Settled in the western Himalayas, Sikkim has numerous hill stations which are the most suitable destination to enjoy winter for real. Now known as a holiday destination for “all seasons”, with so many impressive places to visit, here’s a list of the ten best budget-friendly places to visit around Gangtok.
The small town, Namchi is the epitome of culture, diversity, religion, benevolence, and also depicts the munificence of Sikkim. Namchi is blessed with welcoming monasteries, traditional temples, lush greenery, flora, and forests. On a tour to Namchi, tourists can unveil the best-kept secrets of the Himalaya. The beauty of Namchi can’t be defined in a single word or phrase.
If there is any place on earth where one can see “heaven,” then it has to be Yuksom. Formally referred to as the ‘Gateway to Kangchendzongha’, Yuksom is consecrated by the presence of majestic snow-peaked mountains, monasteries, etc. Yuksom was the ancient capital of Sikkim, and also holds the tag of being a sacred site, symbolically representing the “third eye of Sikkim”.
Blessed with astounding natural beauty, Legship is a small town situated on the bank of the Rangit River. Known for its temples, sulphurous hot springs, monasteries, culture and scenic views, Legship is a crowd puller.
Amidst the mountains of Kanchenjunga, lies a tiny town that can enthral anyone with its breathtaking beauty. Located at an elevation of 6500 ft. in the state of Sikkim, Geyzing is also famous for its spiritual side as it houses several holy monasteries like Pemayangtse and Sangachoeling.
It’s time to let go! Time to shed inhabitation and embrace the diversity of India. With the magnificent Kanchenjunga as the backdrop, Ravangla is the perfect place to laze around with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best with your loved ones. There are temples, monasteries, sightseeing, adventure sports; Ravangla is the jack of all trades, and master of many Sikkim towns. Located in the magical environment of the plush Himalayan forest and colossal mountains which enhance the skyline, Ravangla is the perfect base for some of India’s finest tourism destinations and treks.
Whether the tourist is an adrenaline junkie or a gastronome, a culture buff or an ardent bird watcher, Pelling near Gangtok is the place for all such people. Embraced within the carpeted green mountains, Pelling is the most stunning hill station with a charm of its own. Take a break from fanatic work and make your way to the ocean of calmness, Pelling.
Offering panoramic vistas of the stunning landscape and snow load peaks around Sikkim, Lachen is a great destination to soak in the hill station’s natural beauty. Beautiful hill station, picture-perfect view of the neatly sequenced alpine pastures, quaint monasteries and water streams gushing down from scenic valleys are some of the sights to look out for in Lachen. The literal meaning of Lachen is ‘Big Pass’ and in recent times it is turning into a popular tourist destination because of the fascinating adventure activities organized here.
Nestled under the Rangoli sub-division of East Sikkim in North East India, Aritar is famed for its enchanting natural scenery peppered with lush forests, entrancing waterfalls, pristine lakes and imposing Himalayan peaks, which call for uncountable tourists from across the nation, either seeking a peaceful holiday, a spiritual retreat or an adventure-loaded extravaganza. The place has in its store, something for every kind of traveller.
One of the most stunning Himalayan villages nestled in the lap of North Sikkim, Lachung is an epitome of scenic beauty peppered with tall dark mountains, gushing waterfalls, striking fruit orchards and meandering glacial rivers which take everyone in complete awe of their rustic magic in just a matter of seconds. Whether one is a vacationer, a honeymooning couple, a nature lover, a photography geek or an adventure aficionado, he/she is sure to fall in love with this beautiful little hamlet, taking back home, loads of wonderful memories to cherish forever.