Sikkim is one of the beauties in north eastern part of India. Here is the perfect list of the most famous places to visit in Sikkim on your trip. Keep scrolling down and read along to have a holiday experience like none other with your loved ones!

Tsomgo Lake: Tsomgo lake which is located just 38 km away from the capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok, is among the most popular tourist places in Sikkim. A snaky road through rocky mountain topography and strident mountains which takes you to the Tsomgo Lake is a lot of adventure in itself. If you are looking for best places to visit in East Sikkim then, you must explore this place on your trip.

Key Attractions:

  • Migratory ducks like the Brahmini
  • The beautiful flowers such as Primulas, Blue and Yellow Poppies, and Irish
  • Yaks and ponies ride

Precautions: Start early to avoid late night travel; and roads are not properly laid out

How to reach: A cab ride from Gangtok will take 2 hours for you to reach almost all Sikkim tourist places

Best time to visit: Jan to Mar for snow; April to May for Rhododendrons and Orchids; and Oct to Dec.

Key Attractions:

  • The historic Norbugang Park
  • Tashi tenka, which was a historic royal palace promises wonderful views
  • The oldest monastery the Dubdi Gompa
  • Kathok Wodsalin Gompa a newly constructed monastery, also famous for the statue of Guru Padmasambhava
  • Goechala Trek
  • Khangchendzonga National Park

Precaution: Poor lighting on the roads

How to reach: 6 to 7 hours by road via Jorethang from Jalpaiguri, the nearest railway stop. The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.

Best time to visit: March to June and September to November

3. Nathula Pass

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Nathula pass, located in the Himalayas, connects India with Tibet is considered to be amongst the best places to visit in Sikkim Gangtok. The pass, at 4,310 m above sea level forms a part of a side-shoot of the prehistoric Silk Road. Definitely one of the places to visit in Sikkim without fail.

Key Attractions:

  • Yak safari
  • Border Gates of India and China
  • A beautifully built war memorial
  • Exhibition Centre of the Indian Army
  • Mt Chomolhari

Precautions: Oxygen levels are low; and there could be traffic jams due to adverse weather conditions

How to reach:
Road 4 to 5 hours by bus from the east of Gangtok (54 km)
Train Nearest railhead is Siliguri, 165 km away, and takes 4.5 hours by taxi.
Flight Nearest airport is Pakyong airport.

When to visit Nathula: May and October; Opens for Indians only from Wednesday to Sunday

4. Lachung, Lachen and Yumthang Valley

Lachen is a distant village in North Sikkim and the winter home for Tibetan nomadic tribes. Lachung is also a high altitude village of Tibetan and Bhutia people in North Sikkim. And Yumthang is a beautiful valley bounded by snowcapped mountains. All three are extremely beautiful tourist places in Sikkim. One must visit Lachung as it is the most famous among the list of places to visit in North Sikkim and for experiencing snowfall in Sikkim.

Key Attractions:

  • The picturesque journey from Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake
  • Gurudongmar Lake which is often frozen in winters
  • The colorful rhododendron bloom
  • Lachung Gompa where the largest Buddhist shrine is located
  • Lachung Monastery, Handicraft and Lachung Village
  • Mt Pandim, Mt Kabru, Mt Simvo, Mt Jopuno, Mt Khangchendzonga and Mt Siniolchu enroute Gangtok Rhododendron Sanctuary
  • Sub-zero temperature and 360 degree snowcapped highlands at Yumesamdong / Zero-point

Precaution: Low oxygen levels

How to reach: Take a taxi from the nearest railhead in New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri). The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.

When to visit: MarchJune is pleasant; and DecemberJanuary for snowfall

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5. Ravangla

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Furrowed by dense forests and outstandingly balanced on a ridge superintending an extensive swish of western Sikkim, Ravangla assures one of the most beautiful mountain views.It is a popular tourist place in Sikkim and draws many nature lovers every year.

Key Attractions:

  • Tathagata Tsal, a Buddhist park
  • Mane Choekhorling Gompa
  • Pang Lhabsol, which displays religious prayers and songs
  • Hikes and treks

Precaution: Forests are very dense, beware of wildlife.

How to reach: Take a cab ride after Jalpaiguri station, which is 94 km from Ravangla

Best time to visit: March – June

Namchi: Namchi is blessed with fresh air which is fragmented with the aroma of lush flora. The beautiful sight of snow capped mountains and the woodland mountain valleys adds to the scenery and makes it an important spot amongst the places to visit in South Sikkim.

