Sikkim is a beautiful state blessed with pristine nature. There are many natural attractions like hills, waterfalls, lakes, valleys, etc.
In case you are traveling to Sikkim from West Bengal or other neighboring areas, you can easily cover the famous attractions of the state in 6 days.
In this post, I will tell you about my recent 6 days Sikkim trip and the areas I covered during that time. I am starting this itinerary from New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station to help you better plan out your trip.
In this article, you will get to know the following points about Sikkim Trip Itinerary,
Let’s see each of these points in detail.
List of places covered in Sikkim in 5 Nights 6 Days
The list of places covered in this itinerary includes,
- Changu Lake
- Nathula Pass
- Zero Point
- Yumthang Valley
Apart from these, there are many other less famous yet beautiful places that can be covered in this itinerary.
Sikkim trip Itinerary (5 Nights 6 Days)
DAY 1: NJP to Gangtok
We got off the train at around 6:30 -7:00 AM at NJP and went out of the station to find a car/jeep. After bargaining for 10 mins for the rental car fare, we opted for the shared car and the price per person was approx. Rs. 160-250.
After settling in the car, we finally started our journey toward Sikkim. It took about four hours to reach Gangtok. In between, we got down to enjoy some good breakfast with chai and steamed momos.
We have already booked our hotels in advance through MakeMyTrip. It was situated near the MG Marg. So we got to our rooms and had lunch.
In the evening, we all went out to the mall and MG Marg to have some fun and delicacies of Sikkim. The evening atmosphere in MG Marg is charming.
DAY 2: Gangtok to Namchi and Ravangla
After resting through the night, the next morning we went to the enchanting sites of Namchi and Ravangla. The scenic beauty along with the hydrangeas and pine forests are mesmerizing. So many stunning places are there to be seen and adore on the way. We got to Namchi and went for all sightseeing there, Solophok Chardham, Tendong state biodiversity park and so many other places.
The following journey was towards Ravangla. Going around one hill to another amongst all the clouds and lush greenery we reached buddha park. Covered with rhododendrons and hydrangeas, the park gives a panoramic view of the rolling hills and valleys.
Numerous pleasant spots fill the eyes with peace and the various colored flags on the way are enchanting.
DAY 3: Gangtok to Changu Lake and Nathula Pass
East Sikkim has a lot to offer a lot including the mystical Tsomgo lake (one of the famous lakes in Sikkim) and the Nathula pass. On our third day, we got on the road toward the magnificent place that was to be explored by us.
The fascinating lake, Baba mandir, Zuluk, and many more places welcome us with all their glory and beauty. Numerous spots and sites were there where we got off while on the road, just to absorb all the wild beauty of the peaks and the passing by clouds.
All these places require prior permission to visit, which you can get by asking for help from your tour guide or by enquiring with the tourism office at Gangtok. We made our permits a day before as we were also traveling to the Nathula pass.
Visiting the Nathula pass in one day along with all the other places is optional and you might go if you have got time. Also, we made sure to spend a good time in every place we went.
DAY 4: Gangtok to Lachung
The next day, it took us around 4 hours and 40 minutes to reach Lachung. To visit Lachung, an inner line permit is required as well. The alluring place was serene and mesmerizing to be at. We stayed there one night to enjoy and feel the mountainous atmosphere and the locality was stunning.
It is near the Tibet border. The thrill was out of a world good. The small hamlet was the most picturesque place we had come across. Valleys, lakes, waterfalls, apricots, peaches, and apples wrapped the village like a warm blanket.
The seven sister falls, Lungma Dara viewpoint, and a few more interesting sites come on the way toward Lachung.
The rocky terrain of the high mountains was brimming with tranquillity and made us feel at peace. Us friends were all over the place and enjoyed every moment we were there. This is a must-visit if you are in Sikkim and do not forget about the local cuisines that give you the flavors of Sikkim.
DAY 5: Lachung to Zero Point and Yumthang Valley
After resting at our homestay in Lachung, we went out to explore Zero Point and Yumthang Valley. These two points are like dreams in reality. Along the road, we came across many other characteristic sights and each was exceptional in their ways.
We kept the whole day for sightseeing and visiting Zero Point and Yumthang. Started very early in the morning, and we planned of covering all the points possible. Nature in the northern part of Sikkim is in its raw form.
Dropping by all the places, looking around, and absorbing the atmosphere, was like a magical fairy tale coming true. Lachen, Thangu, and the list of places goes on. If you have enough time, you will be able to cover as many as possible. Although if you are planning of witnessing the zero point, make sure to have a valid permit made prior to your visit.
DAY 6: Lachung to NJP
On the morning of the 6th day, we had our breakfast and headed straight to NJP. It was about a 6-hour drive from Lachung. The road and the surrounding sceneries were amazing, filled with the same happiness and satisfaction, as we had experienced on the first day we arrived.
It was the last morning driving through the paths of Sikkim and was wonderful. We reached NJP in the late evening and waited for our train inside the station.
Planning to visit Sikkim was an incredible idea and we are so glad that we got around a lot of places and numerous others are left to be explored, the next time we visit.
This was my 6 days trip to Sikkim. Hope this helps you to plan your trip. Make sure to make adjustments as required.
You can also cut out some areas and make it a 4-day or 3-day trip as well.
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