Sikkim India - Holiday Guide - Sikkim Trekking Tourism & Travel
Tourism soars in Sikkim over the peak season with their array of tourist attractions ranging from festivals to temples, waterfalls to hot springs and wildlife to spectacular views.
With copious treks to choose from and amazing scenery to explore, the unspoiled mountains of the Himalayas provide trekkers with a real treat. Different routes are best explored at different times of the year, usually within the period March to June, then again in October to December. Some of the most popular treks include the Monastic, the Rhododendron and the Kanchenjunga Treks. See Sikkim Trekking (link) for more information.
For something unique and a great story to tell your friends back home, tackle Yak Riding. Organise these through travel agents or the Tourism Department and take a ride around the Tsomgo Lake on a decorated Yak. Perfect opportunity for a fun photo to send home to your Mum!
If the water is where your heart is, rafting through the amazing Indian landscape is the perfect activity for those seeking an adrenaline pumping adventure. Trips are arranged from beginner right up to experienced level adventure seekers. Rapids in this area are considered to be classed 2 to 4 so be prepared to do some hard work and get wet! Most of these water adventures last more than a day so accommodation and food are normally added into the cost of the trip. Trips are usually reasonably priced and well organised.
If the adventure you seek is a little less extreme, the rich fauna of Sikkim might tempt you to take some time to do some bird watching. With over 500 species of bird, Sikkim is one of the best places to bird watch. Head to the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary in South Sikkim and take a small trek through the beautiful scenery. Starting at 2000m, experience sub-tropical, temperate then finally sub-alpine forests. Look out for the Kalij pheasant, the rusty-bellied Shortwing and the flycatchers.
There are several tourist festivals decorating the Sikkim calendar including the flower festival, Gangtok’s food and culture festival and the Mangan music festival. In addition, Sikkim also celebrates several religious festivals such as the Saga Dawa, Sonam Lochar and Tihar festivals.
So whether you are searching for an adventurous journey or a cultural, more relaxed holiday, Sikkim has lots to offer. Escape the city and head to this naturists paradise where you can climb mountains (literally), gaze at the sun come up over the Himalayan Mountain peaks, have a beer with the locals or just wonder through the Tashiding Gompa surrounded with colourful prayer flags.