Tsomgo Lake (Chhangu Lake)
Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary
Tashi View Point
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
Deorali Orchid Sanctuary
Temi Tea Garden
Welcome to Gangtok (East Sikkim),
Gangtok is the capital and the largest city of the Indian state of Sikkim. It also is the headquarters of the East Sikkim district. Gangtok is located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). Nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya and enjoying a year-round mild temperate climate, Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim's tourism industry. The precise meaning of the name "Gangtok" is "hill top".
This is one place which many tourists like to combine along with a visit to Darjeeling. In fact the combined trip of Darjeeling-Gangtok is a common recipe when people think about visiting this part of the country. This is mainly because of the proximity of the two places as well as easy access. Gangtok spreads over a forested mountain that faces the Kanchenjunga snow peaks. There are many vantage points in and around Gangtok from where you get magnificent views of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan snow peaks.
In fact every spur extending from this hill city offers a setting of a great sight. It perfectly suits those coming from cities and looking for great weather, sightseeing, good food, comfortable stays with modern facilities, and nice shopping opportunities. High mountain passes, clear glacial lakes, adventurous trekking trails, and monasteries in the clouds - the hills of Gangtok make for one refreshing ride.
One of the best natural attractions in Gangtok, the picturesque Bakthang waterfalls originate from Ratey Chu, which is the main water source of the city. The mesmerising scenic vistas of the mighty Himalayas at the background and a bird's eye view of the beautiful surroundings, makes for the icing on the cake. It is just 20 minutes drive away from Gangtok and great place for photography buffs and nature lovers.
Banjhakri Waterfalls lies amidst a lush green valley spread over nearly 2 acres and is quite nice and popular among tourist. It is surrounded by trees and gushing mountain stream. The Park has a Shamanistic theme. Hence, while the location of the park penetrating the forest spreads and seeks to enhance the essence of the occult and the unknown. The place itself is littered with ethnic sculptures and figurines of the Jhakri culture.
Deer Park, located in close proximity to the Secretariat of Sikkim, is also known as Rustamji Park. Home to several species of Deer, this park was named after Rustamji. He was amongst one of the Dewans of the Chogyal of Sikkim. Rustamji, acclaimed himself to be the author of book 'Enchanted Frontiers'. Established in the late 1950's, this park acts as a sanctuary for the different species of deer that are brought from the neighbouring states and other parts of Sikkim. In addition, there are few cages located inside this park that have animals like Himalayan Bear and Red Pandas.
Deorali Orchid Sanctuary in Sikkim is renowned for its rare and extensive collection of orchids. The noteworthy feature of the sanctuary is the fact that the orchids in the reserve vary depending upon the change in seasons. Orchids are known for their heady and sensuous fragrance. They are lovely flowers, often found in brilliant colours and beautiful shapes. The tropical, humid climate of the north-east region of India is ideal for these orchids. Orchid lovers will definitely be charmed by the variety and beauty of the orchids in the Deorali Orchid Sanctuary.
Do Drul Chorten has been built in the year 1945 under the supervision of late Truslshi Rimpoche. There are more than hundred prayer wheels (Mani-Lhakor) in this chorten. There are some mantras have been engraved in these prayer wheels; by turning these prayer wheels, the devotees can read and chant these mantras. The renowned chorten has a gold-plated steeple.
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. The monastery is considered sacred as it is believed that the protecting deities, Khangchendzonga and Yabdean reside in this monastery. According to a legend, the spirits of the Khangchendzonga, Yabdean and Mahakala are subdued by Guru Padmasambhava inside this monastery. Due to this belief, the monastery gained religious significance, and devotees visiting the place believe that all their wishes will be fulfilled by powerful deities.
Sprawling over an area of 51.76 sq km, Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary in Gangtok is a paradise for photo enthusiasts and wildlife lovers. The sanctuary is the host to various unique species of animals like Red Panda, Himalayan Beer and Civet Cat Binturong. Those who wish to escape the common names of wildlife reserves of India, should visit Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary for a real offbeat wildlife expedition. Dense forests of bamboos, ferns and oaks, colourful sight and sweet melodies of butterflies and birds and roar of the wild make a visit to Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary truly memorable. It is situated 20 km outside Gangtok.
