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South Sikkim

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Best Time: Apr-Jun, Oct-Dec Read More

Ideal duration: 2-3 days

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Check Flights

South Sikkim Tourism

Surrounded by beautiful forests and majestic hills, South Sikkim is the perfect vacation spot for someone looking for a retreat in the midst of nature in its most natural form.

The town of Namchi is the headquarters of South Sikkim and it is situated at an altitude of 5500 feet at a distance of around 100 kms fromÊGangtok. South Sikkim, since years has been famous for its monasteries and stupas and devotees flock to this town for its religious significance. But recently, this district has risen to the position of an eminent tourist destination. Ralang Monastery, Siddheswara Dham, Statue of Guru Rinpoche are among the popular attractions here.

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Sikkim for the Adrenaline Junkies

The diversity of Sikkim lies in the fact that is it both, one of the most popular honeymoon destinations and a very famous site for adventure tourism. River rafting on the Teesta river is among the best experiences in the country, and there are rapids for all grades of rafters. There are also some treks ranging from soft treks like Goechala and Dzongri La to the extremely challenging Kanchenjunga.

Mountaineering in the ice and rock climbing, rappelling and zip lining along the sheer cliffs are other popular activities in Sikkim. There are also training centres that organise short courses in Paragliding and Hang gliding to make you a certified glider! The wildlife of Sikkim is another huge draw for tourists as many rare species like the Red Panda, and Snow Leopard can be spotted in the national parks of Sikkim, but be prepared to sit in the snow for several hours if you want to spot one of these rare beauties.

A Complete Cultural Experience

Being away from mainland India, Sikkim has a unique blend of cultures from Bengal, Bangladesh, the North East as well as its northern neighbours of Bhutan and China. The food, dressing, language and lifestyle are thus a unique experience for tourists from outside the state.

Many villages in South Sikkim now host homestays for tourists, and you can enjoy your weekend in a hut on the mountainside with hills, waterfalls and chirping birds in your backyard. There are also some hot springs scattered across the district that is a short distance away from the villages, and a dip in these magical springs should be on everyone's to-do list.

Restaurants and Local Food in South Sikkim

Almost all towns in Sikkim can offer you a complete experience of its authentic cuisine, and South Sikkim is no exception. You cannot miss the Momos and Thukpa. Along with this is a huge variety to chose from in soups and noodles. The area is also popular for pickles such as Chhurpi ka Achar, Tomato Achar, Shimi Ka Achar as well as delicacies such as Kinema Curry, Sel Roti, Pakku and Chhurpi-Ningro Curry.
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Suggested Itinerary

There are not many options for stay in South Sikkim, and it is most convenient to stay in Gangtok and make day trips to attractions in South Sikkim that are between 50 to 100 kilometres from Gangtok.

Day 1: Leave for Namchi in the morning which is 76 kilometres from Gangtok. This city is renowned for its beautiful monasteries and picturesque sceneries. The view of Rangeet Valley and the Kanchenjunga Peak is breathtaking and so is a short trip to the Temi Garden which produces some of the best quality tea in the country.

Day 2: Leave for Ravangla which is situated on a ridge between Maenam and Tedong Hill and is another destination famous for its Buddhist monasteries. Ralong Monastery, Ravangla Monastery, the holy cave of Shar Chok Bephu are some of the places to see in Ravangla. The Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary is also close by, and you can stop by for a safari in the dense forest.

Day 3: Proceed to Sikip to quench your thirst for adventure. This town located on the banks of the Rangeet river is the best place for fishing and rafting and is one of the most scenic villages in South Sikkim. 

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

One of the most unspoilt hill stations in India. Unique culture and food, colourful village life, diverse wildlife

What's Not So Great?

There are no railway stations or airports in Sikkim, so road travel is the only travel option. Roads are closed during the monsoon. 

For Whom?

South Sikkim is the best destination for a family vacation, an adventure tour, a short stay in a village or a relaxing trail through the alpine forests. 

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How To Reach South Sikkim

South Sikkim is one of the most important financial and economic centres of the state and so is well connected with the capital, Gangtok, as well as other cities in the East of India. There are no airports or railway stations in Sikkim and road travel is the best way to get around. 

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