Sikkim is one of the most beautiful states in India
that enthralls everyone with its spectacularly scenic landscapes, charming hill
stations posed against snow-capped peaks, quaint villages along winding
mountain roads, and much more. Sikkim also offers a rich historic experience:
it was once a part of the thriving ancient silk route that ran through it. All
of this makes a motorbike expedition to Sikkim a must-do thing.
Why is bike rental in Sikkim so
A bike trip to Sikkim is undoubtedly a
mind-blowing experience: the winding roads definitely give that much-required
adrenaline rush as you ride on one of the best biking terrains in the country.
You will also be greeted by extremely warm-hearted people who will make you
fall in love with this charming state. The feeling of fresh mountain breeze
sweeping across your face as gravity shifts underneath you is incomparable.
Also, the sense of fulfillment you feel upon reaching the destination after a
long and challenging ride is therapeutic. For all such reasons, millennials
these days prefer to rent a bike and explore Sikkim with the freedom it gives
Biking Routes in Sikkim
Route: Gangtok – Lachen –Thangu –
There are many biking routes in Sikkim that are well-known for
offering thrilling experiences. Gangtok to Gurudongmar is the most noted and
extreme route. This north Sikkim route passes through the exhilarating hairpin
bends of Zuluk and the picturesque town of Lachen. Keep your camera handy as
you’ll definitely witness India’s highest mountain peak Mt. Khangchendzonga
along the way. The entire route is either guided by forest greens or snow-clad
mountains; the scenes will make you redefine the definition of beauty.
Read in detail: Ditch the car ride to North Sikkim: Hire a bike in Gangtok
Tsomgo Lake, East Sikkim
Sikkim Route: Gangtok – Tsomgo Lake –
Zuluk – Aritar
Another route that bikers prefer is
the east Sikkim route, which starts from Gangtok, passes by Tsomgo Lake and
ends at Aritar. The route is also called the Silk Route as it takes you via
Zuluk, which was once an ancient trade
Sikkim to Bhutan and China. Now, it’s a biker’s paradise.
Read in detail: Ride the magical East Sikkim route by hiring a bike in Gangtok
South Sikkim Route: Gangtok – Temi
– Ravangla – Namchi
through the spotless, winding roads of south Sikkim, with verdant hills, blue
skies, and tea gardens tracing your journey. South Sikkim roads also lead you to
noted sacred sites of Sikkim such as Char Dham and Buddha Park.
Read in detail: Elevate your vacation: Hop on a rental bike and ride the South Sikkim route
West Sikkim Route: Gangtok – Pelling – Yuksom
Sikkim offers you the opportunity to ride through the highest bridge in the
entire state and the second-highest suspended bridge in Asia: Singshore Bridge.
The route also takes you back in time, as you can make a stop at Rabdentse
Ruins, once a royal palace, giving you a glimpse of Sikkim’s monarchy.
Read in detail: Discover West Sikkim on a motorbike: Bike rentals in Sikkim
Pro Tips for Bike Hire in Gangtok
A special permit—Protected Area Permit (PAP)—is
required to enter Tsomgo Lake and Nathu La Pass in East Sikkim and Zuluk 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
Royal Enfield is the preferred bike for riding in Sikkim. Its extended
height and laidback posture are comfortable on the bending roads of Sikkim. The engine also offers enough power to cover longer
Autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and Spring (March to May) are
the best times to take a bike ride in Sikkim. During these months, the weather
is pleasant with better visibility.
that you know about the popular biking routes in Sikkim, comment below the
route you are most likely to take!
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