BEST TOURIST DESTINATION IN SIKKIM


Himachal Pradesh has always been known for its snow clad mountains and chilly hill stations that can beat the Indian heat hands down. The name of the state literally means In the Lap of the Snow and that is why Himachal Pradesh is so popular with tourists from all over the country and internationally as well. As per my personal travel experience, I believe it is a great substitute for all those who cannot afford Jammu and Kashmir which can get quite out of hand at times. The accommodation in Himachal Pradesh is not as expensive as you can find in Jammu and Kashmir although both the locations offer some really great travel experience for honeymooners. So, here I go on top 5 best honeymoon destinations in Himachal Pradesh that can offer you value for money experience.

Sikkim

1. Gangtok

Sikkim is the India's twenty second smallest state located in the north eastern part of India. Situated in the eastern Himalayas . Spread below the Mount Khanchendzonga (8534 mts), the third highest mountain in the world, and revered by the Sikkimese as their protective deity. With an area of 7,300 sq kms and measuring approx. 114 kms from the north to south and 64 kms from east to west, the elevation ranges from 300 mts to over 8540 mts above sea level.Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, fast flowing rivers, hills, Sikkim offers her visitors a rare and singular experience. Within a matter of hours one can move from the sub tropical heat of the lower valleys to the cold of the rugged mountain slopes that reach up to the area of perpetual snow.

2. Pelling

The city derives its name from Pemalingpa monastery. The plush view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, clamorous waterfalls and thick woods make the city a hot destination on Sikkim tourism. Among the famous waterfalls are Kanchenjunga Falls, Changay Falls (on Sing Shore Bridge), Phamrong Falls and Rimbi Falls. The major tourist attractions in the city are Pemayangtse Monastery, Sangacholing Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Khecheopalri Lake, Tashiding Monastery and Singshore Suspension Bridge.

3. Yuksom

You probably cannot miss out on this destination on your Sikkim tour. This exotic village has alluring mountain peaks and is base for Khanchendzonga National Park trek, Dzongri or Goechala Pass. The Heritage site, Coronation Throne, Dubdi Monastery, Tendong Hill, Ravangla, Menam Hill, Borong, Versey, Namchi, Temi Tea Garden, Water Garden, Tsomgo Lake and Tashi View Point are worth visiting here.

4. Gezing

Travel Sikkim to explore Gezing. Gyalshing or Gezing, as it is also called, is an enjoyable town distinctive with its moderate temperature. The ancient town of Yuksom is in close vicinity to the city. You can also enjoy Pemyangtse monastery, Khecheopalri Lake and The Palace of the Chogyals.

5. Jorethang

A major business center in south Sikkim is also famous for the festivals celebrated here with great fervor. This city is a division between Sikkim and West Bengal. The town is manifestation of diverse cultures and religions which you will defintely enjoy when you travel Sikkim this vacation.

6. Mangan

The district headquarters of North Sikkim is a small village with exquisite flora and fauna and miniature gardens. You will enjoy seeing the spectacular view of mount Siniolchu (a range of mount Kanchenjunga) and worth visit are Phensong and Phodong Monastery.

7. Namchi

The headquarters of the South Sikkim is an embodiment of beauty and splendor. Tourists are attracted to this place for the immense pleasure it offers. This “Sky High” place has many places for enjoying like Tendong Hill, Temi Tea Garden, Samdrupste, Helipad, Doling Gumpa, Rock Garden, Namchi Monastery.

8. Kalimpong

This beautiful hill station is ideal for relaxing vacations on your Sikkim tour. It has many places that attract hordes of tourists like Thongsha Gompa, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, Tharpa Choling Monastery, Nature Interpretation Centre, Mangal Dhaam, Colonial Bungalows, Dr. Graham's Homes Campus, Kalimpong Arts and Crafts centre, Dharmodaya Vihar, Kali Mandir, Gauri Pur House. There are some panoramic snow views of Kanchenjunga, Siniolchu, Paunhari, Lama Anden, Chola, Nathu La, Jalep La and Gymochen peaks from Durpin Dara and Deolo View Point, Lava, Lolaygaon, Rikkisum Pedong and Rishap are also equally beautiful.

9. Kabi lungtsokk

This historical place is 17 kms. from Gangtok on the North Sikkim highway. This is where the historic treaty of blood brotherhood between the Lepcha Chief Te-Kung-Tek and the Bhutia Chief Khey-Bum-Sar was signed ritually. The spot where the ceremony took place is marked by a memorial stone pillar amidst the cover of dense forest.

10. Singiek

The place offers one of the most spectacular views of Mt. Khangchendzonga and its ranges. A well known Tourism wayside accommodation for visitors is also available. The area also has a number of interesting short nature trails for 1 to 3 days along the higher ridges of the surrounding hills.

11. Chungthang

On the confluence of Lachen and Lachung Chu and the starting point of river teesta , has emerged as a major sub-division settlement in North Sikkim. It is the nodal junction for the two passes, Lachen and Lachung. The valley is believed to have been blessed by guru Rimpoche and one can visit the Holy Guru Ihedu to see the foot and palm left behind by the patron saint. The place, rich in Bio-Diversity with a large variety of orchids , plants & wild life, is 95 kms. from Gangtok, 23 kms. from Lachung , 29 kms. from Lachen, and is predominantly a Lepcha region.

12. Yumthang

At an elevation of 11,800 ft. & 140 kms. from Gangtok, is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora & fauna and breathtaking scenic grandeur. Yumthang "Tsa-Chu" or the hot spring on the left bank of Lachung Chu is immensely popular for its curative and healing power. Covered with rhododendron shrubs and trees, the entire valley erupts into a riot of colors in May. Yak and Yeti Travels organise 'Alpine Package Tour' for 2 nights and 3 days and also for 7 nights 8 days and the night stay for the tour is at Lachung, a quaint village which has its own unique beauty and lifestyle. On the way to Lachung is Singhik where one can see the magnificient Kanchendzonga range in its splendour.

13. Namtse

It meaning sky high, nestled among the hills at an elevation of 5500 ft., commands panoramic view of the snow capped mountains and vast stretches of valley. it is also theHQ of the south district. The area is fast developing into a tourist destination with its immense potential for all round tourist activities. It is about 78 kms. from Gangtok and 100 kms. from Siliguri.

14. Tendong Hill

Above Damthang, overlooking South District Headquarter town Namtse, there is a small flat stretch of land at an altitude of 8530 ft.,surrounded by lush green ancient forest which is popularly known as the Tendong Hill. Historically, this has been a place of recluse for Buddhist Lamas who spend years in meditation amidst the silent scenic grandeur. The view from the top of the Tendong Hill is something to be cherished and enjoyed as it spans across plains of Bengal to the majestic heights of the Himalayan Ranges. One can also proceed to Namtse bytrekking via Tendong Hill following the traditional route used in the old days. Such trekking is also possible throughout the year except during monsoons, that is if one is scared of ubiquitous leaches.

15. Ravangla

At the base of Maenam Hill is Ravangla, a small township and transit to various tourist destinations in South Sikkim and West Sikkim . It is also an upcoming tourist spot, and transit point for trekkers to Maenam Hill and Borong. There are accommodation facilities and numerous short nature trails. A trek down to the sacred cave "Shar Chok Bephu", one of the holiest caves in Sikkim..

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