Summer makes one feel like running away to some cool place, far far away from the scorching heat and the madness of city life. If you’re feeling that way right now, it’s time to head to the mountains! While there are many to choose from, we’ll talk about Sikkim for now. Sikkim is one of the most beautiful summer destinations and we’re sure you won’t regret visiting this stunning location, surrounded by snow laden mountains, greenery and organic farms.
While most of you might have read or heard about the touristy things to do in Sikkim, there are some places and things that you definitely should not miss when you visit Sikkim.
Yumthang In North Sikkim
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Yumthang valley is a sight to behold, this valley of North Sikkim is rife with a variety of flowers. This nature sanctuary is home to a variety of rhododendrons, these flowers bloom from the end of February till the mid of June. It is very picturesque, with green slopes covered with trees, carpet of flowers on the grassy plains, and a crystal clear river flowing right through the valley. Sounds surreal doesn’t it? You have to see it to beleive it! AND be prepared to be in an enchanted state for weeks after visiting this place.
Temi Tea Garden In South Sikkim
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The only tea garden in Sikkim, perched on the mountainside valley, is a place you should not miss. The road that leads to the garden is breathtakingly beautiful with lush ferns and cherry blossom trees.You can take a guided tour of the factory, and learn about the organic tea production while you sample the fresh organic cups of tea.
Monasteries For Some Inner Peace
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There are many monasteries perched on the hill tops of Sikkim. A visit to some of these monasteries will reflect Sikkim’s cultural heritage.Some of the must visit monasteries are Rumtek monastery Enchey monastery, Tashiding monastery and Pemayangste Gompa.
Cable Car Ride For A Great View Of The Town
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This is an ideal activity and it gives an unbeatable view of the town and its surrounding valleys.The ride goes on for almost one kilometre and there are three terminal stations, so you can hop into the ropeway from any terminal.
Yak Ride For An Unforgettable Experience
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Popular spots to ride a yak are Dzongri and Tsomgo Lake. No trip to Sikkim is complete without riding on a the colourfully adorned yaks. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you ride past beautiful meadows and valleys . The experience is unforgettable.
Local Cuisine; When In Sikkim Eat Like A Sikkimese
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Try out all the popular dishes like Momos(dumplings) , Thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup) , Sha Phaley ( bread stuffed with meat or vegetables) and the different local curries. There are many cafes and restaurants where you can try out the Sikkimese delicacies.
Before heading back home, don’t forget to buy some local Sikkimese handicrafts like the prayer flags, masks, Thangka paintings, canvas wall hangings, locally made pickles and tea.
You’re all ready to get set go to Sikkim!