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Sikkim Travel Guide - Heavenly Stunning Tour to Sikkim

Sikkim – travel’s got it all. If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path travel destination with plenty to offer, look no further than Sikkim.

This small Indian state has it all: stunning landscapes, interesting culture, and plenty of activities to keep you busy. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, or simply taking in the scenery, Sikkim is a great place to explore.

Sikkim is located in the northeast corner of India, sandwiched between Nepal and Bhutan. The state is small, with a population but it’s packed with natural beauty. From the snow-capped Himalayas in the north to the sprawling tea plantations in the south, Sikkim is a haven for nature lovers.

Next stop, Sikkim famous place.

Are you looking for some of the most popular places in Sikkim? Then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve got all the information you need to make the most of your visit to this beautiful state. So what are you waiting for? Start exploring today!

Capital city of Sikkim- Gangtok 

The capital city  Gangtok is a great place to start your exploration of Sikkim. This small city is home to a lively mix of Indian and Tibetan cultures, and there are plenty of interesting sights and activities to keep you busy.

Be sure to check out the district of Rumtek, home to the famous Rumtek Monastery, and the Nathula Pass, which offers stunning views of the Himalayas.

The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon when you can enjoy the scenic beauty of the place with raindrops, greenery, and flowers. 

Pellingtrekking lovers

Pelling is the second must-visit spot in Sikkim, and it’s no wonder. You’ll be blown away by the breathtaking views from this mountain, as well as the trekking opportunities you’ll have at your fingertips.

From hiking to mountain biking and more, there’s something for everyone in this area. If you’re feeling like a challenge but still want some physical activity, try climbing the tallest peak in the region— Kangchenjunga 3,922 m (12,867 ft) Ranked 29th. You won’t regret it!

Namchi – top of the sky 

Peace is everything you need. Namchi is a  small city in the southern part of Sikkim. It has a thriving market and its main attraction is the landmark statues, one of Buddha and one of lord Shiva.

With all the facilities you need while on vacation namchi has it all. You can find bars and spas at your doorstep, there are also unique flowers that are worth checking out. The vibe here is laid back and relaxing, so if you’re looking for somewhere to unwind after a long day of sightseeing, namchi is the perfect place for you!

Yumthang- it’s mesmerizing 

Yumthang valley is a beautiful place in Sikkim. Located in the Northern part of Sikkim it is famous for its valley of flowers and breathtaking views of gushing waterfalls. This valley has a few hot spring strings and some peaks. Pauhunri and shundu tsenpa are one of them.

The valley is rich in flora and fauna which is why it is often referred to as a haven for nature lovers. You can visit this place from May to October and can take a jeep ride to a valley or get on an air conditioner bus to reach your destination.

Zuluk- picture perfect 

If you’re on an adventure then you will love this place.

Situated in the laps of beautiful Himalayas, this place is blessed with ice-capped mountains. The area is known for its scenic view. With a very low tourist population, you can see some army soldiers with their trucks here. This place is rewarding for those people who want to spend some quality time alone. The local people are friendly and welcoming to tourists so you don’t have to worry 

Sikkim famous market, pure lust.

The markets are always fun and exciting. You can see colorful things from here and can feel the local environment a bit. If you are a shopaholic and love to bargain these local streets but are famous for their quality is all you need.  

So let’s begin the colorful world and know more about some of the must-going markets in Sikkim!

Gangtok – Google of Sikkim

This market is famous and well known in Sikkim for quantity and quality both.

Gangtok market is the ultimate shopping hub for you and you can find anything here. From local cultural art and scriptures to premium tea bags this place will never disappoint you. In particular, you also find some Thangkas by Buddhists. It’s a beautiful painting on cotton cloth depicting a Buddha deity.  A market full of culture and love will come again and again here.

Mahatma Gandhi Marg or MG Road 

Mg road works as a central market of Sikkim and that’s why you can find this place a bit crowded in comparison to others. You can find small shops and some famous restaurants here. 

This market is famous for its traditionally made Sikkim-style cups and choksi-designed tables. Keeping everything possible you can find garment shops footwear and jewelry in a whole one-side column just for brides and groom clothing. 

This market is open for you between 8 am to 7 pm. 

Lal Bazaar

Just below the MG market, you can find this incredible market too. Lal bazaar is one of the oldest markets in Sikkim. Full of surprises and heritage, this place was established in 1956. 

With a mixed crowd of people, this place is one of the tourists’ favorite places. Lal bazaar is famous for its diversity. You can find electronic items to matchbox here. If you are interested in some ethnic fashion then this market is the go-to-market for you. You can easily find some Sikkim traditional and culture wearing Bhutia in shops and some local people wearing that too.  Also don’t forget to use your bargaining skills here, because that’s what you need to shop more on a low budget.

