State of Sikkim Things to Do

  • Enchey Monastry
    Enchey Monastry
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  • Enchey Monastry
    Enchey Monastry
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  • Panoramic view from cable car.
    Panoramic view from cable car.
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State of Sikkim Things to Do

  • Gurudongmar Lake! Foreigners not...

    Gurudongmar Lake is the second highest lake in India. 17,100 feet (5,148 m). Lake's high altitude poses a challenge for its travelers.This entire region is under control of Indian army and you need special restricted area permit to visit this lake. (Foreign nationals are not allowed to go to Gurudongmar lake since it is hardly 4-5 kms from China...

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  • Ohh-Barsey!!

    The sanctuary is home to several elusive species of Rhododendron. It is located near Hilley, in West Sikkim. The sanctuary becomes incredibly beautiful between March and April of every year. Small treks can be organized from Versey to Uttaray or Dentam.

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  • Sikkim tour

    Hi all,I would like to express my wonderful experience we had in our 16 days India trip, mainly in Sikkim. We started from crowded city of Delhi and flew to, Darjeeling. We spent two nights in Darjeeling and a morning view from Tiger hill is certainly recommended if you're not lazy to wake up early in the morning (3:30am). Darjeeling seem to have...

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  • Trekking in Sikkim

    We did a round trek called Kasturi trek in Sikkim and it was totally worth it. All our arrangement were done by a local company called Sikkim Travel Express (http://www.sikkimtravelexpress.com). STE were very professional right from the beginning of email correspondence until we finished the trek. Sajit Cintury is truly a nice person who is leading...

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  • VT Travels to NathuLa Pass Indo- Chinese...

    We started from Gangtok at 9 am , then reached Nathula at around 2.00PM. The weather was very cold with temperature of - 4/5 degrees but the wind was a spoil sport. With wind chill factor it was not less than -18-20 degrees. I asked the Indian captain posted there, he said it the morning it was around -16 or so, but then the Sun came out strongly....

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  • VT Travels to Nathu La Pass - Indo-...

    We visited Nathula on 16th March'2013. The journey from Gangtok to Nathula took about 4 hours by Toyota Innova to cover 54 kms. It's now a trading point between India and China. This is the part of Old Silk Route!Nathu La is located on the 563 km (350 mi) Old Silk Route, an offshoot of the historic Silk Road. The Old Silk Route connects Lhasa in...

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  • VT Travels to Nathu La Pass - Indo-...

    Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of...

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  • Things to do (Forum Reply)

    for the most part, Sikkim is only accesible by shared jeep.The Yuksom, Geyzing, Peling (spelling?) circuit is great.. And a hike in to the National Park of Kanchanjunga is amazing.. but takes a few days.Gangtok is cool too... Tsomgo lake of course, and the view from Ganesh Tok is great~ Amazing area. Good you're going!Make sure you have your Sikkim...

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  • Where to go in Sikkim

    The weather in Sikkim will be good in daytime but will be cold in the night and January & February is a good time to go.I spent 13 days in Sikkim and did not get time to do a trek to see Kanchenjunga much because the tour operators in Gangtok will only go with atleast 4 people or more, unless you pay alot of money. So I had to settle for a trip to...

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  • Samiti lake

    Samiti lake is a high altitude lake formed by the melting snow.Its a beautiful turquoise blue coloured lake surrounded by rocky hills.It is situated at 4200 m in Onglathang valley of West Sikkim.

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  • Gochela

    Gochela is a pass from where we can view kanchenjunga at the closest.The trek is a difficult one as we have to walk at 2 am to get to the first viewpoint for sunrise .The view is beautiful with mountains surrounding all sides and the view of the kanchenjunga is better if not closer.The second viewpoint is 2 hours away and the walk is punishing.You...

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  • Thansing /Lamune

    Thansing and Lamune are the next stops in the trek to gochela the trek is comfortable as very few places are steep climb.Thansing has a trekkers hut and a hut for the chowkidar,the place is beautiful surrounded by barren hills as this place is above the tree line.Lamune is further 2 hours from Thansing the stop before gochela.It has camping grounds...

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  • Dzongri Top/Laxmi Lake

    View of the mountains from Dzongri top.Also one can go for a day hike to Laxmi pokhari (lake) it takes two hours.Its a beautiful lake however not blus in colour as all high altitude lake,its green in colour might be coz of vegetation around the lake .

