Sikkim, the northeastern state that shares its borders with Tibet and Bhutan, is a haven of tourists who love enjoying the serene beauty of nature. With the snow-caped mountain peaks, mesmerizing glaciers, alpine meadows, and hundreds of Buddhist monasteries, Sikkim will not disappoint you.
A trip to the balmy and serene valleys of Sikkim would be the perfect retreat. Besides, the adventure enthusiasts could try various thrilling activities like trekking, mountaineering, and glacier walking.
How to reach
These are some of the easiest ways and routes to Sikkim.
By air: Pakyong Airport is 33 kilometres away from Gangtok. Airline services are available to this airport from all the major cities in India. You could avail tickets for cheaper rates if booked in advance. Taxis are available from here to Gantok.
By rail: There aren't any proper railway lines or stations in the state. The Siliguri railway station is 145 kilometres away and Jalpaiguri is 188 kilometres away. Taxi services are available from these railway stations.
By road: The roads from neighbouring cities to Gangtok are in excellent condition. Bus services are available from Delhi to Sikkim. Jeeps and taxis, too, run services to Sikkim. Though a bus ride to Sikkim would take longer than other modes of travel, the travellers can enjoy the beautiful sights that are on the way, in all their glory.
Places to see
Nathu La, Tsongmo Lake, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial, the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary and waterfall, the Rumtek Monastery, the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, the Banjhakri falls and the Gangtok ropeway are some of the places that draw tourists in huge numbers.
When to visit
The spring season from March to May and the winters from October to December are the perfect times to visit Sikkim.