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Rolep, East Sikkim – 135 kms from Siliguri...

Rolep is tucked on the slopes of the rolling green Himalayan foothills with panoramic views of the Rangpo Khola River valley. While in Rolep, you can hike along the hanging bridges over gushing rivers, get drenched under the 40-feet high waterfall and try angling trouts in the river. Rolep is one of the new-found gems of East Sikkim, which gives a very authentic experience of village life and adventure. Here, guests are welcomed in traditional home stays where they can take part in the daily lives of the villagers and taste some sumptuous local cuisine. BOOKING DETAILS OF ROLEP Places to see in Rolep, East Sikkim: Spending a few days in Rolep village would surely help you to rejuvenate your soul. Apart from taking a dip in the Rolep River and resting on the wet boulders, you can visit the 40-feet high Buddha Waterfalls on Shokey Khola River or trek to the Buddha Cave, which is a local pilgrimage site. You can also visit the dried valley of Chochen Natural Lake and pray at the Dekiling Monastery. For visiting Rolep, guests would need to cross the motorable hanging bridge also known as Rangkey Bridge. For more photographs of Rolep click here Nearby Attractions of Rolep, East Sikkim: Rolep is very near to Rongli, so tourists on the way to visit The Old Silk Route circuit covering Nathang, Padamchen, Zuluk and other destinations can keep Rolep in their itinerary too. Other upcoming destinations like the river valley of Doban and the boot-shaped Aritar Lake (Lampokhari) can be visited in day trips from Rolep. Things to do in Rolep, East Sikkim: Rolep is heavily forested and is safe heaven for a wide variety of birds. If you are longing for a bird watching trip then a few days at Rolep would be very rewarding. The paddy fields, natural forests and the river valley of Rolep is home to a very healthy bird population. Another, activity to cherish in Rolep village is angling. As Rangpo Khola river passing through Rolep is fed by the Menmecho Lake and Tsomgo Lake, so Trouts are found in abundance here. The homestays of Rolep have started organizing Fishing trips on this river for the guests too. If you are really fond of local culture, then few home stays in Rolep can also organise a traditional “Lepcha Hot Stone Bath” for you in the river valley. How to reach Rolep, East Sikkim: Rolep is around 140 kms from New Jalpaiguri – the nearest railhead. You can take any shared car from NJP or nearby Siliguri heading towards Gangtok and drop at Rangpo. Pick-up from Rangpo to Rolep is arranged by the homestays of Rolep. Best time to visit Rolep, East Sikkim: You can visit Rolep anytime of the year. The lush greenery and the foaming rivers in monsoon are a sight to behold in Rolep while the winters are excellent foe birdwatchers. Lodging and dining facilities at Rolep, East Sikkim: Some of the home stays in Rolep Village are located in the river valley, while few are located within the forest – just a few minutes walk from the motorable road, while others are located on the hill slopes with excellent panoramic views of the valleys and step-paddy fields. You can also catch the setting sun from these home stays which are located on the high slopes of Rolep. All homestays in Rolep are decked with facilities like electricity, attached bathrooms, hot water arrangements and clean and cozy...
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Yakten, East Sikkim – 135 kms from Siliguri...

High up in the Himalayas is a small village called Yakten which stays shrouded in mist and caressed by the soft chilling winds. Located just 35 kms from the bustling city of Gangtok in Sikkim, Yakten is surrounded by pine forests with magnificent views of the lush rolling Himalayan foothills. A 10-minutes walk through the pine forest would take you to a view point from where you can catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Almost eight home stays with adequate modern amenities welcome guests at Yaakten. BOOKING DETAILS OF YAKTEN Places to see in Yakten: The centuries-old pine forest at the backdrop of Yakten Village is one of the best places to take short treks. A 10-min walk from the home stay through the pine forest would take you to a viewpoint from where you can catch a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Yaakten is a village blessed by a healthy population of butterflies, birds and rare orchids. Although, few areas of Yaakten village are cultivated following the unique step-cultivation pattern most of Yaakten is covered in forests. Yakten Village also has a greenhouse with a very good collection of rare orchids. The upcoming airport at Pakyong is just 10 kms from Yakten. For more photographs of Yakten click here Nearby Attractions of Yakten: A 07-kilometer trail through the pine forests would take you to Jhandi Dara View Point which offers a breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. You can also take a shorter trek to the ruins of a Bhutia Fort called Budang Gari. In the vicinity, you can explore the local monasteries like and natural caves. Things to do in Yakten: If you are fond of bird watching, then Yakten will not fail to surprise you. There are few bird watching trails which pass through the forests and farmlands and yield some of the rarest sightings. Located at around 5300 feet above sea level, Yaakten Village is also home to rare butterflies and orchids. Apart from treks to Jhandi Dara, you can enjoy taking long village walks and butterfly watching hikes along the edges of the green hills of Yakten. The Yakten Village Community can also arrange for cultural shows in the evenings if you want. How to reach Yaakten: Yakten is around 35 kms from Gangtok, which is the nearest town. You can hire cars from Gangtok to Yakten. The nearest rail head is New Jalpaiguri (which is around 140 kms.) and the nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB), which is around 145 kms away. However, when the Pakyong Airport becomes operational, this destination would be easily accessible. Best time to visit Yakten: You can visit Yaakten anytime of the year. However, if you are fond of hiking and trekking, then avoiding the rainy season is recommended. Lodging and dining facilities at Yakten: There are 08 homestays presently operational in Yaakten. Out of these, two homestays have been funded by Sikkim Govt. and the rest are privately owned. All homestays are equipped with electricity, attached bathrooms and commands a view of the surrounding hills and the distant city of Gangtok. You have to take a short 10-mins. walk through the pine forest to reach an opening from where you can catch a view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The homestays at Yaakten are known for their warm traditional hospitality and some sumptuous local cuisine. The regular Indian cuisine is served in the homestays and the ingredients are locally sourced and fully organic. BOOKING DETAILS OF YAKTEN...
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Tshlamthang, South Sikkim – 98 kms from Siliguri...

