Whether Sikkim was there is your travel wish-list or not, this is the right time to explore and venture out in Sikkim. The Sikkim Winter Carnival is a festival that attracts travellers from around the world to this wonderful state that's all colourful during the season. The carnival takes place from December 22nd to 24th.
Specialities of the Carnival
Aren't you curious to know what's this carnival all about? Well, you can indulge in the variety of cuisines that would tickle your tastebuds and you're sure to ask for more of them. These delicacies are displayed at the Kanchendzonga Shopping Complex. The authentic tribal cuisine that comes from various tribes in Sikkim is nothing to be missed if you're at Sikkim, and this is the best time for the same.
Apart from the varied dishes they offer, the shopping complex also would be full with different handicraft items made by the tribal communities and there is a colourful and fresh display of the floriculture and horticulture produces too.
Photo Exhibition at the Carnival
The Photo Exhibition conducted at the Star Cinema Hall is yet another eye-catcher of the event. The photographs of some of the film locations in Sikkim and other tourist spots are displayed here along with butter sculptures and other displayed items that are worth a sight!
Apart from these, Sikkim boasts of something more which you shouldn't miss out on your trip. Let's have a look.
Sikkim is known for the Buddhist monasteries as the state is a major place where the Buddhist monks from Tibet reside in India. The Rumtek monastery is the most popular of all the monasteries found in Sikkim and one must definitely visit this place during a trip to the state.
A Trek to Goecha La
Do you want to get the best view of the Kanchenjunga Peak, the third largest peak of the world? Here's a chance! If you're adventurous enough and has the energy levels for a trek, this high-altitude trek is going to be a memory forever to view the snow capped Kanchenjunga Peak at its best!
Exploration of North Sikkim
The beautiful valleys in the Northern part of Sikkim are worth visiting this winter. The area are often hit by earthquakes, which means the trails are a bit tricky, though you can take a sturdy drive through the territory. Yumthang and Lachen are the two touristy spots you can visit during the trip.
Tea Gardens in Sikkim
After having reached Sikkim for the Winter Carnival, it would be a loss if you don't pay a visit to Temi Tea Gardens here. The aromatic fresh tea available here will refresh you instantly, and the sight of the picturesque green hills will add up to your amazement.
Tsongmo or Changu Lake
About 40 km away from Gangtok, the Tsongmo Lake is one of the best attractions of Sikkim. This glacier water body is on the way to Nathu la Pass in Sikkim. It is interesting to know that that the Chinese border crossing is just 5 km from this location.
Rowing on the River Teesta!
It's time for fun in the water! Yes, whether you are an amateur at water sports or an experienced person, River Teesta has options for you as the flow of water is calm at certain levels and fierce at the others. River rafting and kayaking are commonly done here.
Learn more of Rural Sikkim
You can find hotels and resorts in any part of the country, but the rural life is something to be experienced in only a few places in India. When you're here to attend the Sikkim Winter Carnival, you can stay in the homestays at remote corners of Sikkim and dwell in the cosy ambience. You can feel pampered by the rich hospitality of the hosts too!
The Blooming Rhododendrons!
The beautiful blooms of rhododendrons are another sight that you could marvel while in Sikkim. The Shingba Rhoodendron Santuary has varieties of rhododendrons to steal your attention!