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  • Dzongri

    Dzongri meadows is a frequented place by trekkers.The camping site offers great views of the mountain range around.The Kabru,Pandim,Narsing,Tensing Khang and of course the Kanchenjunga the third highest peak.Dzongri has an excursion to the Dzongri Top for a Sunrise view,however we have to get up at 2.30 am to start for the top to be on time for...

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  • Tshoka

    Tshoka is a small tibetian settlement located 16 km from yuksom.This was our first halt where we stayed in a private dometry for the night.Its a beautiful village with few shops.We have to walk thru the forest path and after we cross the third bridge have to climb steep uphill to reach Bakhim from where we can see yuksom some 4 hills beyond ha...

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  • Yuksom

    Yukson is a small town in west sikkim famous for treks to Dzongri,Gochela and to HMI base camp.We visited this place while on a trek to Gochela.Its a small town where u can hire guides,porters,yaks and equipments.Everything is avaliable for rent.The town has decent accomodation as well as food stalls.

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  • Beauty of Yumthang Valley- VII

    I took many of the pictures while travelling by the Jeep. But in this process I ended up taking about 2000+ pictures in North Sikkim. I am selecting the photos at random and putting it o VT. Feeling tempted? Please do come and visit this place!

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  • Beauty of Yumthang Valley- VI

    You will find man and animal equally beautiful and innocent. You shall be enchanted by their beauty.

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  • The beauty of Yumthang Valley-II

    It will take thousands of photographs to capture the real beauty of Yumthang valley. I shall put the photos at random but shall try to put the best only.

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  • The beauty of Yumthang Valley-I

    We visited Yumthang valley on 18th March'09. We started from Lachung at 7.30 AM and by 10.30 AM we were there. Enroute we stopped at many places and captured the beauty of Yumthang. Beautywise it is surely the best place of North Sikkim. Please have a look at the beauty we captured. We got - 4-6 degrees Celcius and lots of snow and snowfall. To...

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  • Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-IV

    The enchanting beauty of Kalep and Thangu can only be captured thru eyes and no picture can compensate this. I have taken about 1100 pictures of this region and in my view all the pictures are worth loading in VT. But it is not possible as it will take long time to load. So for the time being I shall load some pictures to complete the page and then...

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  • Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-III( Indian...

    Since 2006/2007 Indian Army has opened it's door for North Sikkim for Indian Tourists and Foreigners as well. They have camps at various altitudes and they do provide hot shelter, hot air and sometimes hot tea to the tourists visiting Gurudongmar and Thangu. The Indian Army camp at Kalep provided us water and hot shelter for sometime to get...

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  • Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-I

    We stopped for breakfast at Thangu at about 8.00 AM enroute to Gurudongmar. Next door at Kalep we have our Indian Army camp. Please savour the beauty of these two places as we did.Thangu in Sikkim is located at an altitude of 13000 feet. Thangu is about 30 kilometers north of Lachen. Since it is located at a high altitude, the place remains snow...

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  • Beauty of Gurudongmar-II

    The terrain is extremely inhospitable for normal civilians. It requires special training and several days of acclmatisation to make yourself stable at these heights. Eating habits and clothing has to be changed to get yourself at home at this place. But the beauty of the nature makes you forget all once you get there. I am trying to give you all as...

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  • Beauty of Gurudongmar-1

    The dangerous beauty of Gurudongmar is unexplainable in words, it can only be shared by visiting the place. It keeps on changing with season and temperature variations which could be from about +10 degrees Celcius to - 40 degree Celcius. Life is impossible at this height and only army people or locals survive at this great height. We could stay for...

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  • Beauty of Gurudongmar-1

    The dangerous beauty of Gurudongmar is unexplainable in words, it can only be shared by visiting the place. It keeps on changing with season and temperature variations which could be from about +10 degrees Celcius to - 40 degree Celcius. Life is impossible at this height and only army people or locals survive at this great height. We could stay for...

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  • baba mandir

    Major "Baba" Harbhajan Singh (August 3, 1941–October 4, 1968) (Punjabi: ਹਰਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ) was an Indian army officier who died near the Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim, India. He is revered by the soldiers of the Indian army, who have built a shrine in his honour.According to army folklore, Baba is a...

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  • Nathula Pass

    Nathula is located in the indo-chinese border,connecting to Sikkim and tibet autonomous region of China.The pass is at 14140 feet ,was the part of the ancient silk route.Nathu la ,Nathu means listening ears and la means pass,is a trading border between India and China.It was sealed by India after intSino- indo war of 1962,and was re-opened in 2006.

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  • Chhangu lake

    Chhangu or Tsomgo lake is 40 km away from Gangtok.This lake is situated at 12,000 feet on the Nathula highway.permit is required by indians which will be arranged by the travel agency.For foreigners ,have to obtain special permit.The lake is 1km long and very beautiful.