Tshlamthang is a quaint village tucked in the Himalayan foothills. The bird’s eye view of gurgling Teesta River and snow-clad Nathula peaks create a mix of charms. The name Tshlamthang means Orange Farm. It is a quiet and organic spot for both people who love to laze in nature enjoying native cuisine and culture and adventurous people looking for treks, bird watching, trails and walks and angling. With plenty of nearby tourist attractions like Ravangla, Temi, Solophok and forest trekking scope, this new destination in South Sikkim is still an unknown paradise. BOOKING DETAILS OF TSHLAMTHANG Places to see at Tshlamthang: The best mode of sightseeing is by foot, though transport is also available. The first stop could be a 160-year-old local Heritage House, created with local stuff like wood, bamboo and Siru. Next you can take a short trek to the Ban Jakhri Cave, the ancient abode of Jakhris (witch doctors of Sikkim). You can also climb the Daras (the highest point of a hill) like the Harray Dara, sacred to newly married couples or Deorali Dara overlooking villages and mountains. Click here for images of Tshlamthang Nearby attractions of Tshlamthang: Go on a small cliff edge trail to Tarey Bhir. On the cliff top, view River Teesta and Rangeet among pine forests. If you are lucky, spot the rare wild mountain goats – Bharals. Visit Ravangla for majestic mountain views and sprawling Buddha Park, with a 130-foot high Buddha statue. Visit Chaardham, Solophok, with a hilltop view of Mt. Kanchenjungha. Chaardham has replicas of the 12 Hindu Jyotirlingas and four Dhams (pilgrimage sites). It has a 87-feet high sitting Shiva and a 16.5 feet high statue of Lord Kiriteshwara. Visit Samdruptse Monastery, 30 kms from Tshlamthang, and with a 45-meter high golden statue of Guru Padmasambhava. For nature lovers, Temi Tea Garden is a must visit from here. Around 14 kms from Tshlamthang, this is one and only tea garden of Sikkim. You can view Mt. Kanchenjungha and witness tea processing from Temi. Things to do at Tshlamthang: Forest picnics with fishing are fun. The locals arrange everything well. You can even fry up your day’s catch! Forest trekking to Maenam Hill and Tendong Hill is available with guides, porters, tents, permits and all else required. Walks in forests, farmlands, villages, cave or the riverside are also popular. It’s a farm area so you can also do some vegetable picking. Enjoy fishing in Kaleej Khola, 2 kms away. Catch cold water fishes like Asala, Buduna, Chirkey, Bhitti and sometimes rare species like Goonch. Basic fishing equipment is available but professionals should bring their own gear. Birdwatchers can see seasonal migratory Himalayan birds like Woodpeckers, Warblers, Magpies, Finches, Sunbirds, Flycatchers, Robins, Eagles, and Patridges. Enjoy cultural programs performed by local communities: Chettris, Bharmans, Karmis and Subbas. Best is the Barbeque with the local drink Thumba. How to reach Tshlamthang: From NJP railway station it takes over 3 hours to reach by road. Tshlamthang is near to Namchi as well as Gangtok. Best time to visit Tshlamthang: The hotter months (May, June) are good for those who want to beat the heat of the plains. The rains (July, Aug) bring a cloud cover (that often hides the Himalayas) but has a charm of its own. The winters are good for people who wish to see the oranges bloom and for clearer views of the mountains. Lodging and dining facilities at Tshlamthang: With four comfortable Double Bedrooms in a cottage perched on a hilltop hanging over a...
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Tingchim, North Sikkim – 25 kms from Gangtok...

Tingchim is a scenic village in North Sikkim. Tingchim literally means a bamboo urn in Lepcha language. Nestled at an altitude of about 3150 feet, this village is surrounded by a magnificent dense forest with a rock cliff backdrop and a view of the snaking Teesta River. But, the best-kept secret of this little village is the emerald sacred lake within the dark forest guarded by a monastery. This lovely village between Phodong and Mangan serves as an excellent base for the weary travelers who want to spend a day amidst nature after a hectic North Sikkim tour. BOOKING DETAILS OF TINGCHIM Places to see in Tingchim: Tingchim provides you with everything that a traveler would wish for – a sacred lake, a monastery, varieties of flora and fauna and unmatched hospitality. You can visit 133 year-old Tingchim Mani Lhakhang monastery and observe their periodic rituals. This monastery offers Bumkar Puja, an annual prayer held during mid December or the first week of January. You can roam about the Tingchim Tso Lake, ideally located within the forest where silence is broken only by the chirping of unknown birds. This lake, teeming with fish – is thought to be a sacred lake where the villagers offer prayers on several occasions. An interesting feature of this lake is that one part of the lake has dark black water whereas the other part has emerald green water. For more photos of Tingchim click here Nearby attractions of Tingchim: Merely 20 minutes jeep ride will lead you to a newly constructed botanical garden and butterfly park. The medicinal plants and the colorful butterflies are worth watching. The Phensang Monastery established in 1721 AD of Nyingmapa order, is just 16 kms from Tingchim. The monks host an annual festival on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar when sacred dances are performed. Another important monastery is the Phodong Monastery built in the early 18th century. This prestigious monastery has various collections of some ancient murals. Next you can make an exciting trip to Seven Sisters waterfall. The flow of water and the panoramic view will thrill you. This waterfall hits the rocks in seven stages but from the road below you can make out only three stages. If you are a good trekker just reach the view point towards the source of waterfall to make out the seven stages clearly. Another lovely historic site is Kabi Lungchok, where the Lepchas signed the Treaty of Blood Brotherhood with religious fervor during 14th century. It is located 10 kms from Timching on the northern highway. Life size statues of the Lepchas and the Bhutias mark the place where the treaty was signed. Things to do in Tingchim: A pleasure walk through the dense forest would be very rewarding. Walk a little ahead through the forests to the lake and sit beside its placid waters to meditate or simply fall-back on those lost memories. Bird watchers will love the forests teeming with their feathered friends. You may be accustomed with a modern spa but the traditional Lepcha Hot Stone Herbal Bath infused inside a thatched hut is an unbelievable exotic pleasure. This is believed to cure skin ailments and strengthen the bones. If you love trekking, then try out a short one-hour trek to Srijunga Manghim. However, if you are one of those who love to see what only the brave hearts have seen before, then try out the 30 kms...
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Lachung, North Sikkim – 100 kms from Gangtok...

