Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas, Sikkim is a nature’s gift to the world. Sikkim is full of places where nature has been undisturbed by humans and because of this it is such a serene and peaceful place. However, the beauty of Sikkim simply does not end here. Sikkim has one of the richest variety of flora and fauna found in India.
Plus it has five climate zones, thus making it one of the top tourist destinations in India. Moreover, it has a very rich cultural heritage and the people here are very peaceful and hospitable. If you are looking for a peaceful getaway, do not think beyond Sikkim. And here is a list of places to visit in Sikkim.
Yuksom is a historic town that was the ancient capital of Sikkim. It is a place that is known its natural beauty, snowcapped mountains, beautiful monasteries, and amazing trekking trails. Called the “Gateway to Kangchendzongha,” Yuksom is a place where you can get away from all the hustle bustle of city and modern life.
There are places like, Norbugang Park, Khangchendzonga National Park, Khecheopalri Lake, Tashiding Monastery, Tashi Teenka, and Goechala Trek, in Yuksom where you can find complete solitude amidst nature. The religious significance of this place only adds to the serenity of this place.
Located 2,750 meters above the sea level, Lachen offers some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Sikkim. Its pine covered hills, serene grasslands, and vibrant apple orchards make this a unique destination for those who are looking for a quiet getaway. Wherever you go in Lachen, the beauty of nature surrounds you and soothes your soul. Take the example of the picturesque Gurudongmar Lake, which is surrounded by the majestic Kanchenjunga Ranges.
The whole atmosphere of this lake is so serene and peaceful that you would not want to leave this place ever. A visit to the Rhododendron Sanctuary is a treat not only for the eyes but also your soul. Bird watching and trekking are some of the other activities here that allow you to get close to nature and in the process help you rejuvenate.
Located at an elevation of 7,000ft and between the splendid Tendong and Maenam Hill, Ravangla is a nature lovers’ paradise that is yet to be discovered. This small picturesque town with its unspoiled natural beauty, offers views of the magnificent Himalayas that you cannot find anywhere else. Its dense forest cover only adds to the charm of this natural wonder called Ravangla. If you travel just 8 KM towards Damthang from Ravangla, you will come across a point where you can catch the first few rays of sun lightening up the snow covered peaks of Rathon, Jopuno, Kabru, Pandim, and Narsing.
It is one of the best sunrise in the world. Just 16 km from Ravangla, you will find the most beautiful tea garden in the world- The Temi Tea Garden. As you travel through the winding road that takes you to this beautiful tea garden, you will wonder out aloud if there is any other place on earth that is as serene and beautiful as this. If you an adventure lover, you must trek through the amazing Tendon Sanctuary to reach a dormant volcano.
The view of the Kanchenjunga and Singalila range from here is jaw dropping awesome. Ralang is home to a hot Sulphur spring that is one hour walking distance away from the Ralang Monastery. The hot spring is located in the Rangit Valley and is known for its medicinal property and peaceful surroundings.
Namchi, which translates into ‘top of the sky,’ is a small town in Sikkim where nature has bestowed its best to humanity. Abundant with natural beauty, Namchi offers best views of Kalimpong Hills and Darjeeling. It is a place that is full of beautiful Buddhist monasteries. Since it is a sparsely populated place, you can find solitude almost anywhere here.
The Rock Garden, Char Dham Temple, Ngadak Monastery, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Tendong Hill, and Doling Gompa are just some of the places in and around Namchi where you can find complete solace amidst nature. Actually it is hard not to find peace when you are witnessing the most beautiful mountains, flower covered valleys, peaceful monasteries, and the gurgling streams. And all these are abundantly present in Namchi.
Whether you visit Teesta River in winter or spring time, you are bound to be amazed by the view that is in front of you. Teesta River is not just an adventure lovers’ favorite, it is also popular amongst those who wish to seek solace amidst nature. There are so many places along the Teesta River which are favorite amongst nature lovers.
Take the example of the point where Rangit River meets Teesta River- it is so mesmerizingly beautiful that you would not want to move from there. This point is called Triveni and here the crystal clear deep green water of Rangit River meets the muddy emerald green water of the powerful Teesta River. This confluence is powerful and peaceful at the same time. If you are driving from Kalimpong to Gangtok, you will come across many places where you can stop and soak in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Teesta River
The lush green forests, the meandering roads through the hills and forests, panoramic views of the mountain ranges, and the rich flora and fauna in Pelling will take your breath away. Located at an elevation of 6800ft, Pelling is a small town that has quickly become the second most popular destination in Sikkim. Gangtok being the most popular destination in Sikkim. The breathtaking natural beauty of this place gives a chance to visitors to forget their stress and to soak in the tranquil atmosphere of this place. The beautiful Pemayangtse Monastery is only a half kilometer away from here. Rimbi Waterfall, Kanchenjunga Fall, Singshore Bridge, Sewaro Rock Garden, and Sangachoeling Monastery are some of the popular tourist attractions in and around Pelling. Adventure lovers can unwind in Pelling by indulging in mountain biking, trekking, and rock climbing. As you can see, there are so many serene and beautiful places in Sikkim where you can forget all your worries and relax. You do not really need to do anything to relax in Sikkim. Just soaking in the mesmerizing views of mountains, hills, valleys, springs, and rivers is enough to relax your body and soul. So when are you planning your peaceful Sikkim Tourism?