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  • amitab bachan falls

    Its funny but it does exist....this falls is named after actor Amitab it is on the way back from lachung to gangtok.......

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  • seven sister falls on the way to north

    The seven sister falls is one of the many falls you'll find on the way to north..however this one is quite different..the water has cut thru the stone to make its way down 7 tiers...you can see the pics...

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  • Thangu

    Distance - 28 km ( from lachen ) Altitude - 13000 ft.the route continues from Lachen to gradual ascend of 28 kms through the mountain ridge leads to Thangu. Its alpine meadows are dotted with wooden houses and army camps. The calm water of Teesta flowing through the valley presents a fantastic contrast.Thangu is a midway stop for breakfast once you...

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  • gurudongmar lake

    Gurudongmar Lake (also known as Gurudogmar Lake) is one of the highest lakes in the world located at an altitude of 17,100 feet (5,148 m). It lies on the North side of the Khangchengyao Range in a high plateau area contiguous to the Tibetan Plateau. The stream emerging from the lake is one of the source-streams of the Tista River.The lake is named...

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  • Yungtham

    Distance - 145 km ( from Gangtok ) Altitude - 12000 ft.Note : It is a restricted area and special permits are required. At 24 kms from Lachung lies Yumthang, the rightfully called the Valley of Flowers as in Flowering season there blossoms vivid colours of variety of Rhododendrons, chimals and blue poppies. Yumthang is located on a flat valley and...

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  • Lachung

    Distance - 116 km ( from Gangtok ) Altitude - 8800 ftLachung is a very small town with scattered settlements, dominated mostly by Bhutias. There is also an army cantonment for the border protection. You can visit monastery, handicraft centre, go around for village. If you are interested then you can do trout fishing. A Bhutia village has a unique...

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  • lachen

    Distance - 122 km ( from Gangtok ) Altitude - 9800 ft.(big pass) this small town is located at an alt of 2735m, which is 123 kms from the capital. The journey takes almost 6-hrs drive and it is also a base for the Green Lake trek most of the mountaineering activities. This new destination of the millennium, only opened on the 20th of December 2000,...

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  • Chungtham

    Distance - 95 km ( from Gangtok ) Altitude - 5,600 ft.Chungthang is situated on the way to Yumthang. It is a small town surrounded by high mountains that seem to touch the sky. Chungthang lies on the confluence of two hilly rivers Lachen and Lachung Chu and the starting point of river Teesta has emerged as a major subdivision settlement in North...

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  • Be Sikkimese at Ganesh Tok

    Dress in Sikkimese suit and take photo(s).Most of Indian tourists'd like to dress and I love to see. :)They're lovely na.

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  • Walking in a cloud .. Ganesh Tok

    Ganesh is the Son of Shiva.Ganesh has elephant head.But Ganesh Tok is the name of view point on the top of mountain to see Gangtok in bird eyes view.

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  • A lovely class at Enchey Monastery

    On the top of Gangtok city,there is an old monastary one named - Enchey.In the evening I arrived there.. they were studying.

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  • Chang, Mountain Beer - A must taste

    Local beer made from millet.How to drink : put Tato Pani (Hot Water) into the bamboo big glass which full of Chang.After finished one you can put Tato Pani about 4 times, then finished because Chang had diluted.It's very good in cold weather , Chang can warm you :)In Gangtok you can find it in a local market down of MG.Marg.For me the special one...

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  • Yum Thang - The valley of Rhododendron

    About April-May every year, snow is getting melt.It's time of most beautiful rhododendron.Said more than 36 colors of rhododendren in Yumthang.A lot of rare birds.And there is a small hot spring too.You have to get permit to go up to the north Sikkim, but it's so easy if you contact tour agency in Gangtok.A very friendly one is Modern Trek, running...

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  • Kanchenjunga National Park

    Trek from Goecha - La to Samiti lake.Best period of visit October to November. Enjoy the Rhododendron forests and the spectacular sight of the Eastern Himalayas

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  • Rumtek Monastery, paintings

    All the monasteries all nicely decorated with colourful paintings of buddhas, known and less known gods, guardians.To distinguish the different images, you need to study a lot. Sometimes you are lucky and is somebody around for explanation.

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  • Festivities in Gangtok

    We visited Gantok during the Tibetan new year. The shops and most restaurants were closed.Everybody has a day off and there were many activities in town.So we saw near our hotel this snake charmer with a crowd of watching people around him.

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