20 Photographs that will make you want to visit Sikkim

by Jul 11, 2018Photostory, Sikkim

Small, but beautiful – that is what is Sikkim is all about. If you have been wondering why should you visit Sikkim, here are some wonderful pictures that might trigger your wanderlust. We are sure that after seeing these photographs you will definitely want to visit surreal and scenic Sikkim. And if you are wondering about things to do in Sikkim, these photographs might just help you to decode Sikkim tourism.

Sikkim was once a Buddhist kingdom before becoming a part of India in 1975. It was cocooned for centuries by the protective mountains. They had fiercely held on to their faith and had developed a unique lifestyle untouched by external influence. Even as now when Sikkim has opened up, their faith, folklore, cuisine and culture is centred around their ancient tradition. You will find a number of ancient monasteries in Sikkim.

Things to do in Sikkim

The Lingdum or Ranka Monastery – a pride of Gangtok. Situated about 20 km from Gangtok, this is said to be the most beautiful monastery in Sikkim. Just look at the surroundings – with forests and mountains all around this exquisitely beautiful monastery, there is calm and peace all around. While you are here, do visit the Ban Jhakri waterfall and energy park as well.

Monastery Sikkim Things to do in Sikkim

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And this is the Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok.

Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok

Road blocks and landslides are common in Sikkim. So you will see these stuff on the road often trying to make life a little easier on the hills.

Things to do in Sikkim

The second highest lake in India – the Gurudongmar Lake is in Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of 17100 ft, this lake is revered by both Buddhists and Hindus. Do read about our trip to Gurudongmar Lake.

Gurudongmar Lake North Sikkim Sikkim tourism

Did you know Sikkim is also known as the kingdom of flowers? There are almost 7000 varieties of wild flowers, rare trees and shrubs found in Sikkim and this also includes 700 species of rare orchids and rhododendrons. No wonder Sikkim Tourism hold Flower Festival at Gangtok, Ravangla and various places. This photograph of the orchid was taken at Dzongu in North Sikkim.

Dzongu Sikkim Tourism

Mountains, snow, a quaint hut – there is everything here. This is Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim. The Valley is also called the Valley of Flowers. During the season, all these snow is replaced by a carpet of colourful flowers. And while you are looking at these pictures from the Valley read about our experiences in Yumthang Valley.

Yumthang Valley Sikkim Tourism

Yumthang Valley Sikkim tourism

This is at the Phodong Monastery in North Sikkim. Visit Phodong Monastery during Kagyed Dance and Losoong Festival, the Sikkimese New Year. It is celebrated in December.

Phodong Monastery North Sikkim - Sikkim tourism

And if you are looking for adventure, do try paragliding at Gangtok or River rafting at the Teesta and Rangeet River. And of course, there are numerous treks that you can do in Sikkim.

Paragliding in Gangtok Sikkim Tourism

How would you like to travel on such roads? This is the road towards Gurudongmar Lake.

Sikkim Tourism North Sikkim

You cannot get enough of the mountains. But even then if you need a change, visit the Barsey (Varsey) Rhododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim. I am sure you will love to walk over a carpet of rhododendrons. You will get rhododendrons only in the month of April.

Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary Sikkim Tourism

If you are in Sikkim, you cannot really miss Pelling. Here you will get Kangchendzonga quite close and personal. I say personal because, from almost every hotel in Upper Pelling, you get a view of the mighty ranges.

Kangchendzonga Ranges from Pelling Sikkim Tourism

Ravangla in South Sikkim is another place that is unmatched in natural beauty. South Sikkim is gradually getting prominence in Sikkim tourism. This is the photograph of the Buddha Park or Tathagata Sthal. When we had visited Ravangla in 2012, the place was being constructed. We visited Ravangla during Pang Lhabsol Festival in August.

Ravangla South Sikkim - Sikkim Tourism

The erstwhile capital of the kingdom of Sikkim, Rabdentse is now in ruins. Just opposite the Pemayangtse Monastery, the ruins bear the testimony to a glorious past.

Rabdentse, West Sikkim - Sikkim Tourism

You can always find peace in Sikkim.

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Sikkim Tourism

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Prayer flags Sikkim Tourism

Did you like the post? And the photographs? Please do let us know. If you need to know anything about Sikkim, give a read to our Sikkim Guide. Or simply contact us for any queries.

Agni & Amrita

Agni & Amrita

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We are Agni and Amrita, the story-telling team behind Tale of 2 Backpackers and partners in crime in travel and (mis)adventures of life. We have been travelling together for more than a decade looking for immersive experiences while enjoying the little beauties of life. We are intrigued by heritage, culture, festivals and people and that is reflected in our travel. And yes, we love the Himalayas too.

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42 Comments

  1. These photos are really amazing, it’s like i am there. Now i think i have to visit Sikkim at least once.
    Thanks for showing me the beauty of sikkim.

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    • Thank you Mannat. I am sure you will love Sikkim.

