While Sikkim’s minimalistic way of life will never cease to amaze you, it is the natural elements that will resonate with your every step through the state. Nature will mesmerize you in various attires, whether it is the openly hidden Pelling cascades, the rugged terrain of the cold desert in the north, the peace redefining itself at the high altitude of Gurudongmar Lake, or the snow-covered roads to Nathu-La. If that isn’t enough, Buddhist chants will always work their magic. Planning to visit? Here’s a five-day travel itinerary to Sikkim!
Day 1: Gangtok
On the first day, visit Gangtok. Try to book a hotel in the M. G. Marg market area, as it is close to taxi stands and all four districts are easily accessible from Gangtok. Moreover, there is just one-way traffic there so if you’re willing to go for a walk, don’t think so much. You can connect with local tour operators at M. G. Marg or Vajra Taxi stand on the first day itself to visit the districts.
Day 2: Local Sightseeing
On day 2, you can go sightseeing as Sikkim has many wonderful spots to see. Rumtek Monastery, Ranka or Lingdum Monastery, Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Banjhakri waterfalls, Bakthang waterfalls, and the Sikkim Himalayan Zoo are just a few of the major attractions. You can also go shopping and buy some souvenirs for your loved ones.
Day 3: Nathu La Lake
On day 3, you can visit different lakes like Nathu La Lake and Tsomgo/ Changu Lake. The lake’s physical state changes depending on the time of year you visit. You’ll come across frozen lakes from November to mid-April and a clean lake the rest of the year would captivate you. Return to Gangtok in the evening after seeing the Harbhajan Singh Baba Mandir.
Day 4: Trek to Lachung lake
This is a long and exhausting trek through forests, waterfalls, and tunnels. Along the journey, you’ll pass by Butterfly Falls. It is said that in fall it is a residence of multicoloured butterflies. The road bifurcates near Chungthang, one towards Lachung and the other towards Lachen. Lachung Valley is the entryway to Yumthang Valley and is located on the banks of the Lachung Chu River.
Day 5: Yumthang Valley- Yumesamdong
Yumesamdong, or Zero Point is truly numb cold. Even with the gloves on, you can feel your fingertips become icily cold. The vista, on the other hand, is stunningly magnificent. You can play in the snow, make a slew of Olafs and much more! However, a word of caution: as this is a high-altitude location, some enthusiastic jumping might soon exhaust you.
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