Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet in the North Eastern part of India in the lower Himalayas. The major Sightseeings of Gangtok are Tsongu Lake ,Baba Mandir Rumtek Monestry ,Tashi view point, Kabi Longtsok, Seven sister's water fall ,Singhik view point ,Bhim Nala water fall & Twin water fall.
The pleasant little town of Pelling is famous for magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga. Feels like you can literally stretch out your hands and touch the peak, Pelling is about 133 km away from Siliguri and 125km from Gangtok and well connected by bus, taxi and helicopter services. The Sightseeing Points Are: Yuksom, Darap Village, Rimbi Water fall & Hydro Project, Khecheopalri Lake.
Lachung and Lachen:
These two points are in North Sikkim where one can visit in Summer for Himalayan views. Lachung provides the base for an exploration of Yumthang (11,800 ft.) very close to the Tibetan border, Yumthang is where the treeline ends, but rhododendrons still bloom. Another hour's drive beyond Yumthang takes one to Yumesamdong (15,300 ft.), an area where the sweet fragrance of Azellia (a plant used as incense by locals) permeates the air. Gurudongmar Lake (17000 ft asl) also can be visited from Lachen (takes 5-6 hours - one way).The area provides excellent snow peak views all year round (on a clear day) and typically is a highlight of a trip for a nature lover. The area borders China all along and therefore required permit fora visit.
Darjeeling (About 7000 ft) is a renowned British era hill station in the state of West Bengal and has been visited for many a decades by tourists and is one of the popular tourist destinations. For overseas guests the heritage train ,the himalayan views, birding and plantations and a bit of walking around offers an interesting mix .For the domestic tourist the cool weather in summer is the main attraction. Good Himalayan views all around except in summer (April - Sept) when it remains hazy during the day except early mornings. The sightseeings of Darjeeling are :Tiger Hill ,Batasia Loop ,Ghoom Monastery ,Japanese Temple, Peace pagoda, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute ,Tenzing & Gombu Rock, Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Center & Tea Estate, Jhakri Water fall along with droul chorthen , research institute of tibetology , directorate of handicraft & handloom , flower show.
The sightseeing of Nathula pass ( Gangtok ) requires permit for visiting.The formalities for permit is to carry 2 passport size photographs & original ID cards.Also to visit the place Lachung one requires to arry 2 passport size photographs & original ID cards without fail because failing to carry this will not be allowed to check-in at the hotel in Lachung.
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