Places To Visit In North Sikkim
Mangan: It is a small town located at a distance of about 67 kms from the Gangtok city. It is the District Headquarters of the North Sikkim comprising an area of about 4,226 sq. km. The three-day music festival held every year in December is a major tourist attraction. Other attractions include the sale of local handicrafts, a food festival and a presentation of traditional cultural songs and dances.
Kabi Lungtsok: It is about 20 Kms away from the Gangtok. It is a sacred spot where the pact of brotherhood was sworn between the Lepchas and the Bhutias in the 15th century.
Phensang Monatery: It was built in 1721 during the regime of Jigme Pawo. The main annual function is held on the 28th and 29th day of the tenth month of the lunar calendar.
Phodong Monastery: It is one of the six major monasteries of Sikkim located about 38 Kms from Gangtok. It was built in the 18th century by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal.
Labrang Monastery: It is located about 2 Km uphill from the Phodong Monastery. It belongs to the Nyingmapa sect and known all over for its unique architecture, old Mural paintings and frescoes.
Dzongu: It is located about 70 Kms away from Gangtok inhabited by the original inhabitants of Sikkim, the Lepchas. Here, the Lepchas community lives in a world of isolation practicing its old traditions and cultures. Seven Sisters waterfall is the major attraction located at 30 minutes journey.
Tholung Monastery 1789 A.D: Tholung Monastery is one of the sacred monasteries in Sikkim located in the remotest part of upper Dzongu. The place has a long history behind it making it one of the important places Sikkim.
Singhik: Located at about 4 Kms from Mangan on the way to Chungthang is this small picturesque hamlet. From the Singhik View Point, one can enjoy the magnificent view of Mt. Khangchendzongna and Mt. Siniolchu. Teesta River flowing below it is another treat to watch.
Chungthang: This small town is located about 90 Kms from Gangtok at the meeting point of river Lachen chu and Lachung chu. The Chungthang valley is a holy place bearing the hand and footprints of Padmasambhava.
Lachung: The picturesque and beautiful town of Lachung is characterized for its snow-capped mountains, spectacular waterfalls, blooming apple orchards and sparkling streams. Lachung Gompa built around 1880 and Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary are major tourist attractions.
Yumthang: Popularly known as the 'Valley of Flowers', it is located at a distance of 148 Kms from Gangtok. With its amazing flora and fauna and breathtaking scenic beauty, the place is a paradise for the nature lovers.
Yumesamdong: It is located at an altitude of about 16000 feet with its sprawling mountains. The place looks amazing with its vegetation free mountains in the month of November and December.
Lachen: It is located at an altitude of 8500 feet and is known for its simplicity. It is the starting point for many interesting treks in North Sikkim and serves as the gateway to the holy Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes.
Thangu: The mountain ridge starting from Lachen leads to the meadows of Thangu. It is characterized by wooden houses and army camps.
Gurudongmar Lake: Located at a height of 17,800 feet, the lake is a distinguished sacred place for Buddhists and Hindus. This beautiful lake is situated at a distance of about 190 kms from Gangtok.
Places To Visit In South Sikkim
Namchi: It is the headquarters of South Sikkim covering an area of about 750 sq. km. Situated at an altitude of 5500 ft., it is about 92 Kms away from Gangtok and 90 Kms away from Siliguri. It is a popular tourist destination offering a panoramic view of snow covered mountains and vast spreading valleys. The flower festival held in the month of February is major attraction for the tourists.
Temi Tea Estate: It is the only tea estate present in Sikkim known for its international quality tea. The tea gardens spread down the hill slope starting from the Tendong Hill.
Tendong Hill: Located at an altitude of 8,530 ft, this small stretch of land is surrounded by lush green forests. It has been the resting place of the Buddhist Lamas who spent a number of years in this place, meditating. The hill spans across the plains of Bengal to the majestic heights of the Himalayan ranges.
Samdrupste: Literally meaning the 'wish fulfilling hill' in Bhutia language, Samdruptse is located at a distance of about 75 Kms from Gangtok. It is famous for the unique and gigantic 135 Feet statue of Padamasambhava installed atop Sampruptse.
Solophok Chardham: Situated at Solophok Hill, it is a replica of the famous pilgrimage destination ‘Char Dham’. The place is of great historical and religious significance.
Ravangla: Located on a ridge between the Maenam and Tendong Hill, it offers an unmatched view of the greater Himalayas. It is a popular tourist destination seen as the transit point to nearby locations. Pang Lhabsol festival held every year around August and September is major attraction for the tourists. Rayong sunrise viewpoint, Tathagata Tsal (Buddha Park) and Tibetan Carpet Centre are the popular places around.
Maenam Hill: Known for its unmatched scenic beauty, it is located at an altitude of about 10,300 ft. The legendry Bhaley Dunga is a popular place located at a short distance from the Maenam Hill.
Ralong Monastery: It was built after the return of 4th Chogyal from his pilgrimage to Tibet. The monastery belongs to the Karma Kagyu order and 'chaams' are performed every year on the main ceremony falling on the 28th and 29th day of the tenth month of the lunar calendar.
Kewzing Village:It is about 8 Kms away from Ravangla offering a great opportunity to experience the rural life in Sikkim. The Bon Monastery in Kewzing Village is the only monastery of its kind. At about 2 Kms awy from the Kewzing bazaar is the Mangbrue Gompa,
Phur Cha-chu: The popular Phur Cha-chu sulphur baths are situated about 4 Kms from Legship. This Hot water spring is known for its medicinal properties and is close to the sacred Kah-do Sang phu or ‘the cave of the occult.
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