6 Hidden Places to Visit in Sikkim on a Spectacular Road Trip to Gurudongmar Lake

Tripoto
12th Oct 2021

For me travelling has mostly been about discovering the safeguarded secrets of a place through conversations. These conversations are often with the locals and sometimes with fellow travellers who come up with fascinating trivia on driving past a new town or citing a stunning river or visiting a religious spot. This is how I stumbled upon some of the most fascinating places to visit in Sikkim.

On my last trip to North Sikkim during early December in 2017, I happened to travel with some insightful locals and a curious set of travellers who unearthed some fascinating facts about this state during casual conversations inside a 4*4 Bolero. On this 6-day road trip from Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake via Lachen, Lachung and Yumesangdong, we came across the most appealing places to visit in Sikkim as well as some interesting trivia that made for great conversations on this road trip.

Our group on the road trip to North Sikkim

Photo of Sikkim, India by Kavi Singh⛰️

Below are some of the best places to visit in Sikkim along with some trivia:

If you're a first-timer in Gangtok, it's impossible to not get impressed looking at the clean streets.

On the first day we travelled from Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok and naturally, the city left everyone quite impressed. It's not just the capital city that upholds these standards of cleanliness but also the far flung villages in the North Sikkim District where we travelled during the coming few days. Sikkim is India's first open-defecation free state and it's high time other states take some lessons from this little hill state.

Some impressive local statistics discussed on our way from Gangtok to Lachung

The locals who joined us on this journey told us how Sikkim is now a fully organic state that has set an example for other states across India in terms of sustainable development. After the recent ban on vegetables from the import of vegetables into the state, it has taken a step forward in becoming completely self-sufficient in food grains, dairy, poultry and meat by 2020.

Moreover, the state will have a hundred percent literacy rate by next year and as travellers we can see all these changes improving livelihood of the people of Sikkim.

Driving through Kabi Lungchok, the site of the Blood Brother Treaty

Just a short drive away from Gangtok, on our way to North Sikkim District, we stopped at Kabi Lungchok. It's a famous spot among the locals where Lepchas, the ethnic tribals of Sikkim and Bhutias, immigrant tribe from Tibet that settled in Sikkim signed a 'Blood Brother Treaty' in the 14th century. The treaty was signed by Tibetan King, Khye Bumsa and Lepcha Chief Thekong Tek. Life-sized statues of the two blood brothers has been erected as a mark of respect.

View of MG Marg in Gangtok

Photo of 6 Hidden Places to Visit in Sikkim on a Spectacular Road Trip to Gurudongmar Lake by Kavi Singh⛰️

View of the taxi stand near Hanuman Tok in Gangtok

Photo of 6 Hidden Places to Visit in Sikkim on a Spectacular Road Trip to Gurudongmar Lake by Kavi Singh⛰️