For a refreshing nature break, come to Lachung – a charming mountain village nestling at an altitude of around 9000 feet in the North Sikkim district, close to the Tibet border. Location is the very essence of this pristine village at the confluence of Lachung River and Lachen River, both are tributaries of River Teesta. Literally, the word Lachung means “small pass”. Embraced by spectacular waterfalls, snow covered mountain peaks, cascading streams and apple orchards, Lachung will honestly soothe your eye. The place is renowned for its peaches, apples and apricots. Earlier, it served as a trading post between Tibet and Sikkim. In recent time, tourism is boosting the economy of the town considerably. Majority of the inhabitants of this destination are of Tibet and Lepcha descent, who all mainly interact in Lepcha, Nepali and Bhutia language. British writer and explorer Joseph Dalton has described Lachung in the book ‘The Himalayan Journal’ as the “most picturesque village of Sikkim”. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHUNG PACKAGE TOUR Places to see at Lachung North Sikkim The crowning attraction of Lachung is the beautiful Monastery, which is locally called Lachung Gompa. It is an age-old monastery, erected in the year 1880. Set amidst beautiful apple orchards, the monastery truly offers a visual pleasure. The monastery also houses a number of murals, and it also flaunts two wheels. Many tourists also visit the handicraft center, where exquisite blankets and rugs are woven beautifully. You will fall under the spell of the picturesque Yumthang Valley, nestled at an altitude of about 11800 feet. This place is also renowned for the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, through which flows the winding Yumthang Chu. The sanctuary nurtures more than 24 species of Rhododendron trees, the State Flower. Nearby attractions of Lachung North Sikkim Mount Katao is a beautiful destination near Lachung that is located at a distance of 30 km. However, this tourist site only welcomes visitors from India. Lachung is located at a distance of 100 kms from Gangtok. So, trips are also made from Lachung to Gangtok, which takes around 5 – 6 hours and this journey is truly fascinating. Things to do in Lachung North Sikkim Take a stroll along this beautiful village and savor its scenic natural beauty. Skiing is also conducted in Phuni near this town. Lachung is also the base camp for Rhododendron valley trek, which embarks from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley. However, Lachung sightseeing while enjoying nature and the Himalayan Mountains is the best thing you can do at Lachung. How to reach Lachung, North Sikkim Lachung can be reached by availing buses and cabs from locations within the state of Sikkim. The nearest railhead of Lachung is the New Jalpaiguri Rail station in West Bengal, located 139 km away from Lachung. The nearest airport of Lachung is the Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal, connected to different cities of the country. However, visit to Lachung is done in Package Tours from Gangtok as special permits are required to visit Lachung village. Best time to visit Lachung, North Sikkim The summer months extending from March to June are the ideal time to visit Lachung. The climate during this time remains mild and pleasant. However, if you are visiting Lachung in winter, carry adequate warm clothes, as winter temperature dips down as low as –5 degree Celsius. Lodging and dining facilities at Lachung, North Sikkim Lachung hosts a good variety of budget hotels and resorts, offering decent lodging and dining facilities....
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Lachen, North Sikkim – 117 kms from Gangtok...

Nestled at an altitude of about 9000 feet, Lachen is located in north district of Sikkim. It is an alluring tourist destination. The term ‘Lanchen’ means “big pass”. This beautiful place embraces breathtaking scenic beauty that truly offers visual splendor. Lachen, lying in close proximity to the China border, serves as an excellent base for adventurers, who want to explore the towering peaks of the region and the exotic Gurudongmar Lake. The valley also offers splendid view of the greatest mountain peaks of the mighty Himalayas. Lanchen truly offers a tranquil atmosphere that is very much mind refreshing. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHEN PACKAGE TOUR Places to see at Lachen North Sikkim Lachen is an ideal base to explore a number of tourist attractions in and around the village. The place is dotted with amazing viewpoints that offer spectacular shots of nearby mountains and valleys. Traveling to Chopta Valley from Lachen is truly rewarding. This valley is renowned among bird lovers and the enthusiastic hikers. Green Lake is another popular tourist attraction near Lachen. Many tourists also make an exciting trip to Kanchenjunga National Park, which boasts an exotic variety of wild life. Another must visit tourist spot near Lachen is the Gurudongmar Lake that is highly revered by Buddhists and Hindus. Nearby attractions of Lachen North Sikkim Trips are made from Gangtok to Lachen, which is truly enjoyable. Gangtok is located at a six hours driving distance from Lachen. On the way, the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape is truly enthralling. Many tourists also use Lachen as a gateway to some of the most fascinating spots, which all nestles in the upper reaches of the mountains of Sikkim. Things to do in Lachen North Sikkim This cool picturesque village of Lachen is an ideal place to leisure around. The place is also an excellent trekking destination. Most of the trek enthusiasts prefer to trek from Lachung to Lachen to experience the exotic splendor of the majestic mountains from a close distance. Also a short two-day-long trekking route connects Yumthang Valley to Lachen. How to reach Lachen North Sikkim The panoramic town of Lachen can be accessed both by buses or hired cars within the state. However, tourists coming from other parts of the country will have to opt for trains or flights that are connected to the nearest railway station or airport of the destination. New Jalpaiguri and Guwahati are the nearest railway station of the destination, well connected to a number of cities. The closest airport from Lachen is the Bagdogra Airport, which is well connected to all-important Indian cities through a number of flights. Buses, hired jeeps and cars are available from both Bagdogra airport, New Jalpaiguri railway stations, Gangtok carrying passengers to Lachen. To visit Lachen you will need permits that are opted from Gangtok. Best time to visit Lachen North Sikkim Lachen experiences alpine climatic condition. The ideal time to visit the location is the summer season (April, May, June and July), when temperature remains favorable and suitable for guests. Lodging and dining facilities at Lachen, North Sikkim There are some budget and luxury hotels at Lachen. Most accommodations at Lachen have hot water geysers, attached toilets, double bed and 4-bed family rooms. All these hotels serve local Indian cuisine. However, to visit Lachen it is best to opt for Lachen Lachung package tour that are operated from Gangtok. BOOKING DETAILS OF LACHEN PACKAGE...
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Tashiding, West Sikkim – 132 kms from Siliguri...

