Sikkim is the only organic state in East Indias in the Himalayan foothills. It also touches the border of Bhutan, China, and Nepal. The name “Sikkim” has been originated from the words ‘Su’, ‘Him’ which means beautiful home. Though “Home Of Nature better suited the place. Sikkim has both, snow-covered mountains and the lush green valley which make Sikkim more beautiful among all states in India. Nearly 40% of the state is covered by forest.
Things To Do In Sikkim
Here are the handpicked things to do in Sikkim. The best way to explore Sikkim is by doing adventure activities. In Sikkim, you will get Aqua activities, air activities, or land activities or If you are a peace lover you can stay in the outskirts area to enjoy the Himalayan view.
Nathu La Pass
It is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in the district of East Sikkim. It a border that connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China. The pass is at 4,310 m altitude.
The road to Nathu la pass is full of twists and turns, so if you enjoy riding you can rent a bike from Gangtok or you can hire a taxi from Gangtok. It requires a special permit to go Nathu la pass from local authorities of Gangtok near M.G Road. The best time to visit is from October to March in another month it is closed sure to heavy snowfall. while riding you will see Tsomgo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir.
Note: Wear warm clothes if you are riding Bike due to low temperature and you may feel difficulty in breathing due to high altitude.
Sky Walk, Pelling
Sky Walk and Chenrezig Statue – A new attraction in Pelling is India’s first Glass skywalk. The 137 feet of a gigantic statue of Chenrezig (Avalokitesvara) and a transparent Sky Walk which is made of glass that leads to the statue of Chenrezig.
There are other nearby destinations in which you may want to visit Kanchenjunga Falls, Khecheopalri Lake holy to Buddhists. staying in spelling won’t be a problem, it has good hotels at a reasonable price.
Trek The Himalaya
Sikkim is also famous for trekking, camping, and hiking. Sandakphu Trek, Goecha La Trek, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek, Sikkim Dzongri Trek, Singalila Trek from Utteray Side, Everest Singalila Trek, Tholung Trek, Dzongri Trek, Versay Trek, Tosar Lake Trek, Green Lake Trek, Lhaba Tarum Tsachu Trek, and North Sikkim High Altitude Trek are the popular treks in Sikkim.
Most of the trek requires permits with a tour guide and in peak seasons most of the trek groups are full. So it is advisable to book your trek in advance online
Rafting In Rapids
Rafting is one of the best ways to do adventure along with valley and mountains view. The Teesta River and Rangit River are popular destinations for rafting in Sikkim near Triveni, near Teesta Bazar.
December to June is the best time for rafting, the perfect rapids of the river will give you an adventurous experience of rafting.
Caving in the North Lha-Ri-Nying Phu
his cave is believed to be one of the holiest places. You can Explore the inside of Himalayan mountain through this cave, which gives you lifetime adventure. It will be thrilling for you to walk on a steep and slope path.
The cave is located in the north of Tashiding, near the Tashiding Monastery.
Bungee Jumping at Singshore Bridge
Singshore bridge is the highest bridge in Sikkim, with a height of 198 meters. If you have no fear of the highest this is the place for you.
This bridge connects two mountains, That will offer you a lush green view of the mountains. Singshore bridge is located in Uttarey Village, which is 5 km from Pelling.
If you want to enjoy the sky view of Sikkim than paragliding is the best option. There are multiple points in Sikkim from where you can enjoy paragliding. you can choose from high altitude and medium-altitude option of gliding.
Pangthang, Bojoghari village, and Tashi View Point are the popular paragliding points in Sikkim. All the points have trained pilot who glides along with you or if you are trained then you can rent a parachute to glide.
IHCAE (Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure & Ecotourism)
If you are an adventure lover and want to learn any adventure sport than Sikkim has a facility for you. You can enroll yourself for different courses provided by IHCAE.
IHCAE is a training institute that provides training in air, water, and land adventure activities. Institute is specialized in mountaineering a part from it paragliding, rafting, ski, and many more courses are provided no the institute. Though it is a government institute they provide subsidies course at a very reasonable fee. They have many things to do in Sikkim, you must explore their website.
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