One of the Himalaya's best-kept travel secrets, Sikkim is a welcome diversion from all conventional notions of an Indian holiday. Far from Rajasthan's royal trail, Goa's beaches and Kerala's backwaters, this tiny Indian hill state prides itself on pristine alpine forests, lofty snow-capped mountains, craggy landscapes dotted with quaint villages and a rich tribal culture brocaded with vibrant Tibetan Buddhist accents. As we were tired of our daily hustle-bustle , we needed a break from this monotonous life , and sikkim was the best option to get rejuvenated. We planned our tour like this- First we are gonna stay in Darjeeling for 2 nights , then Go to gangtok- stay there for that night. Next morning off to Lachung ( 2 nights) and then back to gangtok. I was really excited about Lachung specifically because i have seen a lot of pictures of that place and heard this is called the Switzerland of India, but i was also a little tensed about this trip because there were two elderly people with us- my uncle and aunt. We booked a resort Apple valley Inn which is in lachung and talked to the manager of the resort.Mr. Sengupta,He is a very friendly and helpful person. He told us to take a package tour of 2 nights and 3 days and offered us very attractive off-season discount.Village Lachung On a sunny winter morning we started from gangtok for lachung. The sky was vibrantly blue, no trace of clouds. The whole gangtok city was shining. On our way we saw male Scarlet minivet, verditer flycatcher , Bat throated minla. suddenly we spotted a beauty- Himalayan Monal . It appeared like a blue colour burst and before i could take a picture it vanished.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Sikkim is from October to May
How To Reach
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Tsongmo Lake is situated 38 km from Gangtok and at an elevation of 12,400 ft, the ethereally excellent Tsomgo lake is an absolute necessity on each visitors agenda. A twisting street through rough mountain landscape and sharp cliffs takes you to Tsomgo, which implies source of the water in Bhutia dialect. It is heared that in past times, Buddhist ministers would study over the water's shade of the lake to figure the future. The lake is likewise of extraordinary importance for the Jhakris of Sikkim who assemble here every year on Guru Purnima. For the visitor, a visit to the lake offers a glorious excursion. Rides on colourfully designed yaks and donkeys are offered at the lake site, which additionally has a variety of food stalls serving snacks and drinks. Snowboots and gumboots can be rented here. Tsomgo lake is open for both Indian and outside nationals, however international guests must be in a gathering of two or more and need to apply for a guests license through an authorised travel organization.
Yumesamdong (Zero Point)
Yume Samdong is around 26 kilometers from Yumthang, another acclaimed spot in North Sikkim. Yume Samdong of North Sikkim is set at an elevation of 15,300 feet above sea level. Since the spot is in close vicinity to the border standing between India and China, a special license is required to visit Yume Samdong. The drive through the mountain amidst the unpleasant region of Sikkim is an breathtaking experience.The most imperative essence of the spot lies in the Azalea's scent. Azalea frames a major source of income to local people. They make the crude material out of which neighborhood people make incense sticks. Being set at high elevation, Yume Samdong in Sikkim remains snow loaded consistently. So it is advised to take preliminary measures before a trek to Yume Samdong is attempted. But for trekkers, the course from Yume Samdong to Yumthang is one of the most loved ones. It takes just about an hour drive to reach Yume Samdong from Yumthang. This drive is as sparkling as the spot itself.
Changu Lake also noted as the " source of the lake' in Bhutia dialect. Situated around 35 kms far from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, this quiet lake is situated at an elevation of 12,310 ft on the Gangtok Nathu La expressway. The lake has enchanting Alpine forests, which is home to some uncommon creatures like the Red Panda, Brahminy ducks and many more variety of birds. Between the month of May and August one can see a large variety of flowers sprouting like the Rhododendrous, different types of Primulas, Blue and Yellow Poppies, Iries etc. The lake is about 1 km. Long, oval shaped, 15 meters deep and is viewed as a holy place by the nearby local people. It's cool, serene water easily converges with the beautiful excellence around. The Changu Lake is adjacent to Gangtok, one can easily reach it after landing in Gangtok. Accomodation is very easily available in Gangtok.
Goecha La (View Point 1)
Goecha La (el. 4940 mt or 16,207 ft) is a high mountain pass in Sikkim, India in the Himalaya range. The southeast face of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest mountain, is viewable from the pass, which is also a base camp for those aspiring to scale the mountain. From here, you can see the head-spinning Goecha La (4940m) for those incredible views of Khangchendzonga. A further viewpoint, another hour’s walk ahead, offers even closer views.
