From mountains with sky-high peaks to glistening rivers that glorify its natural assets, Sikkim has it all. Sikkim is located on the northeastern side of India. As one may know, India is a versatile country with countless cultures, ethnicities and religions and has thousands of tourists pouring in every year to indulge in this multicultural phenomenon.
Being said so, Sikkim plays the role of nature’s advocate as this tourist zone has a lot to be explored and seen by a lover of scenic beauty. This northeastern state has the highest-peaking hill in India, Kangchenjunga which is about 9000 km in length. Even its capital, Gangtok, has several sightseeing locations and monasteries that will make a tourist keep coming back for more. Hence, if a tourist wants to enjoy a nature’s treat and is on a budget, Sikkim will surely not disappoint!
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1. River rafting at Tista river
Have you ever wanted to lose yourself in the middle of a river while chasing the rapidity of speed? If yes, you must try out the river rafting activity at the great Tista River. The white, foamy water is known to be an ideal surface for rafters to utilize their river rafting skills. So, if you are a fan of river rafting or want to try out something different on your own, add this to your bucket list of things to do in Sikkim.
2. Ropeway in Gangtok
If you are interested in an Ariel view of heaven, ropeway in Gangtok is your place to be. Ropeway in Gangtok is a cable car station which will allow you to peak at the lovely natural scenarios from a very high altitude. You will also be able to capture this miniature version of natures cinematography by asking a native photographer to do so. Hence, add this to your list of things to do in Sikkim to not miss out on this ‘stairway to the heaven’ kind of a trip.
3. Cycling on Silk Route
Silk Route is the world’s most famous trading route that outlines Asia. Now, if you are provided with an opportunity to go on this very route for cycling, would you miss it? I guess not! Cycling away into the rocky roads where ancient history was once born, will be nothing but an absolute delight. The thrilling journey of visiting historical trading points will surely leave you awestruck. Hence, do not forget to add this to your list of things to do in Sikkim.
4. Riding Yaks at Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo lake is a glacial lake which becomes snow-encrusted during the winter season. If you are a river person, you should pay a visit to this tourist spot. Accompanied by local snacks and goodies, this lake will be perfect for a day-long tour. The specialty which you must take advantage of will be riding Yaks, a rare animal ride which is very popular in Sikkim. It will be your very own nomadic experience. So, make sure you add this place to your list of things to do in Sikkim.
5. Sightseeing at Gurudongmar lake
It is one of the highest lakes you will see in India. This lake holds religious importance for both Buddhists and Sikhs. If you want to see the never-ending view of a river with stories from different religions that enrich your palette, this should be your go-to spot. If you are a tourist who has an interest in geography, you do not want to skip this tourist spot because Gurudongmar lake is also very popular for its geographical attributes. Therefore, you can add this to your list of things to do in Sikkim.
6. Wandering at Buddha park
Are you a vagabond in search of spiritual purification? If yes, Buddha park will surely cater this to you. Built-in the late 16th century, Buddha park has ancient relics of Buddhism and its founder Gautama. Take a day off, release all the stress and toxicity from the city life to enjoy a divine time at the Buddha Park. It is a place that will give you solace and will make you think deeper. So, if you are in search of spiritual affirmations, add this to your list of things to do at Sikkim.
7. Walking around Yumthang Valley
Yumthang Valley is also known as the Sikkim Valley of Flower Sanctuary. In this sanctuary, you will find rare plants and wildflowers that will set your soul free. You will see various hot springs and water streams and each of them will look connected but will be separated at the end. Nature’s show of flora and fauna will leave you feeling mesmerized and enchanted. So if you are into floral beauty, this cannot be excluded from your list of things to do in Sikkim.
8. Expedition at Rumtek Monastery
Ever felt like vanishing into an ancient period of Buddhism in history? Well, this is your chance to do so. Rumtek Monastery was an important Buddhist centre where artefacts expressing the significance of Buddhism in Sikkim is found. You will see that this monastery is a small scale imitation of large Buddhist monasteries and architectural similarities like Thanka paintings and murals is very visible. So, if you want to discover some uncommon pieces and sculptures of Buddhism, include this in your list of things to do in Sikkim.
9. Traverse over Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary
Are you familiar with the homoeopathic practice of medicine? If yes, you must have wondered where do these medicinal herbs grow. Well, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is known as the ‘treasure of medicinal plants’ as it hosts a wide array of healing plants that are used to make natural remedies for ailment. Breathe into the divergence of these plants and take complete advantage of your tour at the north-eastern part of India by adding this to your bucket list of things to do at Sikkim.
