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North Sikkim

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Ideal duration: 3-5 days

Best time: Apr-Jun, Oct-Dec (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra (Check Flights)


North Sikkim Tourism

One of the most uninhabited areas of the country, yet extremely beautiful and charming, North Sikkim shares its boundary with China and Nepal.

Mangan is the headquarters of the North Sikkim district. It is one of the most mystically beautiful though unexplored areas due to the harsh conditions found here. Located at an altitude of 956 meters the town of Mangan serves as a base for trekking and hiking trips in the mountains and forests. North Sikkim is famous for the Gurudongmar Lake which is one of the highest lakes of India. It also has religious importance. Apart from lakes, there are some important monasteries in this area too.

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North-Sikkim is a district located in the state of Sikkim. Out of the four districts of Sikkim, North-Sikkim is largest and the least populated. It is also the district headquarter of Mangan. North-Sikkim offers an amazing view of scenic beauty with its landscape full of majestic mountains, dense forests, several delightful waterfalls and of course the weather. The peaks of the Himalayas can be seen from here, especially the peak of the Kanchenjunga, the highest peak of the Himalayas. North-Sikkim is generally restricted to tourists and travellers due to its location on the India - China border. You would need permits in order to vacation there.

Beautiful wildflowers and flowering trees that habitat the area surrounding the streams and rivers only add to its alluring charm. The Khangchendzonga National Park is one of the major attractions in North-Sikkim. The Red Panda is a native of North-Sikkim. It is the State Animal of Sikkim. The Shingba Wildlife Sanctuary is also based here. North-Sikkim is an unique destination and promises to give you a very different experience than any other vacation. You can either communicate in English or Hindi as the travel guides and drivers are well versed in both these languages.

The cuisine of the area remains pretty constant in constant across the state in terms of ingredients, styles and popular items. The towns are differentiated very slightly in terms of food with a few delicacies in or out of the menu. Momos and a variety of Thukpa remain staple while you can try a number of fermented foods here such as Gundruk and Sinki, Chhurpi soup, Tama curry and Masauyra Curry.
tease your taste buds a little with the pickles available here such as Shimi ko Achar, Silam ko Achar, Sidra ko Achar and more. Other preparations include Khalo Dal, Saelroti, Sishnu Soup, Chang and more.

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North Sikkim Reviews

10 months ago by Brahmani Keni

"IT’S TRULY SERENE!!" The trip to this region will disconnect you from the world and connect you with nature. The Lake is auspicious in nature and beautiful for one’s eyes. For either reason, one must visit this place at least once in a lifetime. The best eatery is chicken momos, noodles, Thukpas, Maggi and masala tea. Also a small do not forget to carry ginger and camphor for high altitude sickness.

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10 months ago by Tarak Paul

The lack is really beautiful. Mother nature has preserved it for us. Must visit at least once. It takes 3-4 hour to reach from Lachen. I have visited in April, 2018. We stayed in Lachen and next day morning we started the journey to lake. Spending more than 30 minutes was difficult me. So we came back after 30 minutes. Do visit the lake if you have a plan to go to Gangtok.

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It's extremely beautiful and threatens to take your breath away.

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Entry is usually restricted for tourists.

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North-Sikkim is an ideal destination for those who strive in nature and all its ways. The weather is usually chilly so this is no place for summer people. Also, the connectivity to other cities and towns is not good. Adventure seekers will be the happiest here.

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