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East Sikkim Tourism
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East Sikkim Tourism
East Sikkim is one of the four districts of the state which is the south-east part of Sikkim. The capital city of Sikkim – Gangtok, is located in this part of the Sikkim and this part is also the hub of all the administrative activities on the state. Most of the tourists explore East Sikkim Tourism as this part of the state happens to be the most popular part of the state. East Sikkim Tourism has a number of great tourist attractions where people visit and explore the culture, history and heritage. Below given is the list of these destinations
The Enchey Monastery, or more popularly known as the “Solitary Monastery”, is located above Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. The monastery was set up by around a small hamlet of Gangktok around the year 1909 and soon grew into a famous religious centre. The monastery is said to be blessed by Lama DrupthobKarpo, a renowned tantric. Located on the Gangtok- Nathula road, the monastery provides a spectacular view of the Kanchendzonga peak. Also famous is the annual Cham dance festival that is held on the 18th and 19th day of the 12th Lunar month of Tibetan Calendar.
The famous flower complex is situated near the white hall complex in the capital of the state of Gangtok, Sikkim. Throughout the year various flower exhibitions and orchid shows are organized which have slowly turned the complex into a very popular tourist attraction. One can easily find many varieties if Orchids and flowers in the complex all throughout the year, though the best time to visit the region is during the months of April and May. The spring season sees many orchids’ shows being organized along with the government organized annual flower show contest which sees many of Sikkim’s neighbouring states participating.
Cottage industries have been an important part of the culture of the state of Sikkim. The cottage industry has been a major contributor to the economy of the state since a long time. The government renamed it as the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms or more commonly known as the Government Institute of cottage industries. It was started to protect, preserve and propagate the Sikkimese arts and handicrafts and also to provide the talented local artists of the state with a market. The furniture, handlooms, carpets, shawls and souvenirs that come out of the cottage industry are a major tourist attraction for people visiting the state
Do-Drul Chorten, is one of the famous Stupas, the Buddhist relics spread all over the country. Built by the head of Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism – Trulshi Rimpoche, Do-Drul Chorten is one of the biggest and most important Stupas found in the region. A major tourist attraction in the state, it was built around the year 1945. It is encircled by 108 prayer wheels and attracts large number of pilgrims and tourists alike. The Stupa contains a set of Holy books and many other religious objects including the sacred Kan-Gyur relics and the complete Zung/Mantras.
Sikkim research Institute of Tibetology:
Sikkim research Institute of Tibetology or more commonly known as the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, is a museum and research institute situated in Gangktok, the capital city of state of Sikkim. Located about a kilometer downhill from the main market of Gangtok, among beautiful oak trees, the institute is held as the leading research institute in the field of Buddhist culture and language. The institute was first opened in the year 1958 and currently houses more than 200 Buddhist icons, antiques and artifacts. It also has a very rare collection of Buddhist books and plans are currently underway to digitize them.
Rumtek monastery is a gompa, a Buddhist fortification for learning .Their design varies from region to region and the architecture includes stupas and murtis/idols of Buddhist deities. It is located in Gangtok, India and is also known as Dharmachakra Centre. The monastery was built by Changchub Dorje, 12th Karmapa Lama, in 1700s and is a major tourist attraction. The construction of the monastery spanned over a period of four years during which sacred items and relics were brought in from Tsurphu monastery making it the largest monastery in Sikkim. The monastery also serves as a home to many monks who perform their rituals and practices of karma
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden:
Maintained by the Forest Department, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is located very close to Rumtek Monastery. A walk through the Botanical Garden will prove to be a surreal experience with its rare species of flowers, plants and trees, and Orchids of the Himalayan regions. The garden has both tropical and temperate species of lush vegetation. It also houses a Greenhouse, which contains varieties of orchids. For travellers with children, there is a small recreation centre for children in the Garden.
If you are not afraid of heights and would like to have a bird’s eye view of the city’s valley, you have to take the Gangtok Ropeway. It covers a distance of 1 km. The lowest station is at Deorali Market; the second station is called Nam Nang, and the highest station terminates below the Secretariat (Tashiling). The traveller can get off at any station to further explore the areas.
Saramsa Garden is also known as Ipecac Garden. It is home to the state’s most exotic orchids and rare tropical and temperate plants. The Garden has sections termed as blocks. There is a nursery and a Convention Centre as you enter the Garden. Once you cross this, there is a mini foot bridge over a mini pool that leads to the hedges which are shaped differently. There is also a dense canopy of trees which the sunlight can barely penetrate. Saramsa Garden is the perfect place for a solitary or a romantic stroll in the greenery.
This is an excellent picnic spot, especially for travelers with children. There is a small swimming pool for the children. It also has a cafeteria in case you run out of food.
Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this Temple stands at an altitude of 6500 feet. The Temple is quite small; so small that it cannot even accommodate a person. The view from this height, however, is absolutely mesmerizing. Apart from the views of the valley, travellers can also see Kanchenjunga. If travellers wish to carry tokens, there is a souvenir shop. There is also a cafeteria in case you start feeling hungry after the climb to the Temple.
