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Pritha Manchanda Aug 27 2014

Which are the best things to do in Sikkim?

Anupriya Bedi Aug 27 2014
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Check out the 15 best things to do in Sikkim. From the spectacular views of the peak of the Khangchendzonga to taking a ride on a friendly yak at a height of 3780 m above sea level, Sikkim offers an amazing array of things to do and see. Escape from your hectic routine and visit Sikkim. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, drink some Temi tea or simply meditate at one of the many monasteries in this beautiful state

Prayer flags at a sky-high altitude in Sikkim (Prateeb Kumbhashi)

1. Visit Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world at 5210 m above sea level and is the second highest in India. The picturesque lake surrounded by milky-white snow-covered peaks is located in the northernmost part of Sikkim, close to the Indo-China border.

Gurudongmar Lake (by Soumyajit Proumanik)

2. Take a drive through the Yumthang Valley

Explore the unmatched beauty of the Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley (by Joginder Pathak)

3. Take a joyride on yaks at Tsongmo Lake

Tsongmo Lake at 3780 m above sea level is a picturesque lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains and is one of the major tourist attractions in Sikkim. Get clicked while seated on the flamboyantly adorned yaks and enjoy some hot piping tea and momos at the lakeside stalls.

Yaks at the lakeside of Tsongmo Lake (by Oldandsolo)

4.Trek to Goecha La

Head to Goecha La, a mountain pass at a whopping height of 4940 m above sea level for the best trekking experience in Sikkim. The trek offers magnificent and unmatched views of Mt. Khangchendzonga (8586 m), the world’s third-highest peak. It is also a base camp for people who want to climb to this peak.

Trekkers at a sky-high height at Goecha La (by Rajkumar 1220)

Goecha La with spectacular view of Mt. Khangchendzonga (by AndEggs)

6. Rumtek Monastery--A perfect travel postcard from Sikkim

Sikkim is home to some of the oldest monasteries in India and the Rumtek Monastery is one of the most famous and largest monasteries in Sikkim. It’s home to the official seat of the Karmapa Lama. The monastery is visited by thousands of tourists as well as locals during the Mahakala Dance Festival in February.

Rumtek Monastery (by Vikramjit Kakati)

Close up of Rumtek Monastery (by Indrajit Das)

7.Light a butter lamp

If you’re visiting any one of the monasteries in Sikkim, don’t forget to light a butter lamp for peace, love and prosperity.

Butter lamps (by Kurund)

8. Rafting on the Teesta River

Rafting on the Teesta in Sikkim is ideal for experienced rafters. At the place where the Teesta meets the ferocious Rangit River is a rafting stretch that has multi-dimensional rapids guaranteed to give you the perfect adrenaline rush.

Teesta River (by Kg.abhi)

9. Go gambling

Mahjong Casino at Mayfair Spa, Resort & Casino, Gangtok, is India’s very first 5-star on-shore live gaming casino. The casino has 15 live gaming tables, separate poker rooms and VIP sections for serious players.

Photo of Mahjong Casino (from the official website)

10. Sip on Sikkim’s special teas

Sip aromatic, amber-coloured Temi tea while you take in the panoramic views of the picturesque Temi tea estate in Sikkim

Temi Tea Gardens (by Kg.abhi)

Or, enjoy a cup of hot yak butter tea. This delicious concoction is made of yak butter, tea leaves and salt.

Butter Tea (by Yosomono)

11. Indulge in Sikkimese cuisine

Your trip to Sikkim is incomplete without indulging in a plate of hot steamed momos from a roadside stall or having a bowl of thukpa.

Chicken Momos (by Ssstrieu)

Egg Thukpa (by Sharda Prasad)

12. Visit Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim serves as the trade link between India and China. The Nathula Pass is marked by entrance gates of both countries (India and China) and military bunkers on both sides of the gates.

The road to Nathu La with spectacular scenic views (by Rajkumar 1220)

Nathu La pass with both Indian and China flags (by Shayon Ghosh)

13. Go shopping on MG Road, Gangtok

MG Road is the main shopping area in Gangtok and is usually bustling with tourists and locals. One of the unique things to buy here are traditional Sikkimese cups that usually have lids. Kandoika is one of the best store to buy these cups. Plus, you can also use the opportunity to savor the authentic cuisines at the local restaurants in Gangtok.

M G road during Christmas (by Wikimedia)

Sikkimese Tea Cups with a lid (by Brad Lawson Photography)

14. Spin the 108 prayer wheels at the Lingdum Monastery

Lingdum Monastery is a majestic monastery in Gangtok and has a grand line of 108 prayer wheels close to the entrance. One can also witness the famous Lama dance here just before the Tibetan new year.

108 Prayer Wheels at Lingdum Monastery (by Carol Mitchell)

Lingdum Monastery's courtyard (by appaji)

15. Smell the rhododendrons and orchids

Between March to May, Sikkim is a riot of colours with hundreds of different coloured rhododendrons and orchids in full bloom.

Rhododendrons flower (by ptgbirdlover)

Close up of an Orchid flower (by ShotHotspot.com)

So, pack your bags and explore the 15 best things to do in Sikkim. Additionally, what you can do is add a Sikkim tour package for a number of choices. Do add to our list of the things to do in amazing state of Sikkim by leaving a comment below. Happy travelling.

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