Flower Show Museum in Gangtok likewise has its own particular image of special appeal. Actually, innumerable guests simply can't quit spouting about the spot. So, rest guarantees that an outing to Flower Show Museum Gangtok will abandon you with a lifetime of affectionate memories.
Ganesh Tok is one of the most famous God Ganesh temple in Gangtok capital city of Sikkim. It stands at a height of 6,500 feet.The path to Ganesh Tok is covered with sacred flags hoisted and tied across the roads. The flags are colored in White, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow and Purple.
Goecha La or Goecha Pass is a Himalayan mountain pass in Sikkim. At 16,200 ft, Goecha La is one of the gateways to Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Even as it serves as a camp for mountaineers scaling Kanchenjunga, a trek to Goecha La itself is quite exhilarating. Entry to Goecha La is restricted and Indian travelers are required to register themselves at Yuksom. International travelers are only allowed to travel in groups. The trek to Goecha La from Yuksom and back takes around seven days.
Gurudongmar Lake is a high altitude lake in Sikkim. Located at 17,100 ft (5,210 m) above sea level, Gurudongmar is also one of the highest lakes in the world. It lies to the northeast of the Kangchenjunga range and only five km south of the Chinese border. Most part of the lake is frozen during the winters.
Handloom Center was founded in 1957, as Handloom and Handicrafts Centre of Sikkim. In this centre, the visitors can see blankets, elegant hand-carven folding tables (Choktse), hand-loomed carpets with conventional themes, hand-painted masques, shawls, traditional paintings, wooden dolls and many other handicrafts.
Hanuman Tok is one of the most important places to see in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is one of the most renowned temples of the state. The Hanuman Tok at Sikkim is dedicated to Hanuman, one of the gods in the Hindu religion.The temple of Hanuman Tok is looked after by a division of the army department of India. The Hanuman Tok in Sikkim itself provides wonderful photographic views of the Khangcendzonga. The snow-capped mountain peaks look heavenly from this temple.
This zoo is quite unique and the first of its kind in India where animals are kept in natural habitats. it's a wonderful parkland that spans across a vast 230 hectares forested land with elevations ranging from 6,500 t0 8,000 feet. 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.
The main attraction here is the museum which houses around large number of Buddhist icons, antique paintings, thangkas, statues, shrines, tapestries, masks and other religious works of Tibetan Art. Moreover, the place also boasts of having more xylographs and has the translation of Buddha's original teachings by eminent scholars from all over the world.
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.
Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve is spread over an area of 2620 sq km and occupies more than half of the total land area of Sikkim. Spread over the north, south and west districts of Sikkim, this reserve have a unique habitat and ecosystem. A treasure trove of flora and fauna, Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve is also home to the Zemu glacier which is the largest glacier in the Eastern Himalaya. The reserve was established in 2000 to safeguard the diversity and integrity of the wild life and vegetation.
Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve is also a trekkers' paradise. Most of the popular trekking routes and treks to Dzongri and Green Lake are through this reserve. Permission should be obtained to enter the reserve. Other than the trekkers and vacationers, this reserve is also visited by scientists and students for study tours as this is a complete ecosystem.
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is located at a distance of 31 km from Gangtok. Situated on the way to the Tsomgo Lake, this sanctuary ranges from altitudes between 3,292 and 4,116 metre. Due to variance in altitude, the sanctuary boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna. This sanctuary comprises flora of rare and endangered species, which include tall juniper, ground orchid, rhododendron and silver fir. In addition, the sanctuary is also a home to different species of irises, wild strawberries, poppies, primulas, orchids, gentians, rare panax and rhododendron.
Set in the heart of the city is the most happening place in Gangtok . A total free vehicle road with many eateries and shops on both sides, this place is ideal for spending time with friends and family especially in the evening. In fact, a perfect place for shopping while in Gangtok.
