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Places to visit in and around Gangtok

Tsomgo Lake ( Changu Lake)

Tsomgo Lake ( Changu Lake)  Tsomgo  Lake is considered very sacred by local people and literally means the “Source of the Lake”, in Bhutia language and perhaps one of the most beautiful landscapes in Sikkim.  This lake is located around 35 km away from Gangtok town on Gangtok – Nathula Highway and at an altitude of 3,780 mts or 12,400 ft. Within this 35 kms journey span the road elevates a whooping  ... [+] Read More

Rumtek Monastery / Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre

Rumtek Monastery / Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre  A 24 km journey from Gangtok to the opposite hill the Rumtek Monastery or Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is located which is the seat of the  Kagyu Order, one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist seat. The original monastery was built by one of the Sikkim rulers. But after the arrival of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1960 from Tibet, he built the Dharma Chakra Centre ... [+] Read More

Namgayal Institute of Tibetology

Namgayal Institute of Tibetology This organization is dedicated to research and augmentation  of Tibetan Studies, Buddhist Philosophy and religion as well as Mahayana Buddhism.  It is the most prestigious of its liking in India and the treasure house of rare Tibetan, Sanskrit and Lepcha Manuscript,  Statuestries , Thankas ( Tapestries used in Buddhist Liturgy) and has over 200 Buddhist Icons with other prized objects ... [+] Read More

Dro-dul Chorten ( Stupa)

Dro-dul Chorten (Stupa) The Dro-Dul Chorten or Stupa is one of the most important Stupas of Sikkim, was built in 1945 by the Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside the Chorten there are complete set of Dorjee Phurba ( Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kang oyur  ( Holi Book) relics, complete "Zung" ( Mantras) and other religious objects. Around the chorten, there are 108 Mani Lhakor ... [+] Read More

Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom (Institute of Cottage Industries)

Directorate of Handicrafts and Handloom (Institute of Cottage Industries) This Institute is established with the aim to produce and promote the state’s traditional authentic arts and crafts and teaches the ancient crafts of Sikkim ( like Painting, Mask Making, Weaving and Wood Carving) to keep them alive. Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom is the store house of hand woven Tibetan carpets in natural dyes with traditional motifs, ... [+] Read More

Flower Show

Flower Show The climate here in Gangtok is very favourable for growing flowers, especially delicate orchids. Government of Sikkim is organized Flower Show or Exhibition throughout the year in a very specialized garden which is just below the Institute of Tibetology or near the White Hall complex. Orchid shows held during the blooming seasons in April to June and September to November which are the most spectacular  and popular ... [+] Read More

Enchey Monastery

Enchey Monastery The name Enchey Monastery means “ Solitary Monastery” is an important seat of the Nyingma Order, is built  with the blessed by Lama Drupto Karbo. This monastery was built with an intention that no other construction would be allowed of its vicinity. Lama Drupto Karbo, a tantrik master for his power of flying is said to have flown in from Meanam Hill in South Sikkim around 200 hundred years ago and ... [+] Read More

Tashi View Point

Tashi View Point Around 8 kms from Gangtok Tashi View Point located on the Gangtok – North Sikkim Highway offers the spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu. Tashi View Point was built by late king of  Sikkim -  Sri Tashi Namgyal. This is basically a sunrise point to watch the majestic panorama of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu with other snow clad peaks and can have an experience of the change of ... [+] Read More

Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok Ganesh Tok is a premises of a very small temple of Lord Ganesha, a deity worshipped by Hindus and located on a ridge at a distance of 7 kms from Gangtok. Ganesh Tok is popularly known as a superb view point which offers a bird’s-eye-view of sprawling Gangtok town and surrounding hills, while across the hills majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu loom over the horizon. A cafeteria serves hot tea, coffee and snacks. ... [+] Read More

Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok It is also another magnificient view point and around 11 kms away from Gangtok town. Ganesh Tok located on a bifurcation road of Gangtok – Nathula Highway is having temple of Lord Hanuman, a hindu deity and is maintained by Indian Army. Because of its locational  advantage panoramic view of mountain over the horizon is simply magnificent. ... [+] Read More

Fambong Wild Life Sanctuary

Fambong Wild Life Sanctuary Fambong Wild Life Sanctuary is located 25 kms away from Gangtok town with a designated area of 51.76 sq. km. This Sanctuary is enriched by Oak, Katus, Kimbu, Champa and Bamboo tree and ferns with a home of large number of Orchids, Rhododendron etc. Fambong Wild Life Sanctuary is a tranquil area especially recommended for bird watching and for nature lovers as it is know to be a home for various species of ... [+] Read More

Baba Mandir Sikkim, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Gangtok

Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Nestled in the high hills and at an elevation of 4,000 mt. or 13,123 ft on Nathu La – Jalep La road Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial has been built in the memory of Harbhajan Singh, a Sepoy in the 23rd Regiment, who died near the Nathu La during Indo – China war in 1962. This temple was built and is maintained by Indian Army. It is reported that Indian soldiers have got favoures by Baba who also ... [+] Read More

Nathu La

Nathu La Nathu-La situated on the old Silk Route at an elevation of 14,200 ft and 56 kms away from Gangtok town is an important Indo – China border. Nathu La is one of the highest motorable routes in India and richly covered with varieties of alpine flora and fauna. Most part throughout the year this tranquil border post is covered with a thick layer of snow. In Tibetan language "Nathu" means listening ears and "La" ... [+] Read More

Phodong Monastery

Phodong Monastery   Perched on an altitude of 4500 ft Phodong Monastery is one of the six most important monasteries in Sikkim and located around 35 kms from Gangtok town on Gangtok – North Sikkim Highway. Phodong Monastery was built during the 2nd quarter of the 18th Century (Possibly in 1740) by the Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal and it belongs to Kargyupa Sect (Karmapa). It is believed to be the first monastery related to ... [+] Read More

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