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5 Reasons you should travel to Sikkim, before visiting Switzerland

Suchismita Ghosh



Switzerland is aptly a dream destination for many, thanks to the beauty it has to offer. However, India too has it’s own Switzerland in the form of Sikkim

Switzerland is aptly a dream destination for many, thanks to the beauty it has to offer. However, India too has it’s own Switzerland in the form of Sikkim, which is equally beautiful in all its varied hues and shades. Although Switzerland can be visited, someday, but till then, in order to satify your desire to see something equally beautiful, why not opt for Sikkim? Given below are 5 reasons as to why one should travel to Sikkim, before opting for Switzerland.

 Snow-capped mountains

It’s true that Switzerland has the majestic Alps to boost about, but then Sikkim too has it’s share of grandiose, because it is home to the magnificent Mount Kanchenjunga – the third highest peak in the world. Also, in case you’re planning on snow boarding, wouldn’t trying it out in the third highest mountain peak in the world be more thrilling and fun, not to forget safer too, since it’s closer to home.

 Lakes

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Switzerland is home to some of the most beautiful lakes such as Lake Geneva, Lake Thun, Lake Lucerne and Lake Zurich. Although they are extremely beautiful, Sikkim too has its own share of beautiful lakes like Lake Tsomgo, Gurudongmar Lake and Samiti Lake which is not only magnificent to look at but are also considered extremely sacred, by the locals. 


 Food

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Just like Switzerland, which has a cuisine influenced by many regions such as the French, German and the Italian cuisines, Sikkim too has the Chinese, Tibetian and Indian influence in its food. The momos, thukpa, shyapta, Shafaley and their local thalis are to die for, in Sikkim. Not to forget, if you’re looking to try something out of the box, opt for yak cheese.

 Shopping

It’s true that Switzerland has an array of shopping stops which are sure to make a large hole in your pocket, but when it comes to Sikkim, you get good, cheap and affordable products. From clothes to Old Monk in unique bottles. A walk down MG Road (Gangtok) is all you need to discover all this and more.

 Hiking and trekking

Although Switzerland has ample peaks which provide for hiking, Sikkim allows for hiking with varying difficulty. If you are a novice hiker, you can opt for the Dzongri Trek and if you’re a professional, then you can opt for the Kanchenjunga trek. Not to forget the breath taking view you are gifted with, once you reach the top.


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Suchismita Ghosh