Nestled amidst the scenic Eastern Himalayas is the tranquil hamlet of Tashiding. The small idyllic village, which derives its name from the deity – Tashiding is most famous for its monastery founded in 1641 AD, which is held in high reverence by people of the Buddhist faith. Legend has it that even a casual glimpse of this monastery can cleanse a person of all his sins and shortcomings. The annual Bumchu festival is celebrated here with people coming from all parts of the world. Tashiding is a place where travellers longing for a spiritual connection would feel at home. A trek to the placid lake of Pokhri Dara or the Sinon Monastery and the surrounding caves give an outstanding experience of silence, nature and the mighty Himalayas. BOOKING DETAILS OF TASHIDING For more photos of Tashiding click here   Places to see in Tashiding West Sikkim: Tashiding monastery is undoubtedly the biggest tourist draw in the region. Venerated for being the spiritual centre of the region, the monastery is situated at a height of 1465 meters. Being the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism in North East India, the Tashiding monastery is surrounded by the Eastern Himalayas. The approach from the market to Tashiding monastery is dotted with several prayer wheels, where devotees can offer prayers. The consecrated Chorten area comprises 41 chortens. They are categorized under “Chortens of Enlightenment”, “Chortens of Great Miracle” and “Chortens of Reconciliation”. The faithful can spend time in prayer and meditation here. Amongst the most sacrosanct chortens native to the monastery is the ‘Thong-Wa-rang-Dol’, which is said to bring about an instant catharsis of the soul for anyone who beholds it. Other nearby monasteries are Hungree, Dubdi and Sinon. To reach Hungree and Dubdi Monastery, you have to take a short trek through the jungles but you would be rewarded with magnificent views of snow capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. However, the 18th century monastery of Sinon guarded by the Siniolchu Mountains can be reached by car. Nearby Attractions of Tashiding West Sikkim: You can visit Pokhri Dara to discover a sacred lake guarded by a Manghim and a natural cave. Tashiding is steeped in religiosity and has four divine caves, where saintly Buddhist monks are believed to have meditated. The caves are located in all four cardinal directions of Tashiding and include Lhari Nyingphug in the north, Khandozhangphu in the south, Sharchog Bephug in the east and Dechenpug in the west. The major touristic areas near Tashiding are Pelling, Yuksom and Rinchenpong. After visiting these touristic regions of West Sikkim, if you want to spend some days in tranquility, then keep Tashiding in your itinerary. Things to do in Tashiding West Sikkim: The whole region of Tashiding is covered in forests and short treks around this region would lead you to numerous caves, monasteries, waterfalls and natural wonders like huge beehives tucked in rock faces. If you are fond of collecting authentic Tibetan trinkets, handicrafts, paintings and other artisan products then visit the Sinek market, situated aloft the ridge overlooking the Rangeet and Rathong Chu rivers. Tashiding is surrounded by monasteries tucked within the forests perched on hilltops so most tourists in Tashiding like to take up Monastery Treks. The trails of these treks pass through forests filled with flora and fauna, rarely found in other parts of India. These forests are often termed as “birdwatcher’s paradise.” Another interesting activity would be participating in the annual Bhumchu festival, which is held on the...
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Bermiok Martam, West Sikkim – 142 kms from Siliguri...

Martam is a picturesque Himalayan village, tucked in a quiet corner of West Sikkim, with spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjungha. The place is mostly known for its pristine village life and beautiful natural surroundings. Although located near popular tourist destinations like Bermiok, Uttarey and Rinchenpong, Martam is still far from the maddening tourist rush. This little village is also popular for its thriving flora and fauna species and is home to some of the most beautiful birds of Sikkim. BOOKING DETAILS OF BERMIOK MARTAM Places to see at Bermiok Martam: Martam is a pristine little settlement in West Sikkim. If you are looking forward to experiencing some authentic Sikkimese Village life in the lap of the Himalayas and a grand panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, then Martam village is the place to be. The quaint village was once a popular and revered religious hub of the Limbu people. The village ground still holds the symbol of its rich religious past in the form of the temple ‘Yuma Samyo Manghim’ that was built by the followers of this religion. The mystic temple has a huge stone place in its entrance, which was once the seat of the great mystic Guru Teyongsi Srijunga. Legend has that it was here that Guru Srijunga used to sit and deliver sermons to his devoted followers. Bermiok Martam Photographs Nearby attractions of Bermiok Martam: This little village is surrounded by many interesting and beautiful places nearby. The Srijunga waterfalls and caves located along the banks of Reshi River is an important historical site located near Martam. The caves are also known as Srijunga Phuku. The Srijunga Wadhan waterfall is simply spectacular to watch. Next stop is the Berthang Berfok Mangerjong located at the confluence of the two rivers Kaleez and Rangsang at Berthang, which is absolutely a breathtaking view. Moving further, there is another gorgeous waterfall known as the Pheng Doji Falls that stands solitary at Hee-Gaon in the Hee-Khola area. A little further from here you can visit the famed Rabindranath Smritiban, which was once a resting home of the Great Nobel Laureate of Bengal, Rabindranath Tagore. Near the Hee-Khola riverbank, there is a beautiful water garden by the name of Hee Water Garden that possesses the largest Buddhist Water Prayer Wheel in the world, which is also called the Mani Chukar. The water garden is set amidst beautiful scenery that includes a swimming pool, a cafeteria, a Gazebo (resting place) and a small Temple of Lord Shiva. At upper Martam, located just above the Alley cave temple is a watchtower that offers a magnificent view of the Mount Kanchenjungha. You would also find the picturesque lake Chaaya Taal that offers boat rides to tourists and visitors, just eight kilometers from Martam. Other interesting sightseeing places located nearby are the Resum Monastery, Changay Falls, Singshore Bridge, Pemyangtse Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Yuksom and Pelling. About 13 miles away, there is a beautiful cave temple of Lord Shiva that is more than a century old. The cave temple is also popularly known as the Kailash Pati Gufa, and is visited by hundreds of tourists and locals every year during the festival of Shivaratri. There is another popular temple cave located nearby known as the Alley Cave, which is also incidentally dedicated to Lord Shiva. Apart from these activities, you can also go for quite nature walks, bird watching and trekking trips to nearby places of interest. The Red Panda Gate (one of the entrances of the...
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Yangyang, South Sikkim – 115 kms from Siliguri...