Key Attractions:

  • Khangchendzonga range
  • Sherdup Choeling Monastery
  • The beautiful tea gardens
  • Rock Garden
  • Namchi Mahotsav in October

How to reach: Take a cab for 77 km from the Jalpaiguri metro station

Precaution: Roads are not properly laid out

Best time to Visit: MarchJune and OctoberNovember

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Zuluk: One of the offbeat Sikkim tourist places, Zuluk is a small village located at a high altitude and has a very empowering history due to its connection with the Silk Route. It promises great views of the snow capped mountain ranges especially during winter and is a fabulous place to see for those looking for snowfall in Sikkim or looking for the best places to visit in Sikkim and Darjeeling.

Key Attractions:

  • Nag temple
  • Mt Kanchenjungha
  • Thambi View Point

Precautions: Be prepared for a foggy climate

How to reach: Take a cab ride for 91 km from Jalpaiguri railway station

Best Time to Visit: August and September

8. Teesta River

Shimmering summer view of the Teesta river

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A different one among places to visit in Sikkim, Teesta River is stunning to look at when it is frozen in winters. During spring, however, the river is shimmering in the sun rays and displays a perfect habitat for blooming flowers.

Key Attractions:

  • River rafting and kayaking during the summers
  • Bird spotting
  • Lush green fauna and flower beds on the banks
  • Sangam of river teesta with it tributary the Rangeet River
  • Dikchu bridge on way to Lachung

Precautions: River can get a little rough and ice pieces are often found

How to reach: Take a cab for 33 km from Darjeeling railway station

Best time to visit: AprilMay; and November

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9. Gangtok

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Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and has loads of gems in its kitty; you would be awestruck by the never ending walking trails, gorgeous silver-fir trees and most importantly the hospitality by the locals. Make sure it is on your list of places to visit in Sikkim.

Key Attractions:

  • Paragliding in the valley
  • Jhakri Falls and Kyongnosla Water Falls
  • Yak ride
  • Lively nightlife
  • Snowcapped ranges of Mt Kachendzonga
  • Bird eye view from the ropeway
  • Enchey Monastery

How to reach: Take a cab for 148 km from New Jalpaiguri railway station. The nearest airport is Pakyong airport.

Best time to Visit: October to June

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10. Pelling

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Second most-visited attraction after Gangtok, Pelling will sweep you away with its lush forests and varied wildlife. Since it is a small town, you can easily discover it on foot. It provides a plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

Key Attractions:

  • Sangachoeling Monastery
  • Sewaro Rock Garden
  • Singshore Bridge
  • Rimbi Waterfall
  • Kanchenjunga Fall
  • Kaluk

Precaution: Even though the road conditions are fine, it is best to take a sumo vehicle to reach here.

How to reach: Pakyong Airport is the nearest airport from Pelling and New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (152 km) is the nearest railway station.

Best time to visit: Mid February to June

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11. Singalila National Park

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Unlike any other national parks in India, the Singalila is amongst those beautiful places to visit in Sikkim that even a non-wildlife enthusiast would love to explore. Offering breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga and Mount Everest peaks, it is a place you definitely can’t miss.

Key Attractions:

  • Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga peaks
  • Sandakphu and Phalut
  • Birdwatching

Precautions: Since it’ll be a long trip, be prepared with a sturdy pair of shoes and bottles of water.

How To Reach: You can take a cab from Ghoom Railway Station, which is 31 km away from Tonglu, the entry point to the park.

Best Time To Visit: March to April

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12. Phodong Monastery

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Situated in the Phodong village, some 28 km off Gangtok, this 18th-century monastery is amongst the premier ones in the state to visit. From ancient murals to beautiful paintings, this place offers an insight into Sikkim’s spectacular past.

Key Attractions:

  • Murals and paintings
  • Picturesque view of the city
  • An insight into Sikkim’s glorious past

How To Reach: You can take a cab or a regular bus from Mangan to reach this famous Buddhist monastery.

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year

13. Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake

Located in a high plateau area of Sikkim is one of the highest lakes in the world, Gurudongmar Lake. This beauty is located at an altitude of 17,800 ft. The lake is to the north of Kang Chengyao range and is fed naturally by the glaciers. It is considered sacred not by one religion, but three, Hindus, Sikhs, and Buddhists. From the months of November to a major part of May, the lake is totally frozen.

Key Attractions:

  • The wildlife found around the lake – yaks and blue sheep
  • Snow covered mountain views

Precautions: Do not forget to take the permit before visiting the lake

How to reach: Bagdogra Airport is the closest domestic airport at a distance of 270 km from the lake while the nearest railhead is Darjeeling Railway Station at a distance of 171 km.

