Sikkim is kenned for picturesque grasslands, archaic places, rich greenery, rolling hills, overlooking snow-covered mountains, majestic temples as well as pictorial lakes. Giving a range of fun activities like rafting, skiing, bird watching, yoga, camping as well as wildlife tours, Sikkim welcomes people from all walks of life! It is indeed a land of celestial beauty offering an excellent experience to one and all.
Here are Sikkim's ten best winter destinations. Have a look!
Nestled between the two cities Gangtok and Pelling, Ravangla features a 130-foot-high golden buddha statuette, making it a prominent tourist place for Buddhist adherents. Also, there are several monasteries where you can hear the monks intoning their prayers. On the way to Ravangla, stop at Namchi, to visit the Temi Tea Garden for special authentic tea and scenic views.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, blesses you with a picturesque view of Kanchenjunga's towering snow-clad peak, as soon as you enter its vicinity. Gangtok is noticeably one of the cleanest cities in India, and it is sure to give you a foreign vibe. Besides its alluring vibe, Gangtok is home to Kyongnsola Waterfall, Banjhakri Falls, Energy Park, and Enchey Monastery. Also, you can enjoy your time by partaking in yak rides and paragliding.
Located at the foothills of Kanchenjunga, this small town offers the best views of Kanchenjunga during sunrise from the ridge; like no other viewpoint in Sikkim. Even though this town is less-visited, one must explore this untouched hamlet to witness the unveiled views of the third tallest mountain in the world. Also, you can visit a few monasteries for pleasant solitude and spiritual enchantment. Other attractions include Kanchenjunga Waterfall, Rabdentse Palace Ruins, Rimbi Waterfall, Singshore Bridge, Changey Waterfall, and Sewaro Rock Garden.
4. Nathula Pass
Situated at an altitude of 4310 m, Nathula Pass acts as an active gateway to Tibet from India. You can partake in yak rides, explore natural bounties like Tsomgo lake and Mandakini waterfall or visit the local monastery for spiritual enlightenment.
5. Teesta River
If your definition of a vacation is fun and adventure, then Teesta river is the apt place for you! Teesta River is known for hosting white water river rafting, and many adrenaline-junkies partake in these thrilling rapids to quench their adventure-thirst. However, water rafting is only possible in summers, as the river gets frozen during the winters. There are many places alongside Teesta River for overnight camping, for people who like to spend a day or two in this natural bounty. It is a perfect place to sit back, relax and rejuvenate!
Lachung is a stunning mountain hamlet - abode to countless apple orchards and 19th-century Lachung Monasteries. The top attraction of Lachung is the Yumthang Valley (Valley of Flowers). This valley is famous for its treasure of waterfalls, blooming flowers, hot springs, rivers, dense forests of pine and silver fir, and verdant meadow pastures walled by the extraordinary Himalayan mountains. It is also home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, boasting diverse flora and fauna. Valley of flowers is a heaven on earth and skipping this place would result in a heartfelt regret.
7. Gurudongmar Lake
Situated at an elevation of 4450 m, Gurudongmar Lake is far-famed to be one of the highest lakes in the world. Besides its obvious awe-inspiring picturesque beauty, Gurudongmar lake is also known for its religious significance; as the water of this lake is believed to possess medicinal capabilities and healing powers. Also, this lake provides you with a stunning view of Kanchenjunga that you'd cherish.
8. Tsomgo Lake/ Changu Lake
Besides attracting tens of thousands of people for its glacial natural beauty, it is also a perfect viewpoint that offers a panoramic blend of exquisite flowers, azure sky, towering snow-clad mountains and exotic yaks. Located in East Sikkim,Tsomgo Lakea.k.a Changu Lake is one of the popular tourist destinations in India.
Located in West Sikkim, Yuksom is a traditional town which is abode to monasteries such as Dubdi Monastery, Kathok Wodsalin Monastery; National Park like Norbugang Park and an ancient royal palace called Tashi Tenka. Besides man-made wonders, Yuksom is also an excellent place for trekking as it offers some of the best hills where you can spend some time in pleasant solitude amid the bounteous lap of mother nature!
Secluded amid the towering mountain ranges, Lachen is a small town that flourishes with natural beauty, which is untouched, spotless and worth praising. The major attractions here are Thangu Valley, Tso Lhamo Lake, and Gurudongmar Lake.