Surrounded by lush jungles on one side and the rolling mountains on the other, the bungalow in Yangyang is the ideal place to spend your weekend in nature’s lap. The Yangyang Bungalow perched on the edge of a hill overlooks the curious looking Bhaleydunga Hill (appears like a Bear’s Nose) and the deep valleys of Teesta River. Lush gardens, manicured lawns, a huge lobby, extra-spacious rooms, fireplaces in every room and modern facilities like hot water geysers make this British-style bungalow one of the most beautiful hidden gems of Sikkim. Located at the base of the Maenam Hills, Yangyang is very near to the popular touristic destination of Ravangla and local sightseeing options include the Tig-Cho Lake, a helipad, a Buddhist rock-painting and endless stretches of jungles, hills and river valleys. The popular nearby destinations include Ravangla, Solophok, Namchi, Temi Tea Garden and others. BOOKING DETAILS OF YANGYANG Places to see in Yangyang: The little village of Yangyang has a Lepcha Heritage Centre with a museum dedicated to Lepcha art and culture. There is a helipad just 3 kms from Yangyang Bungalow surrounded by the beautiful Tig Cho lake and dense forests. A rock painting of Guru Padmasambhava and a local monastery are few other things you can visit in a day trip. Being at the foothills of Maenam Hills, Yangyang is covered in dense forests, which is home to numerous bird species. The nearby Teesta River is another attraction of Yangyang. For more photos of Yangyang click here Nearby attractions of Yangyang: Ravangla, which is just 24 kms away, is the most popular touristic attraction near Yangyang. In Ravangla, you would find a local monastery, the newly-built Buddha Park and the trail to Mainam Hill. Solophok – famous for its Chaardham Temple Complex, the Samdruptse Monastery near Namchi and  Tendong Biodiversity Park are all located within 65 kms. from Yangyang. Temi Tea Garden, the only tea estate of Sikkim is around 40 kms from Yangyang and can be visited in a day trip. Things to do in Yangyang: Yangyang is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The nearby Teesta river valley and the dense forests surrounding Yangyang is home to some of the rarest birds of Sikkim. Another great activity to be enjoyed by tourists in Yangyang is riverside picnic and camping. The meandering Teesta river with its wide valley is a great spot to spend an idle morning picnicing with friends and family. Best time to visit Yangyang: You can visit Yangyang throughout the year. The winters are not that biting at Yangyang and the summers are cool and pleasant. Bird watching can be enjoyed throughout the year. How to reach Yangyang: The village of Yangyang is around 53 kms from Gangtok through Singtam and 115 kms from Siliguri. The Yangyang Bungalow is located further 1 km ahead of Yangyang town in a secluded hilltop. Lodging and dining facilities in Yangyang: The majestic Yangyang Bungalow overlooks the Bhaleydunga Hill and the rolling valleys. Perched on the edge of a hill top and surrounded by forests, this British plantation style bungalow has two majestic rooms and a huge lobby with ceiling to floor windows. There are fireplaces in every room and all bathrooms are equipped with hot water geysers. The Yangyang Bungalow has a nice lawn, few park benches and a nice garden. The word “tranquility” best describes the experience at Yangyang Bungalow. It is a great hideaway for travellers wanting to spend a few days far from the din. Food...
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Padamchen, East Sikkim – 116 kms from Siliguri...

