A hotel can never do justice to Sikkim, the land of beautiful people and rich culture. I would recommend a Sikkim Homestay in a Farm for an enriching holiday experience. A homestay entails living with a family in a farm, eating with them and observing their customs and way of life from close quarters. The host will also accompany you for guided walks into the neighborhood and this experience will turn out to be much more interesting than a standard package tour of a Hotel!
For planning your Sikkim Travel, visit Sikkim Travel Guide
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While there are several homestays available in Sikkim, I would recommend Yangsum Farm in West Sikkim where I had a great experience. Thendup Tashi was a gracious host and provided some memorable experiences like the morning walk to monasteries in the neighborhood, serving breakfast outdoor with a view of the great Mt Kanchenjunga and involving us in the farm activities like milking cows!
The itinerary also included a picnic at a helipad in Pelling, a visit to the famous Pemayangtse, the most important monastery of the Nyingmapa order and Rabdentse ruins, the ancient second capital of Sikkim.
Sikkim doesn’t have any airports or railway stations. The best way to reach Gangtok is from New Jalpaiguri railway station or Bagdogra airport in West Bengal.
Apr-May & Oct-mid Nov are the two seasons when Sikkim can be best experienced. The rains after May hide the majestic Himalayan backdrop and hence not worth it. Winters can be extremely cold and so avoidable.
Carry lots of chewing gum and popcorn during the road trips within Sikkim, as the meandering hill roads can be a little nauseating.
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