Things you wanted to know before travelling to Sikkim


Last Updated on: May 4, 2017 

Sikkim is one of the tiniest states of India with an area of about 7096 sq kms. This small state is full of wonder and beauty. You can see the snow capped peaks, green valleys, colourful rhododendrons, luscious waterfalls and sprawling tea garden all here. And you can also find your peace among the monasteries. The state is a wonderful place to travel. So based on our experience, we tell you here all that you need to know to visit and travel this state.

Sikkim can be broadly divided into four zones- east, west, north and south. The tourism here is also divided likewise. Gangtok is the main town and wherever you go, you can always start from Gangtok.

Monasteries of Sikkim

Phodong Monastery

East Sikkim:

Gangtok, the capital is situated on East Sikkim. For places of interest in Gangtok, visit our previous blog post on Gangtok.

The Silk route tour is also an option if you want to visit East Sikkim. Visit Aritar and Zuluk and get to know the ancient trade route between India and Tibet.

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M G Marg, Gangtok

West Sikkim:

This part has one of the best views of the mountain ranges. Pelling is a picturesque hill station with grand views of Mt. Kanchenjungha ranges. From Pelling, you can take trip to Pemayangtse, Kechepari Lake, Legship and Yuksom.

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The view of mountain ranges from pelling

The ruins of Rabdentse, the ancient capital of Sikkim is near Pelling. The all-encompassing view from Rabdentse is simply breath taking.

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Ruins of Rabdentse

Travel a little more to visit the somber towns of Ohkrey, Rinchenpong and Kaluk having magnificent views of the mountain ranges. And if you want to see the rhododendrons in bloom, visit the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. But to see the colorful blooming rhododendrons, you must visit Barsey in April.

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Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary

North Sikkim:

The northern part of Sikkim is the largest area wise and is more remote. To visit Northern Sikkim, you need to get a permit. Visit the holy Gurudongmar Lake via Lachen, a small village. It is said the on visiting Gurudongmar, all your wishes will come true. This place is indeed like a picture postcard.

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Gurudongmar lake

Next you can visit the Yumthang Valley. The valley is also called the Valley of flowers for the variety of rhododendrons and seasonal flowers that bloom here. During May-June, the whole place becomes a riot of colours.


Snow covered Yumthang Valley

These two places are not the only wonders of North Sikkim. The hidden gem is undoubtedly Dzongu. Dzongu is a Lepcha reserve and a picture perfect village. Just imagine a few small huts and fluttering white prayer flags in front of them! Dzongu is such a place with warm people and lovely views. To visit Dzongu, you need to get a permit from Mangan.

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Dzongu, the Lepcha Village

South Sikkim:

Visit Namchi, Chardham and the mighty Samdruptse in South district. Get enchanted by the lovely Temi Tea gardens. Visit Ravangla, Ralong and Borong for a wonderful stay and watching rare Himalayan birds.

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Apart from these well known places, there are a few small villages that are being helmed as eco-tourism spots. These small villages have homestays that welcome travellers throughout the year.

So if you are planning to visit this wonderful state, just give us a shout. Contact us for a perfect itinerary for your Sikkim trip.

A few facts about Sikkim:

Best time to Visit:

Monsoons should be preferably avoided. During monsoons, apart from bad weather, there are chances of landslides.

Mode of transport:

By public or private vehicles. For North Sikkim tour, you have to take the help of travel agent to get the required permits. Also to visit Nathula Pass, permit is required.

To know more about transport rates in Sikkim, click here.

How to reach:

Bagdogra is the nearest airport and NJP is the nearest railhead. You can get shared jeep from NJP or Siliguri to Gangtok. The major towns and villages are connected by shared vehicles, but the vehicles are fewer in number and you have to check the timings of the shared jeeps.

Smoking in public is banned in Sikkim. And so is plastic. They take cleanliness quite seriously. So while in Sikkim, do not throw the wrappers anywhere on road, you might just get penalized for it.


Rumtek monastery

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  1. Danik

    I have never even heard of the region os Sikkim! I would simply go for the mountain views and the town looks clean (and very European I must add). Great write up and adding this on my list of things to do in India! 😀

    • 2 Backpackers

      Thanks Danik.. Sikkim is one of the tiniest state of India but extremely beautiful.. Just give us a shout when you are here.. ?

  2. Iza (@IzaAbao)

    I have not visited India yet. Sikkim looks different from other cities in India. It looks peaceful and pleasant. I like your photos of the North Sikkim a lot. It is a perfect place for nature-lovers.

    • Tale of 2 Backpackers

      Thanks Iza. Whenever you want to visit India, feel free to give us a shout. We will be happy to help! ?

  3. OurSweetAdventures

    Learning about the spice road would be incredible! So much history there. The landscape is amazing. The mountains are breathtaking. I love that they take the trash very seriously. Imagine how the rest of the world would look if we were that serious about it.

    • Tale of 2 Backpackers

      Thanks for liking our post and Sikkim. Sikkim is one of the few states of India that is particular about cleanliness!

  4. Julz

    I love your pictures of the mountains, the air is so crips and it is just so clear. I looks like a very interesting state to visit – something different!

  5. Mario

    Nice pictures you guys! I’ve been thinking for a while now to visit India and still not sure which part to start first (soooo much to see) 😀 But for one thing I’m sure: I’d definitely combine a hiking-trip to the Himalayas with Nepal and Sikkim – Maybe in May? The idea about watching the rhododendrons bloom is great – and I’d love to take shots of the milkyway at the mountain-lake you posted a picture of (~April-Aug is best for this on the northern hemisphere…). Well, have to think about it & thanks for all the info provided 🙂

  6. Jane Dempster-Smith

    Great photos. I have always wanted to visit Sikkim. The article is very informative and I like how you have broken it up into North-South etc. I really want to do the Silk Route Tour. Thanks for sharing.