Padamchen is a village tucked in the slopes of the Himalayan foothills surrounded by a forest teeming with birds. A nearby waterfall and a sparkling weather make this village on Silk Route circuit one of the best places to stay before taking the high-altitude Nathang Valley or Kupup Lake. Located at 7,000 ft, Padamchen is splendid in its own way. This quaint village lies at a distance of 8 kms from Zuluk and 14 kms from Rongli. Admired with breathtaking landscape and winding roads, this picturesque village of the Sikkim Silk route circuit truly offers a refreshing relief. The heritage Forest Resthouse at Padamchen will take you to the olden days of the Forest Officers and Sahibs, who used to travel this way. BOOKING DETAILS OF PADAMCHEN Places to see at Padamchen: Surrounded with thick virgin temperate forest, Padamchen village is an ideal place for the avid bird watchers. The village offers shelters to a wide range of birds like Fulvettas, Laughing thrushes, Steppe Eagles, Honey Buzzards, Wrens, Tits, Pheasant and many more. and others. The forests witness occasional visitors like Leopards and Himalayan Black Bear. You can also take an early-morning sunrise trip to watch the panoramic sunrise over the majestic Mt. Kanchenjungha from Thambi View Point at 11,200 feet. Images of Padamchen For more photos of Padamchen click here Nearby attractions of Padamchen: Padamchen is an excellent base for sightseeing of the other notable places in the Silk Route circuit. The three-level zigzag roads of Zuluk, the placid Kupup Lake, Nathang Valley and all other destinations of the Old Silk Route circuit can be covered in a day trip from Padamchen. Thambi View Point located at 11,200 feet, which offers a mesmeric view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and Lungtung Dhupidara is around an hours drive away after crossing the zig-zag roads. Drive for another 30 minute and you will reach the placid Kalpokhri Lake, Kupup Lake and Adi Baba Mandir. The contour of the Kupup Lake has striking similarity with elephant and thus it’s is also popularly called Elephant Lake. The highest golf course in the world is located near Kupup Lake and so is the Jelepla Pass. Those who desire to explore further afield can experience the rewarding view of the beautiful Tsomgo Lake and reach Gangtok. Things to do in Padamchen: Take the early morning sunrise-trip to Thambi View Point to witness the spectacular sunrise over the mighty Mt. Kanchenjungha range. The zig-zag road leading to Thambi View Point crosses some of the unexplored parts of the region and offers some spectacular views of the Eastern Himalayas. How to reach Padamchen: Padamchen is around 14 kms from Rongli but you would need permits to enter Padamchen (even Indian citizens) as it is guarded by the Indian Army. To reach this destination, you have to carry your proof of Indian citizenship and permits are arranged at Rongli Checkpost. Best time to visit Padamchen: The weather of Padamchen remains conducive all through the year. Unlike the upper regions of the Silk Route circuit, winter in Padamchen is not that chilling and the region also experiences good sunshine. However, the region becomes quite cold during deep winter (January to March). Lodging and dining facilities at Padamchen: Padamchen has a number of home stays. However, the best place to stay at Padamchen is the Govt. Forest Guesthouse. The Guesthouse is well furnished with comfortable sofas, fireplaces, wood-paneled walls and wooden floors. Staying in the guesthouse will offer you an unforgettable...
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Sribadam, West Sikkim – 82 kms from Gangtok...

Sribadam, the beautiful forest village is famous for the meditation center and the healing of sick people in the monastery. Sri Badam is considered by people as ultimate destination for inner peace and meditation. It is also well known for the Phurpa Thordo Puja and authentic Cham Dance at the monastery. Located at an altitude of 2100 meters above the sea level and 82 kilometers away from Gangtok lies in the valley this small remote village of Sribadam (Sreebadam). It is basically a small, but a well maintained forest village comprising of around 300 families, with population of Bhutia, Subba and Gurung. The village overlooks Samduptse (Namchi) on the opposite hill with river Reshi flowing through the gorge below. The place is highly significant for its natural, cultural and religious aspects. The word Sribadam was actually Siribatam meaning open space or flat land in the Limboo (tribe) language. The cultural and tradition of the Sikkimese can be seen and felt at Sribadam. BOOKING DETAILS OF SRIBADAM Places to see in Sri Badam: The nearby Phuntsok Choeling Monastery famous for its meditation center all over Sikkim and its neighboring state as well as in countries like Nepal and Bhutan. The monastery is also well known for healing people from any kind of sickness which is cured by religious ritual and practices. The Nyingmapa Palyul Dechen Gawelling Monastery known for its famous Phurpa Tordo Puja and Cham Dance (Mask Dance) that is performed during the month of December every year. There are three natural lakes and one artificial lake at Sribadam. Lakes like Bhaishi Pokhori, Jhor pokhori are well known. Bhaishi Pokhori is in a sacred location in the forest of Sri Badam. The Bhaishi Pokhri has numerous amount of fishes and is forbidden from fishing. There is a road built by the British for their horses in the middle of Sribadam forest and Ganesh Tok. Images of Sribadam For more photos of Sribadam click here You can also visit the Woodwork Industry where designs are carved on the wood plank and tables known as Thockchi, Holy seat for Rimpoches [ABOOT] are made. If you are adventure loving then trekking around the Wildlife Sanctuary at Sribadam will be a different experience. There are two waterfalls near Sri Badam. The Ramay Dham dara known for its varieties of flowers and is a place where Rishi (sadhus) perform pujas of various kinds.  The famous 10 Buddhist praying wheel that is powered by water current is also nearby. The temple of Om Nandha (God Angel) is also famous for its meditation center. The unique 17 stairs leading to Jhandi Dara in the middle of Sribadam forest which was built during the British period is also a place to visit when you are at Sribadam. Nearby attraction of Sribadam: You can visit the Rishum monastery, which is around 20 minutes by car from Sri Badam. A trek route leads to the famous Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. You can visit the hot spring at Legship and also the famous Daramdin Sai Temple. From Sribadam you can visit Solophok and Samdputse at Namchi. The Singshore Bridge at Uttarey and even Khecheopalri Lake can be visited during a half day sightseeing. The Shrijanga Temple is just 13 kms from Sribadam. The Vhir Dara Tourist Point, well known for great views of Mount Kanchenjuga and sunrise can be visited from Sri Badam easily. You can even visit Rabindranath Tagore’s Gitanjali (home at Rinchenpong). People visiting Sribadam during the month of...
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Nathang Valley, East Sikkim – 60 kms from Gangtok...

