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Five of the best ways to see Sikkim

The Himalayan state of Sikkim has been known as ‘The Hidden Kingdom’ and unfolds its treasures slowly but generously to the traveller. The majestic Kanchenjunga towers over it, and you can catch glimpses of it from various places. Here’s a must-do list for the first-time visitor to the state.

25 Mar, 2019

1 Begin in the capital, Gangtok. A ropeway ride up to the highest point in Gangtok is a

great way to get the essence of the place, with its sweeping views of the landscape. Go

also to Gangtok’s tranquil monasteries such as Rumtek.


2 Make a day trip to Tsomgo lake, set in the midst of snow-capped mountains. Ride on a

yak, if you wish. Nathu-La on the Indo-Chinese border is only a short ride away.


3 Head to Pelling, which lies west of Gangtok, a region that’s perfect for slowing down

and letting city-induced stress dissolve. Take long walks along winding mountain roads,

glimpsing the Kanchenjunga at every turn. Places to see in Pelling include the sacred

Khecheopari Lake with prayer flags fluttering all around and the Pemayangtse

monastery. Visit also Yuksom village, from where you can trek into the Kanchenjunga

National Park, a challenging route which adventurous trekkers will enjoy.


4 Drive from Gangtok to Lachung in North Sikkim, passing through numerous Sikkimese

villages and waterfalls. From here you can explore the high altitude Gurudongmar lake.

The scenery is surreal and the altitude will also take some getting used to. Go prepared

for extreme cold as well.


5 Head for Yumthang, the route passing through the protected Shingba Rhododendron

Sanctuary. It’s especially picturesque in summer when the Rhododenron is in full bloom

and the Yumthang river courses through the meadows. Visit the hot springs the area is

known for and spend time strolling through the village.

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