How to Spend One Week in Sikkim


Sikkim is a beautiful state in northeastern India nestled in the western part of the Himalayas. Blessed with mesmerizing scenery in the form of snow-white mountain peaks, lush green valleys, bubbling rivers and serene lakes, this heavenly destination is one of India’s many destinations that attracts travelers from around the world.

Sikkim and its adjoining regions are the treasure trove of some of the most breathtaking places on earth, such as home to the second largest glacier in the world, namely Siachen, and for this the Indian state is in the top lists when it comes to travel destinations.

Whether you are looking for cave camping, hiking trails leading to some of India’s highest peaks, or want to experience a jungle safari amidst exotic flora and fauna, Sikkim has a lot to offer.

Sikkim offers something for everyone from its golden nest. There is hiking, skiing, camping, paragliding, water sports like white water rafting, etc. for an adventurous traveler. You can book all this and more through reputable websites such as:

On the other hand, for a leisure traveler there are several attractions with ancient and cultural values, be it the breathtaking monasteries, mystical caves, bird watching in the famous sanctuaries and exotic views of the flora and fauna.

However, planning your itinerary is an important task that includes booking tickets and creating an itinerary that covers all the important places in Sikkim.

The best time to visit Sikkim is March-May and October-December. So let us take you on a seven-day journey to this fascinating tourist state.

Day 1 – Reach Gangtok

Plan an early midday arrival to nearby Jalpaiguri or Siliguri railway station in West Bengal, or fly to the nearest airport, Bagdogra.

You need to board a taxi or a bus to reach Gangtok, the enchanting capital of Sikkim while enjoying the breathtaking views of the magnificent landscapes.

Just take a break and refresh yourself to explore MG Marg, Gangtok’s trendiest street, and enjoy the local vibe of the place with its well-lit cafes and eateries serving the best street food in the region.

Day 2 – Explore Gangtok

There is enough to do in Gangtok to keep you busy for a whole day. So this is what you will do. After breakfast, take a full day trip to Gangtok. The tour begins with a visit to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, one of Sikkim’s most important historical museums. You will then drive a little further to take a cable car ride with panoramic views of Gangtok.

There are several colorful and alluring monasteries, gardens and viewpoints to visit throughout the day. Rumtek Monastery, Ranka Monastery, Banjakri Waterfall, Flower Exhibition Center, Hanuman Tok and Ganesh Tok are some of the most popular places in Gangtok that you should visit.

Day 3 and 4 – Reach Lachung

Lachung means little pass and is famous for its quiet and attractive villages, pristine waterfalls and beautiful landscapes. One of the most scenic excursions in Sikkim is the 5-hour drive from Gangtok to Lachung.

Just give yourself time to relax and acclimatize with a stroll around the neighborhood and prepare for the next day’s journey to the majestic Yumthang Valley. To reach the valley, leave early in the morning to spend maximum time enjoying the beautiful natural views.

You will cross the Lachung Bridge and drive 2 hours to reach the valley.

Popularly called the Valley of Flowers, this beautiful destination is home to the amazing rhododendron blooms and other diverse floral species, coupled with hot water springs.

After spending the whole day, drive back to Gangtok which is 125km from Yumthang in the same day.

Day 5 – Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir

Today you should leave for Lake Tsomgo, which is about 40 km and can be reached in an hour and a half.

Along the way, pay homage to the Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, receive blessings and learn the legend behind this sacred place.

Lake Tsomgo in East Sikkim is the most famous lake in Sikkim. The ethereally beautiful Tsomgo Lake is 35 km away. from Gangtok and at an altitude of 12,000 feet, is a must for all tourists.

The lake is surrounded by ice from the winter season to the spring season due to its location in a rugged and rugged mountainous landscape. Tsomgo is cherished as a sacred lake by the natives of Sikkim and is associated with many folklore.

The lake also offers a variety of restaurants serving refreshments and you can ride brightly decorated yaks and mules. Snow and rubber boots can be rented. The lake is also an excellent backdrop for a vacation photo.

To access the lake, tourists must obtain a permit from the Sikkim Tourist Information Center on MG Road in Gangtok.

Day 6 – Pelling

It’s a nice 5 hour drive from Gangtok to Pelling. The city is on the list of every tourist in Sikkim because of the great view of the third highest mountain peak. the Kachanjenga mountain range apart from several fun and exciting activities.

This hilly town in central Sikkim is home to the famous Pemayangste Monastery, less than 1 km away. a way. Pelling also serves as a starting point for several exciting hikes in the neighborhood and offers biking, mountaineering, hamlet tours and meditation opportunities.

Pelling is a year-round attraction with hotels and resorts to suit all budgets. Each year, Pelling celebrates the Khangchendzonga Festival, named after Sikkim’s tutelary god.

day 7

Prepare to say goodbye to Sikkim on your last day by flying to Bagdogra or taking the train to Jalpaiguri or Siliguri and drive through the scenic valleys of Sikkim and the stunning tea gardens of Bengal.

However, there is much more to see and do in Sikkim, so prepare to experience another exciting adventure and fill your basket of travel memories with fascinating travel stories.


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