A tranquil destination situated in the lap of himalayas, Sillery Gaon is situated at an altitude of 6000 ft from the sea level and at a distance of around 8 km from Pedong. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, and branded as a romantic destination Sillery gaon offers a unique view of Mount Kanchenjunga which makes it famous as a tourist attraction.
Rishikhola is a river side destination just 37 km from Kalimpong and very near to Pedong. . Situated at an altitude of 2000 feet, it offers a pleasant stay to tourists who come especially from the urban life. More suited for couples, besides tourists who’d like to enjoy a host of facilities such as adventure sports and trekking, this destination has largely attracted tourists who would just like to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature.
Located in East Sikkim under Rongli Sub-Division, Aritar is known for its scenic beauty, bounded by Mt. Kanchendzonga and characterized by lush forest, mountains and rivers. The climate here is soothing and salubrious, worth visiting throughout the year. Major attraction is lush greenery of Pines, mahogany and hilly shrubs, besides natural flowing rivers. Another major attraction is the Aritar Lake, and a local monastery called Lingsay.
Rongli is a small town in East district of Sikkim. It is the second route perhaps the oldest route way to reach Kupup & Nathula in North Sikkim. Being a beautiful tourist destination, the unique selling point of Rongli is lush greenery, hilly terrain and the serenity of Himalayas. The river Rongpo divides the village from the middle, creating natural walkways by its beautiful sides to reach Rhenock, another small town in the lap of the foothills.
Zuluk is a small rural point better known as hamlet, located in the Himalayan foothills which are at an altitude of 3000 meters. Close to Indo China border this destination remains a virgin one, not much explored much by tourists. Visiting Zuluk is entertaining for tourists who would love to enjoy serenity and tranquility amongst the lush greenery of Himalayas. Being a natural base for the Indian army, Zuluk (viz Dzuluk) serve as a security point for tourists.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a hill resort and one of the most popular places in north-east India. It is known for its scenic beauty and striking views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Tourism, which peaks in spring and summer, is the main source of income in Gangtok since it serves as a gateway to Sikkim. It is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology.
At a distance of 60 km from the majestic Gangtok city towards the legendary Nathula, you will find a road leading towards the Kupup valley up to Tukla. A bifurcated road from Tukla would connect to the Old Baba Mandir (Bunker). At this place; the samadhi of Baba Harbhajan, famously known, as Old Baba Mandir has been built. This mandir is a must visit for tourists visiting eastern part of Sikkim. It is said that Harbhajan Singh had died in Indo China war in 1962 but still his pious soul rests in the place.
Kali Khola falls, located at Rorathang Rongli Road attracts tourist in large numbers. It is commonly known as the lonely falls amongst the natives, and is located an elevation of 100 m. Kali Khola falls is a natural spring and originated from the foothills of the Himalaya. An enjoyable tourist spot, Kali Khola falls is half an hour's drive from Aritar, another famous tourist spot, in East Sikkim.
Perched on a hill slope at 8000 ft and covered in dense forests, Padamchen is a small village on the Silk Route circuit just 14kms from Rongli and 4kms from Zuluk. Padamchen experiences a very pleasant weather throughout the year and this is one of the main reasons for its popularity. This quaint village lies at a distance of 8kms from Zuluk and 14kms from Rongli. The forests around Padamchen support a wide variety of bird population and bird watchers would love to spend a few days here.
The village of Lunghthung-Dhupidara located at almost 11,500 feet is perched on a hilltop with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha on one side and the winding roads of Zuluk on the other. Thambi View Point which offers a great bird’s eye view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the whole of Eastern Himalayas is within a kilometre of Lunthung–Dhupidara village. During the months of January to April, the whole of the valley is covered with snow. Wild flowers such as Chrysanthemum, black rose and pine fruit flowers provide a colored base from the month of May onwards.
At 11200 feet, Thambi View Point offers a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Located at a distance of 14 kms from Zuluk on the famous zig-zag road (locally called Bhulbhulaiya for its 30 hairpin turns) Thambi is a roadside viewpoint that opens up suddenly to Mt. Kanchenjungha. The entire Eastern Himalaya are clearly visible from this top. Thambi View Point also offers an undeterred view of the zig-zag road which visitor crossed on the way to reach here from Zuluk.
Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet, this lush valley was the home to traditional yak herders who came from Tibet. Few streams crisscross the valley, and prayer flags flutter on the mountain edges on this vast plain of nothingness. Nathang Valley appears in different colours in different times of the year. Nathan falls in the middle of the Silk Route circuit and is the most scenic place to stay.
Locally named and Bitan Cho, Kupup Lake is one of the most sacred lakes in Sikkim. One of the brilliant sights this lake is one which will greet you amidst a high altitude, especially if you are tired of mountains in the surroundings. This lake is beautifully shaped and resembles that of an elephant, hence also known as Elephant Lake to tourists.