Nathang Valley, also known as Gnathang Valley is a high-altitude plateau in East Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet above sea level and flanked by mountains on all sides, this is a remote valley with a meandering stream crisscrossing it. Nathang is the highest location to stay in the Indian part of the Old Silk Route. It is one of the remotest Tibetan habitations in Himalayas. Nathang Valley usually remains covered with thick snow from January to April. The long four-month of sub-zero temperature makes the valley a cold desert and one of the most beautiful parts of Himalayas. Recently, few homestays with modern facilities have been built with aid from the Government by the local villagers to accommodate tourists. Nathang Valley is the most scenic destination in the whole of Old Silk Route and the sunrise points of Lungthung and Eagles Nest Bunker are only 5 kms from here. BOOKING DETAILS OF NATHANG Places to see in Nathang Valley: There is a local Hindu temple, a small Buddhist monastery, few houses, some migratory birds, a stream snaking through the valley and a small bridge over the stream in the distance – Nathang is as close as you can get to paradise. Photographs of Nathang Valley 123► The sunrise points of Lungthung and Gyamochen are just 5 kms from Nathang valley. The whole of Mt. Kanchenjungha range with all its allied peaks can be seen from here. The sun rises over Bhutan, it washes the whole of Bhutan and parts of China with its early rays and reaches Mt. Kanchenjungha to turn it crimson and you stand in the middle to witness the magic called “creation.” This heavenly experience can be witnessed from these sunrise points. If you want to see the longest view of the entire Eastern Himalayas, with Bhutan, China, the hills of Bengal including Darjeeling, the entire Mt. Kanchenjungha range and River Bramhaputra meandering across China and entering India, then you have to trek uphill for 10 minutes to reach the Eagle’s Nest Bunker. This is an abandoned Bunker of the army and located strategically on a hill top with a 360 degree complete view of the Himalayas. You can still see bullet marks in the bunker walls, which bears the testimony of the Indo-China war. Within 5 kms of Nathang Valley, these sunrise points can be reached within 20 mins from Nathang. However, from other spots in this Old Silk Route like Zuluk or Padmachen, it takes around 1.5 hours to reach the sunrise points. Nathang is the most scenic and strategically located spot in the Old Silk Route. Nearby attractions of Nathang Valley: You can take local sightseeing tours to Zuluk (24 kms away). The panoramic view of winding roads across Zuluk (also spelt as Dzuluk) with 32 turns is an interesting sight. Lungthung – Dhupidara also has a great view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and so does Thambi View Point and Tukla Valley. From Nathang, you can also move ahead following the GN Road and reach Kupup Lake (also known as Elephant Lake or Bitan Cho) at 15,600 feet above sea level. Some of the most sacred and scenic lakes like Jorepokri, Green lake, Changu lake and Menmecho Lake all fall within 25 kms of Nathang and can be covered in local sightseeing tours. You can also take a trip to the Nathula Pass at 14,400 feet above sea level to witness the border gates of India and China. There is a...
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Barbing, Gangtok – 136 kms from Siliguri...

Barbing, nestling on the ravines of a hill beside a monastery at a height of 5000 feet is a perfect place for those nursing the soul of a nature lover. The view of Gangtok city at night from Barbing is spectacular. Covered with thick virgin forest all around, it is an idyllic spot for romancing the nature. However, Barbing’s rise to fame is due to a recently developed Amusement Park with toy trains, simulators, indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, video game parlour, joyrides, musical fountains, planetarium and children’s park. Tourists can also stay within this park in some lovely cottages overlooking the slopes and Gangtok city. BOOKING DETAILS OF BARBING Places to see in Barbing: The recently developed Amusement Park is the major attraction of Barbing. Here, children can enjoy different types of joyrides and indoor games and have some fun at the Kids’ swimming pool too. For more photographs of Barbing click here There are some great activities for adults too like bowling, swimming, snooker and card parlour. When you are not in the amusement park, you can visit the nearby Lingdum Monastery. The monastery is just one hour drive from Gangtok. Another popular tourist destination of the place is the Ban Jhakri Waterfalls, located around 5 kms away. The song of this wild stream will never allow you to feel the least stress of your journey.     Nearby attractions of Barbing: All sightseeing attractions of Gangtok is also near to Barbing. The most popular tourist attraction is the Rumtek Monastery, situated 20 kms from Barbing. Popularly known as Dharmachakra Center, it is a Tibetian Buddhist monastery in Sikkim and one of the most sought-after destinations of the place. Another popular sightseeing option just 15 km from Barbing located along the North Sikkim highway is the Tashi View Point. From here, you can savor an amazing view of the snow clad range of Mount Kangchendzonga. The Ganesh Tok is also worth visiting, which nestles on a ridge and is only 15 km from Barbing. The Hanuman Tok is 20 kms from Barbing, which hosts a Hindu temple. Tsongmo lake, popularly called Changu lake located 50 kms from Barbing is an emerald green lake surrounded by sky-kissing peaks at an altitude of 12000 ft. The Changu lake freezes down during the winter months and offers a visual treat. Do not miss the Nathu-La Pass, the Indo-China trade route, located 70 kms from Barbing. Things to do in Barbing: The government of Sikkim has set up an amazing Tourist cum Socio-Cultural Amusement Park at Barbing on 16 acres of lush valley. You can enjoy a whole lot of activities at this amusement park. The park offers truly exciting rides, ranging from striking cars, Frisbee, jumping frog, octopus and also a water chute. Enjoy a joyful ride on a toy train that breeze through a 75 m tunnel. A number of thrills await inside the tunnel,like a haunted house, an erupting volcano and a not-so-friendly Egyptian Pharao. The multi-hued musical fountain is also a visual delight. The most exotic experience is the Sikkim Panorama, presented within a semi-ellipsoid, fully air-conditioned dome. The presentation enriches the knowledge of the visitors about Sikkim, its topographical aspects and its people. Relive your childhood memories, by visiting the Children’s’ Park, presenting see-saw, swing, a merry go round, explorer and a hexa climber. Apart from enjoying in the park, you can also explore the place, to experience a close insight of the life of its...
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Sumbuk, South Sikkim – 112 kms from Siliguri...

