7 Hidden Jewels of Sikkim

The best way to explore any place is to travel offbeat sights of that destination.This will helps to make you understand more about that destination. There is always a chance for you to find an offbeat destination in India. Here in this article, we will let you know 7 Hidden jewels of Sikkim:-

Top 7 Destinations to visit in Sikkim

1. Kaluk

Situated in West Sikkim it is a tiny village with a distance of 2 km from Rinchenpong. Very few people visit there as this place allows pollution free surroundings and peaceful area. Don’t miss when you are visiting Kaluk:- Gurung Monastery, Rinchenpong Monastery, Heritage House.

2. Sumbuk

Sumbuk is one of the most untouched parts of South Sikkim with an astounding flora and fauna. Pine forests, Gladiolas Farms, monasteries, villages tucked on the mountain slopes, valleys, countless birds, butterflies and Greater Rangit River has made Sumbuk a destination no lesser than paradise. Sumbuk is close to Namchi and can be reached within 2.5 hours from Siliguri.

3 Yumtang Valley

Yumtang valley also known as the Sikkim valley of flower sanctuary, at an elevation of 3,500 meters above sea level.This pristine alpine valley blessed with,river, hot springs, yaks, and the rolling meadows circled by Himalayan Mountain ranges.The nearest resident town is Lachung from there one can proceed for a day excursion to Yumtang Valley.

4. Rawangla

A sleepy little Himalayan town at an altitude of 7000 Ft.situated on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hills from where on can witness mesmerising view of greater Himalayas. Travelers use this destination as a base for nearby places like Namchi Pelling, Kulak, etc.

Don’t miss when you are going to visit Ravangla :-Buddha Park, Palchen Choeling Monastic Institute (or New Ralang Monastery), Old Ralang Monastery,Ralong Hot Water Springs, Trek to Maenam Hill, Rayong Sunrise View Point, Mangrue Gompa View Point.0

5. Barsey  

Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary located in west Sikkim properly known for its Rhododendron forest spread across an area of 104 sq. km along the Singalila Ridge which forms the natural boundary between India and Nepal. The bridle way to bercey through hilley is a favorite amongst tourists especially during the Rhododendron flowering season.

DO’S AND DON’TS AT PARKS AND SANCTUARIES

  • Avoid littering
  • Bring all your garbage back
  • Carry out all batteries
  • Do not give treats to village children; It only encourages begging
  • Respect the sanctity of holy rivers and historical sites: No smoking, drinking or loud talks

6. Gyalshing

Gyalshing means the kings garden and believed to have ones been the Royal Garden which was attached to the Palace at Rabdanse (ones Sikkim capital till 18th century ). It has an oldest market approximately 100 years old call Gyalshing Bazar.Opposite Gyalshing bazaar is the longest and believed to be the holiest, Mendang or Holy Wall, constructed by the third king, Chogyal Chador Namgyal. This town is trnsit point and allow you to cover various tourist destination of that region.

7. Tsomgo Lake

The Tosmong lake, locally named as Changu lake is situated at a height of 3870 meters above sea level. Its a glacial lake in the east of Sikkim. This oval shaped lake is about a kilometer in length.It is a habitat of some rare Himalayan species like, Red Panda, brahminy ducks and various species of birds. The lake remain frozen during winter time. One can witness Lord Shiva temple there.  Its a day excursion place from Gangtok.

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