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Sikkim: Off the Beaten Track

In Sikkim, the journey of discovery never seems to end. Wild, pristine, Sikkim will charm you forever.

Sikkim definitely has plenty to offer to the explorer at heart. The journey of discovery never seems to end. Spectacular waterfalls; untouched forests, rich with rare and exotic plant and animal life. Depending on how adventurous you are, any one, if not all, of the four zones of Sikkim should prove to be the ideal getaway.

North Sikkim

By far, the most inviting of the four regions. This is wilderness country full of waterfalls. One must be willing to forsake luxury to visit places like Lachung at 8,610 ft and Yumthang Valley at an altitude of 12,400 ft. The summer will present you with twenty-four species of rhododendrons in bloom. In winter for over 4 months, the place is covered with snow. This is the home of the yak. Stark, remote, barren, there is no civilian population that lives here. The Government has recently opened up Yumesamdong about 24 km beyond Yumthang at an altitude of 15,000ft. The hot spring here on the river Sebu-Chu is even better than the one at Yumthang. Along with Yumasamdong, the route to Lachen and Thangu have also opened up. To go there, you have to take the left bifurcation from Chungthang. Recently, a limited number of tourists have been visiting the spectacular and holy Gurudongmar Lake beyond Thangu at an altitude of 17,000ft.

More about Sikkim
An Overview
People & Culture
Wild Life
Monastery Magic
Tourist Information
Getting There

Journey to Remember
Rumtek Diary
Yumthang Valley

Freedom From Fear
Classic Dzongri Trek
When Climbers Trek

East Sikkim

The places to see here are Gangtok, Tsongo (Chhango) Lake (12,400ft), Rumtek Monastery, Rangka Monastery, Martam village and Aritar. Beyond Tsongo Lake, the Government has also opened the famous Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border as well as the alpine regions of Kupup, home to the world's 2nd highest golf course, as well as Menmecho Lake.

South Sikkim

Rabangla. Great day walks can be undertaken from here. The Damthang-Tendong trek and the Rabangla-Maenam trek are the most famous.

West Sikkim

This region offers spectacular views of the Khangchendzonga range from Pelling and Pemayangtse. Places like Yuksom are ideal for relaxation and hikes. The famous trek to Goecha-La, starts from Yuksom. Other places to visit are Khecheopari Lake, Tashiding Monastery and Singshore Bridge. The Rabadantse Palace ruins and the Sanga Choeling Monastery make for good day hikes from Pelling.

Compiled by Romola Butalia

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