Tourist Places in Gangtok Sikkim

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Tourist Places in Gangtok Sikkim

Gangtok is the largest town and the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim. The city lies at an altitude of about 1780 m above sea level. Because of its topography, the city enjoys a mild temperate climate throughout the year. The city integrates different cultures and religion making it a wonderful destination on Earth. The city is a centre of Buddhist learning and culture, the most famous Buddhist site in the city being the Enchey Monastery. The city has a very good transportation network making the place a perfect holiday destination for the tourists.

Gangtok is a wonderful tourist destination with monasteries and adventures all around. It is very widely known and esteemed for its scenic beauty and striking views of the mount Kanchenjunga, 3rd highest peak in the world. The hill resort is about 110 km from Siliguri and it is very well linked with other important places of this region. With various cultures and religions thriving in perfect concord, Gangtok has proved that ‘unity in diversity’ exists in Sikkim. Sikkimeses possess firm bonding with their antique customs and traditions. Gangtok is emphatically not behind the rest of the places in the world in terms of modernization and urbanization. The town has broad roads, discotheques, educational institutes, fast – food centres, flyovers, posh markets, state – of – art hospital, and all other advanced and modern comforts that the heart can want for.

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The important destinations present around Gangtok are Darjeeling ( 94 km ), Dzongri, Kalimpong ( 80 km ), Nathula ( 56 km ), Pelling ( 125 km ), Ravangla, Siliguri ( 110 km ), Yuksom, and Yumthang. So many hotels are available in Gangtok. Some of the super deluxe hotels, which offer wonderful boarding and lodging facility, are Hotel Norkhil, Orange Village, and Hotel Royal Plaza. Soft woolen aprons in summer, warm aprons in winter, and a handy umbrella would be very useful to the visitors.

Himalayan Zoological Park : This Park exhibits a wide species of Himalayan fauna like the black beer, barking deer, snow leopard, civet cat, red pandas and the spotted deer.

Nathula : It is a mountain pass situated about 56 km from Gangtok at an altitude of about 14,200 ft and is covered with rich varieties of alpine flora and fauna. It is a calm place to visit and is open only for Indian Nationals.

Pemayangtse Monastery : It is one of the oldest monasteries in the state which was established by Lhatsun Chempo, the Lama who is said to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal of Sikkim. This Monastery is located at the hill top and gives a wonderful view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding hills of the region.

Khecheopalri Lake : This Lake located at East Sikkim is considered to be one of the most sacred lakes in the city both for Hindus and Buddhists. This lake lies in the rich forest cover and is believed that the birds in the region never allow a single leaf to keep afloat on the water of the lake.

Enchey Monastery : Enchey Monastery meaning solitary temple, was built in 1909 and is a 200 year old monastery. Located at a distance of 3 km from the city, the monastery is built on the spot, which is believed to be blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo. He was a tantrik master who was known for his flying powers. The monastery is also an important seat of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. According to a legend, it is believed that Lama Druptab Karpo constructed a small hut on this site, where he landed after his return from Maenam Hill. However, the present structure of the monastery was constructed in the shape of Chinese Pagoda during the reign of Sikyong Tulku ( 1909 – 1910 ).

Menam Hill : This hill situated at an altitude of about 10300 ft gives a wonderful view of the scenic beauty of the Kanchenjunga Hills and its surrounding ranges. On a sunny day, one can even see the plains of Bengal spanning across Kalimpong and Darjeeling Hills in the South.

Ganesh Tok : This temple of Hindu god Ganesha is situated near the Sikkim Government nursery in East Sikkim and is situated on a small hillock on the Gangtok – Nathula Road.