Lachen – handloom market 

With a distance of 7 to 8 km drive from Gangtok, this market is placed in the heart of Sikkim. 

If you are crazy about handmade pieces of stuff then this market calls for you. With a variety of ranges in handloom and handicrafts items, this place is full of interesting things to discover. Because all of this stuff is handmade and needs manual labor you can find this place a bit expensive but you can make money with high quality I guess. The most famous and worth buying items are shawls, handbags, and blankets made with yak wool.

Ravangla market 

 Sandwich between Gangtok and Pelling, this place is situated in a beautiful valley.

To die for you can shop in this market for things you daily need. Not too famous and less crowded, Ravangla is a local market of items like stationery, Tailoring, and food stalls.

You can find a bunch of Chinese restaurants or some authentic liquor shops here alongside some small food stalls. If your flight is delayed you can go through this market in the meantime as this place is the nearest to the airport. 

Golden tips 

We all know Sikkim is famous for many things and one of them is tea. With the finest and high premium quality tea, this place will surprise you more.

If you’re a tea lover and tea works as oxygen for you, then this place is a must-visit. With variations in flavors in tea, this place is full of small tea stalls. If you do not just want to drink but to purchase in bulk this market will give you discounts on that. 

Food – once you have it, you admire it.

After roaming around to all places on your travel list and with lots and lots of your shopping bags. You must be searching for food now. 

Sikkim is not just famous for its culture and breathtaking views but for food also. As rice is the most cultivated item there, most recipes are rice made only complimenting with some culinary Vegetables. Here is a mention of some of the authentic and most loved food of Sikkim you must try after all the Hassle of your trip.

Momos 

With a touch of origin in Tibet and Nepal, fusion momos also refer to dumplings as the heart of Sikkim.

They are bite-size steam buns with filling. The outer layer is made from wheat with a variety of feelings in it. You can have whatever filling you like in it. From veg to non-veg, vegetables to cheese momos are just simply amazing. If you want to try some savory and top-rated momos you must visit Gangtok and pell. Full of street markets, this place has a variety of momos with licking good taste.

Thukpa

The word “Thukpa” means “Soup” served with noodles. Thukpa is a traditional food in Sikkim.

 It is mostly loved by the GPA community. It is prepared by chopping mutton, with yak meat and is steamed with various strong spices like black pepper, clove, and salt. The process of making noodles is different from ordinary noodles, it is made with ” buckwheat”( kuttu ka atta which enhances its flavor and it is also served with momos in local streets and areas Not only in Sikkim,  butthukpa is also very popular in Ladakh and loved by many laddhakians.

Dal Bhat 

Not only in India this tasty, simple, and not so hard to cook the dish is popular in Sikkim as well.

High in protein dal is a popular dish in many households. It’s steamed rice served with pulses stew you like. For garnishing, you can add coriander leaves. You can also serve them with any vegetables with less gravy and salad on the sides. 

Dhindo 

This food has its history of slowly adding flour to boiling water.

This food is a staple food in Darjeeling and the Nepal region.

In past days Dhindho is known as an inferior food for people of low status only. Served with any green vegetable with garlic sauce, this food has become one of the authentic traditional dishes these days. As buckwheat flour is used in many Sikkim food recipes you can use jjapanor millet(kodo) or even cornflour to make this.

Phagshapa 

It’s a Sikkimese/ Nepalese dish of strips of pork fat stewed with radishes and dried chilies.

Phagshapa is one of the most popular and signature dishes of Sikkim. It’s simply a mouth-watering dish with one bite you will crave it more. It’s delicious to the taste and spicy a little. If you love spicy and sour food then this dish is worth your time here in Sikkim.

Sha Philly 

Sha Philly or Shabhaley is originally a Tibetan dish. In a nutshell, it’s bread stuffed with meat.

Well, it’s in a shape of an Indian sweet dish “Gujiya” but stuffed with meat or cabbages. Deep fried this dish is home to most people. Served with red hot chili chutney and garlic chutney this dish will make your taste buds go to heaven. Pro tip if you’re making it by yourself do remember to cook the meat or stir fry it before stuffing.

Sale roti 

You can easily fall in love with this dish instantly with the consistency and taste.

This sweet and spicy bread is made with rice. With a pinch of salt h and lots of ghee, you deep-fried this bread in hot oil and wait until turns golden brown. For better taste try it out with some ’til ki chutney.’ Other than Sikkim this dish is popular during festival times like Diwali and Holi.

Chang 

If you went to Sikkim and haven’t tried this then you may miss out on something very amazing. 

Originated in Tibet regions this drink is later adopted by the Sikkim people. And now is one of the staple food of Sikkim culture. Made with some fermented cereals. We’ll beware to drink this because it may make you swing all the road!

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