While each state in the country is incredibly beautiful, the North Eastern states have a completely different charm. Amongst the states in the North East, one state that must be at the top of your travel list is Sikkim. With its mountains, tiny villages and frozen glacial lakes, it is a perfect mix of untouched natural beauty with an incredible culture just waiting to be experienced. You must visit Sikkim if you enjoy embarking on road trips. With its mighty peaks and beautiful rhododendrons, it is a state that deserves a visit.
Here are 5 places that you must visit on your road trip to Sikkim
The capital of Sikkim is a city that you must, must visit. While most people visiting Sikkim do go to Gangtok, they often just make a night halt on the way to North Sikkim. However, Gangtok itself has loads to offer in terms of natural and cultural beauty. Since it is the biggest city in the state, it is the best for souvenir shopping besides shopping for great-quality winterwear. You must stock up on coats, jackets and blazers in Sikkim. MG Road in Sikkim is a long road which houses chic boutiques, cosy cafes and welcoming bakeries that you can explore.
Gangtok also has several viewpoints for you to devour gorgeous views of the hills! The ropeway in Gangtok is a must-do for experiential travellers. Since most of the Inner Line Permits are issued here, it is advisable to spend at least a couple of days in Gangtok.
Lachen is a beautiful little town, 4 hours away from Gangtok. Since is it perched at an elevation of 2700 metres, it gets colder as you reach the town. You must cover Lachen on your road trip to Sikkim; it is not only a pristine hill station, but also the gateway to the mighty Gurudongmar Lake. Lachen also has a monastery on the outskirts of the town which is extremely peaceful and worth visiting. If you want to experience Lachen in all its glory, wake up early and relish a hot breakfast amidst and clouds and the Buddhist flags.
When you embark on a road trip to Sikkim, Lachung is a place that you must be aware of. However, instead of just passing through the village, spend at least a day exploring the serene landscape and interacting with the friendly locals. Lachung is a piece of untouched beauty that envelops you in its arms.
If you’re visiting Lachung, you must also head to Katao for magnificent views and some downtime with snow! Yumthang Valley, which is more known and popular with tourists, is also worth visiting, although the road leading to it might be shut due to weather conditions. Nonetheless, engaging in snow fights near Yumthang Valley is always possible!
4. Tsomgo Lake
One of the highlights of your road trip to Sikkim has to be a visit to Tsomgo Lake. A beautiful lake at a height of over 3500 metres, this is a visual delight. Since a visit to this lake means you will be setting foot in very cold weather, be prepared and layer up carefully. You will also spot yaks near the lake and those wishing to enjoy a Yak ride can do it too!
5. Nathu La
If you’re going on a road trip to Sikkim, especially North Sikkim, why not go all the way to Indo-China border? Nathu La is a pass that connects Sikkim to Tibet. If you’re heading to Nathu La, you must rent jackets and boots, as Nathu La experiences sub zero temperatures. As you reach Nathu La, you will see Indian soldiers protecting the border with utmost diligence and at that spot, you experience the beauty of the mountains alongwith the patriotism of the Indian army. Make it a point to stop at the war memorial and pay your respects. Nathu La is a point that you must not miss!
While Sikkim has numerous towns, villages and monasteries waiting to be uncovered, these are a select few that you must visit on your road trip to Sikkim. If you need help planning your route or fitting all these spots in your itinerary, Hire a Scout and plan your road trip to Sikkim!