Sick of staying at home? Then treat yourself with a vacation to the Himalayan state of Sikkim. A mystical land sandwiched between Bhutan, Nepal and Tibet, Sikkim is the go-to destination for anyone looking for a peaceful getaway.
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And now that COVID has taken a back seat, the state government has ruled out all the restrictions that were imposed earlier. Markets, shops & commercial establishments are allowed to function as normal. There are no restrictions on social, political, religious and sports-related gatherings. Also, domestic passengers travelling to Sikkim via Pakyong Airport don’t need to carry an RT-PCR report anymore.
See the official tweet here:
Sikkim lifts COVID-19 induced restrictions
"Markets, shops & commercial establishments shall function as normal. All educational institutions shall function as per guidelines. No restrictions on social, political, religious & sports related gatherings, "reads the order pic.twitter.com/qNANNuDa7Y
— ANI (@ANI) February 11, 2022
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A bewitching paradise nestled in the Himalayas, Sikkim is a land of colourful peaks, snow-clad mountains and frozen lakes. Being so close to Tibet, this place is a confluence of Indian and Tibetan culture. Along with the pleasant views, one is sure to be impressed by the hospitality of the people here.
Things to Do in Sikkim
Take a Gondola Ride in Gangtok
When in Sikkim, you must take a Gondola ride to appreciate the beauty of the entire valley. This kilometre-long ride will allow you to witness everything from the busy streets of Gangtok to the snow-covered peaks of Kanchenjunga.
Trek to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp
If adventurous is how you describe yourself, the trek to Kanchenjunga Base Camp is made for you. It’s a challenging journey, and that is exactly what adds to the thrill. It’s a 90-kilometre trek that takes about ten days to complete. And, once you are there, the magnificent views will make your efforts seem worth it.
Explore the picturesque lakes
Sikkim is heaven for nature lovers. It is a land of beautiful lakes, many of which are sacred. These lakes are surrounded by the mighty mountains, offering a breathtaking view when covered in snow. When in the state, you have to visit Tsomgo Lake, Menmecho Lake and Gurudongmar Lake. Also, you can ride a yak at Tsomgo Lake.
Raft in the Teesta River
This one’s for the thrill-seekers. Famous for its rapids and roaring water currents, the Teesta River offers one of the best rafting experiences all over the country. You can also indulge in kayaking here or camp on the banks of the river overnight. Dikchu Bridge is another major attraction on Teesta.
Revel in the beauty of monasteries
A relaxing getaway to Sikkim is incomplete without appreciating the picturesque monasteries. The monks here will help you learn about the culture and history of these places. You can offer prayers at the Enchey and Rumtek monasteries in Gangtok, as well as the Pemayangtse Gompa situated in Pelling.
Behold the stunning Yumthang Valley of Flowers
One of the most Instagrammable spots in Sikkim, the Yumthang Valley of Flowers will surely captivate you. No matter what season you visit, the valley is always covered in seasonal flowers. It is known for the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. You can also take a dip in the hot spring in Yumthang.
Places to Stay
Other than the gorgeous views and exciting activities, a pleasant stay is what makes a trip successful. To help you have a fulfilling trip, here are five hotels/resorts you can stay on your trip to Sikkim:
Located in the forested area of Gangtok, the Saramsa Resort is a quaint hotel with exquisite interiors and exteriors. The place is just 5 km away from the centre of Gangtok, so you don’t have to travel much to get to the city. The property has an indoor play area and entertainment arena.
Top safety measures: Regular cleaning and disinfection of rooms, contactless check-in/check-out, face masks available, access to healthcare professionals
Situated in north Sikkim, Zhiwa Ling Retreat is every traveller’s dream. This place is surrounded by mountains, so you wake everying morning to breathtaking views. It is just 1.7 km away from the Lachung centre. Pets are allowed on this property.
Top safety measures: Physical distancing protocols followed, removal of shared printed menus, regular cleaning of rooms, contactless check-in/check-out
Surrounded by the Himalayan forests, Chalet Orchid Eco Retreat is located in Gangtok. It is closer to many tourist attractions in the city, including Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok View Point and Enchey Monastery. You can also avail the Barbeque facilities at this property.
Top safety measures: Access to healthcare professionals, contactless check-in/check-out, regular cleaning of rooms, hand sanitizers available in all rooms
A charming property with a backdrop of misty mountains, Le Coxy Resort is situated in the heart of Lachung. This hotel offers rooms with views of the mountain, city and the garden. There’s also an outside fireplace, picnic area and terrace area for a casual gathering with family and friends.
Top safety measures: Contactless check-in/check-out, regular cleaning and disinfecting of room, face masks for guests available, health checkup for guests
Featuring an in-house spa and wellness centre, the Summit Golden Crescent Resort offers a relaxing and rejuvenating experience to its guests. Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, and Rumtek Monastery are all within 8 kilometres of the property. It also has an indoor play area for entertainment activities.
Top safety measures: Screens or physical barriers placed between staff and guests, access to health care professionals, regular cleaning and sanitization, physical distancing rules followed.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags now. Happy travelling 😀
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