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Sightseeing Gangtok (Sikkim )

Rumtek Monastery

rumtek The largest monastery in the Eastern Himalaya, built by the Gyalwa Karmapa in strict accordance with the traditional designs of the monastery in Tibet. Rumtek is the seat of Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. This magnificent Gompa is only 24 km from the town.



Tsongo Lake

TSONGO LAKE Lying 40km northeast of Gangtok, it means `Source of the Lake` in Bhutia language. This placid lake is located at an altitude of 3780m and held to be sacred by the local people.



Nathula

NATHULA At an altitude of 14200ft, Nathula pass is the border between India and China in the Tibetan plateau. Only 56 km away from the Gangtok, tranquillity of this place is very charming. Waving Chinese soldiers and Chinese tourists on the other side of the border is an added attraction.



Namgayal Institute of Tibetology

NAMGAYAL INSTITUTE OF TIBETOLOGY Built in 1958, this is a unique institute for research into Mahayana Buddhism and the language and tradition of Tibet. This is a common destination for tourist itinerary in Gangtok. A renowned centre for Buddhist study, the institute houses a rare collection of Tibetan, Sanskrit and Lepcha manuscripts, statues, Thankas (tapestry used in Buddhist liturgy) as well as more than 200 Buddhist icons.



Enchey Monastery

ENCHEY MONASTERY This 200 year old monastery is famous for the mask dance called 'Cham' performed in the month of January. An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey Monastery meaning the Solitary temple, was originally built with the solace that no other construction would be allowed near it. Monasteries in Sikkim.



Flower Exhibition Centre

FLOWER EXHIBITION CENTRE Located near the White Hall Complex of Gangtok this place houses a variety of orchids, seasonal flowers as well as bonsai. It is open between April to June and September until the end of November. In recent years, this show has become quite popular and famous, as there are flower exhibitions throughout the year in accordance with the seasons and the flowers in bloom.



Do-Drul Chorten (stupa)

DO-DRUL CHORTEN (STUPA) This chorten houses the complete mandala sets of Darjee Phurba, a set of Holy Books, complete 'Zung' (mantras) and other religious objects. The Stupa was built by the venerable Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Around this Chorten are 10 Mani-Lhakor (prayer wheels).



Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

JAWAHARLAL NEHRU BOTANICAL GARDEN 24km away Gangtok, this garden is consist of temperate forest of Oaks and as many as 50 different kinds of trees species.



Tashi View Point

TASHI VIEW POINT Built by the late King of Sikkim Sri. Tashi Namgyal this viewpoint is at a distance of about 8km away from the town and offers good view of Mt. Siniolchu and Mt. Kanchenjunga.



Ganesh Tok

GANESH TOK This spot, 7km away from Gangtok, offers a bird's eye view of the town. There is a small temple of lord Ganesh at this place. It is on a hillock on Gangtok-Nathula Road.



Hanuman Tok

HANUMAN TOK Just above Ganesh Tok lays this viewpoint offering nice view of the mountains along the horizon and the Gangtok town, there is a Temple of Hanuman here.



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