Tingchim

tingchim, offbeat destination in Sikkim

Situated at an altitude of about 3150 feet, Tingchim is a picturesque village in North Sikkim. Surrounded by the thickly wooded forest, an ancient monastery, a serene lake, Tingchim is undoubtedly a paradise for travellers. In Lepcha language, the meaning of Tingchim is the bamboo urn.

Ornamented with unique flora and fauna, offering the scenic panoramic view of the valley as well as shimmering Teesta, Tingchim proves to be an ideal holiday destination. In the following lines, let us describe why.

Tourist Attractions in Tingchim Sikkim

The scenic vista and the tranquil ambience of Tingchim attract travellers from all around the globe. During your stay in the village, here are the sightseeing places you will get to see.

  • The serene Tingchim Lake surrounded by lush greenery all around.
  • A century-old Mani Lhakhang Monastery which is one of the major attractions of the village.
  • Numerous Himalayan Birds can be seen flying in the village making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts.
  • Panoramic view of the valley, mountain peaks and the meandering Teesta River.
  • Nearby sightseeing places like Phensang Monastery, Butterfly Park, Botanical Garden, Phodong Monastery, etc.

Things to do in and around the Village

Settled between Phodong and Mangan, there are plenty of activities to do and enjoy in the village. Some of them are as mentioned below.

  • Visit the ancient Tingchim Mani Lhakhang monastery to witness the periodic rituals of the monastery. Participate in Bumkar Puja, an annual prayer of the monastery observed from mid-December to the first week of January.
  • Stroll around the emerald Tingchim Lake and witness one part of the lake is dark and black whereas the other part is emerald green.
  • Trek through the lush vegetation of Tingchim to observe numerous butterflies and birds.
  • Visit all the adjacent sightseeing places like Phensang Monastery, Butterfly Park, Botanical Garden, Phodong Monastery, etc.
  • Have Lepcha Hot Stone Herbal Bath to experience an intense and relishing pleasure to the mind and soul.

Staying Facility in the Village

In the Village, homestay is the only mode of accommodation available to stay. These Traditional Lepcha Homestays provides most of the basic amenities to its guests to have a comfortable stay.

How to Reach Tingchim in North Sikkim

The nearest station of Tingchim is New Jalpaiguri Junction (NJP) whereas Bagdogra is the nearest airport. Hired cars are easily available from NJP, Siliguri or from Bagdogra airport to Tingchim via Mangan.

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