Sikkim

Yumthang Valley – The Valley of Flowers

This year our trip to North Sikkim was full of surprises and wish-fulfilment. North Sikkim was on our wishlist for a long time. Surely, it is so true that if something comes late in your way, then that must be special. It started with a wonderful view of the Gurudongmar Lake and now our visit to the Yumthang Valley was simply out of the world. We visited North Sikkim during April solely with the intention of viewing the colourful and blooming rhododendrons in the Valley of Flowers. But what did we see instead? A clear blanket of snow all...

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Gurudongmar Lake -The Tale of Sacred Lake & Hidden Land

Outstanding! Amazing! We were practically out of words as we stood in front of the Gurudongmar Lake. With the cold breeze biting right into us and our teeth chattering, we looked at the lake with our eyes wide open. We obviously had to cover rest of our face because of the strong chilly wind. Where is Gurudongmar Lake? Gurudongmar Lake, one of the highest lakes in India at an altitude of 17800 ft (5340 m) is one of the holiest places in Sikkim. Situated in North Sikkim, the lake is only 5 km south of the China border. One...

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Tinvong, Dzongu – a village lost in time

It was almost at the end of our North Sikkim tour when we realized that we have a couple of days in hand and we do not want to visit Gangtok and Pelling. It was then when our car driver suggested that we should visit Dzongu. The place is a Lepcha Reserve Area. Well, a reserve area for a community! If that was not intriguing enough, an unexplored mountain hamlet of Sikkim was definitely inviting. So, Dzongu it is, we decided. “But, you need a permit to go there”, our driver said quite thoughtfully. And then looking at our...

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Things you wanted to know before travelling to Sikkim

Sikkim is one of the tiniest states of India with an area of about 7096 sq kms. This small state is full of wonder and beauty. You can see the snow capped peaks, green valleys, colourful rhododendrons, luscious waterfalls and sprawling tea garden all here. And you can also find your peace among the monasteries. The state is a wonderful place to travel. So based on our experience, we tell you here all that you need to know to visit and travel this state. Sikkim can be broadly divided into four zones- east, west, north and south. The tourism here...

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Things to do in Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok, the heartland of the mystical Sikkim is one of the favourite destinations in the north-eastern India. Once you are here, you will feel that you are in a different place altogether. Neat and clean, the city is as peaceful as you want it to be and as beautiful as your heart wants to see. So once you are at Gangtok, there are loads of things that will simply make you fall in love with this hilly capital of Sikkim. We have collated the best of them for your next trip to Gangtok. How to reach Gangtok: Like Darjeeling,...

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Roaming at Rinchenpong

Rinchenpong is a small and beautiful town in west Sikkim near Gangtok. Just imagine yourself looking at the majestic Kanchenjunga range just after you woke up! Yes, Rinchenpong can just offer you that. The mountain views of Rinchenpong are more virgin and pristine than that of Darjeeling and Pelling. The small town is still untouched by commercialization. So if you really want to see the eastern Himalayas peacefully, Rinchenpong is a perfect destination. Our visit to Rinchenpong was quite by chance. After completing the Barsey trek, we were wondering how to utilize two more days that we had. Our...

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Barsey – a walk among the rhododendron trail

A short trek amidst the canopy of greenery, a riot of colours and grandiose views of the Kanchenjunga range – the Barsey or Varsey trek has it all. So when we had an extended weekend, we decided that the best way to spend it is by taking a short trip to Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Not only would it give us some respite from the scorching heat, but also quench our thirst for the mountains for a while! With our backpacks, we boarded Padatik Express to New Jalpaiguri. After reaching NJP, we took a shared jeep to Jorethang and from...

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Rabdentse – Ruins of an ancient capital of Sikkim

The ruins of Rabdentse Palace lies just a few kilometers from the Pemyangste Monastery on the way to Pelling. Sikkim is a mystical land with all the ancient monasteries and intriguing places to visit. Rabdentse is one such place. You find the signboard of this ancient site out of nowhere on the highway to Pelling with an equally curious line – “Follow the Path and you will reach the Palace” written on a simple entry gate. Being totally addicted to ancient monuments, we decided to follow wherever the path led to. As we entered, there was a well-marked path...

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