    • 2 Backpackers

      Thank you Jane. Sikkim is a wonderful destination, If you ever visit this place, give us a shout. Will be happy to help.

      • Vijay

        Hi Agni,

        Planning to visit Sikkim in December for 5 days. It would be helpful if you can provide some travel agent’s number whom you have met across there.

        Or help us with some info to cover following places.

        1. Pelling.
        2. Gangtok
        3. lachen.
        4. Gurudongmar
        5. Yumtang valley
        6. zero point

        • 2 Backpackers

          Please check your mail.

          • Anup Kalbalia

            Hi Agni,

            Can you please share the travel agent’s number with me as well. Planning a small 5 day trip to the North of Sikkim.

            Thanks a lot for the good work of helping us out and keeping us updated.

  7. sudhanshu singh

    hii Agni,

    very nice clicks of Sikkim, beautiful photographs. Keep up the good work.


    • 2 Backpackers

      Thank you!

  8. Dinesh Singh

    Nice post. It is very useful for me also. Sikkim is one of the popular tourist destinations among the people. This place surrounded by hills and the places is more pleasant in summer and cold in winter. I am planning to visit Sikkim in December to celebrate my wedding Anniversary. I already discussed with Happy Holidays Tours and Travels for traveling there. I got more information about Sikkim after reading your text. Thanks for sharing this post.

    • 2 Backpackers

      Thank you so much, Dinesh. Congratulations on your Wedding Anniversary in advance. Hope you have a lovely time in Sikkim.

  9. Karan

    This is great read right here.

  10. Ranadeep Saha


    The Cute and Perfect Couple,

    It is such a nice article even romantic. You have given information about almost the whole of Sikkim in your links, I have checked all the links. I have been to almost all the places you have mentioned but rediscovered today in your post. I t really takes me to a journey to Sikkim in a different way. Keep up the good work guys.

    • Agni & Amrita

      Thank you so much Ranadeep. Your appreciation really encourages us to work harder. Keep reading and sharing your views.

  11. Ninad

    Hey Agni,

    Planning on a month long backpacking into Sikkim. Idea is to know the local culture, explore local and try everything local mostly people and yes mountains. Would you be kind enough to help me out.

    • Agni & Amrita

      Hi Ninad. Thank you for stopping by. Sure, we will be glad to help. Let me know your queries.

  12. Sock yee

    hi Agni

    Nice post. Need your advise on my itinerary for next year. I’m foreigner therefore need to join tour for East and North Sikkim. As for West and South Sikkim I would like to do it slowly by share taxi or jeep. Please guide me the best way to cover the like Pelling, Rinchenpong, Namchi, Ravangla, Jorethang and etc…

    26 April Gangtok
    27 April Gangtok
    28 April East
    29 April North
    30 April North
    1 May North
    2 – 6 May South
    7 May Bagdogra

    • Agni & Amrita

      Hi! Can you please mail us your requirements at info@taleof2backpackers. We will be very happy to guide you. Thank you.

  13. Neil

    Sikkim is a mystic surprise on every turn. The places are in competition with each other over their visual delights.

    • Agni & Amrita

      Very true! Sikkim is a wonderful destination.

  14. Aruna

    We are planning for a vacation in last week of may. Please let me know if it’s good period to visit Sikkim and which place to visit in May. My two teen daughter will also be joining me on this trip.

    • Agni & Amrita

      May is a good time to visit Sikkim. But we would suggest you not to make any travel plans now.

  15. Tanuja Rai (TourGenie)

    I love how you guys have included all the districts of Sikkim in a single article and given useful information about it all. Briefly described yet informative. Thanks for sharing the article.

    • Agni Amrita

      Thank you, Tanuja. Glad you liked it.

  16. Kundan @ Sikkim Darjeeling Tours

    Great Piece Of Information Sikkim Being one Of the most visited tourist destinations through the Year..It Is Very Important For Traveler To Know About Attractions, Accommodations & Accessibility Of the Regions. I Guess This Blog Post Serves Them The Right..Thank You Again

    • Agni Amrita

      Thank you for your kind words! Keep reading.

  17. Tourgenie

    Thank you for sharing your experience. The blog is very insightful for the traveller planning their trip to Sikkim.

  18. Richaa Agarwal

    Hi Agni & Amrita,

    My husband and I are planning a 8-10 day (flexible) trip to Sikkim. Instead of only parking ourselves in a hotel or resort we want to explore, hike, see the local culture. Need your help please.

    • Agni Amrita

      Hi Richaa, thank you for stopping by. Please send us a mail at with your queries or connect with us at instgram.

  19. Saptarshi Bhattacharya

    Sikkim is one of the most beautiful and visited place in India. Thank you for your nice blog on it. Keep it up.

    • Agni Amrita

      So true. Thank you for the comment!

  20. Priya

    Hi Amrita,

    I enjoyed reading your blog on Sikkim. Could you please help me chalk an itinerary for silk route including nathula, and north sikkim for around eight days . For silk route, is going from gangtok or bagdogra better? If going from bagdogra, will we get passes for nathu la? We plan to visit in the last week of October.

    Thanks in advance.



  21. Avani Lakhotia

    Hello Agni & Amrita,

    It was Really nice reading about your experience in Gangtok. In your Next visit serenade your senses with a breathtaking view of Mt Kanchenjunga from Hotel Tashi Delek.

    Located in the heart of MG Marg, it is a must visit if you come to Gangtok. We would love to have you at our outdoor rooftop bar with the view of the mountains and the city all at once.


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