One of the most magical and fairytale-like places whose existence has been kept quiet for a while now, we all have heard about Sikkim’s beauty and magnificence but we don’t realize how deeply it truly runs. Sikkim is beautiful but it is not some ordinary kind of beauty which you could forget about.
The beauty of this place stays with you for a long time, beckoning you to come and explore it again. Once in Sikkim, you won’t even feel like you are on Earth anymore. You would feel like you are a part of all those fairy tales and fantasy books that you often read when you were young. Hell, you would feel like you are in heaven right now.
Top Places to Visit in Sikkim
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East and South Sikkim
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You can also visit the Nathula Pass and the famous Baba Mandir from this lake. And don’t forget to have a plate of hot Maggi and a hot cup of coffee at this place. You would love the warm feeling it would give you from the inside while the cold makes you shiver.
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Zuluk, a small village in Sikkim, is very close to my heart and I will go ahead and say this, that this is the place that I can visit again and again. I love it, immensely. Why, you ask? I have numerous stories about this place. Since there is poor network connection here, you can take a break from the social media too. Also, you won’t find many tourists here.
To reach this beautiful village you have to cross an entire silk route. Yes, an entire silk route. Sikkim’s Zig-Zag Road has over 100 hairpin curves. And these curves can be seen in all its might from the start of this route, stretched ahead like a cluster of wires.
Here, along with witnessing the beautiful sunset and sunrise, you can also witness the Eastern Himalayan Range along with Kanchenjunga. You can stay here in the homestays. And the people living here are so down to earth and helpful. You can talk to them all day and night but they will never run out of stories. Ever thought a place so different? Zuluk is that different and beautiful but to reach this place, you require a permit.
Ravangla will take your breath away and I am not even kidding about it! When you will reach this place you will be awestruck, looking at the clear blue sky and clouds and lush green mountains. Then suddenly, right in the middle of this spectacular view, you will notice a 130 ft. statue, standing all tall and mighty. A statue of Buddha in all its glory.
This place is known as Buddha Park, where you can stroll around amidst the green trees and Tibetan flags and their huge prayer wheels, witnessing this statue right above and whenever you look at it, you will always need to strain your head back to take it all in. Yes, it is that massive.
Right beneath the statues, there is a room where you can sit and pray. But no, this is not just a place to pray but it also contains a lot of beautiful paintings and statues of Buddha and his life. You just need to take a walk around and you will understand and learn more about him.
In our opinion, this is the place that has a touch of life, spirituality, and beauty, all packed together that makes it a must go place in Sikkim.
Namchi, a place that has its own spiritual and cultural spark, is one of the top places to visit in Sikkim. It has a tea garden by the name Temi Tea, stretching across a large distance. Here, you will be able to observe the green and blue colors of nature which looks really surreal. If you just want to sit and get lost amidst the beauty then you have to visit this place. And, you can have a cup of chai from the many roadside vendors to enjoy with the view.
Apart from that, you can find some peace by visiting the Char Dham and the Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir. Shirdi Sai Baba is splashed with golden color from the outside and looks immensely beautiful amidst all the green. You can also go inside the complex to pray and meditate for a while. And on the similar lines is the Namchi’s Char Dham. It has a huge statue of Lord Shiva which can also be seen from far away. There is also a café inside Char Dham where you can sit and enjoy all the beauty around.
Nathula Pass is a mountain pass where you can step into two countries at the same time. This is the place which separates India and China. So, you will see Chinese soldiers at one end of the border and Indian soldiers on the other, guarding. And sometimes (if you are lucky) you’ll witness them talking to each other.
Earlier from this Pass, China and India traded goods between each other. But after the 1962 war this place was sealed, and then it got reopened in 2006. The place gets really cold and to reach this place you need a government permit. The sheer beauty of this place makes this place worth the visit. And witnessing men in uniform, keeping guard, will surely make you feel proud and happy.
So what other reason do you need now? Drive to this place is beautiful as you cross the hills, and the view is spectacular. The soldiers will greet you and you can see snow around if you visit this place during the winters.
Some places we would have loved to go but weren’t able to venture due to bad weather or offseason. But if you get a chance, do visit these gems.