For all of you who are planning to visit Sikkim, one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Northeast, here are all the post-pandemic guidelines for traveling with ease and enjoying your vacation hassle-free:
> First of all, you must apply for a travel card on the official Sikkim tourism website and be presented at the entry point to RENGPO / MELLI and carry it throughout your stay in case the authorities ask you to .
> If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to submit a negative RT-PCR report to enter Sikkim.
> The partially vaccinated tourist or under the age of 18 must carry a negative RT-PCR test report.
To make sure your trip to Sikkim is hassle-free, contact reputable Sikkim Tourism operators like https://www.esikkimtourism.in who will relieve you from planning headaches. Once you’re ready to go, here are some of the top attractions to include on your Sikkim itinerary:
Lush Greens Sanctuaries and Parks
Sikkim, India’s second smallest and least populated state, with its dense green landscape, is home to many wild animals and birds. Let’s take a look at the ones you can visit during your stay:
Khangchendzonga National Park: Less explored due to its demographic location, this park is a treat for nature lovers.
Best time to visit: March-May and September-mid-December.
Hours – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fambhong Lo Shrine: Located about 20 km from Gangtok, this sanctuary is home to the Himalayan black bear, red panda, civet cat, and other rare species of birds and butterflies.
Best time to visit: April – July
Hours: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary: This sanctuary belongs to the beautiful and serene landscape of the Himalayas and is located near Lake Tsomgo (Changu) along the road to Nathula. You can get a glimpse of the national tree of Sikkim which bears the name of Rhododendron niveum in addition to savoring the richness of flora and fauna.
Best time to visit: April-August and October-November
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary: A paradise for nature lovers and hikers, there is something for everyone in one of Sikkim’s most popular tourist destinations. It also offers stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga and the Teesta River.
Best time to visit: Morning hours are recommended
Hours: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holy caves to rejoice in your Holy Spirit
Marked as Paanch Dham, a visit to these caves should be on your travel list for its rich history and sacredness. For the Buddhists of Sikkim, these four caves are like the Char Dham of the Hindus.
North (Jhang Lhari Nyingphug) – Also known as “Cave of the Heart of the Gods” and considered the holiest of all caves comprising seven small caves representing seven different deities.
How to get there: This is a moderate 3 day hike from Labdang village.
South (Lho Kando Sangphug) – Popularly known as “Secret Dakinis Cave” and surrounded by other sights like Longevity Vase, Hot Springs, Witches Bridge, Witches Stone, Lhakhang Temple.
How to get there: 7 km from the Leg Bazar ship and 20 km from the cave road.
> East (Sharchog Beyphug) – The mysterious cave with an old fable that says it holds the clues to the secret treasure and that is why it is called “the secret cave of the East”
How to get there: only 6 km from Rabangla followed by a 20 min drive. walk.
> West (Nub Dechenphug) – Cave of great happiness which blesses its visitors with longevity.
How to get there: This is a moderate 3 day hike from Nambu village.
For all adrenaline junkies
What should we call a cluster of 28 mountain peaks, over 80 glaciers, 5 beautiful hot springs and over 100 rivers and streams, this is Sikkim for you?
Due to its demographics, it invites many adventure travelers every year who come here to quench their thirst for thrills and excitement while challenging themselves to explore the wilderness. So, let me introduce you to the buffet of activities that you can opt for visiting the state –
Trek – For all of you Here is the list of hikes to choose from:
* Goecha La
* Kanchenjunga base camp
* Versay * Tosar and Lac Vert
Rafting – Fancy taking on the river and experiencing its roar as you navigate its rapids and bends, then don your rafting gear and meet Teesta (the longest and largest river in Sikkim) and Rangit (a tributary of Teesta) .
Best time to visit: March-May
Difficulty level – Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced
Yack Safari– Yak is a majestic animal that can be found in the hills and you can enjoy a ride to Tsomgo Lake, 40 km from Gangtok, and also can go on a 2-5 day yak safari while enjoying the panoramic view from Lake Dzongri.
Paragliding – Who said you can’t fly without wings? All you need is a parachute, an adventurous jump sequence and you see yourself hovering in the sky. You don’t need any training other than a few jump and landing instructions and that’s safe with a qualified paraglider accompanying you during the flight.
Best Places for Paragliding – Tashi Viewpoint, Pangthang, Bojoghari Village
Best time – September – November
The above list is not exhaustive and if you still want more than other fun and adventure activities like camping, mountain biking, ziplining, mountaineering and bike rides to sate your appetite for thrills strong and excitement.
Open only to Indian nationals due to its proximity to China, this is a high altitude mountain pass of ethereal beauty with a breathtaking panoramic view, which is among the favorite tourist destinations for travelers. .
There are several amazing tourist spots in the surrounding area that you can visit –
> Tsomgo Lake
> Baba Mandir
> War memorial and exhibition center
> Menmecho Lake
Best time to visit – May-October
So what are you waiting for to pack your bags and your jet set for Sikkim.
-This article is written by Rahul Chadha
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