North Sikkim attractions

Area in Gangtok to Mangan

Dzongu

Visiting the protected, culturally Lepcha area of Dzongu requires jumping through some bureaucratic hoops (permits are required), but allows you to experience Sikkim in an even lower gear. Swap comfort for culture: …
Buddhist Monastery in Lachung

Lachung Monastery

Lachung (Sarchok) Gompa's small but colourful monastery prayer hall is a two-storey affair with twin metal dragons above the porch, which contains a pair of extra-heavy prayer wheels. Walking here is a great way to …
Meadow in Lachung

Yumthang Meadow

Not a village, Yumthang is just a short strip of tourist-centric shack-shops and cafes, after which the valley opens out into a rare open meadow area. Strolling here gives a fuller sense of the valley's considerable…
Village in Dzongu

Lingthem

If you're staying in the Dzongu area, Lingthem makes an appealing excursion, with its steeply terraced paddy fields and an attractive monastery approached through mossy forest steps. From several viewpoints, the sno…
Hot Springs in Lachung

Yumthang Hot Springs

In a log cottage across the river from Km21.9 is a naturally heated communal hot pool. The attraction here is not joining a half-dozen Indian gents in their underwear in the questionably clean bath, but taking the f…
Picnic Area in Lachung

Zero Point

If you're visiting North Sikkim for just two days, you probably won't have time to wiggle up the endless hairpins that take you on from Yumthang, but the rewards are a complete change in flora, a wobbly river footbr…
Nature Reserve in Lachung

Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary

The Lachung Valley has 24 species of rhododendrons, which burst forth in riotous blossom between March and early May. While you'll see many more further up the valley, this protected (though unfenced) patch offers a…
Historic Site in Gangtok to Mangan

Kabi Lunchok

Kabi Lunchok is an atmospheric glade of tree-shaded mossy stones just 30 seconds' walk from the main Phodong road. Though there's not a great deal to see, this was the site of a highly important 13th-century peace t…
Buddhist Monastery in Gangtok to Mangan

Phodong Gompa

First constructed in 1740 but rebuilt in the 1970s, Phodong's extensive monastery complex predates nearby Tumlong's time as the Sikkimese royal capital, though the current structures aren't especially memorable. Pho…
Waterfall in Gangtok to Mangan

Seven Sisters Waterfall

This multi-stage falls tumbles through the jungle-like slopes, taking its last two impressive leaps close to the Gangtok-Mangan Rd, overlooked by a partly gilded Buddha relief and a constant melee of tourist vehicle…