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. The pristine hill station in Sikkim nestled in mountains and clouds is also a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The mesmerising prismatic beauty and the beautiful 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, a beautiful hill station in Sikkim, is becoming the second biggest tourist destination in Sikkim after Gangtok. The main attraction of the place is the breath-taking 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. It also provides sites for mountain biking, rock climbing, village tours, meditations, educational studies and several other activities. The scenic town of Pelling is a perfect holiday destination for all nature lovers.
Lachung, a tourist hotspot and is a splendid hill station in Sikkim that is sited 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. Glimpses of snow covered mountains can also be caught from this place and offer a spectacular sight. Lachung is also a preferred base to visit the famous Yumthang Valley, quite a landmark in Sikkim's tourism scene.
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. Situated at an elevation on 3564 metres, this stunning valley is a paradise for nature lovers as it houses the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which has over 24 species of Rhododendron flowers (the state flower) blooming from late February to mid-June.
Yuksam is a beautiful hill station in Sikkim located in the Western region of Sikkim and the village is well known for its natural beauty. Situated near the Kanchenjunga National Park, the village of Yuksam is in the heart of mountains covered with lush green vegetation. The village provides access to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga. Yuksam is hence also an attractive tourist hotspot and the base camp for some of the most adventurous treks in Sikkim. There are several interesting tourist attractions that you can see here and the local cuisine of the place are a must try.Ô_
Situated in the northern district of Sikkim, Lachen is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Sikkim and an attractive tourist spot which is well known for its Lachung monastery. Its natural beauty and serene vegetation are worth commending and it is believed to be one of the most noteworthy and popular places for Buddhist pilgrims and tourists. Lachen is a less-populated beautiful holiday destination, also famous as the gateway to the sacred Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes.
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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 the visitors. This place is famous for its Rangit Dam which was built on River Ranjit.
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. Keeping aside the scenic beauty of the nature that can be seen in this hill station in Sikkim; the many monasteries situated here make it a major tourist attraction.
At an altitude of 6000 ft, 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 ancient monasteries located here are a great example of an ancient art culture and quite a specimen to the past.
The town of Mangan, situated in the northern part of Sikkim, 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. There are a few interesting places of tourist interest that you can visit around Mangan. The Yumthang Valley is a must visit here. You can catch beautiful glimpses of the surrounding scenery from this valley, as it is surrounded by many white peaks, sheer and sparkling streams and flowering shrubs.
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