10. Authentic Sikkimise food at Pelling
If you are a foodie and are trying to elevate your tasting palette game further, Pelling is your blessing in disguise. Phagshapa, Thukpa or Momo, you name it and it will be available at Pelling, in original Sikkimese style of course! Let your tastebuds have an adventure of their own as they go through the diverse delicacies of the Sikkimese cuisine. Pelling has multiple street shops where you can see the local life of Sikkim people while savouring some street specialities. Hence, do not hesitate to add this to your list of things to do in Sikkim.
11. Exploring Ravangla
Blessed with the only two Bon monasteries in India, Ravangla has a lot to offer to you. If history entices you, the monasteries will leave you feeling enchanted as you walk past pillars and walls that as old as time itself. Drawings and Buddhist scriptures on the wall of the monasteries will leave you astonished as well. So, if you want to time travel into the world architecture was at its finest peak, do add this to your list of things to do at Sikkim.
12. Bird watching at Kewzing
We have learned how birds are good for mental health and how they play a pivotal role in maintaining our ecological stability. Now, if you were given a shot to see extremely rare birds and on the verge of getting extinct, would you take it? If yes, do pay a visit to Kewzing. You can witness groups of a bird hovering around or bickering among themselves with sheer enthusiasm. Hence, if you are a devotee of nature, include this to your list of things to do at Sikkim.
13. Flower exhibition at White hall
In for some floral magic? The flower exhibition at White hall will mesmerise you with its charming variety of flowers and wildflowers. The sparkling vibrancy of the flowers will make you fall in love with life again. Make sure you see every display because missing it would be a crime in the world of flowers! So, if you feel like you want to drown in a merrymaking whirlpool of flowers, you are most welcome to add this to your list of things to do in Sikkim.
14. Nightlife at Sikkim
Tired of the 9 to 5 capitalistic labour? Well, in that case, Sikkim nightlife may just do the trick. The best part about nightlife at Sikkim is their local bars are easily accessible and will not crash your wallet either! Safety should not be an issue for you as Sikkim is very happening during the night time as well. There is a series of night-time food stalls that may aid your midnight cravings. So, if you are a hardcore party animal, do consider adding this to your list of things to do at Sikkim.
15. Caving at North Lha-ri-nying phi
This place is mandatory for all the adventurous souls out there! You can camp inside a cave and challenge the wilder side of nature. Watching animals like Hyena or reptiles like snakes does sound appealing, does it not? So, add this to your list of things to do at Sikkim.
16. Leisure walk at Rinchenpong
If you are feeling drained from all the amazing outdoor activities you have been participating in, a leisure walk at Rinchenpong will surely make you feel much better. You will feel all your stress fading out and peaceful energy fading in. The view is so soothing that you might just not want this walking journey to end. Hence, this can be one of the peaceful things to do at Sikkim.
17. Discovering Tibetology
At Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, you will discover the Tibetan folklore and history. You will also be able to look at preserved artefacts that are a hundred years old. If tribal history attracts you, this place will too. There are multiple resources and books that are to be read to widen the horizon of your knowledge about the Tibetan lifestyle. So, definitely add this to your list of things to do in Sikkim.
18. Stroll at Dro Drul Chorten
Does the name Asoka ring a bell? If it does, Dro Drul Chorten is a living example of this leaders contribution to history. You can visit the Stupa which was built by a follower of Asoka and in the name of Buddhism. You can find the significance of this religion in the architecture of these Stupas. The stupas also will show you the style of living and their use of language as there are multiple detailing done to the Stupa. Hence, if this excites you, add this to your list of things to do in Sikkim.
19. Shop at MG road
Looking for Sikkimese goodies? If so, MG road should be your target. Located at a very urban spot in Sikkim, this shoppers haven will not let you return home without a bunch of souvenirs. Starting from classic silvery jewellery to original silk scarves, they tend to have it all and that too, at reasonable prices. You will see a wide arena of products and the shopkeepers are very friendly too which makes shopping even handier. So this can be your guilty pleasure kind of a thing to do in Sikkim.
20. Day trip at Temi Tea Garden
This garden is nothing but a pure delight to the eyes. You will see tea trees as far as your eyes can go there. You will have a great time talking to the native people about their tea cultivating culture and also will see the live demonstration of picking tea leaves that are to be sold. This place will make you understand the dedication Sikkimese have towards tea as it yields quite a lot for their economy. Hence, add this to your list of things to do at Sikkim.
Sikkim is invariably the gift of nature to the world and is versatile from every angle. From the monasteries to the tea garden, it has it all. So, make Sikkim a treat to your soul!