Best time to visit: November to June

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14. Goechala

Goechala Trek in Sikkim

If an adventure trip to Sikkim is on your mind, then Goechala is what should top your list. Goechala is a mountain pass in Sikkim known for trekking and hiking. It is also the base camp for those looking to indulge in difficult yet breathtaking treks. If you like challenges in life, then this challenging trek is looking your way. And if trekking isnt something you want to indulge in, the pass is still amazing to visit and one can view the beautiful Mt. Kanchenjunga from here along with a lot of other magnificent peaks.

Key Attractions:

  • Base camp for a trek through the beautiful Kanchenjunga National Park
  • Magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • Watch the pristine sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga range

Precautions: Do not embark on the trek if you are a beginner at trekking

How to reach: The nearest domestic airport is Bagdogra at a distance of 103 km and the nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri at a distance of 106 km.

Best time to visit: April to June

15. Khangchendzonga National Park

Khangchendzonga National Park

Khangchendzonga National Park is a national park which made its place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2016. It is also the first Mixed Heritage site of India. The park acquired its name from Mt. Kangchenjunga. Rich in flora and fauna, it is famous with nature lovers. One can spot snow leopards here.

Key Attractions:

  • Rich fauna including the red panda, snow leopard, and Himalayan black bear
  • Breathtaking trekking trails leading to Goechala, Yuksom and other beautiful places in Sikkim

Precautions: Do not break any of the national park rules

How to reach: The nearest town is Yuksom at a distance of 34 km while Gangtok is at a distance of 46 km from the park. One can hire a taxi to get to the park.

Best time to visit: October to December

16. Aritar

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Aritar is famous for its virgin beauty, impressive temples and monasteries. It is located in the east of Sikkim and considered to be an important town of the region. Surrounded by forests and streams, Aritar is a true delight for any traveler who loves to spend a quiet time in the woods. Stroll along the forests or walk by the streams to get a taste of the pristine environment here.

Key Attractions

  • Best spot for paragliding
  • Aritar is a right place for other adventure sports as well

Precautions: Avoid travel during monsoons

How To Reach: Aritar, in East Sikkim, can be reached from Gangtok via Pakyong in 4 hours by taxi or cab.

Best time to visit: March to May

17. Do Drul Chorten

Do Drul Chorten

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Once believed to be haunted by evil spirits, the Korten Stupa was an infamous spot in Sikkim until the revered Lama Trulshig Rnpoche came here in 1946 and built a stupa.The deity, Vajra Kilaya who is respected as one of the most eminent chortens in Sikkim, is placed on the top of the stupa. Inside the place, you will find a lot of holy Buddhist texts and other religious paraphernalia.

Key Attractions
The Stupa has nearly 108 prayer wheels which you can actually count on your visit.

How To Reach: Do Drul Chorten is located in the Deorali area of Gangtok. Taxis are available to take you here.

Best time to visit: March to mid-June

18. Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

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Witness some of the exquisite and rare artworks of Buddhist culture at the Rumtek Monastery. It is a treat to sore eyes. Built in the 12th century, the Monastery belongs to the Kagyu sect in Sikkim. In a sad state of affairs, the Rumtek Monastery was left to ruin for some years until 1960 when Gyalwa Karmapa reestablished it. The monastery is a treasure trove of unique hand paintings, murals and sculptures. There are 1001 miniature Gold sculptures which is a sight to behold.

Key Attractions

  • At the rear end of the wall of Rumtek Monastery, there is a small alley that leads to the stunning Golden Stupa

Precautions

  • It is suggested to go here with a travel guide.
  • Do not consume alcohol or smoke smoke at the monastery.

How To Reach: Rumtek Monastery can be easily reached by a private vehicle from Gangtok.

Best time to visit: March to May; and October to December

19. Mangan

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Mangan is a charismatic place that offers beautiful sightseeing spots. It also serves as a transit point to other parts of the state. Every year in December, a three-day music festival is organised here. You can cheer the bands that come from all over the region, as well as from the other states of northeast India. The perfect combination of hills, music and cold weather makes it a great experience. There are several other attractions such as traditional cultural songs performance and food festival.

Key Attractions

  • Mangan has become a sanctuary for nature lovers lately. Many travellers have flocked here to get a clear glimpse of white peaks.
  • During December, an exhibition cum sale of local handicrafts take place.

Precautions

  • It is always advisable to take the help of a guide.
  • It is suggested to take only the designated trails while walking.
  • Avoid littering around streams and lakes.

