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North Sikkim tour-Everything you need to know for your 6 days vacation!

By Punith Jain - June 30, 2020
Lachung village in Sikkim

Sikkim, bordered by Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet is one of the most aspired tourist destinations in India. Located in the serene Himalayan ranges, you will fall short of words to describe its immense beauty. Home to snow-capped peaks, spectacular valleys, mighty waterfalls and stunning alpine meadows, it offers a truly challenging trip to remember for a lifetime. Your 6 days North Sikkim tour will cover 2 major cities and many must-visit places in Sikkim. Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang Valley and Gurudongmar lake being the major attractions here.

6 days North Sikkim itinerary

Sikkim valley
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The beautiful state of Sikkim can never really be described in words or be captured in photographs. The best way is to experience it first hand. If you have a short holiday and are wanting to visit this serene state, we have got your back. Here is your 6 days North Sikkim tour itinerary.

Day 1- Bagdogra airport to Gangtok (125 Kms | 4 Hours)

The nearest airport to reach Sikkim is the famous Bagdogra airport connecting major Indian cities. And if you travel by train, New Jalpaiguri Junction should be your final destination. After landing, it takes about 4 hours to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra airport. Check-in to the hotel and the day is at leisure for you. Take a stroll in the famous M G Marg during your evening free time. This place is magical and has plenty of good restaurants and cafes!

Day 2- Discover Gangtok: Tsongmo Lake|Baba Mandir|Nathu La

Nathu La pass in North Sikkim
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  • After having some hot tea and a hearty breakfast, start off your day by visiting the iconic Tsongmo Lake. This oval-shaped lake is located 40 kilometres away from Gangtok city, at an elevation of about 3,780 metres above sea level. On top of the breathtaking views and scenery, it is famous for housing the Brahminy Ducks and many other migratory birds.
  • Next, set off to visit the shrine of the famous Baba Harbhajan Singh, a war hero. This is popularly known as the Baba Mandir. You can spend quality 2 hours here and the visiting hours are from 8 am to 2.30 pm.
  • After spending some hours here, grab yourself a quick lunch in the nearby restaurants. One must definitely try the traditional dishes of Thukpa, Momos, Shah-Phaley, Wonton, Thenthuk, and Gyathuk that are easily available in many restaurants.
  • Post lunch, you can drive until the Nathu La pass and explore its beauty. *Important* Nathula is open for Indian nationals on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; 5 days a week.

Day 3- Adventurous ride to Lachen (118 Kilometres | 6 hours)

Lachen valley in North Sikkim
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  • Lachen is a village surrounded by snow-capped peaks and beautiful alpine meadows located at an elevation of 9500 feet. Although the distance is 118 kilometres, it easily takes around 6-7 hours of an adventurous bumpy ride. With a population of about 1000 people, Lachen has its unique form of local self-governance called the “Dzumsa”.
  • Visiting the Singhik viewpoint, Naga falls on your way to Lachen is a must-to-do thing in your North Sikkim tour itinerary.
  • By the time you reach this offbeat village, it is almost evening and you can self explore its small city centre and nearby places. For adventure seekers, you can trek to its nearby valleys and hills.
  • Bird watching in the evening is another thing you can try out and spot some rare wildlife species.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4- Get stumped by Gurudongmar Lake (40 km)|Lachung (44 kilometres)

Gurudongmar Lake in Lachen
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  • This day starts early as you have a whole day to explore exciting and breath-taking places to visit in North Sikkim. Have your breakfast in the Thangu market, Do not miss trying their local salt tea.
  • Start off by visiting the Kanchenjunga National park. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, additionally the first “Mixed Heritage” site of India. Located at the heart of the Himalayan range, one can experience the unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests. Mount Khangchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world is a treat to traveller’s eyes and the view is absolutely stunning.
  • Later, you will visit the mighty scenic Gurudongmar Lake. Located at an altitude of 5,154 metres, it is one of the highest lakes in the world. The best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake is between November and June where the climate is quite pleasant. Temperatures range from 10 degree Celsius to 4 degree Celsius.
  • After spending some good time at the glacial lake, arrive at the Lachung village which is a 2 hours drive. This place is something that every North Sikkim itinerary should include.

Also read: 5 Breathtaking Places To Visit In Lachung For A Tranquil Vacation In 2020

Day 5- Visit Yumthang valley (26 km)|Gangtok (130 kilometres)

Momos in Sikkim
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  • After trying out some authentic momos for breakfast here, start your day early. A visit to Yumthang valley also known as Valley of Flowers is nothing short of a fairytale experience. Located at a height of 11,800 feet above sea level, it is a 2 hours drive from Lachung.
  • At the end of the tree line, the valley erupts in a large multi-coloured blanket of flowers of Primula, Rhododendron, other alpine flowers.
  • Rejoice this Sikkim valley of flowers sanctuary with lakes, hot springs, mighty yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows. This is nothing less than a natural wonder on earth. Yumthang valley tops the list of places to visit during your North Sikkim tour.
  • Grab your lunch at the Lachung village and then leave for the city of Gangtok.
  • After a long day, have dinner and overnight stay at your Gangtok hotel.

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Day 6- Your 6 days North Sikkim Tour comes to an end

Take a flight from the Bagdogra airport or leave by train from the New Jalpaiguri Junction. Your mesmerizing 6 days North Sikkim tour comes to an end here. This place will tempt you to visit again and you will take back memories for a lifetime to cherish.

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