27.10.2016 (SUMMIT DAY)Today we woke up at 2:00hrs since it was going to be a long trek today.I woke up, freshen up and had breakfast and was ready to roll. I looked up to the sky and I realised that it was literally a five billion star hotel I was  staying at.The night sky was lit with unlimited stars and I was trying to find constellations and I did find some.Now at 3:30am we started the trek in -6℃ with torches in our hand or on head, trekking in a line and crossing the frozen waterfalls and frozen muddy waters. Most tricky were the rocks with frozen ice on them.In one hour we reached the samiti lake. We didn't have time to stop, we had to reach VP1 before sunrise to witness the awesome sunrise of Mt kanchenjunga. We continued our trek and suddenly my stomach felt funny and then I realized I had to take a dumb.😐😐 it was really awkward. I couldn't continue this way. So I told my friend about it. Now on the way to Vp1 which was a steep incline of 1 hr I took a dumb. Thank god I had toilet paper with me in my backpack. My friends said that I polluted the holy lake 😂😝Go figure!Now I am empty and ready to rock.After a trek of 1hr45min we reach vp1 at 6:00hrs, the view of Mt kanchenjunga with the sun shining and rising was just unimaginable. I couldn't believe my eyes.Anyways we couldn't stay for long on view point 1 since it was another 2 and half hr trek to VP2 from here.Now I should mention here that the trail from VP1 to VP2 is the most beautiful and challenging thing I have ever experienced in my life. I'll explain it in detail.The path to VP2 was a combination of different type of trails. We continued our trek from VP1.The path was really narrow. It was like one wrong step and you fall to death.It was a rocky and narrow path on a steep incline.⊙Now came this 85degrees decline from vp1.It was rocky and steep, it was really tough to get down from it. But somehow I did it.⊙Now we are in a valley and we have to climb up again. In front  of me were these huge 7ft tall range of rocks on which we have to climb and jump from one rock to other to cross it. It was beautiful and adventurous.⊙ Now to my surprise in a valley between two mountains came a desert. It was covered with white sand. I was trekking with my friend dj.I thought it would be nice to make a vid of this dessert. As I started filming it suddenly strong winds came it was like a sand storm at 16000ft. It was so freaking thrilling. I felt like one of the discovery channel guys. This valley was between Mt kanchenjunga and Mt Pandim(2nd highest peak of India). As we crossed this desert in the valley we saw a stream of river which was frozen. Afterall it was -4℃. This frozen stream looked so beautiful. See it yourself in the pics.⊙ Now came these meadows, the beautiful green,yellow and orange meadows. They were beautiful but long. Most of them were plains. ⊙ Now we go around a mountain peak which was the final climb to reach VP2. That means this very mountain was the GOECHALA PASS.I was exhausted and literally about to faint. But I kept going. Now I caught up with others, rested for a while, and ate some of my lunch which had a boiled potato which was frozen now but I ate it. ⊙ Now came the final climb. The most tough also, it was so risky and difficult. I was walking on a straight path which was on a 75° incline. I had to walk really carefully, I slipped in between but somehow maintained balance and managed not to die. I couldn't see the top yet. All saw was a non ending narrow path which I didn't know was right or not.⊙ I started asking myself wether I can make it or not. Then I started chanting Hanuman Chalisa. Whenever I am in a tense situation I chant Hanuman Chalisa to get through it. And it worked this time also. I don't know how but my veins were once again rushing with adrenaline. The power came back in my arms and legs and I picked up the pace..Soon I could see the top. I was so happy I have reached it. It was like I could see myself happy at this time. I could laugh and dance. I was once again filled with energy at VP2. The Mt kanchenjunga was right in front of me and as I saw down, there it was, the GOECHALA lake it's awesomeness was over 9000. ⊙ stayed at the top for couple of hrs and then headed back to Lamuney. Going through that same beautiful trail was amazing. Reached VP1 in another 3 hrs and then on my way to Samiti lake I saw the sun was just above my head. The time was around 11:30 am and the temperature was a cozy 10℃. Now I felt really tired I lied down on lush and green grass and before I know it I slept on that incline. The warm sun rays were so comfortable and it was like they were hugging me. I woke up after half an hour and this was the best nap I ever had.Now reached lamuney at 2:30 and then our trek leader says we are going to kokchurang where there was a cottage in which we were supposed to spend the night.I was tired as hell and he said we have to trek for another 3 hrs? We'll I didn't have a choice. Had lunch, a lot of lunch and still I wasn't ready to roll.I was in pain, I had total of 8 blisters in my feet. I was hardly able to walk and now I also had rash between my thighs.This was the only time during the trek where I gave up and offloaded my bag. I was carrying a rucksack of 12kgs during the whole trek cause I didn't want any help and make it on my own.But now I hit my limit. I offloaded to trek for another 3 hrs.At 5 we reached kokchurang. Everyone made fun of me for taking a dump on vp1 and then  we entered the cottage and lit the candles.Had snacks at 1600 and then smoked some weed (very little) and then had dinner.There were 3 rooms in this cottage. I was in the one with 9 people sharing, the biggest one. But today's night was awesome. Our trek leader Aakash told us all the ghost stories he has experienced in the mountains and has heard of. I was a little scared and again everyone made fun of me being scared. But I don't believe in ghosts, whatever.. no offense to ghost readers!! Then at 22:00hrs everyone slept.