How To Reach: To reach from Gangtok, you can either take a private cab or local bus and reach directly to Mangan. The time taken is nearly 2 hours.

Best time to visit: April, May, June and July.

20. Cholamu Lake

Cholamu Lake

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The 14th highest lake in the world and the only highest lake in India, Cholamu Lake is a wonder of Sikkim. It is located at a height of 18,000 feet above the sea level. On a descent from the top of Donkia La pass, which is located at a height of 18300 feet, you can get a glimpse of this almost frozen lake. It is a famous tourist attraction in Sikkim and needs special permit to enter the zone.

Key Attractions
Tibet border is very close to the Cholamu Lake.

Precautions

  • Avoid visiting the place during monsoon or winter.
  • Travelers going with families are advised to visit the Gurudongmar Lake instead.
  • Special border permit is required to visit the lake. Make sure to book in advance.

How To Reach: Bagdogra Airport is the nearest domestic airport that is around four and a half hour drive from Lachen. Hire a cab or taxi to reach Lachen and then take a jeep to go near the Lake.

Best time to visit: October and November

21. Tendong Hill

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Tendong Hill is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sikkim. One gets stunning views of the valleys in Sikkim from this hill top. Tendong Hill is located at a height of 8530 ft above Damthang in Southern Sikkim. It is a perfect spot for meditation. The peaceful aura of this place makes it a choicest destination for a quiet holiday.

Key Attractions
The entire range of Singalila, Chola, part of Gangtok town, Nathu La, Darjeeling and part West Bengal plains are visible from here.

Precautions

  • Do not travel without a guide.
  • Do not disturb the wildlife here.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoke while you are here.

How To Reach: Taxis and buses are available from the nearest airport to Damthang-Tendong Hill.

Best Time To Visit: months of March, April, May and June

22. Geyzing

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Not only one of the important towns in West District of Sikkim, Geyzing is also the district headquarters of the state. Popularly known as Gyalshing to the local people, it is just 10km away from Pelling. Geyzing has become a major tourist spot in these years. Since it is also the main trading and commercial hub of the district, Geyzing remains busy throughout the year. You can reach the river Rangeet to get stunning glimpses of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. There are several impressive monasteries here which also make Geyzing a hotspot for tourists.

Key Attractions
Yangtey, a hilltop, can easily be reached from here. It offers majestic views of the city underneath.

How To Reach: Located only 124 km away from Bagdogra Airport, Geyzing is easily accessible by taxis or cabs.

Best time to visit: months of March, April, May and June.

23. Goecha La

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Goecha La is located at an altitude of 4,940 m. It is a popular high mountain pass and serves as the base camp for the southeast Kanchenjunga. Trekking is the only way to get an access to Goecha La. However, trekking should be ventured from Yuksom. It takes nearly 7-8 days to reach Goecha La and then trek back to Yuksom.

Precautions
The area is accessible only after proper permits are granted
Carry warm clothes irrespective of the season you are travelling in.

How To Reach: Yuksom is located about 140 km away from Siliguri. As it is the entry point for Sikkim and Gangtok, it is easily accessible by road. Taxis are available for the same.

Best time to visit: April to September

25. Yangtey

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Yangtey is a small hamlet located only 9 km from Pelling. It is closer to other famous tourist attractions such as Khecheopalri Lake, Khangchendzonga waterfalls, Rimbi Waterfalls, Rabdentse Ruins, Sewaro Rock Garden and others. Excluding the stunning vistas of the Himalayas, Yangtey is also famous for the beautiful Tashigang Resort which is situated right in the middle of green gardens and lawns. It is a wonderful place to spend a quiet holiday.

Key Attractions

  • Spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjungha
  • Trek to Khecheopalri Lake

How To Reach: Yangtey, located only 2 kms from Geyzing, can be reached by bus or taxi from Geyzing, West Sikkim.

Best time to visit: winter season

26. Kanchenjunga Base Camp

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If you have the daring to reign the mountains, then you should sign up for Kanchenjunga Base Camp. Located at a height of 14,000 ft, the arduous trek will give you an opportunity to lay your eyes on the pristine Himalayas. Obviously, the mountainscapes you get to see on the trek will obviously be more unique and raw. It will also be a chance for you to brag about climbing the base camp of the world’s third-highest peak.

Precaution: If you do not have physical stamina, then you shouldn’t sign up for the trek

How to reach: The trek begins from Dzongri which the last road head.

