Whenever we talk about spending some splendid time on the lap of Himalayas or amidst gigantic snow-capped mountains, our imagination travels northward. But if we could slightly change the angle of our imagination towards the northeast, Sikkim is one such fantastic destination, comparatively less trodden and closer to us (especially if we reside in the eastern part of India).
The entry point for Sikkim is Siliguri. If you go via flight, you need to land at Bagdogra Airport. And if you prefer to go via train, you need to reach New Jalpaiguri Station first. From Kolkata, you can also board a bus to reach Siliguri. And from there, you need to continue your journey by car. Recently, a new airport (Pakyong Airport) has opened near Sikkim as well.
The first exuberating experience of the journey is when your car passes over many small and narrow bridges, and you see the greenish Teesta river flowing in its complete serenity. On top of it, your cab driver plays some melodious Nepali and Bollywood songs.
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There is no serious political unrest, Internet shut down or turmoil in Sikkim. The entire state is well managed and runs with its complete regality. People are not allowed to smoke or spit in public places.
The food & lodging is affordable and you can come here at any time of the year.
The entire Sikkim is stunning and heavenly, be it Lacheng, Lachung, Zero Point Yumthang Valley, Nathu La, Baba Mandir, Gangtok or Gurudongmar Lake. North Sikkim is popular for lakes and the West is for monasteries. Every morning Kanchenjunga wishes you good morning in its complete magnanimity.
Sikkim shares its borders with Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan. Therefore, you would require entry permits, beforehand, to visit some places like Zero Point or Nathu La. Don’t forget to carry your ID proof.
There is an old saying, ‘when you’re in Rome do as the Romans do’; it’s applicable for Sikkim as well. Respect the culture of the state. Whenever you visit any monastery treat that place with reverence. Be gentle and composed.
Be it Summer or Winner, always remember to carry woollen or winter garments before travelling to Sikkim. Mark my words – you would need them badly!
It’s suggested that you go there in a group and book hotels and other stuff prior to your visit. However, you can make your journey smooth and enjoyable if you contact some tour guide or a travel agency who plans everything and makes the entire journey pocket-friendly for you, with the help of their vast network of connections.
Warning: Stay away from wild yaks; don’t try to go closer to them and take pictures; otherwise, you may need to run for your life and get injured.
You can also consult Travelxploria for any assistance! We would love to assist you and leave no stone unturned to make your journey an amazing part of your life!
By Travelxploria | February 10, 2020 |