What to see in Sikkim
14 Day Intinerary
Sikkim is one of most beautiful areas of the planet because it still had some extraordinary mountains landscapes and the mountain people are very welcoming and warm.
To get to Sikkim, fly to New Delhi and take a domestic flight straight to Pakyong which is a new airport in Sikkim. A direct flight from Heathrow to New Delhi is 10 hours and the domestic from Delhi to Pakyong is 90 minutes. It’s a 90-minute car journey from Pakyong to Gangtok which is the capital of Sikkim.
We will be staying at the Enchanted Forest Farmhouse near Gangtok
Day 1/2 - Enchanted Forest Farm , relax and recuperate
Day 3 - Gangtok - Market, Ganesk Tok, Tashi View Point, Shuffle Momos for lunch, MG Marg, The Coffee Shop MG Marg, Ropeway and dinner with Sikkimese family
Day 4 – Namchi, Bhudda Park, Temi Tea Plantation, Guru Rinpoche Statue at Samdrupstse Hill, Shivadham
We will stay at the Chumbi Mountain Retreat in Pelling at the end of day 4
Day 5/6 – Yuksom, Dragon Palace Hotel lunch on terrace, Coronation Chair, Sacred Lake
Day 7 – Pelling, Khecheopairi Lake, Tashiding Monestery,
Day 8 – Tsongmo Lake
Day 9/10 – Lachen, Kalep Valley,
Day 11- Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Hot Springs
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and is the largest town at an elevation of 1,650m, (4,711 feet). The towns population of 100,000 belongs to different ethnicities of Nepalis, Lepchas and Bhutia
Yuksom is my favourite place in the Sikkim because it has a very natural and non-commercial feel. Even the locals love coming here with the family to get away from the hussles and bussle of Gangtok. It the historical first capital of Sikkim and coronation of the first king of Sikkim by three Lama's
Namchi is fast becoming a tourist attractions and a pilgrimage for both Buddhist and Hindus' alike because of Siddhesvara Dhaam and the largest statue of Shiva standing at 118 feet.
The highest range of mountains rising to 18,000 feet
TEESTA RIVERTA RIVER
The Teesta river is 309 km long flowing from high Himalayan mountains in North Sikkim from Gurudongmar lake, Lake Cholamu, Zemu Glacier and Pauhunri and runs into West bengal and eventually in Bangledesh at the Bay of Bengal
Naga Falls is in North Sikkim and on the Gangtok - Chungthang road. It's one of the highest waterfalls in Sikkim and cascades over a number of tiers. Its very clean and drinkable but icy cold. During the monsoon season, the flow of water can be extremely heavy so be aware.
Yumthang Valley near Lachung which means small mountain in Tibetan is one of the most dramatic valleys in Sikkim at a height of nearly 12,000 feet. It's called the valley of flowers and is famous for it rhododendrons and flowers from late February to mid June. During the Victoriam era, many explorers and botanists from the Royal Geographic Society in London came here to collect the seedlings and it became a status symbol to have rhododendrons in an English garden.
YUMTHANG HOT SPRINGS
In a stone building across the river is a naturally heated communal hot pool. The main reason to come here is the great photo opportunity across the bridge festoon with many prayers flags flying in the wind and the scenery of the valley below. The pool is really a plunge pool with a high smell of sulphur but beware there are no lockers in the changing room