Mt. Katao is a one of the lesser-known destinations located in Gangtok. Situated near Lachung, this is a must-see destination for people who want to experience snow. However, being a Military base, entry to Mt Katao is restricted. You cannot approach Mt. Katao as easily as other destinations nearby. A special pass need to be obtained from the Indian Army to visit the place. The greatest attraction here is the natural beauty of the place snow covered landscape of Katao will surely sweep you off your feet.
Nathula Pass is a mountain pass in Eastern Sikkim, on the Indo-Chinese border that serves as the trade link between India and China. Nathula Pass nestles at an elevation of 14,140 feet and ranks amongst the highest passes accessible by tourists via motorable road.
Pemayangtse Monastery is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim. Popular for this monastery, Pemayangtse is located about 107 km west of Gangtok. At an elevation of 5840 ft, the town has the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and valleys with dense forests cover. Pemayangtse means 'perfect sublime lotus' and it is believed to symbolize one of the four retes (a network of cells) in the human body. Pemayangtse Monastery is the main tourist attraction of the town. Despite being over 300 years old, the monastery is in excellent condition and is well maintained by the monks. At elevation of over 6500 ft, the monastery is a three-storied structure with several statues including those of Padmasambhava (Lotus Born).
Buddhism has been a mainstay in Sikkim and of the numerous monasteries built here, Phensong Monastery is one of the oldest. It was constructed in 1721 during the reign of Jigme Pawo and follows the Nyingmapa order of the Tibetan Buddhism. There are over 300 monks in the monastery and is one of the most visited religious places in the state. Apart from the intense religious fervor, the monastery is located amidst beautiful hills and pristine natural scenic views.
About 107 km west of Gangtok, the town was first established in 1670 by Chadok Namgyal after shifting the primary capital from Yuksom after it was declared sacred in 1642. The ruins have been declared a monument of national importance by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Located in the district of West Sikkim, the ruins lie on a ridge which offers a panoramic view of the dense forest and snow-capped mountains. The ruins can be accessed by a two km trek from Pelling. The bird park and the ruins are attractions that pull tourists to the town.
Only one of its kind in this region and is still in operation. It takes the passenger to the highest point of the city of Gangtok covering the distance of about on1km in only seven minutes. The lower terminal station is located at Deorali Market, the intermediate terminal at Nam Nang and the upper terminal station is below Secretariat (Tashiling). One can truly enjoy the panoramic view as the Ropeway goes over the city.
Rumtek monastery is one of the largest in Sikkim and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists which originated in the 12th century in Tibet. The architecture of the monastery is one of the finest in the world and resembles the original one in Tsurphu, Tibet.
It is another famous attraction of Gangtok which is positioned around 14 km away from Gangtok. This beautiful garden was constituted by the forest department of India in year 1922. This garden is known as a dwelling to abundant species of exotic orchids and further rare plants of Sikkim as well. Here, one can witness numbers of orchids and fruit trees.
Seven Sister Waterfalls in Gangtok is located 32 km away from the city. It is a must see place in Gangtok. All the seven waterfalls aligned sideways one after the other is a wonderful sight to catch and during the Monsoon season these falls come to a fierce life. It is the ideal place to spend some relaxing time with family.
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is located in the Lauchang Valley in North Sikkim. Surrounded by Chuga-Sagochen Mountains on the east and Chomzomei Tso Mountains on the west, one gets to encounter a vast variety of flora and fauna in their natural habitat at this sanctuary. The beautiful Yumthang Chhu River flows through this sanctuary, which is popular for its unique rhododendron trees and shrubs. There are 40 species of rhododendron trees found in Sikkim alone. Rhododendron nevium is the state tree of Sikkim and is found only in this sanctuary. Other than the rhododendrons there is a wide variety of vegetation. It is also home to many wild animals and birds. Some of the other sightseeing options are the Tsomgo Lake, Saramsa Garden, Ranka Monastery, Yumthang Hot springs and Mt. Katao.