Kanchenjunga National Park
Day 3 started with warm up exercise and a good short jog around the place. We saw the snow-capped Himalayas with its 2nd tallest peak – Kanchenjunga standing majestically right in the centre. After some local sightseeing, we were briefed about the trek and the route post which everyone introduced themselves. And thus, we spent our last night in the pleasant weather of Darjeeling before beginning our trek on the following day. Day 4 began pretty interestingly for me, of which I may write in April of 2014. The entire batch got ready and assembled for the flag off to begin our journey. On reaching the starting point by a jeep, we were introduced to our 2 trek guides. Both of them lean, fit & unbelievably young! One of them was 23 years old and he was responsible for leading the group. Looking at their normal backpacks, we felt a little foolish to have carried such huge rucksacks. By the end of the trek, we realized it was indeed stupid to have carried more than 2 pair of clothes as that’s the maximum required for such a cold journey.
Yuksom Dzongri Trek is one the most mainstream short high elevation trekking destination in Sikkim. Dzongri trek is a shorter variant of the Goechala Trek. This specific trek begins from Yuksam and winds up at Yuksam in 5 days. Dzongri trek is extraordinarily suitable and intended for the trekkers who needed to investigate more in shorter duration of time. Indeed Dzongri and Dzongri La is the best spot for a mountains' perspective and its extents in the Sikkim Himalayas. Alongside Mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - The third most noteworthy mountains on the planet, the absolute beauty seen amid this trek from Dzongri, View Points from here are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabur north, Mt. Kabur south, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Simvo and many more. The best time to visit Dzongri is from mid March-April, and afterward from September to mid October, in order to maintain a strategic distance from snowfall and storm downpours.
Banjhakri Water Falls
Banjhakri falls is a remarkable touristy spot in Sikkim. There is very popular story behind this spot and its name. The word "Banjhakri" means woodland shaman, now if we separate it further "Boycott" implies primitive and "Jhakri" implies shaman. Shaman is a priest among specific people of northern Asia, viewed as one with recuperating and supernatural forces who can impact the spirits and achieve good and evil. Furthermore, it is these Shamanistic practices that are delineated by means of the dolls in this amusement park. Some of these portray customs, some recuperating ceremonies and others the start process in the life of a shaman. All these are entirely fascinating as is the waterfall that thunders down from a height of say 70 feet. Few facilities have been built for the visitors to go closer to the waterfall and take a shower.This a ideal place for kids to enjoy and is also best for family hangouts.
Elegantly situated at MG Marg, the heart of Gangtok, this restro is an incredible spot to appreciate, loosen up and mollify your craving throbs with lip smacking recipes and reviving drinks. The menu has crisply prepared baked goods, smooth cakes, filling sandwiches and sweet-smelling espresso on its menu. Run by local people and expats, Bakers Cafe is absolutely a spot to investigate in the town.This spot is a sample of reasonable valuing with amazing nourishment quality. The staff is exceptionally respectful and are continually ready to present with a smile, also the soothing music played here will make you feel refreshed. Cozy warm air, awesome spot for a recess from all the strolling and visiting around. Cakes served here are heavenly and the coffee is outstanding. If you cherish breads or have a sweeth tooth, you will love this spot. One must pay a visit to this cafe and must try the coffee they serve.
