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East Sikkim

The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, is situated in the eastern part of the state at 5,800 ft. Gangtok is the hub of all administrative activities. Among others the Rumtek monastery, Tibetology, Handicraft centre, etc. Visiting Tashi View Point for sunrise along with Phodong monastery is a must for thje tourists.

Rumtek Monastery It is located at 24 kms distance from Gangtok. It is one of the largest monastery of Eastern Himalaya.It was constructed by His Holiness the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1960. It is believed that the monastery is an excellent replica of the original Kagyurpa Monastery in Tsurphu, Tibet.

Enchey Monastery This is an ancient, almost 200 year old monastery, which was built by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. Every year in January the famous mask dance 'Cham' is performed here.

Do-Drul Chorten was built in 1945. Inside Chorten, there are complete mandals sets of Darjee Phurba a set of Kangyar relics (Holy books), complete Zung (mantras) etc.

Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology (SRIT) It is a treasure house of rare Tibetan, Sanskrit & Lepcha Manuscript, statues, Thankas and more than 200 Buddhist Icon. It is a renowned centre for the study Buddhist philosophy and religion.

Institute of Handicrafts and Handlooms : This institute have been established by the Sikkim Government to promote and keep alive the States traditional art and craft and one can experience the

Saramsa Garden A home of Sikkim's many exotic orchids.
Tashi View Point From this sunrise point you can see Khangchendzonga and other peaks of the Himalaya at its best. It is a rare point where colour changes on the snow clad mountain there.

White hall complex This is a famous for a orchid garden.

Ganeshtok It is situated on a ridge at a distance of only seven kilometers from Gangtok. From this viewpoint, one can get bird’s eye view of sprawling Gangtok town. While across the hills Mt Kanchendzonga and Mt Siniolchu loom over the horizon.

Hanumantok It is 11 km away from Gangtok town. Above Ganeshtok, it has a temple of Lord Hanuman where the devotees come and offer prayers.

Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary (WLS) This WLS is 25 kms from Gangtok and has an area of 51.76 sq. km. The main vegetation is Oak, Katus, Kimbu, Champ, Bamboo, Wild orchids, Rhododendrons etc.

 
Tsongo Lake:
With an average depth of 50 feet, this lake is situated 35 kilometres from Gangtok at an altitude of 12,000 feet on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. Enroute to Tsomgo lies the unique high altitude Kyongonsla Alpine sanctuary, home of the Red Panda and the Blood Pheasant, which are the state animal and the state bird respectively. It is cool, placid water is in the perfect harmony with the scenic beauty around. From October to May the lake remains frozen every year from May to September one can see Rhododendrons, Primulas, Red Pandas, blue and yellow poppies. An Yak Safari amidst the snow clad mystique land is simply enchanting.
  Nathula Pass:
Part of the ancient silk route, trhe way to Nathula Pass is a steep journey. The zig-zag track become steeper as it leaves Gangtok. The landscape becomes sublime with every inch of ascent till iot reaches the calm waters of the Lake, Nuk Tanyi in aregion, bleak and dismal. From the summit, two roads from both Jelap and Nathu La passes unite in a track leading to the Chumbi valley of Tibet, on the other yawning abyss of ravines and gorges.

West Sikkim

If you are in search of adventure, the West Sikkim is the place you must go. West district is wild and free as it is the base from where all treks of the majestic Himalayan begin.
Whether it is white water rafting down the frothing waters to the Teesta and Rangit or trekking through the beauty of the Rhododendron forests, the western district has it all.

Pemayangtse Monastery It is the oldest monastery of Sikkim established by Lhatun Chempo, one of the revered Lamas to have performed the consecration ceremory of the first Chogyal (Religious Monarch) of Sikkim. This ancient monastery belonging to the Nyingma Sect has been considered as one of the premier monastery in the State. It belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is located at hilltop of 6840 ft. From the monastery one can have a panoramic view of Himalayas. It is a monastery of wooden structure.

Rabdantse Ruins It was the second capital of erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom. The magnificent view of Kanchendzonga could be seen from here.

Pelling Pelling is a fast growing urban settlement. It is located at an altitude of 6,100 ft, the nearest point from Mt.Khangchendzonga, offers a good sunrise and all day long view of the Mountain.

Sangachoeling Monastery It was built in 1697 AD. To reach this Monastery one has to trek for 40 minutes through the steep hilly slope.

Khecheopalri Lake About 25 kilometres from Pelling, this is a sacred lake of the state held in high esteem by both the Buddhists and Hindus. The lake remains hidden under the forest cover. The lake is always crystal clean as birds do not allow a single leaf to float on the lake.

Yuksom This was the first capital of Sikkim where the first Chogyal kingodm of Sikkim was coronated in 1641 AD by three learned Lamas. The evidence of coronation is still intact at Norbugang Chorten.

Dudbi Monastery This monastery was established soon after the coronation ceremony of first Chogyal. A trek of 35 minutes through the steep slope will take you to this monastery. It is an ideal place for meditation.

Tashiding Monastery According to Buddhist scripture Guru Padma Sambhava (Guru Rimpocha) blessed the sacred land of Sikkim in 8th century from here. So, a Monastery was built there in 18th century AD. Tashiding has a holy chorten and it is famous for 'Bhumchu' festival i.e., sacred water festival.

 
 

South Sikkim
Some of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim are located in this part of the state.in a big way here with a base camp being set up at Ravangla for treks upto Maenam ands Tendong hill, the root of Lepcha folklore. One can also induldge in mountain biking and natural trails here.

Namchi is located at an altitude of 5500 ft and it has a panoramic view of snowcapped mountains.

Tendong Hill It is situated at an 8530 ft. altitude. It is a place of recluse for Buddhist lamas. It is associated with the legends of Lepcha.

Temi Tea Garden Only tea estate of Sikkim where one can see tea plantation, cultivation, production, processing and testing facilities together.

Ravangla It is famous for its scenic beauty which is a combination of green forest, rocky and snowy mountain.

Maenam Hill is situated at a 10,300 ft. altitude. On a clear sunny day you can see the plains of Bengal, Kalimpong and Darjeeling hills and Indo-China border.

Borong is a small Sikkimese village with a picturesque landscape. There is a hot spring, which is known as 'Borong-Tisa-Chu'.

Varshay It is located at an 10,000ft altitude. A motorable road will connect you upto hilley and then an easy 4 km trek takes you to Varshay Rhododendron Sanctuary.


North Sikkim
This part of Sikkim is most beautiful. It can be called a Nature lover’s heaven. Yumthang is known for its panoramic valley of flowers. During the spring, the lush meadows abound with delicate wildflowers that carpet the valley floor in a rich riot of colours. A must-see here is the Hot Springs and the vibrant Sikkimese tribal culture and customs.

Yumthang Valley You can go to Switzerland in India—Yumthang. It is at an altitude of 12,000 ft, situated about 135 km from Gangtok. Yumthang is on a flat valley and near the tree line, surrounding mountains seems to kiss the heavens. The route of Yumthang from Lachung has a very picturesque landscape and is dotted with Rhododendrons and 108 other types of Orchids. Sikkim is famous for its orchids. Orchids bloom in different colours from April to May. A tourist can come here for a lifetime experience.
Special permits are required to visit this spot. April and May promises colourful flowers, where as November end to March usually sees snows. Simple village folks are spread scarcely in the region.

Phurchachu Hot Spring
The hot spring located about 25 kilometres from Gyalshing near Reshi of the River Rangit. Water of this spring has high medicinal value containing sulphur. People from neighbouring Darjeeling and come to this place in winter and enjoy bathing in the hot watere.