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Simple travel guide to Sikkim

It will be a waste on travel plan if you haven’t been to Sikkim

This northeastern state of India, Sikkim, borders China, Bhutan, Nepal, and West Bengal. A mountainous region, Sikkim is known for its organic farming and being an environment-conscious state. Since it is located in the Eastern Himalayas, the state is also famous for its biodiversity, alpine and subtropical climates. Let us not forget Sikkim is also home to the highest peak in India and the third-highest on Earth – Kangchenjunga besides various other peaks. So there is a lot to explore and experience around Sikkim. Here is a list of things to do and places to visit in Sikkim.

Visit the quiet serine Tsomgo Lake

Locate some 30-40 km away from the capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake is a beautiful glacier that is a favourite tourist destination. A road through the rocky and strident mountains will lead you to the mesmerizing view of the lake. Tsomgo, which means Source of Water, is one of India’s highest altitude lakes. Standing by the shore of the lake you will see a clear reflection of the gigantic snow-clad mountains surrounding it. The lake is also home to Primulas, yellow and blue poppies, Irish, Yaks and Ponies, and migratory ducks – Brahmini.

Spend a night at Kanchenjunga Base Camp

If you wish to experience the real essence of Sikkim and its snow-capped mountainous terrains, then a trek to the Kanchenjunga Base Camp is a must. A trek starts from Dzongri which is the last road head and takes you to a height of around 14,000 ft. above sea level, which is the Kanchenjunga Base Camp. The camp is situated very close to India-China Borders. The best time to visit would be from April to June and September to October.

Stroll through the Rabdentse Ruins

A must-visit is the ruins covering the floors of Pelling. The Rabdentse was once a fortress but was reduced to ruins during the Nepalese invasion in the 18th century. There is a trail that takes you to the ruins, covered in chestnut trees on either side.

Other tourist attractions and things to do in Sikkim are Goechala, Lachen, Lachung and Yumthang Valley, Gangtok, Gurudongmar Lake, Yuksom, Nathula Pass, Ravangla, Namchi, Zuluk, Teesta River, Pelling, Singalila National Park, Phodong Monastery, Gurudongmar Lake, Khangchendzonga National Park, Aritar, Do DrulChorten, Rumtek Monastery, Mangan, Cholamu, Tendong Hill, Geyzing, Biksthang, Yangtey, Singalila, Green Lake, Zero Point, TsoLhamo Lake, Thangu, Enchey Monastery, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Namgyal Institute Of Tibetology, Tashiding Monastery, Zemu Glacier, Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Bakthang Waterfall, Ridge Park, Casino Mahjong, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Banjhakri Falls And Energy Park, Pemayangtse Monastery, Khecheopalri Lake, Singshore, and Kanchenjunga Falls to name a few.

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