Sikkim is an ethereally magnificent North Indian state bordered by China in the north and east. Sikkim has Bhutan in the east and Nepal at the west. India lies to its south. Sikkim is remarkably biodiverse and is the second smallest state in India. Spreading across Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim has an alpine and subtropical climate that makes the place a favourite among the tourists. The enchanting Buddhist monasteries located at various different parts of Sikkim and the scintillating natural beauty contribute immensely in boosting the tourism quotient of this north-eastern state. Spending a few days of bliss amidst such a beautiful climate and picturesque attractiveness is the dream of many a couple in search of a romantic sojourn and a tranquil honeymoon stay. Some of the outstanding and alluring attractions of Sikkim that will make your honeymoon memorable can be listed as follows.
Tsomgo Lake is also known as Changu Lake and it is an amazing high-altitude glacial lake in Sikkim. This lake forms an important tourist attraction for a day trip from Gangtok. The distance of the lake is 38 kilometres from Gangtok and is at an altitude of 12,400 feet. Tsomgo Lake presents a spell-binding panorama and without visiting Tsomgo Lake, no Sikkim tour shall ever be complete. The road to Tsomgo Lake is winding and through rugged mountain terrains. On one side, you find the mesmerizing and steep cliffs and on the other there are crevices. The word Tsomgo means ‘source of water’ in Bhutia language. The lake is snow fed that melts down from the glaciers.
The lake has a legendary beauty and astonishingly changes colour according to different seasons. The placid waters of the lake remains frozen in the winters and the ground surrounding the lake also remains frozen white. The area assumes a new and bright aura when in late spring a flurry of colours add some heady charm and a riot of shades to the surrounding vistas. The lake is considered mystic and is associated with various myths and legends, The people of Sikkim consider this lake as sacred. It is also believed that in the ancient times, the Buddhist monks used to forecast the future by studying the colours of the lake waters. Honeymoon couples in Sikkim shall enjoy the unique yak and mule rides along with enjoying the local delicacies in the variety of stalls selling snacks and beverages around the lake area.
The Yumthang Valley is a heavenly piece of paradise on earth. Yumthang or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary is a natural sanctuary with river, hot springs, yaks, grazing pasture lands and grassy green meadows surrounded by the towering Himalayan mountains in the northern side.
Rhododendron is the state flower of Sikkim and Yumthang Valley boasts of twenty four species of rhododendron blooming in thousands from late February to the middle of June. During the spring months, the valley area gets delightfully covered with a multitude of colours from the blooming rhododendrons and other flowers such as primulas, poppies, iris and other varieties.
Yumthang is also noted for offering the adventure of Skiing. Lachung is the nearest inhabited area of Yumthang. The beauty of the valley is offered a new dimension by a tributary of River Teesta that flows through the valley and across Lachung. Yumthang remains unapproachable from December to March because of heavy snowfall. Yumthang has breath-taking and magical surroundings. Located approximately 140 kilometres north of Gangtok, Yumthang presents a must-visit attraction for honeymoon couples. The beauty of the flowery valley is intense and honeymoon couples can get some lovely and memorable photos.
One of the most prominent monasteries of Sikkim is the Rumtek Monastery and it is located 23 kilometres from Gangtok. Rumtek is a higher-order example of superior Tibetan architecture and is picturesquely perched on a hill top. This monastery was originally a Dharma Chakra Centre belonging to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists with their origin in Tibet in the twelfth century. The verdant greenery of the surrounding mountains pose a brilliant treat to all human senses and also engenders infinite spiritual solace. The top of the Rumtek Monastery offers some eye-catching views of the entire Gangtok town.
The architecture of Rumtek Monastery is noted all across the world. Rumtek Monastery is glorious and houses a beautiful shrine and a monastery for the monks. It also preserves a golden stupa and various other sculptures belonging to the 16th Karmapa and stores various unique objects along with world’s unique religious scriptures. It houses a massive prayer hall that is decorated with splendid murals, statues and thangkhas. Honeymoon couples shall be able to feel inner peace and the presence of divine influence in life. This monastery shall give an auspicious beginning to their married life.
Nathula Pass is prettily set at a distance of approximately 56 kilometres from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, at an altitude of 14450 feet. It was a strategically important mountainous connect between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962. Tsomgo lake falls in the way to the famous Nathula pass. This route forms one of the highest motorable roads in the world and is serenely picturesque being surrounded by alpine flora. Nathula Pass offers infinite joy of adventure and the sensational adventurous feel of breezing through one of the highest motorable roads of the world. The newlyweds shall stay mesmerized at the surreal beauty of the exotic surroundings.
Zero Point is a hidden and unexplored jewel in North Sikkim. The immeasurable beauty and charm of Zero Point makes you feel alive and in love with life. Such ardently felt beauty serves to strengthen bonds between couples. The core beauty of Zero Point issues out of the majestic peaks of Himalayas, a breath-taking array of mountainous flora and fauna, spectacular views of the mighty Kanchenjunga and numerous sparkling waterfalls. Zero Point is the last outpost of civilization and the fact will enthral the honeymoon couples visiting the spot.