The Tashi View Point of Sikkim is famous among the tourists who visit Sikkim, because it offers a wonderful view of the Mt. Khangchendzonga and other neighboring hills. The monasteries of Labrang and Phodong are located nearby on a hill close to the Mt. Khangchendzonga. Mt. Sinilochu is one of the mountains located nearby.
Tashiding Monastery, located at a distance of 19 km to the south-east of Yuksom and 40 km from Gyalshing, is a Buddhist monastery. Dating back to 1641, the monastery is perched on the top of the hill located between the Rangit River and Rathong River. The monastery was founded by Ngadak Sempa Chempo Phunshok Rigzing, who belonged to Nyingma sect. However, in 1717, this monastery was renovated and extended during the reign by third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal. In addition, the monastery is constructed on the site, which is believed to be blessed by the great Guru Padmasambhava.
Temi Tea Garden was established in 1969. The total area of the Temi Tea garden is approximately 435 acres. The garden employs about 450 people and produces 100 matric ton of orthodox tea annually. The garden produces some of the best teas in the world. The garden offers beautiful natural views. The picturesque view of tea plucking can be seen here during the plucking season. The factory can be visited to have an interesting lesson on tea processing.
Located in Gangtok, the heart of the city, established in 1935 on a prime piece of land donated by the then Maharaja of Sikkim is one of the oldest and best known Hindu temple in the city. The temple houses almost all major deities and has emerged as an important centre of convergence for the Hindu community of Gangtok. In 2011, the temple complex was further upgraded to include multi-purpose hall and library.
Tsongmo Lake has perhaps one of the most beautiful landscapes in Sikkim. On the Gangtok - Nathu La highway, Tsomgo Lake is situated at an altitude of 12,400 ft. Also known as Changu Lake, Tsongmo Lake is regarded as a very sacred lake by the local Buddhists and the Hindus. Tsomgo Lake extends to 1 km in length, deepens to 15 meters and happens to be oval in its shape.
Tsuk La Khang Monastery, located in the complex of Royal Palace, is the imperial gompa of the former Royal family of Sikkim. One of the major places for worship and assembly for the Buddhists, this monastery is a two storey edifice. The monastery also houses a wide collection of works of Buddhist scriptures. Earlier, this monastery was also used as a venue for several occasions such as weddings and coronations of the Sikkim Royalty. At every corner of this monastery, there are wooden sculptures which are crafted in the figure of Snow Lion's Head. On entering the building, one can witness the walls adorned with murals and altars. The altars located inside the monastery encompass the images of Bodhisattva and Buddha along with other Buddhists deities.
Tsuklakhang Palace, a Buddhist palatial monastery, is also known as Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel and Monastery. Located in Gangtok, this monastery is the main centre for prayers. In addition, the monastery also houses an assembly hall, which is located in the centre of the building. The Royal Chapel of Chogyals also has a wide collection of Buddhist literature and scriptures. Besides, the monastery also comprises altars which are orated with deities of Buddha, Tantric and Bodhisattvas. In addition, the monastery also serves as a venue for marriages, coronation and victory ceremonies among Sikkim royalty.
White Hill, 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.
The Yumthang Valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India. It is at an elevation of 3,564 metres (11,693 ft) above msl at a distance of 150 kilometres (93 mi) from the state capital Gangtok. It is popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers'and is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.
- Religious Places : Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Shiva Temple, Parbateyswar Shivalaya Temple, Thakurbari Temple, Lingdum Monastery, Pal Zurmang Kagyud Monastery, Dodrupchen Monastery, Dodrupchen Monastery etc.
- Palzor Stadium, Kabi Lungchok, Pastanga Village, Ridge Park and Flower Show Exhibition Complex, Gonjang Gumpa, Saramsa Flower Pavilion and Conference Centre, King Palace, Menmecho Lake, Phurchachu Hot Springs,Yuksom, Chogyal Palace, Mayfair Gangtok Casino Mahjong, Kanchendzonga National Park etc.