Menmecho Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of Sikkim at an altitude of 12,500 feet. Surrounded by untouched pine forests and deep slopes, Menmecho Lake is said to change colours every minute. It is the source of the river Rangpo chu, a tributary of the Teesta River. The waters of the lake are sourced by melting snow in summer and the monsoon in the wet season.
For the tourists’ convenience, the samadhi of Baba Harbhajan Singh has been reconstructed at the junction of Kupup Gnathang road and the trail leading to Menmecho Lake, on November 11, 1982. And this shrine is popularly recognized by tourists as New Baba Mandir. Presence of his soul is a strong belief in the hilly population, who has taken for granted that Baba still exists and protects the Indo Chinese border.
A very famous mountain pass in eastern Sikkim, viz. Nathula Pass, is one of the major spots, for tourists visiting Sikkim. Located on the Indo China border, the destination is located at a height of 14,140 feet above the sea level. This is one of the highest points which is accessible to tourists. Tourists can hire cars from the hotel, and can enjoy a nice journey. Three famous destination pertaining to the old silk route viz. Lhasa, Sikkim and Eastern India earlier used to intercept Nathula Pass.
Jelep La is a high altitude mountain pass at 13,999 feet linking Lhasa to India. It nestles between India and Tibet in the eastern part of the Sikkim in India. The pass is 46 metres (151 ft) in length. There are two routes to Jelepla Pass. One of them is through Gangtok and the other is through Kalimpong. Older one is that of Kalimpong's which the trading route was as well. Trading of wool and furs had been common in this route, but unfortunately there was a dip in business after the route was closed in 1962, after Sino Indian war that took place.
Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim of the Indian state of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the capital Gangtok. On the north side of the lake is the Nathula Pass. The lake is very close to the Chinese border which crosses at a distance of 5 kms east north east in a straight line. This is a famous destination on which the Indian postal service has released a commemorative stamp in the year 2006.
Situated at an altitude of 3950 ft, North Sikkim is a well known hub for tourists. It is located at a distance of 65 Km from Gangtok, the state capital, which is frequently visited by tourists from all across India. In order to visit North Sikkim, beyond the border of Mangan, a special tourist permit is required.
Pelling is nestled at an altitude of 2,150 m (7,200 feet). The town is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing. For centuries Pelling has served as a small pilgrim post for the pilgrims visiting Pemayangtse Monastery. But only in the last two and half decade Pelling has transformed herself from an insignificant tourist spot to an urban settlement, catering to a huge influx of tourist.
Ravangla is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Sikkim. At an altitude of 7000 ft, located on a ridge between Maenam and Tendong Hill, Ravangla offers unmatched views of the Greater Himalayas. The beauty of its landscape and its location as a transit point to nearby destinations has made Ravangla a must-visit place.
Pedong is located on the road that connects Kalimpong - Algarah to Sikkim. It is one of the oldest towns in this region with significant historical importance. Pedong is divided into two parts - lower and Upper Pedong. This lies on the historic Silk Road that connects India to Lhasa via the Jelepla Pass.
Located just seven kilometers from Delo, with great views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the meandering River Teesta, Ramdhura is the new found gem of North Bengal. Surrounded by pine forests kissed by clouds and the view of flickering lights of Kalimpong in the night, make Ramdhura a great destination to spend a quiet weekend in the Himalayas.
Lepchajagat is a small village located at an altitude of 6,956 ft and only 19kms away from Darjeeling hill town. If you are a nature lover or looking for a romantic stay for couple of days, then this is the place for you. The village is covered by wild forests of rhododendron, pine and oak with bounty of natural beauty. Mount Kanchenjunga with its surrounding peaks stands with its full might on the north-eastern side of Lepchajagat.
East Sikkim is one of the four districts of the state which is the south-east part of Sikkim. The capital city of Sikkim – Gangtok, is located in this part of the Sikkim. East Sikkim Tourism has a number of great tourist attractions where people visit and explore the culture, history and heritage. Below given is the list of these destinations.
West Sikkim is a district of the Indian state of Sikkim. Its capital is Geyzing, also known as Gyalshing. There are a number of smaller offbeat destinations in the area. Due to its high elevation, this district is a famous trekking destination.
Situated at an altitude of 1458 mts (4860ft.), Kurseong is 51 km from Siliguri and 30 km from Darjeeling. Kurseong enjoys milder and very healthy climate throughout the year because of its lower elevation. The area is full of white orchids, beautiful tea gardens, forests and year round vegetation on the hill slopes.
Darjeeling is one of the prettiest hill stations in India located in northern part of West Bengal at an altitude of 6,710 ft. It's all about magnificent views of snowcapped Kanchenjunga, torrents flowing down the mountain slopes, lovely tea gardens, landscapes with firs, pines & ferns, and all that combined with friendly people and modern yet colonial charm.