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10 Places You Absolutely Must Visit in Sikkim

Author: Laura Thapa
Date: 2020-02-15

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From tall, snowy mountains to plunging valleys, Sikkim has it all. Sikkim is a wonderland, blessed with immensely beautiful places to visit and explore. It’s a land of mixed people and cultures. When you are planning to visit Sikkim, know that there are so many places to chose from!

Each place of Sikkim, North, South, East, and West have their own unique features. There are people belonging to different ethnic groups in Sikkim at different places. That’s why when you visit Sikkim, you will feel as if you have visited many countries all within one state!

Also, do not forget the check the best time to visit Sikkim.

If you had to choose between the multitudes of places to visit in Sikkim, here are the top 10 places everyone must visit in Sikkim and why:

1. Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir - Places to visit in Sikkim

Changu Lake is one place in Sikkim that will always show up on Google images. It is famous for being one of the few places in the world with a high-elevation lake that you can visit. Sikkim prides itself on this major tourist attraction by offering yak rides around the lake and a gondola lift ropeway. It is one of the top places to visit in Sikkim. In order to visit this place, you have to hire a taxi from Gangtok, Sikkim. The journey will take about 2 to 3 hours depending on road conditions and traffic.

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Changu Lake

Changu Lake - one of the best places to visit in East Sikkim

Baba Mandir (Saint Temple) is a place that honors a fallen soldier, Harbhajan Singh, of the Indian army. Many tourists like to visit this place since it on the border of Sikkim and Tibet. Captain Harbhajan Singh was killed on the Indo-China border at Nathula pass Sikkim. People believe that he still guards the Indian soldiers of Nathula. Near his shrine within the temple, water bottles of spiritual water are offered. Many people believe there is healing in the water.

Note: Foreign Tourists can visit Changu Lake, East Sikkim in a group of 2 or more, whereas they are prohibited from Nathula and the Indo-China border.

2. Pelling: Glass Skywalk and Chenrezig Statue - Places to visit in Sikkim

If you want to catch an excellent view of Mt. Khangchendzonga then Pelling, Sikkim, is one of the places you must visit in Sikkim! Beyond the spectacular view, however, there are two major attractions you must visit.

Pelling, Sikkim is home to India’s first glass Skywalk! This spectacular structure is one of the popular places of tourist attractions you must visit. This skywalk in Sikkim is 200ft long and 55ft tall. Walking across it makes you feel like a bird soaring into the valley. You can also visit Sikkim’s 4th largest statue, Chenrezig, which is a Tibetan Buddhist (the main religion of Sikkim) statue that signifies Buddha’s sympathy. The name means, “One who looks with an unwavering eye.” This statue forms a triangle with two other prominent Buddhist statues: Tathagata in Ravangla and Padmasambhava near Namchi in a place called Samdrupste.

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glass skywalk at Pelling

Visit the glass skywalk at Pelling in Sikkim 

3. Namchi: Ropeway, Samdrupste, and Chardham - Places to visit in Sikkim

Namchi, Sikkim is a great place to visit nowadays. The tourism industry is growing steadily as more and more attractions are being introduced. Namchi in Sikkim has emerged with many places of attractions and attracts visitors from everywhere. Most recently, the long ropeway that links Namchi bazaar with Samdrupste is up and running. It soars high above the valley between the town and the neighboring mountain. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it is quite the experience! Definitely photo-worthy. 

When you visit Samdrupste, you will see a major center of Buddhist pilgrimage in Sikkim. The statue of Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim is set at 2134 meters. The first stones of construction were laid down by the spiritual leader of Buddhism, the Dalai Lama himself. Visitors who chose to visit this holy site must endure a steep 250-meter hike uphill from the parking lot, or ride the ropeway up. Once you reach Namchi in Sikkim make sure to visit all the places nearby, as well.

Char Dham is one of the places in Sikkim for visitors who practice Hinduism. However, it is also one of the popular places of tourist attractions. It is a pilgrimage as well as a cultural center where you can visit an 87ft statue of Lord Shiva surrounded by replicas of the four Dhams that are found around the nation. It is located on Solohok Hill 5km from Namchi, Sikkim.

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Shirdi Sai Temple at Namchi

Visit Shirdi Sai Temple at Namchi in Sikkim

4. Ravangla: Buddha Park - Places to visit in Sikkim

Another spiritual site that you can visit in Sikkim is located in Ravangla, South Sikkim. Buddha Park or Tathagata Tsal in Sikkim is a grand park filled with open green spaces and a 130ft gold plated Buddha statue gracefully overlooking the park. Buddha Park is one of the famous places to visit in Sikkim and views of Mt. Khangchendzonga can be seen on a clear day.  

When you visit Buddha Park in South Sikkim, you can find an immaculately decorated museum underneath the Buddha statue. It chronicles the life and awakening of Buddha. Visitors of any religious background can enjoy wandering around the wonderful park and places nearby and learning about Buddhism through beautiful artwork in Sikkim.

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