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir otherwise called Baba Mandir, located in the middle of Nathula and Jelepla at an elevation of 13,123 ft and around 52kms from Gangtok, it is a recognized touring spot of Sikkim. This mandir is devoted to Harbhajan Singh, who was a trooper of the Indian Army. Two sanctuaries have been manufactured to show adoration to Baba Harbhajan Singh. The old one has been assembled at the dugout's site, where Baba Harbhajan was posted amid his residency in the Indian Army. For the travelers' convenience, the samadhi of Baba Harbhajan Singh has been reconstructed at the intersection of Kupup Gnathang street and the trail leading to Menmecho Lake, on November 11, 1982. This place of worship is famously perceived by touristers all over the country as New Baba Mandir. A round excursion from Gangtok including Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir takes about Rs 3,500 by a large reserved vehicle like Sumo or Qualis.
In close vicinity of Gangtok, stands the Enchey Monastery (3 km far from the town focus) on top of a hill. The site on which the monastery stands is accepted to be honored by the renowned tantric master Druptob Karpo. It is said that this loved master, who had flying ability, traveled to this site from Maenam Hill in south Sikkim and manufactured a little hermitage. Later, amid the rule of Sikyong Tulku in the mid nineteenth century, the monastery was built and given the shape of a Chinese Pagoda. The Monastery building is a little and basic two storied structure encircled by tall pine trees. The special highlights of monastery are the wall paintings portraying the protective god and wheel of law on the porch. The three Gods worshipped in this monastery are Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava. The yearly celebration of Enchey is praised on the eighteenth to nineteenth day of the twelfth month of the Tibetan timetable which is January.
Zero Point Yumesamdong
Enjoying -10 degree at Zero PointBeyond the valley of flower, there is nature personification known as Zero Point Yumesamdong. It is at an altitude of 15748ft. It usually covered with snow throughout the year. The temperature remain near to -10 degree. Check it out what it hides in itself and explore it in your next trip.To keep yourself safe from snow, there are stalls that will provide you snow cloths on rent and all lot of food stalls sells, eggs, maggie etc. to eat and keep you warm.
Lachung is a town and a very famous Hill station in North eastern part of Sikkim, India. The town is more or less 125 kilometers (78 mi) away from the capital Gangtok. The town's economy has been supported by tourism as the district has been opened up by the Indian government. Travelers originate from everywhere throughout the world to visit the town in the middle of October and May, particularly on their way to the Yumthang Valley and the Lachung Monastery. Dialects talked here are Nepali, Lepcha & Bhutia. Amid winter the town is normally secured in snow. Lachung is likewise the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek, which begins from Yumthang Valley and finishes at Lachen Valley. The people living in Lachung mostly make their earning by serving the visitors who keep coming throughout the year to visit Lachung. The government has is also very helpful in providing assistance to the visitors.
Pelling is approximately 130 km far from Siliguri and 115 km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and is very well connected by transport and jeep services. The lovely little town of Pelling is popular for magnificient views of the snow-topped Kanchenjunga range, the third most elevated crest in the world.The Placid town pulls a large portion of the guests for its representative status in history, and nature of the state of Sikkim. Situated at a height of 6,800 ft, Pelling offers great perspective of the whole Kanchenjunga mountain reach including Koktang, Kumbhakaran , Rathong, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Siniolchu and many more. This is as close as you can get to the Kanchenjunga range without leaving the material solace of good lodgings. Because of its worthwhile area, numerous hotels and cabins have come up in and around Pelling taking into account shifted tastes and budgets. Also the climate in Pelling may change from bright and sunny to blurred and miserable in a matter of minutes.
Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is a popular vacation spot in Sikkim. It is a copy of all the 12 Jyotirlingas and Char Dhams in India. You'll discover here a 33 m tall Shiva statue raised on the Solophok peak. It's an enormous journey complex with Hindu sanctuaries all around. Generally, it's a decent place that gives you positive vibes. Char Dham is a journey destination arranged at Solophok Hill, which is at a separation of around 5 km from Namchi Town. Solophok Hill has a verifiable and religious significance, as it is trusted that meeting this spot washes away one's sins. The venture is visioned by CM of Sikkim. They have built the sanctuaries of all the 12 jyotirlinga, Char dham and other essential sanctuaries. The sight is awesome and you will love to see the climate there. Best time to visit Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is during summer or during winter.
Sachen is the spot that is not explored to the world. Discussing improvement, the city is not having numerous assets. It is the slope station having constrained convenience and facilities. Sachen is found near another slope station of Sikkim known as Goechala La Pass. Goechala is well known for trekking and experience significant others are coming to the town at incessant interims. On the off chance that you plan to reach Sachen, then you are finding the opportunity to visit Goechala also. Next close traveler spot is Yuksom that is one all the more trekking spot. Discussing Yuksom it is the chronicled town of West Sikkim set up in 1642 ADs. There are numerous base camps in Yuksom, however you need to enroll for this camp ahead of time. The seats are constrained, and individuals from diverse roots are continually attempting to reach Yuksom. One will consider themselves lucky after visiting this place.
