Known For : Nathula Pass MG Road, Gangtok Rumtek Monastery
Extremely alluring, pleasantly boisterous, and wreathed in clouds - Gangtok, the capital city of the Sikkim can also give you a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. It is also one of the most popular hill stations in Sikkim. The beauty and the winding hill roads are even more breathtaking if seen from a bird’s eye view in a cable car.
Best Time: Throughout the year
Pelling, one of the most beautiful hill stations in Sikkim, is becoming the second biggest tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok. The main attraction of the place is the breathtaking sight of the Khangchendzonga and the neighbouring peaks. The famous Pemayangste monastery is less than a kilometre from here and is a major tourist hotspot.
Situated in the northern district of Sikkim, Lachen is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Sikkim and an attractive tourist spot that is well known for its Lachung monastery. Lachen is a less-populated beautiful holiday destination, also famous as the gateway to the sacred Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes.
Lachung is a splendid hill station in Sikkim that is located at the spot where two tributaries Lachung and Lachen meet. This town is a popular tourist attraction because of the many waterfalls that gush in this area. Lachung is also a preferred base to visit the famous Yumthang Valley, quite a landmark in Sikkim's tourism scene.
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The popular Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim is located 140 km north of Gangtok. Famous as the "Valley of flowers", this is a rare and exotic hill station in Sikkim with hot springs, rivers, yaks and lush green meadows. It houses the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which has over 24 species of Rhododendron flowers (the state flower) blooming from late February to mid-June.
Zuluk (also called Dzuluk or Jhuluk or Juluk) is a dainty hamlet resting in the lap of the East Himalayas in Sikkim. The region is blessed with panoramic vistas of ice-capped mountains, deep gorges, dense woods and sparkling streams. Zuluk proudly calls itself a virgin destination as it is almost never crowded by seasonal tourists.
Yuksam is a beautiful hill station in Sikkim well known for its natural beauty. The village provides access to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga. There are several interesting tourist attractions that you can see here and the local cuisine of the place are a must try.
Namchi, the district headquarters of the South District, is a prosperous market town that has quickly developed into a tourist hotspot. Namchi literally means "Top of the Sky" and the main tourist attractions of Namchi are the two gigantic statues. Set in a scenic environment, Namchi provides you a beautiful view of the Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley.
Known For : Lampokhari Parbateyswar Shivalaya Mandir Trekking
Known for its pristine beauty, temples and monasteries, Aritar is an important town in East. The entire region is surrounded by lush green forests and beautiful streams and is a delight for anyone who wants to spend time in a lesser known area. It is a quaint and beautiful hill station in Sikkim.
Best Time: March to May
Legship is yet another small town in West Sikkim, which offers many picturesque views to visitors. This place is famous for its Rangit Dam which was built on River Ranjit. The Kirateshwar Mahadev temple is another famous attraction here.
The capital city of the West Sikkim District, Geyzing is located at an altitude of 6,500 feet above the sea level with lofty and majestic mountains of the Himalayan range surrounding the city. The river Rangeet surges in the western part of the city. The many monasteries situated here make it a major tourist attraction.
Ravangla, a petite town located in South Sikkim, with a phenomenal view of high-forested hills, rolling valleys marked with village huts is an ideal destination for holidaying. With rich natural diversity, the exotic flora and fauna in thick forest, majestic snow mountains, waterfalls, scenic tea gardens, peaceful villages, ethnic culture, old monasteries and fresh atmosphere Ravangla is a place worth visiting.
Yangtey is a small village and an instance of paradise by monsoons, lying very close to the town of Pelling, famous for the amazing views of Mt. Kanchenjungha that it offers. The sceneries at this hill station in Sikkim are marked by magnificent peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, under an occasional cover of clouds.
The town of Mangan is a major tourist hill station in Sikkim and travellers mostly use this town as a base station from where they commence treks and tours to other parts of this district.
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