Tsomgo Lake : Tsomgo Lake is located 35 km away from the city on the Gangtok – Nathula highway. This highway is also a part of the old route that links India and China. Worshipped by Sikkimese, this holy lake is approximately 20 km away from the Nathula Pass, while located at a distance of around 400 km from Lhasa. The water in this lake has been accumulated from the melting snow on the mountains located nearby. The river Lungtze Chu originates from this lake, which meets Rangpo – chu down its course. According to the history, the colour of water of this lake was studied by Lamas so as to forecast about the future. They believed, if the water had a dark tinge, it indicated an year full of trouble and unrest in the state. Tsomgo Lake is located in the restricted area for which tourists require an Inner Line Permit. This permit can be obtained from the Police through the travel agent or Tourism Department. During the winter months, the entire lake gets fron.

Deorali Orchid Sanctuary : is located next to the Namgyal Institute, is known for its wide collection of orchids. Of 454 species of orchids, 200 species are found in this sanctuary. The best time to visit this orchid sanctuary is during the blooming season extending from months of April to May, July to August and October to November.

Tashi View Point : is constructed by the King of Sikkim, Tashi Namgyal, is located at a distance of 4 km from Gangtok. Adorned with a park on its top, this view point is one of the best places in entire Sikkim to enjoy beautiful view of Mount Kanchenjunga. In addition, the Phodong Monastery and the Labrang Monastery located on the opposite hills can also be seen from the Tashi View Point. The place also has a perching shed along with cafeteria, which provides shelter and a perfect resting spot to tourists.

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Rumtek Monastery : is located at a distance of approximately 24 km from Gangtok in Rumtek, is one of the most important sites for almost every Buddhist. This monastery was originally built in the 16th century, under the supervision of Wangchuck Dorge and with the financial assistance of the fourth king of Sikkim. However, in the 20th century this monastery was devastated by fire. Later in 1960s, an entirely new ministry was rebuilt uphill the original Rumtek Monastery. The new monastery built was named as Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre. In addition, the monastery also houses the main shrine temple along with quarters of monks. There is a Golden stupa located inside the monastery, which encompasses the relics of the 16th Karmapa. The monastery is also a host to several Tibetan festivals organised throughout the year, which include Tse – Chu Chaam and Kagyat Dance.

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden : established in 1987, is home to different varieties of botanical species. Located near Rumtek Monastery, this garden houses rare flowers, plants and trees including Orchids of Himalayan region. Maintained and managed by the Forest Department of the Government of Sikkim, this garden also includes dense temperate forests of Oak. There are more than 50 different varieties of tree species located inside this garden. Owing to the variance in altitude ranging between 1,800 metre and 2,200 metre, a wide assortment of plants and animals is found here. In addition, a greenhouse is also constructed within the garden, where Orchids of different varieties are grown. In addition, especially for children, a small recreational centre has also been made inside the garden equipped with see – saw, swings and merry – go – round. The best time to visit this garden is between the months of March to late May and from October to mid – December.

White Hill : is located on a ridge in Gangtok, is a two storey architecture. The structure is named after the first British political mandarin in Sikkim, J. Claude White. Constructed in 1932, the White Hall is a permanent venue for the Flower Show held in Sikkim. During the time of flower show, several varieties of rhododendrons and orchids are displayed. In addition, inside the hall, a badminton court and an officer’s club are also located.

Directorate of Handicrafts & Handlooms : also known as the Government Institute of Cottage Industries, was established in 1957. Located at a distance of half km from the main market of city, the foundation of this institute was laid during the reign of the Chogyals of Sikkim. The institute was started with an aim to preserve and propagate the talent and skills of local artisans. Exceptional to Sikkim, the institute is an authentic home to traditional handlooms and handicrafts. In addition, tourists visiting the place can also see hand – woven carpets made using traditional motifs. Some of the other items available in this institute include shawls, thangka paintings, Choktse, dolls and hand – painted masks. Apart from this, items like dolls made from wood, lamp – stands, batiks, sporadic silks, brocade, dappled appliquĂ© work and embroidered boots are also available. Sikkimese carpets and handmade paper made from bark of Algeri tree forms the speciality of this institute.

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