Sumbuk is one of the most untouched parts of South Sikkim with an astounding flora and fauna. Pine forests, Gladiolas Farms, monasteries, villages tucked on the mountain slopes, valleys, countless birds, butterflies and Greater Rangit River has made Sumbuk a destination no lesser than paradise. Sumbuk is close to Namchi and can be reached within 2.5 hours from Siliguri. Touristic crowds are yet to visit Sumbuk and few nature-loving travellers, who truly enjoy living in “no-frills” homestays imbibing the local culture visit occasionally. The Sumbuk village has two distinct divisions – Lower Sumbuk and Upper Sumbuk. Lower Sumbuk has an altitude of around 1500 feet and is covered in temperate forests rich in birdlife like peacocks, hornbills and others. Upper Sumbuk is at an altitude of 7000 feet and has a very different vegetation and bird life. You can see endless stretches of fir and pine forests in Upper Sumbuk. BOOKING DETAILS OF SUMBUK Places to see in Sumbuk: The dense forest at the Southern slope of Lower Sumbuk, which is famous as a Peacock Breeding forest is one of the prime attractions here. The banks of Rangit River, numerous Gladiolas Farms and few age-old temples make Sumbuk a very different type of attraction. For more photos of Sumbuk click here The Sumbuk Shivalaya Mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva is revered highly by locals and mass prayers are often organized during auspicious occasions. The Kolomple Rocky Mountain also has a nice viewpoint overlooking parts of Sikkim and Bengal. However, the show-stealer is the region of Upper Sumbuk at an altitude of 7000 feet. It takes around an hour to reach Upper Sumbuk from lower Sumbuk. Mungram Village also known as Phooldara (hill of flowers) has a wide variety of Rhododendrons, wild orchids, pines, wild strawberries blooming in different seasons of the year. A huge tract of pine forest known as Dhupi covers most of Upper Sumbuk and you would find endless varieties of birds and butterflies here. Tamley Chaur, located just above Phooldara in Upper Sumbuk is covered in pines, rhododendrons, ferns, cinnamon and wild strawberries. From Tamley Chaur, you can enjoy a glorious view of the Himalayan ranges. There is also a beautiful lake located at the Tamley Chaur called Tamley Pokhri. The natural viewpoints of Upper Sumbuk offer panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjungha, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and other parts of Bengal.       Nearby attractions of Sumbuk: Kitam Bird Sanctuary, which is adjacent to Lower Sumbuk is the only designated bird sanctuary in Sikkim. You can take a guided bird watching trip through these forests and enjoy spotting some rare birds and lots of peacocks. The town of Namchi is also nearby and its attractions like Chardham in Solophok and Samdruptse Monastery can all be reached within an hour from Sumbuk. Another great destination is the nearby village of Sadam, which is famous for the geological wonder – Tarey Bhir. It is a ridge 10000 feet long with an abrupt drop of 3500 feet. There is a path over the edge of the ridge on which you can walk and enjoy the enchanting views of River Rangit and River Teesta, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri, Tendong Hill, Nathula, Jelepla and Mt. Kanchenjungha.       Things to do in Sumbuk: Birdwatching is the favourite activity of guests in Sumbuk. The southern slope of Sumbuk is a favourite habitat of the peacock and guests can easily spot them and photograph them here. Other common birds to be found here are...
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Kitam Bird Sanctuary – 112 kms from Siliguri...

Located between 1200 feet and 3200 feet above sea level and covered within a thick temperate vegetation of shrubland and Sal-chir and pine forests, Kitam is home to more than 200 species of birds and butterflies. The beautiful village of Sumbuk and its gladiolas fields, few age-old temples and the emerald green Rangit River make Kitam one of the most beautiful and untouched wilderness in the lower altitudes of Sikkim. Characterized by warm summers and pleasant winters, Kitam Bird Sanctuary bursts with a healthy population of residents like Rufous-necked Hornbill, Grey-crowned Prinia, Rufous-throated Wren-babbler, Yellow-vented Warbler, Wedge-billed Wren-babbler and many more. Migratory birds start visiting from October every year. Peacocks roaming freely is a common sight here. Located between Namchi and Melli, Kitam is also close to some of the most popular tourist destinations like Samdruptse, Solophok, Ravangla and Tarey Bhir. BOOKING DETAILS OF KITAM Places to see in Kitam: Kitam bird sanctuary is flanked by two villages – Sumbuk and Kitam. Though the major attraction is the Bird Sanctuary, the snaking River Rangit and Manpur River also steals the show. You can take long nature walks along the wide banks of Rangit and rest your tired feet on its cold water. Other attractions include the Alley Khet, which is a meadow with some great views of the hills and rivers, some age-old temples, Peepal trees, dilapidated Stupas and a Monastery. For more photos of Kitam click here Kitam village seems to belong to the Middle-Ages, with 200-year old traditionally built mud and bamboo huts and weekly markets selling local produces and vegetables. One of the highest points of Kitam Bird Sanctuary is the small forested area of Tumbol Schor, which offers great panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Nearby Sumbuk is also known for its galdioli farms – a visit to these farms blooming with bright red flowers is a treat to the eyes. You would also find a mammoth sized 100-year old litchi tree at Kitam. Nearby attractions of Kitam: Just 12 kms from Namchi, Kitam is close to a whole lot of other touristic destinations of South Sikkim like Kewzing, Ravangla, Temi Tea Garden (Sikkim’s only tea garden), Solophok (famous for being Chardham) and Samdruptse. Spending a couple of days in the wilderness and tranquility of Kitam Bird Sanctuary after completing the  hectic touristic itinerary of Sikkim would be a soothing relief before returning home. Things to do in Kitam: Being the only bird sanctuary in Sikkim, Kitam boasts of some watch towers and view points for bird viewing. However, to view birds you have to walk along the beaten paths of the sanctuary skirting through the mountains and river banks. The guided birdwatching trips begin in the morning at around 5:30 am and it takes around 4 hrs. There are 4 different birdwatching trails around the sanctuary and you can opt any of them depending on your choice. Some of the trails end up on the banks of River Manpur where you can continue you riverside nature walk for a few kms and enjoy butterfly watching. Some of the commonest sightings are of Chestnut-breasted Partridge, White-rumped Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, Ward’s Trogon, Rufous-necked Hornbill, Slender-billed Babbler, White-naped Yuhina, Black-breasted Parrotbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Grey-crowned Prinia, Yellow-vented Warbler, Rufous-throated Wren-babbler, Wedge-billed Wren-babbler and others. Other than bird watching, you can also indulge in activities like angling and rafting in River Rangit. Local Govt. registered guides are arranged  by the homestays and accommodation to take the guests...