Places To Visit In East Sikkim
Gangtok is the headquarters of the east district of Sikkim spreading in an area of 954 sq. km. It is located at a height of 5500 feet. It is the administrative and business center offering an interesting blend of different communities and culture. MG Marg, the main street of Gangtok town is a good place to chill out for the tourists.
Ropeway: It is a kilometer ride from Deorali to Tashiling Secretariat costing 30 Rs and can be completed in 7 minutes.
Hurhuray Dara: It is located at Namnamg next to the Sikkim legislative assembly. The excellent view of the river and the valley below can be enjoyed here.
Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or Government Institute of Cottage Industries: It was established in the year 1957 for promoting the state’s traditional art and craft. One can purchase from here hand-woven woolen carpets with traditional motifs, shawls, blankets and exquisitely carved 'Choktse' or table, etc.
Enchey Monastery: It is built on the site blessed with famous tantric master Lama Druptok Karpo. This 200 years old monastery is an important seat of Nyingmapa order.
Ganesh Tok: It is situated at a distance of about 7 Kms from Gangtok. From this place, the whole Gangtok town can be viewed.
Himalayan (Bulbuley) Zoological Park: It is located about 8 Kms away from Gangtok covering an area of 205 hectares. It is situated above the Ganesh Tok offering a habitat for several species of animals.
Hanuman Tok: The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is situated at an altitude of 7200 feet. It is about 9 kms uphill from the Gangtok city.
Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology- This prestigious research institute has a vast collection of rare Tibetan, Lepcha, and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas tapestries.
Do-drul Chorten (Stupa): It was built in 1945 by Venerable Trullshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibeten Buddhism. Its has a rare collection of mandala set of Dorjee phurba (Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kang Gyur relic (Holy Book), 'Zung' (mantras) and other religious objects.
Ban Jhakri Falls: This Energy Fall lies about 4 Kms away from Gangtok. It is based on the shamanistic theme.
Saramsa or Ipecac Garden: At a distance of about 14 Kms is located Saramsa Garden. It is maintained by the department of forests serving as a popular recreation, leisure and picnic spot.
Rumtek Monastery: It is the biggest monastery of Sikkim having a four-storied building. It is a replica of the Tsurphu monastery of Kham region in Tibet belonging to the Kargyupa sect.
Botanical Garden of Orchidarium: Botanical Garden of Orchidarium is known for the huge conservation of orchids. One can find some rare varieties of orchids here.
Tsomgo Lake: This etherally beautiful lake is located at an altitude of 12,400 ft. It is at a distance of 38 Kms from the Gangtok city.
Nathula: It is a famous passage corridor between India and Tibet located at a distance of about 56 Kms from Gangtok and at an altitude of 14450 ft. Surrounded by alpine flora, it is one of the highest motorable roads.
Baba Mandir: This temple lies on the road between Nathula and Jelepla Pass and is visited by hundreds of people everyday. On every Sunday, a ‘langar’ run from the temple providing free meals to the visitors.
Yumthang Valley: It is located at an altitude of about 11800 ft. and is about 149 km away from Gangtok. It is covered with shrubs, rhododendron and trees of various species and is known for its hot springs.
Aritar: It is a historical and scenic place located in the east of Sikkim. A breathtaking view of Khangchendzonga only adds to the natural beauty of the place.
Places To Visit In West Sikkim
West Gyalshing- It is the headquarters of the West district serving as the transit point for various tourist destinations in the region.
Legship: It is popularly known as the gateway to the West Sikkim. The famous Shiva temple Kirateshwar Mahadev Mandir is the major attraction.
Tashiding Monastery: It is located at a distance of 40 Km from Gyalshing. Bumchu or water pot festival in February attracts visitors to drink holy water from the sacred pot in the gold-topped Tashiding Monastery.
Hungri Monastery (1922 A.D): It lies between Sinon and Yuksam. It has a unique stonewall structure. Presently, 60 monks and 18 novice monks are studying in it.
Sinon Monastery (1716 A.D): It was built by Ngadag Rinchhen Gon, the grand son of Saint Ngadag Sempa Chhenpo. The present structure was rebuilt in 1992 after dismantling the old structure.
Phamrong Waterfalls: It is the highest waterfall of West Sikkim located between Yuksom and Gerethang. It offers a magnificent view especially during the Monsoons.
Yuksam: It is about 42 Km away situated at an altitude of 1781 m. It is a place of historical significance for the Sikkim people.
Dubdi Monastery: At about a distance of 2 km is located the oldest monastery in Sikkim, Dubdi Monastery. It is now declared a National Monument and is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India.
Khechopalri Lake: It is one of the sacred lakes situated at a distance of about 25 Kms from Pelling. It is hidden under the rich forest cover.
Rabdenste Palace Ruins: It was known for the ruling place for the king of Sikkim. It is at a walking distance from the famous Pemayangtse Monastery.
Pemayangtse Monastery: It is at a distance of about 118 Km from Gangtok situated at a height of about 2085 meters. It is the second oldest monastery of Sikkim.
Sang-Ngang Choling Monastery (1649-1650 A.D): It is situated at the southwest side of Gyalzing, West District. It was claimed to be founded by Lama Lhatsun Chhenpo during the reign of first King Phuntsog Namgyal (1604- 1670).
Darap Cherny Village: It is situated at a distance of about 6 Kms from Pelling while walking through Yuksam. It is mostly inhabited by Limboo Community and other mixed communities like Bhutias, Tamangs, Chettris, Gurungs, Rais, and Lepchas.
Khangchendzonga Waterfalls: It is at a driving distance of about hour and half from Pelling. The wild water cascading down the Granite rocks is a wonderful sight.
Pelling: It is located at a distance of about 10 Kms from Gyalshing (District Headquarter). The serene environment and picturesque locations of the place make it a perfect destination.
Dentam: This scenic village is located at a distance of about 10 Kms from Varsey. It lies at an elevation of about 1,500 m. and is best place for trekking and mountaineering.
Uttarey: It is situated in the west district of Sikkim known for its natural beauty and tranquility. The Kagju Gumpha is a highly revered place of worship for the locals and a popular tourist attraction.
Rinchenpong: It is located at an altitude of about 5576ft. known for the beautiful mountain views, sunrise and sunset view, amazing flora and fauna and historical & heritage sites.
Soreng: It is located at about 2-3 hour distance from Pelling. Surrounded by lush green hills, it offers a scenic splendor to the visitors.
Sombaria: Located at an altitude of 3,700 feet, Sombaria is a small village in the extreme West of Sikkim. It is an ideal place for bird watching.
Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary: It is located near Hilley in the west Sikkim. It is a small sanctuary located at an altitude of 10,000 ft. Rhododendrons blooming in April-May are the major attraction of this place.
Darjeeling: It is a world famous hill station lying in the south of Sikkim. The toy train running from Siliguri to Darjeeling via Kurseong is the major attraction for tourists. Ghoom, Rock Garden and Ganga Maiya, Nightingale Park, Batasia loop and War Memorial, Mirik are some of the places of tourist interest.
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