trip to Sikkim is undoubtedly a
mind-blowing journey. The winding roads carving their way through hills
will surely provide you with the kind of adrenaline that bikers crave. Sikkim
offers you an exceptional experience of trailing Mt. Khangchendzonga and riding
across majestic landscapes.
Out of all the routes in Sikkim, bikers mostly
opt for the North Sikkim route and for all the right reasons. The route stretches
through the most beautiful plateau of Sikkim. Staring off from Gangtok, the
route crosses through a quaint little town called Lachen and concludes at the pristine
Gurudongmar Lake. So rent a bike from bike rental in Sikkim and commence your journey on two
wheels to North Sikkim!
Sikkim Route: Gangtok – Lachen – Thangu – Gurudongmar
Here’s a day-wise breakup of the bike route, which starts and ends
Day 1: Visit
Amitab Bachchan Falls
The journey starts from Gangtok from where we ride towards the
picturesque town of Lachen. This little hamlet will mesmerize you with its
green and verdant surroundings, white snowy peaks, and lofty black cliffs. The
town is dotted with beautiful tourist places such as Lachung Monastery, Bhim
Nala Falls, Amitabh Bachchan Falls, viewpoints, and other fascinating
attractions. Ride around and mingle with the locals of Lachen.
Retire for the day in one of the homestays in
Lachung and get some rest; tomorrow is going to be one thrilling day.
Amitabh Bachchan Falls, Lachen
Day 2: The highlight—Gurudongmar
Embark on your journey towards Thangu Valley. The
ride from here onwards is harsh, with freezing cold wind and snow but also
amazing at the same time as you’re exposed to the magical view of snow-capped
mountains. The closer you get to your destination, the more vivid the silver
snow mountains become. On reaching Thangu Valley, you witness rows of traditional
wooden and stone houses tucked away in the Alpine range of
mountains. The place is undisturbed from urban pollution. From here, you ride
towards Gurudongmar Lake.
Gurudongmar Lake is located at an altitude of
ft and is considered one of the most sacred lakes by the Buddhists and Hindus
alike. This beautiful and awe-inspiring lake remains milky throughout the year.
Spend some time embracing the beauty of this lake and the majestic North Sikkim
landscape and descend towards Gangtok.
Pro Tips for Bike Hire in Gangtok
A special permit—Protected Area Permit (PAP)—is required to enter Gurudongmar and Lachen in North Sikkim. To get the permit, you have to personally visit the permit office in Gangtok. Take along photocopies and originals of vehicle documents and your verification document (voter ID, driver’s license), and 4 passport-size photos. However, if you plan on renting a bike from a travel agent, you just need to share your personal verification documents; the rest will be taken care of by the agent. I suggest you share the documents prior to your visit so as to avoid last-minute hassle.
Royal Enfield is the preferred bike for riding in Sikkim. Its extended height and laidback posture is comfortable on the bending roads of Sikkim. The engine also offers enough power to cover longer distances.
Popular bike routes in Sikkim: Opt for a rental
Road to Gurudongmar Lake
Autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and Spring (March to May)
are the best times to take a bike ride to North Sikkim. During these months,
the weather is pleasant with better visibility.
Drop in your experience in the comment section below if you’ve
ridden this bike route.
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