Vibrant valleys, misty hills, sparkling lakes, majestic Buddhist shrines, lovely local folks and all these surrounded by lofty snow-clad peaks of Himalayas; Sikkim is a paradise for all. From river rafting, paragliding, cable car, trekking, boating and birdwatching; Sikkim will leave you with choices on activities to do here. There is something for every traveller so worry not!
Rejuvenate at Yumthang Hot Springs
Out of all the famous hot springs in North Sikkim, the Yume Samdong Hot Spring at Yumthang Valley is counted as such as best. Assumed to possess enough curative powers to fix physical illnesses like joint and back ache, taking a bath at this natural yet fascinating jacuzzi is among the rightest things to do in Sikkim, particularly for folks with arthritis. The hot springs are situated few kms away from Yumthang village and though one has to hike all the way by a pedestrian bridge, built on River Lachung to reach the hot pool, they’ll find it worth the exertion after a refreshing dip.
Meditate at Do Drul Chorten
The sparkling white stupa of Dro Dul Chorten rests cozily over a mound in Gangtok, stone throw from the Research Institute of Tibetology. The stupa was constructed in 1946 by the famous lama Trulshik Rinpoche in order to get rid of evil spirits. The stupa draws tourists from around the world with the prehistoric Buddhist relics that it houses and a sparkling golden top dome that is noticeable from different parts of Gangtok. The magical aura of the place is unforgettable and people visit this stupa to seek blessings from Buddha and to mediate and soak in the surrounding eternity.
Drive over the ancient Silk Route to Nathula Pass
Nathula Pass is one of the highest passes in the world. The pre-historic Silk Route leading to the mesmeric Nathula Pass, a prominent landmark representing the Indo-China border at a height of 14,140 ft above sea level. The silk Route that leads up to it lets tourists relish the most scenic journeys in Gangtok with vistas of lakes, varied flora and fauna and even rare animals such as Tibetan Wolf, snow leopards and golden eagle.
Relish the excitement associated with jumping off a cliff and swaying over snowy mountains. Paragliding is the best reply for what to do in Sikkim for those looking for escapade and heart pumping fun. Witness the pristine beauty of this surreal land as you glide at an elevation of 2,200 meters over snow-laden hills, lofty mountains, opulent meadows, and distant fields for about half an hour.
River Rafting in Tista
Twisting through the beautiful mountains of Sikkim, Teesta is the icon of the state, and one of the best hubs in Sikkim to enjoy adventure sports such as rafting. The great rapids of this viciously cascading river are can be restrained only by the most skilled and enthusiastic rafters. One of the best things to do in Sikkim is river rafting in Teesta. People can meander through rapid 2, 3, 4 and followed by camping on Tista banks.
Cable Car Ride
This is one of the most thrilling and most sought-after activities in Sikkim for families with kids, honeymooners and adventure seekers as it lets one take bird’s eye vistas of the city sliding down from the top most points in the city. Spanning a distance of 3 km in a splash of 20 minutes, the ride begins from 3 terminal stations in Gangtok, like the Deorali Market (lower station), Nam Nang (intermediate terminal), and Tashiling (upper station). You one can relish and witness the ride from any of these places.
Riding on a yak is an absolute terrifying experience. Yaks are gorgeous and friendly wild ox with unkempt hair, humped shoulders, and huge horns found mostly in North-east part of India, Nepal, and Tibetan regions. In Sikkim, one can find entertainingly ornated yaks with colourful woollens, strings, and bells near the picturesque Tsomgo Lake, where they can be rented for a safari ride on the fringes of the lake.