Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is the route that goes down the Chumbi Valley to Yathung. The fenced Indo-China border is few meters away where both Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border are seen here.The road towards the Nathula Pass is one of the highest motor able roads in the world. It is richly surrounded with Alpine flora. The visit here during the winter is more pleasurable to see Nathula covered in snow.

 

Gangtok

Gangtok has emerged as a major Buddhist pilgrimage centre and has some of the finest monasteries in India that cannot be afford to miss.Gangtok is surrounded by dense forests which are full of popular,oak and elm trees. The MG Marg (Road) is one of the most happening places in the city and its main shopping and cultural hub and known to be India’s first litter and spit free zone. It includes activities like trekking,mountaineering,and river rafting. A popular lake near Gangtok is the Tsomgo Lake,also known, as Changu Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. The Lake changes colour with change of seasons. Near Gangtok is a ridge called Ganesh Tok which gives a spectacular panoramic view of the city. The view of the sprawling town of Gangtok against the backdrop of stunning snow-clad peaks is one of the best reasons to even visit Gangtok. Other major spots are- Kangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Rabdentse.

 

Pelling

Pelling is a small town in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late-17th-century Buddhist Sanga Choling Monastery has mountain views. Pemayangtse Monastery features wall paintings, sculptures and a gold-plated statue of Guru Padsambhava. Overlooking a valley, the 17th-century Rabdentse Palace, now in ruins, still has evidence of the king’s bedroom and kitchen.

 

Lachung

Gangtok has emerged as a major Buddhist pilgrimage centre and has some of the finest monasteries in India that cannot be afford to miss.Gangtok is surrounded by dense forests which are full of popular,oak and elm trees. The MG Marg (Road) is one of the most happening places in the city and its main shopping and cultural hub and known to be India’s first litter and spit free zone. It includes activities like trekking,mountaineering,and river rafting. A popular lake near Gangtok is the Tsomgo Lake,also known, as Changu Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the country. The Lake changes colour with change of seasons. Near Gangtok is a ridge called Ganesh Tok which gives a spectacular panoramic view of the city. The view of the sprawling town of Gangtok against the backdrop of stunning snow-clad peaks is one of the best reasons to even visit Gangtok. Other major spots are- Kangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Rabdentse.

 

Lachen

Lachen is a town in North Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is located at an elevation of 2,750 metres. The name Lachen means "big pass". The town is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Sikkimese government. The town forms the base to the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. An annual yak race, the Thangu is held here in summer.

 

Namchi

Namchi is fast becoming a tourist spot and pilgrimage centre. The Namchi Monastery, Ralang Monastery and Tendong Hill are local Buddhist pilgrimage centres. The world's largest statue (at 118 feet) of the Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, is on the Samdruptse hill (The Wish Fulfilling hill) opposite Namchi. It was completed in February 2004. It is also said that the Samdruptse hill is actually a dormant volcano. Myths say that the Buddhist monks have been going on top of the hill and offering prayers to the volcano to keep it calm. There is also a Rock Garden a few kilometers from the town on the way to Samdruptse. The area has views of Mt. Kanchendzonga, aka Mt. Kangchenjunga, the world's third highest peak.

In the month of February, the Namchi garden hosts it annual flower show. The flower show is the largest in Sikkim, with flowers of vivid colours. The prime attraction of this show is the display of exotic and rare orchids.

One of the highlights of the town is the football stadium – the Bhaichung Stadium built by the Sikkimese government in honour of its most famous citizen, footballer Bhaichung Bhutia who owns a number of football schools all over India. "The Gold Cup" football tournament is held in Bhaichung Stadium almost every year. Football teams from all over India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan vie for the honour which draws lot of crowds from all over Sikkim. Namchi is also the base of the chief minister of Sikkim, Pawan Kumar Chamling. Historically, Namchi was the place where Pende Ongmoo, the treacherous princess who poisoned one of the Chogyals of Sikkim, was caught and killed for her deed. Legend says her spirit still haunts the foothills of Ghurpisey.

 

Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley is a delightful holiday destination surrounded by mountain views known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of India. The contrast of green pastures surrounded by snow-clad peaks make Yumthang Valley home to some of the finest landscapes. It is a delight for nature lovers as it consists of stunning places like the Shingba rhododendron sanctuary, green slopes full of tall trees and beautiful Himalayan Flowers with a river quietly running along. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and La Chung. The valley is also known for its hot springs.

 

Nathang Valley