Thambi View Point
The day snowfall gave us the break we wished for.Dhupidara to Gnathang (11,500 ft- 13,500 ft).Distance: 9 km"Are we even riding today?" Everyone woke up with the same question in mind. The previous day we had left one of our guides, Bikash and the doctor on the trip, Nobin, some 3km below Dhupidara. No one slept well and Nischal, the 13-year-old rider on the trip continued asking everyone about Bikash and the doc. The road was blocked and the mobile signals no longer worked, and we were definitely in a fix.The drill continued for me and Manisha di, the organiser to fetch multiple cups of teas from the kitchen for everyone, getting our socks wet every time we stepped out on the snow. At around 11am, we heard the voices we had been waiting for. Bikash and Nobin had finally arrived after spending the night at an army camp down in Zuluk.It was declared a day off from cycling and we drove to a spot near Gnathang. The landscape was at its brutal best and looking at the beautiful snowscapes, we decided to walk along the last stretch.
Around 3 kms from Pelling and couple of minutes walk further down from Pemayangtse Monastery are the Rabdentse ruins the second capital of Sikkim, established in the year 1670. The spot has stunning perspectives inundated with history all around. All around secured remains with clear signs of the rooms and other areas. These remnants are accessed by a short wooden walk which is extremely wonderful. The stroll from the sanctuary to the remnants will simply make your day. But these remnants have a story to tell. Its a half kilometer stroll from the main street perhaps a little more. In any case, once there, your effort is justified. Everywhere in this place you will see what remains. Not a large territory to cover so it's manageable by walking and on the off chance that you stroll up here from Pelling, you may have a decent half day trip. This spot is genuine amazement, regardless of the possibility that somebody is not excited to watch historical ruins, he can still visit for stunning perspectives.
Nobody tells you much about this place, except that it is a Buddhist Stupa. And, there is an eerie message outside that says that the land it was built on was once haunted by evil spirits that would kill the people who came here. The stupa had to be built to free the land from these spirits. For something that claims to do such a dangerous task, the stupa looks quite a bright and pleasing place. It's open to the public only on specific days and is a great place to stop by.
Hanuman Tok is located more or less 5 km rising from the White Hall on a bifurcating street of the GangtokNathula highway. It is 11 km far from Gangtok town. The height of this tall structure is about 7,200 ft. The Hanuman Tok in Sikkim itself gives brilliant photographic perspectives of the Khangcendzonga. The snow-topped mountain tops look heavenly from this sanctuary. From the Hanuman Tok, one can likewise see the waterworks of Selep located far away, the most important and only source of water for the whole city of Gangtok. The Hanuman Tok rests at a height of a few hundreds feet over for the whole city. The adventure to Hanuman Tok is an exciting one, which offers excellent perspectives of the capital city of Gangtok and the surrounding uneven hilly regions. There are several chortens and stupas at this spot, which imply the accurate areas where the last customs of the royal corpses were carried to.
As you climb towards Gochala Pass you can appreciate the shade of straightforward torquise of Lake Samiti-A frosty lake in the Onglathang valley. The consecrated Samiti Lake situated at an elevation of 4250 m trail is the perfect spot for outdoors and you can lose yourself in the sentimental isolation of this lake as it reflects snow topped mountains. From this small sized lake, the Teesta River takes birth as a stream scarcely a foot wide. The water in the lake plays with ice before getting solidified in winter. The impression of the mountains on the lake triples the excellence. Everything looks so ancient that you very nearly hope to see a Dinosaur pass by. A herd of birds, the cranes swims on the serene ice water of Samiti Lake. These flying creatures are migrators from Russia, China and different parts of India. If you love to trek then this is a place you must visit.
Pemayangtse Monastery, Pelling: Planned, designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, it is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, also the most famous in West Sikkim. It is situated in the town of Pelling. The monastery follows the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism and controls all other monasteries of that Order in Sikkim. The monks of this monastery are normally chosen from the Bhutias of Sikkim.
