Many are enticed by the call of the mountains and seek to trek in the Himalayas, some are fascinated by the culture and the famous city of Gangtok, and others visit Sikkim hoping to become one with nature. A visit to Sikkim can be a cultural eye-opener, adrenaline adventure, or even a life-changing vacation, depending on the itinerary and mindset of the traveller. Here are some of the top spots for a summer vacation in Sikkim.
It is one of the popular summer attractions in Sikkim. Nathula Pass is a trade route that connects Sikkim with Tibet. It is situated just 56 km away from Gangtok and passes through Tsomgo Lake. Nathula Pass is located at an altitude of 4,200 m and Gangtok to Nathula Pass is one of the highest and challenging motorable roads in India. Also, you can find the highest ATM accessible in the world.
Kecheopalri Lake is a sacred pilgrimage site in Pelling and a scenic destination for nature lovers and shutterbugs. Believed to be a wish-fulfilling lake, this summer destination in Sikkim is heaven for tourists and travellers. The appearance of the lake looks like a footprint if observed from the top. Many interesting legends revolve around the birth and history of the lake. Emerging to be a famous monsoon attraction in Sikkim, Kecheopalri Lake is visited by tourists and travellers from all around the world.
Situated at a distance of 2 km from Pelling, Pemayangtse monastery is a famous Buddhist monastery. It was built by Lama Lhatsum Chempo in 1705. Far-famed as the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, this three-storied building is a heavenly place circled by magnificent Himalayan ranges of snow-capped mountains. Besides the beautiful collection of Buddhist idols, sculptures, scriptures, carvings and paintings, there is also a very beautiful scenic garden well maintained by the monks in its vicinity. Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim in the summer.
Tsomgo Lake is located on the way to Nathula Pass, about 40 Km away from Gangtok. At an altitude of approx 12,000 ft above sea level, it is one of the most visited monsoon destinations in Sikkim. In the Bhutia (Sikkimese) language, the word ‘Tsomgo’ means the ‘Source of the Lake’. The Lake is oval, stretches about a km long with an average depth of 50 ft.
Gurudongmar Lake is encircled by snow-clad mountains, are a serene lake and is an important winter destination of North Sikkim. It is situated at an altitude of 5500 m and is at a distance of 173 km from the Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok. You can witness the glittering view of the frozen lake during the summer.
Located about 24 km away from Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery is the most visited summer spot after Tsomgo Lake. It is an acting Buddhist headquarters in India. The 16th Karmapa, Gyalwa Karmapa built the monastery in the year 1960, who settled in Sikkim in the late fifties. Apart from the monastery, there is also the Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies nearby.
One of the most well-maintained parks in South Sikkim, Buddha Park is a most sought after summer attraction in Ravangla. Built in the year 2006, Buddha park is a government venture to promote tourism in Sikkim. The main attraction in this park is the 130 ft high statue of the Lord Buddha, which was erected here to commemorate the 2550th birth anniversary of the Lord Gautam Buddha. This recreational park is also known as ‘Tathagata Tsal,’ among the locals. Since Ravnagla is home to a Buddhist circuit, this monsoon destination also has a great spiritual significance.