Experience All Facets of Adventure on Your Sikkim Tour
- by Amit Kumar
- 2 months ago
Sikkim is nature’s paradise with breathtaking views everywhere. The state is home to lush green hills and snow-laden mountains, thundering rivers and enchanting waterfalls, forest trails between rhododendron trees and wild orchids growing on the hills. The picturesque beauty of nature is at full display in every part of Sikkim. One of the best places to visit in Sikkim is Gangtok, the capital city.
For the adrenaline junkie in you, Gangtok has some of the best adventure tour packages in India. Primarily known for its panoramic views of the Kanchenjunga, Gangtok also has a wide scope of adventure activities. Tourists can enjoy paragliding, river rafting, mountain biking, and much more.
The most adrenaline-pumping activities to explore in Gangtok are:
Teesta River is popularly known as the lifeline of Sikkim. Making its way through the lush valleys of Gangtok, Teesta River gives an amazing opportunity for river rafting. The river has multiple rapids ranging from Grade 1 to 4. River rafting expeditions on the Teesta River is one of the most in-demand adventure tour packages in India in Sikkim. Makha, a small town near Gangtok, is the best place to start your river rafting experience. There is an 11 km long rafting stretch from Makha to Rangpo going through Sirwani. Feel the blood racing through your veins as you make your way through the lush green mountainous terrain of Sikkim. Rafting at the Teesta River gives you the chance to witness the charming landscape of the region.
With its snow-capped mountains and lush green valleys, Gangtok has a lot of potential for paragliding opportunities. Fly like a bird in the sky as you gaze down at some surreal views of the Himalayan valleys, picturesque ridges and quaint villages. The best aspect of paragliding is one does not need to have any special skills. It can be attempted by everyone. The best spots for paragliding in Gangtok are: Baliman Dara for a Medium Fly from 1400 meters; and Reshithang village for a High Fly from 2200 meters. The adrenaline rush you feel while flying above the sky is accompanied by the pleasant views of Gangtok’s enthralling scenery.
The high altitude and curvaceous roads make Gangtok ideal for mountain biking. Located right in the Himalayas, there are plenty of adventure tour packages in India which offer biking tours in Sikkim. There are plenty of picturesque biking trails in Sikkim, giving riders a chance to explore the offbeat locations. Visit remote villages and bask in the warm feel of local hospitality from the villagers. Mountain biking in Gangtok is a great way to explore the quieter parts of the town, away from the crowds of tourists. Some of the best biking trails are: Gangtok to Rangpo, Gangtok to Melli and Gangtok to Temi. These biking trails pass through a myriad of landscapes like forests, villages, monasteries, rivers and waterfalls.
The Tsogmo Lake is about 1.5 hours drive away from Gangtok, and is one of the must-visit attractions here. Situated on a height of 12,313 feet, this high-altitude glacial lake is nestled in the lap of snow-laden Himalayas. One of the most adventurous things to do here is taking a yak ride. These long-horned hairy animals might look scary, but they are very tame in nature. Take a yak ride on the banks of Tsogmo Lake and witness the heavenly beauty of snow-covered mountain peaks and the pristine lake.
What better way to experience the true natural beauty of Gangtok than enjoying a bird’s eye view of the green landscape! Tourists can enjoy a cable car ride in the city of Gangtok that starts from Deorali and ends at Tashiling. There are a total of 3 stops: Deorali, near the Institute of Tibetology; Namnang; and then Tashiling. This 1 km long distance takes about 7 minutes in a ropeway journey. Only 24 passengers are allowed at one time in these cable cars. Tourists get a chance to enjoy some mesmerizing aerial views of Gangtok and its surrounding valleys. On clear sunny days, they can also catch a sight of the majestic Kanchenjunga range.