Sikkim is a very interesting place in terms of culture. This land locked part of India is the only part of the country that has yet to give up its monarchy. This part of India also has a strong history with Buddhism, as there is a legend that the Buddhist guru Padmasambhava visited Sikkim. Sikkim is also very beautiful place to visit as well. But what should you do when you visit Sikkim? Well here is a list of 10 things you can do in Sikkim.
1. Singshore Bridge
If you are looking for a rush, you should visit the Singshore Bride. This is Asia’s second highest bridge and is a great place for those who want to bungee jump and get an adrenaline rush.
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2. The Damodar Ropeway
You can ride on the cable car that shuttles between the Secretariat and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetaology making it easy to navigate the region. The ride itself is also an enjoy able experience. The ride causes a sense of thrill and fear in those who ride it, plus one can see the scenery from a vantage point here.
3. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
For those who are interested in knowing more about one of the world’s oldest religions Buddhism, you should go and visit the famous Namgyal Institute of Tibetaology. All of your curiosities regarding the religion will be answered here. Its location is also quite unique just like its purpose. It is located next to a amazing mini forest, reaching where a person feels an immense sense of calm and peace. This Institue holds mystic statues, beautiful paintings, ancient manuscripts and coins are some of the attractions of this Tibetan styled mansion.
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4. Mountain Biking
Sikkim offers a very rough terrain and high altitudes. This is a great environment for those trying to go Mountain Biking. This added benefit helps those who like mountain biking find a nice experience due to the challenge of riding the bike up such mountains and the fact that one can enjoy the scenery as well.
5. Khangchendzonga National Park
Sikkim also boasts about a famous national park. This National park is known as the Khangchendzonga National Park. This Park is known to have to some very rare wildlife species including animals like the, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, Himalayan Thar and many more. Unlike many other national parks, this national park is and altitude park, which is different from horizontal parks most other places have. Its height ranges between 6000 ft-30000 ft. As one goes up in the park, on can notice the change in altitude. Alpine plants such as, Willow, Oaks and Maple can be seen at higher altitudes.
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6. The Rumtek Monastery
If you are looking for something more peaceful, than the Rumtek Monastery is the place for you. Also known as the Dharma Chakra, the Rumtek Monastery is a must visit in Sikkim. This is one of the most popular and most visited Buddhist Monasteries in the region. Located at 1500 m height, the monastery offers panoramic views of the place. Buddha’s statue, in all its magnificence draws a large number of people, whether they be tourist or a local.
7. Trekking at a high Altitude
People who are more experienced in Trekking will enjoy the high altitude while trekking in Northern Sikkim. Some of the peaks there can reach as high as 5000 m, so one must be up for a challenge if they are going to climb the mountains here. They can also enjoy amazing views of the snow clad mountains thanks to the high vantage point.
8. River Rafting in Rangit and Teesta Rivers
The Teesta River is one of the most recognized hot spot in Kanchenjunga when it comes to River rafting. This activity is still new in Sikkim, but is one of the greatest places to start when trying to enjoy your time their.
9. The Kanchenjunga Trek- For the most experienced
For those with more experience trekking Kanchenjunga is the place for you. The Kanchenjunga trek is very popular among avid trekkers who believe that a visit to this state is incomplete without enjoying a trekking in Kanchenjunga . This trek starts with Dzongri and ends at Goechala.
10. The Dzongri Trek- perfect for the beginners
For those trekking a place for the first time, the Dzongri trek is the perfect place to begin with. While enjoying this activity under the guidance of experienced “guides”, you also get to admire the beauty of the place and enjoy the scenery. The trek begins from a small Sikkim’s village, Yuksom. This trek is one that you will not forget.