Tashi View Point:
Tashi View Point was built by the King of Sikkim, Tashi Namgyal. On a clear day, witnessing the sunrise from this point will leave you speechless and spellbound. It offers a majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. You can even see the Phodong and Labrang Monasteries from this vantage point. There is the resting point that offers amenities like refreshments and shelter to travellers.
Located at an altitude of 7500 feet, this Temple is dedicated to the Hindu God, Lord Hanuman. According to mythology, Lord Hanuman, on his return journey with Sanjavanee to save Lakshmana, Lord Ram’s brother, rested here where the Temple is now located. The Temple is managed and run by the Indian Army. On the way to this Temple, beautiful views of the Gangtok Valley and the surrounding hills can be seen. Near the Hanuman Temple, there is a cremation ground of the Royal Family of the Namgyal Dynasty. The many stupas here mark the places where the family’s last rites were performed.
Himalayan Zoological Park:
The Himalayan Zoological Park is located opposite Ganesh Tok, covering an area of 205 hectares. The Park was established with the purpose of preserving Wildlife in its natural habitat. Thus, the animals that are kept here live in environments which simulate their natural habitats. You can view the Red Panda, Blue Sheep, Musk Deer, Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, etc. Since the enclosures are big, visitors have to be patient to get a glimpse of the animals. If you are a Wildlife lover or are into Wildlife photography, visit the Himalayan Zoological Park.
Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary:
A must visit place for all nature lovers; the Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its varieties of both flora and fauna. Flora like Rhododendrons, Bamboo, Ferns, Oak, etc. and fauna like Red Panda, Himalayan Bear, etc. can be found here. The Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to a variety of species of butterflies and birds. The diverse flora and fauna is as a result of its changing topography from 4200 feet to 7000 feet. Tinjure is the Sanctuary’s highest point at 7000 feet. It has a wooden observation deck managed by the Forest Department.
Established in the year 1981, H.E. Tingkye Gonjang Rimpoche is the founder of this Monastery. He is believed to be the reincarnations of Yolmo Terton Ngakchang Shakya Zangpro, who was a 15th century Nyingmapa (one of the oldest schools of Tibetan Buddhism) Terton. It is a prime centre for Buddhist learning in the state. On the occasion of Buddha Purnima, a festival called the ‘Saga Dawa’ is celebrated here. On this day, Gonjang Rimpoche gives a religious discourse to the many devotees who attend to get his blessings.
‘Bak’ means forest and ‘thang’ means a meadow, in the local language. Bakthang Waterfalls falls down a rock formation, creating a small pool below. The source of this waterfall is a natural spring which originates from dense vegetation preserved as Smriti Ban by the Forest Department. Hidden from the crowds and the urban development, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic. The place also offers a cafeteria and local photography where visitors can click photos with the falls in local costumes. For adventurous travellers, they can try rappelling which is organized by the Local Tourism Committee.
This is an institute for refugees established in 1961 by His Eminence Luding Khen Rimpoche and Lama Kunga Yonten Hochotshang. This is the only centre dedicated to the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism in the state. It was blessed by the H.H. Sakya Trizin, the supreme head of the Order and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Aritar Lake is located in the eastern part of Sikkim into the lap of lush green trees, paddy fields and amazing lake views. It showcases the beautiful treasure of forests and hills together. The lake is associated with historical and natural beauty which makes it an incredible destination for visitors. Other than bliss for nature lovers, the place is also famous for the Lampokhari Tourism Festival, which is held in the months of March and early April and is famous for boating, horse riding, rock climbing, paragliding and many such fun activities.
Tsomgo Lake is a very famous tourist spot attracting visitors with its interesting history and scenic beauty. “Tsomgo” in Bhutia language means origin of lake and it is considered as a holy place by the local people. It also houses a beautiful Shiva Temple on its lakeside. Plants like Primula flowers and many more grow in the vicinity to add beauty to the incredible lake sight. Brahminy ducks and various types of migratory birds are also found around attracting a large number of visitors.
The beautiful Nathula Pass is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of Sikkim which connects India with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The mountain pass is famous for its association with the ancient history, which was serving as a trade link between Indo-Chinese border. It is also ranked as one of the highest passes which can be accessed via a road. It is one of the oldest trading border posts which connect Tibet and India. It has military bunkers, army exhibition Centre and a war memorial exhibiting the old methods of trade.
Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple
The Temple is built in the memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh, who was a sepoy of the 23rd Punjab regiment who died while protecting the country serving his duty on India-China border. The place is an image of great devotion and every day it is visited by thousands of devotees and is a popular pilgrim Centre of Sikkim. It is also believed that Temple has amazing wish fulfilling magical powers and is a symbol of patriotism and devotion. Known for its interesting story and devotion, it is one of the most attractive spot for visitors.
It is a treasure of scenic beauty. It gives an epic and everlasting view of beautiful snow hugged mountains and also the highest peak Mt. Kanchenjunga and many of its allied peaks. The valley is also famous for the beautiful war memorial of a British soldier who fought the battle of Tukla. It gives a panoramic view in the months of September-October when the mountains are covered of snow with the red local flowers grown in the vicinity. The valley is truly a heaven for nature lovers and thus it is been attracting visitors for long.