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist religious community in Pemayangtse, close to Pelling in the north eastern Indian state of Sikkim, situated 140 kilometers west of Gangtok. About 2kms from Pelling, you can visit the principal monastery belonging to the Ngingma group (one of the four sects of Tibetan Buddhism) which was implicit in the year 1705 AD. One of the first and couple of oldest monastery in Sikkim, it was fabricated by Gyalwa Lhatsun Namkha Jigme.The most important one amongst three monks, who blessed the first religious ruler of Sikkim at Yuksam in 1641 AD. These days, the child monks get a legitimate classroom and teachings by the educators in the correct monastic school called Laptha. Today numerous youngsters having a place with this religious community are in the enormous Buddhist learning centers in different states of India, such as Namdoling Monastery of H.H. Penor Rempoche (Mysore), Mindoling Monastery of Thichen Rempoche (Mousori) and inside Sikkim are Takche Dubda of Ven.
Yumthang Valley - Tamu Tour and Treks
Yumthang valley is another beauty in itself. Mist cladded mountains and valleys, wild horses strolling briskly all around. It gives you a feeling of mini Switzerland(not a comparison but just a reference). It is place where you can spend a good amount of time and then head for other adjoining places like Zero Point, Katau and an hot water spring. This valley is also known as valley of flowers but we did not find much of an evidence to verify that. Nevertheless, the trip to Yumthang valley is a uber pleasant experience that you would love to capture in your camera.
Baichung Stadium is a very famous football stadium in Namchi. The stadium was framed in honor of Baichung Bhutia, India's most famous contemporary footballer. He is an Indian footballer of Sikkimese-Bhutia descent who plays as a striker. Bhutia is thought to be the torchbearer of Indian football in the global coliseum. Bhutia is usually nicknamed as the Sikkimese Sniper on account of his shooting abilities in football. The state intends to effectively advance the game made prominent after Bhutia turned into being the first Indian to play in an European League and guide the national team as a captain. This spot is under development and soon it will turn into a center of game exercises in Sikkim. This stadium is situated at a decent tallness above ocean level and it sees that the administration is empowering football. The Baichung Stadium is the best place to visit for the people who love football or any sort of sports.
After a tiresome day at Nathula pass, my parents retired to bed as we had to leave early in the morning for Rumtek monastery! But instead of staying in the hotel room my sister and I decided to take a stroll in the streets to get an essence of Gangtok's night life! We headed towards the Mahatma Gandhi Marg which was pretty close to our hotel.
Khangchendzonga National Park
One of the highest biosphere reserves in the world, the Khangchendzonga National Park is home to several endangered animals as well as highly popular trekking trails. Trails to Goechala, Dzongri, and the Green Lake pass through the national park. Being at the centre of the Eastern Himalayan bamboo belt, the national park has a good density of the Red Panda.To reach Khangchendzonga National Park, you will have to hire a shared cab from Gangtok. The closest airport is in Bagdogra and the nearest rail-head is New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri Junction (221km away). The entry fee is Rs 200 for Indian nationals and Rs 400 for foreigners. No vehicles are allowed inside the national park, so you will have to explore it on foot.
Kanchenjunga South Peak
If you love adventure and adventurous activities interest you, Kanchenjunga is the place for you. Climbing the world’s 3rd highest mountain will definitely interest you. Kanchenjunga which stands at an altitude of 8586 mts calls for technical expertise because the route to the peak is almost unknown. It was dangerous, but it was thrilling. Each expedition that we did, was altogether an entirely new experience. We experienced undiscovered dangers and unexpected pitfalls along with avalanches, falling rocks etc. Trekking at Kanchenjunga is definitely an Experience of a lifetime.
Flower Show Centre
This flower centre is a paradise for plant lovers . This is the venue of famous Sikkim Flower Show usually held around march when the orchids are in full boom. So if you plan to visit in march you will be lucky enough to enjoy the colourful event, unfortunately the show was not available during our visit but the greenhouse itself was an absolute treat to the eyes.Banjhakri falls
On the way, you can also halt for some time to get some snaps with Changey Falls. You will get many falls like this in Pelling. Changey falls from a height of about 300m and is a treat to watch when there is bright sunshine.Then we headed towards Uttarey village. The height of Uttarey is about 6600 ft. The main attraction here is the beautiful view of the valley with stunning backdrop and a park created in the memory of Tenzing-Hillery.
Kokchurong Trekkers Hut Goecha La
The Goecha La is the name of a very high mountain pass in Sikkim and is a part of the Himalayas. The most attractive thing about this place is that you get a perfect, mesmerizing view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga from here. This place is also like a base camp for those who are aiming to scale the high peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The Kokjuong Trekkers' hut are permanent tent like things to help out the trekkers a little during their journey. It is not a luxurious living place but atleast somewhere you can escape from the strong winds and get some basic things to eat.