While the entire Sikkim is truly a fascinating place, North Sikkim has a special place in every tourist’s heart.
The close proximity to Mt. Khangchendzonga, the 3rd highest peak in the world; the captivating landscape that is starkly different from the rest of the state; high-altitude hamlets; rustic homestays; flowering valleys; and the ever-enchanting Gurudongmar Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world are just some of the reasons tourists can’t get enough of this region and keep coming back for more.
Keeping the captivating natural beauty aside, there are plenty of things to do in North Sikkim that will keep you excited throughout your trip.
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TOP 7 THINGS TO DO IN NORTH SIKKIM
(1) Go Spelunking
North Sikkim has many caves that are great for exploration and many are yet to be discovered. The caves in North Sikkim are mostly reachable by hiking and some could take days to reach. However, each has some interesting story tied to it, and a guided tour is advisable.
Take a pilgrimage tour to the four holy caves of Sikkim or a guided day hike to Kulung Ney Cave.
(2) Take a Yak Safari
Yaks are generally found in the higher altitudes of Sikkim, and yak rides have become a popular tourist activity. You can take a yak ride at Dzongri Lake in North Sikkim (or Tsomgo Lake in East Sikkim).
Blog post: An unruly yak at Tsomgo Lake- Did I survive the ride?
(3) Soak in the Hot Springs
Hot springs in Sikkim are not just for leisure dipping but also for therapeutic purposes. A visit to the hot springs amidst the cold climate of north Sikkim makes it extremely welcoming and enjoyable. You can visit Lingdem hot springs in upper Dzongu, Yumthang hot spring in Yumthang Valley, and Yume Samdong hot spring, 25 km from Yumthang.
Blog post: Hot spring camping in Lachung
Blog post: The therapeutic hot springs of Sikkim
(4) Visit Fruit Orchards in Lachung
Lachung is filled with fruit orchards. Peaches, apricots, and apples can be picked fresh off the trees if you’re there during the harvest season (August and September). Some homestays have orchards of their own and the hosts arrange for fruit picking for their guests.
(5) Learn How to Make Wine
Wine-making is prevalent throughout Sikkim, with locals making use of fruits and flowers to make some delicious flavours. With the presence of numerous fruit orchards in north Sikkim, homestays are the perfect place to observe and learn the art of wine-making. You can try local organic wines made from cardamom, mixed fruits, pear, apple, rhododendron, guava, Sichuan pepper, ginger, etc.
Book a wine-making experience
(6) Enjoy Angling
Trout, mahasheer, and katley are abundant in the waters of Sikkim, making this state an anglers paradise. From day trips to overnight camping, you can enjoy this leisurely sport at your own pace. Some homestays provide fishing equipment and even cook the captured catch in the traditional style.
Package: The North Sikkim experience
(7) Hike inside Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Situated inside the pretty Yumthang Valley, also known as the “Valley of Flowers,” Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is known for its rhododendrons and has around 40 species. It’s great for birding too with the presence of the blood pheasant, hoary-throated barwing, and wood snipe.
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