What to see in Sikkim


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 Guru Rimpoche standing at 118 feet. You can visit the only tea plantation owned by the state called Temi Tea


The highest range of mountains rising to 18,000 feet


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.

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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