Sikkim Becomes The Coolest Place In Asia To Visit In 2024

Find yourself in the lap of the Himalayas as well as the coolest place to travel to in Asia in 2024. Know what you can do when in Sikkim
A view of Sikkim
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Travel enthusiasts in India have something exciting to look forward to. An American pay television network recently published a list of the top 30 coolest destinations to visit in 2024, and Sikkim, a state in North-East India, has topped the chart under the banner of Asia. It's the only destination from India to feature on the list. The ranking criteria include connectivity, ease of travel, public safety, and cleanliness, among others.

Travellers would be glad to know that direct flights from Delhi and Kolkata to Sikkim will resume from 2023 onwards. While visiting Sikkim, there are endless possibilities for travellers to explore and indulge in.

Places To Visit In Sikkim

Rumetk Monastery
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Sikkim is a beautiful gem in the Himalayas, offering many breathtaking travel destinations. Enthusiasts can enjoy the serene beauty of Tsomgo Lake, a glacial lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains, or relax in the tranquillity of the revered Rumtek Monastery, a prominent seat of Tibetan Buddhism. Yuksom, the first capital of Sikkim, is a charming destination that attracts visitors with its historical significance and stunning trekking trails.

Tsomgo Lake
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Adventure seekers can witness the magnificent views from Nathula Pass, located at the Indo-China border. At the same time, nature lovers can immerse themselves in the captivating landscapes of Yumthang Valley, renowned for its vibrant rhododendron blooms. These destinations together capture the essence of Sikkim, providing a blend of natural beauty, spirituality, and cultural heritage that leaves a lasting impression on every visitor.

Things To Do

The roads of Sikkim
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Sikkim also offers a plethora of experiences for adventure seekers and culture enthusiasts, in addition to its mesmerising sites. For those who love the thrill of adrenaline, there are many activities to choose from, such as trekking through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Yuksom, paragliding over the picturesque valleys of Gangtok, or river rafting in the gushing Teesta River.

Bridge in Yuksom
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In addition, the vibrant markets of Gangtok, such as MG Marg, offer an array of traditional Sikkimese handicrafts, exquisite thangkas, and locally produced teas, providing an enriching shopping experience that reflects the essence of this charming Himalayan state.

Getting There

You can reach Sikkim primarily by air or road. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal, followed by a scenic 4-5 hour drive to Sikkim's capital, Gangtok. Alternatively, the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station connects to major Indian cities with shared taxis or private cabs to Sikkim. The road journey, though longer, unveils breathtaking vistas. Entry to Sikkim requires obtaining an Inner Line Permit available online or at entry points.

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