Sikkim is a little northeastern state, which is nestled between the borders of Nepal and Bhutan. It is the least populous and second smallest amongst the Indian states. The state makes up for its small size in terms of its natural beauty, mystic mountains, beautiful valleys and acres of mountains.
The best time to visit Sikkim would be in the months from April to June in summers. In summers, you can expect to see rhododendrons and orchids in full bloom in the valleys of Sikkim which makes for a really surreal experience. The summer months are really pleasant with temperatures ranging from 12 degrees centigrade to 28 degrees centigrade. These months are the best times to catch glimpses of the mountains and trekking is one of the best activities that you can enjoy during these months. Other activities include hangliding, white water rafting, mountain biking, kayaking and canoeing.
You’ll be visiting Changu/Tsomgo Lake which is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district around 40kms from the capital Gangtok. It is one of the highest glacial lakes in the world with a height of almost 3,753 mts. This lake remains frozen for almost throughout the year.
Nathula is also one of the most famous places of Sikkim. It is one of the highest mountain passes in the world which is accessible to humans. It is located at a height of 4,310mts above sea level. The word Nathula comes from Tibetan language, Nathu meaning “Listening Ears'' and La meaning “Pass”.
Gangtok is the capital and largest city in the state of Sikkim. Gangtok lies in the eastern Himalayan Range at an elevation of 5,410 fts. The city is located between flowing rivers and lush forests along the way. You can go for a stroll at M.G. Road which is a clean open air-mall where there are good hangout spots, places to shop and eat your heart out with many shops, cafes and restaurants located there.
Other notable places to visit around Gangtok are Rumtek Monastery which is known for calm and serene atmosphere and also for the Buddha statue inside the monastery. Ban Jhakri waterfalls provide an escape from the city life of Gangtok to a waterfall which is located amidst the forests. Namgyal institute of Tibetology is a beautiful museum which is dedicated to Tibetan culture and Vajrayana Buddhism. There are many souvenirs and books which you can find in the monastery. Tashi View point provides a panoramic view of beautiful mountain vistas of Sikkim.
Namchi is located in South Sikkim and the name Namchi means “Sky High” is Sikkimese language. It is located at an elevation of 1,315 mts. Namchi is known as the most photogenic location in Sikkim. One of the most famous places to visit in Namchi is Siddheshwar Dham which is also known as Char Dham. It is located at Solophok Hill which is located 5kms from the town of Namchi. It is one of the most well known and auspicious places for Hindus. There is also a 108ft tall statue of Lord Shiva which draws visitors from all around.
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