Best time to visit: April-June, Sep-Oct

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27. Singalila

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The amazing thing about Sikkim is that you get to explore a number of treks and mountain trails in the region. Singalila Ridge Trek is another popular trail where you unravel the majestic views of Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest, Makalu, and Mhotse as you reach the top. Singalila Ridge Trek is a moderate-level trek that requires fitness and stamina. You will also get to see unique species of flowers and medicinal plants along the trail that are used for making medicine.

Precaution: The climb is steep. So, wear proper trekking shoes

How to reach: The trek begins near Darjeeling and ends in Rimbik.

Best time to visit: March-June

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28. Green Lake

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One of the less explored and unhindered destinations in Sikkim, Green Lake is a visual treat to the eyes. Surrounded by the snow-clad mountains and glaciers, Green Lake is a pristine embodiment of water formed by the melting of glaciers. It is located in the Kanchenjunga National park. So, if you are headed to the base camp, you will pass through the lake.

Precaution: If you have medical conditions, you should not sign up for the trek.

How to reach: It is a 10-day trek from Gangtok.

Best time to visit: October-December, March-June

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29. Zero Point

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Also known as Yume Samdong in the local language, Zero Point is one of the most popular points of interest in Sikkim. It is located at an altitude of 4,724 m away from all civilization. Enjoy the striking views of snowy valleys and azure skies when you are at the Zero Point. It is only 15 km from Lachung Valley. So, if you are already on your way to Lachung, then you should make a point to visit this place too.

Precaution: Wear enough layers as the weather can be harsh.

How to reach: The only way to reach Zero Point is by car. Hire a private taxi from Lachung Village.

Best time to visit: April-May

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30. Tso Lhamo Lake

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Lakes in Sikkim are in abundance. Most of them have not even been explored yet. located in the North Sikkim at an altitude of 5,330 m, Tso Lhamo Lake is probably one of the highest lakes in the world. The journey all the way to this lake is not an easy one but worth every breath. The surreal reflection of the mighty Himalayas in the turquoise blue waters of the lake is an appealing reward.

Precaution: Since it is difficult to reach, people with no prior trekking experience should not attempt to go here.

How to reach: The only way to reach is by trekking

Best time to visit: October-December, March-June

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31. Thangu

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The valley of Thangu will captivate your senses with its breathtaking views and scenery. Come summer, the entire valley is covered with a carpet of colorful flowers. While most people visit Lachung and Yumthang, you should add this place to your itinerary to go offbeat. On either side, you will find massifs hovering over you. Don’t worry. You won’t be bored here because you will find plenty of things to do here like trekking and exploring the village and tribal life.

Precaution: It is a rural settlement. Don’t except fancy accommodation or eateries in this place

How to reach: Thangu is 141 km from Gangtok and the only best way to reach here is by getting a private taxi.

Best time to visit: May-June

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32. Enchey Monastery

You won’t believe it but the 19th-century monastery is one of the most popular attractions in Sikkim. The Chinese Pagoda design of the monastery is an architectural marvel and is inspired after China’s sacred mountain which was also the spiritual dwelling of Jampelyang, the God of knowledge.

Precaution: Dress modestly when visiting the monastery and maintain quiet.

How to reach: The monastery is just 10-minute drive from the city center.

Best time to visit: 6 AM – 4 PM every day

33. Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

If Rumtek Monastery is on your itinerary, then make an impromptu stop at Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Gardens. Sprawling across a huge area in Yumthang Valley, this is where you will find a huge variety of orchids, rhododendrons, and other gorgeous Himalayan flowers. There is a small lake inside the park where you can enjoy a little picnic while kids enjoy their time in the playground.

Precaution: Don’t pluck any flowers from the garden

How to reach: Take a taxi from Gangtok for a day tour to Rumtek Monastery and botanical gardens.

Best time to visit: April-June

34. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

In case you are fascinated by Tibetan culture and lifestyle, then you should definitely visit the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology where you will learn so much about Tibet from their clothes to culture and language. There is a museum in the institute that features coins, valuable statues, thangkas, and scriptures from various languages on display.

Entry Fee: INR 10

How to reach: it is only 2 km from Deorali

Timings: 10 AM – 4 PM, Sunday closed

35. Tashiding Monastery

Flanked on a hilltop, Tashiding is one of the oldest monasteries in the region and a center of spiritual enlightenment for the followers. The magnificent views in the backdrop alone will make you feel at peace the monastery was built in the 17th century and it is believed that it cleanses you of all the sins and wrongdoings.

Don’t miss: Attend the grand Bhumchu Festival in the monastery

How to reach: Take a private taxi to get around places in Sikkim

Timings: 7 AM – 7 PM

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