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  2. That’s all so intriguing post covering every nook of sikkim highliting it all.

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  3. Great Photos, all the images are very beautiful and eye-catching.

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  4. Stunning pictures. Sikkim is such a cool city and you’ve captured it so well.

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  5. You have taken amazing photos of Sikkim. I am always curious for this place, but after seeing your photos, I have to book for Sikkim without any delay.

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  6. Your photos of Sikkim are beautiful. such amazing mountains and valleys and wow 7000 types of flowers. I would love to visit one day

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    • Thanks Alison. Please do visit Sikkim and try to come here during the spring season. You will be bowled over by the flowers. 🙂

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  7. Felt a tug at the heart watching these photos from Sikkim. Lovely memories of our own trip to Sikkim, a few years ago came flooding back. We want to go back as there is so much more to explore in this mistical land whose call is so irresistible. Loved your pictures which bring alive the charm of the Himalayan state of India.

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  8. I had visited Gangtok with my parents when I was little. And the memories are still afresh. However, I want to visit North Sikkim, particularly the Gurudongmar Lake. And the snow covered peaks of Himalayas. Thanks for the virtual trip to one of the most surreal terrains of India

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    • Thank you Neha! I can relate to those childhood memories of visiting a place! 🙂 Do visit Sikkim soon.

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  9. I know Sikkim is gorgeous but your photos make the land come alive. Hoping to go to Gurudongmar Lake soon.

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    • Thanks, Shweta for the kind words. Please visit Sikkim. The pictures do not do justice to the place.

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  10. Oh my gosh, these photos are beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit a monastery like this – I honestly thought that places like this would be found in Tibet. Good to know that these can be found in India as well. Great article with excellent photos!

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    • Thank you Jim! Buddhism had originated in India and then travelled to different parts of the world.

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  11. wow, I love these colourful buildings! I had no idea about this place but it looks indeed very preety, thank you for that!

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  12. Wow, these pictures sure are stunning!
    I’d definitely love to visit Sikkim some time. 🙂

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  13. I have not previously heard of Sikkim or Gangtok. It looks like I have much to learn about India. Thanks for the great post.

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  14. You are right in that your photos have successfully inspired me to make a trip to Sikkim! I have not seen a place as unique and beautiful as such! Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos!! 🙂

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    • Thanks Claire, for the kind words. The photos only capture the beauty of the place. There are so much more.

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  15. These images really show us how beautiful Sikkim is, and it was not even a place I had thought about visiting before. What a lovely introduction!

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    • Thank you, Kavita. There are so many places in the world we do not know about. That’s why we travel bloggers are there for each other! Getting to know about the unknown and beautiful places. 🙂

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  16. Excellent read, Positive site, where did u come up with the information on this posting? I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work

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    • As long as you want! On a serious note, it depends on what you see and what places you visit.

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  17. The color of Ranka Monastery is stunning! All the mountains and views in every picture looks as peaceful as you described.

    Do you know why the eyes of Buddha is covered in Buddha park?

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    • Thank you so much Jojo! We had visited Buddha Park in January 2013. The place was not inaugurated at that time and so they had kept the eyes of Buddha covered. The statue was finally consecrated on 25 March 2013 by his Holiness, 14th Dalai Lama.

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  18. Wow Sikkim looks like a paradise. All of the beautiful nature around you is amazing. I am not a huge fan of the cold but the snow covered countryside and mountains looks very inviting. I would definitely want to visit all of those gorgeous monasteries. pinned for later!

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  19. I have been to Sikkim before but looking at your pictures I want to go back again. Thanks for refreshing my memories of that beautiful land.

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    • Thanks Suman! ANd yes, Sikkim is such a place that needs to be visited again and again. 🙂

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  20. Should I be honest? I’ve never actually heard of Sikkim before….. But, it looks really great! The monasteries are so unique and colourful! Totally not what I expect when I think of monasteries! Also, the whole landscape is different to what one normally thinks of when they think of India… I guess because it has its own identity and because it’s hidden away in the mountains. It’s really beautiful

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  21. These photos are really lovely. I can see why you enjoy Sikkim so much! The wildflower variety would be fascinating to see in person. Another place to add to our list!

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  22. Such beauty. Loved your pictures. Send detailed itinerary, budget etc now ?

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    • Thanks Stuti! You dont need itinerary here. Just come and I will show you around. 🙂

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  23. Wow, now I am regretting not saying yes to my family for visiting Sikkim on our last family vacation! It just seemed like getting from one end to the other would be really painful (as you rightly pointed out, road blocks are common) but I now imagined the valleys, monasteries and lakes to be as gorgeous as these. Or maybe its your photography skills adding magic to the pics! I love the Ranka Monastery amidst all those mountains and with clouds descended upon it, as much as I love Gurudongmar Lake. I guess I need to go to Sikkim soon!

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  24. Beautiful pictures especially of the snow-clad landscape!

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