nature lovers and shutterbugs. Believed to be a wish-fulfilling lake, this summer destination in Sikkim is heaven for tourists and travellers. The appearance of the lake looks like a footprint if observed from the top. Many interesting legends revolve around the birth and history of the lake. Emerging to be a famous summer attraction in Sikkim, Kecheopalri Lake is visited by tourists and travellers from all around the world.
Located about 24 km away from Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery it is the most visited summer spot after Tsomgo Lake. It is an acting Buddhist headquarters in India. The 16th Karmapa, Gyalwa Karmapa built the monastery in the year 1960, who settled in Sikkim in the late fifties. Apart from the monastery, there is also Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies nearby.