First Time In Sikkim?
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Places Of Interest
Gangtok City Tour
The Dreamlike Destinations Fascinating, captivating and spellbinding, such is the aura of Gangtok, which is a famous tourist destination of India. Gangtok is the capital city of the north eastern state of Sikkim, which is a wonderful destination for holidaymakers, honeymooners and business travelers. Gangtok is dotted with many tourist attractions, which will surely leave you in awe.
The natural beauty of Gangtok is simply unmatched. The city is a perfect blend of rich architecture, traditions and arresting landscape. The term Gangtok means 'hill top'. Gangtok impresses its tourists with the mind blowing views of the mighty Himalayas
Nathu La Pass
Nathu La Pass is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Region. The pass is, at 14,140 ft above sea level. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km from east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Only citizens of India can visit the pass, that too after obtaining a permit in Gangtok.
Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India; the other two are Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh (or Lipulech) in Uttarakhand. Nathu La is located on the 563 km (350 mi) Old Silk Route, an offshoot of the historic Silk Road. The Old Silk Route connects Lhasa in Tibet to the plains of Bengal to the south
Rumtek Monastery also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. Rumtek is situated around 24km from Gangtok at an altitude about 1500ft.
Originally built under the directions of the 12th Karmapa Changchub Dorjee in mid 1700 AD, after [Ralang Monastery,first] and [Phodong Monastery,second], Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for some time. With the generosity and help of the Sikkim royal family and the local folks of Sikkim, it was built by the 16th Karmapa as his main seat in exile.
Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim, some 40 kilometres away from Gangtok at elevation of 3,780 m (12,400 ft). It is one of the beautiful lake of Sikkim. A winding road through rugged mountain terrain and sharp cliffs takes you to Tsomgo, which means source of the water in Bhutia language. Of legendary beauty, the lake looks different at different seasons. In winter the placid lake remains frozen with the area around it covered in snow while in late spring the profusion of flowers in bloom adds a riot of colours around the lake.
Rides on colourfully decorated yaks and mules are offered at the lake site, which also has a variety of eating stalls serving snacks and beverages. Tsomgo lake is open for both Indian and foreign nationals, however foreign visitors have to be in a group of two or more and have to apply for a visitors permit through a registered travel agency.
Gurudongmar Lake or Gurudogmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,100 ft (5,210 m). It lies in the district of North Sikkim, only some 5 km south of Chinese border. The lake can be reached by road from Lachen via Thangu. The lake remains frozen most of the year due to heavy snowfall for almost six months each year. The lake is believed to be scared and local people perform rituals here with the permission of Authorities.
Yumthang is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim. It is at an elevation of 3,564 metres (11,800) above msl at a distance of 150 km from the state capital Gangtok. It is popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers'. It is also home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower.
Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. A forest rest house is the only permanent residence in the valley. During the spring months, the area blooms with rhododendrons, primulas, poppies, iris and other flora. It is one of the best tourist destination.
Khecheopalri Lake, originally known as Kha-Chot-Palri (meaning the heaven of Padmasambhava), is a sacred Lake for both Buddhists and Hindus, which is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. It is located near Khecheopalri village, 147 kilometres west of Gangtok and 34 kilometres to the northwest of Pelling town in the West Sikkim. The local name for the lake is Sho Dzo Sho, which means "Oh Lady, Sit Here".
The lake is an integral part of the much revered valley of "Demazong" meaning valley of rice. This landscape is also known as a land of hidden treasures blessed by Guru Padmasambhava. An interesting feature of the lake is that leaves are not allowed to float on the lake, which is ensured by the birds which industriously pick them up as soon as they drop into the lake surface.
Pemayangtse Monastery is a Buddhist monastery in Pemayangtse, near Pelling in the northeastern Sikkim, located 140 km west of Gangtok. Planned, designed and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705, it is not only one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim but also the most famous in west Sikkim.
The Pemayangtse Monastery is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit starting with the first monastery at Yuksom known as the Dubdi Monastery, followed by Norbugang Chorten, Tashiding Monastery, the Rabdentse ruins, the Sanga Choeling Monastery, and the Khecheopalri Lake.
Hanuman Tok is a Hindu temple complex which is located in upper reaches of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. The temple is dedicated to lord Hanuman, the Monkey God. It is believed that while bringing the Sanjivani buti (Hearb to heal the wound) for Laxmana Lord Hanuman rested here. Later the temple had established. The temple is maintained by the Indian army.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum in Gangtok. The Namgyal Rrks in the world outside Tibet.The foundation stone of the institute was laid by the 14th Dalai Lama on the 10th of February 1957 and it was opened officially by the Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on 1 October 1958.
The institute employs researchers and one of its new research programs is a project which seeks to document the social history of Sikkim's approximated 60 monasteries and record this on a computer. Another project seeks to digitize and document old and rare photographs of Sikkim for knowledge distribution.
Phodong Monastery is a Buddhist monastery. It is located 28 km from Gangtok. It was built in the early 18th century but an older monastery had pre-existed the current one. 9th Karmapa was invited by the king of Sikkim, where he founded three monasteries : Rumtek, one of the most important monastery of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Phodong and Ralang Monastery.
It was reconstructed by Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, who was recognized as the reincarnation of his uncle, Sidkeong Namgyal, the abbot of the monastery. The line was to be continued by Palden Thondup Namgyal The monastery has a residence of approximately 260 monks and has a numerous collection of some ancient murals.
Temi Tea Garden
The Temi Tea Garden in Ravangla, established in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim, is located in South Sikkim in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. It is the only tea garden in Sikkim and considered one of the best in India and in the world. Top quality tea is produced, which is in demand in the international market. The garden is laid over a gradually sloping hill. The tea produced in this garden is also partly marketed under the trade name “Temi Tea”.
The guidelines issued by the Institute of Marketology (IMO) of Switzerland to produce organic tea have been adopted in the Temi Tea Garden; a project initiated in April 2005 and nearing completion. In growing Organic Tea, agro-chemicals are avoided by the tea estates that results in low production costs. Many European countries and Japan have shown preference for tea produced by adopting organic manuring method.
Gurdwara Gurudongmaar Sahib Ji
This wonderful historical Gurudwara (Gurudongmaar) Sikhism is situated in Place Gurudongmaar Lake, which is a town in North Sikkim. Gurudongmaar located in this state at a distance of Approximately 150 km from the capital Gangtok, at an elevation of 18,000 feet alongside a glacial peak known by the same name. The local people of the area and Lamas of Karma-pa Nying-ma-pa Sect believed that Guru Nanak Dev Ji visit to these areas. The present Gurdwara structure was renovated by Jawan's of 22 Sikh Regiment (Indian Army) during own tenure from December 2009 to May 2011.