East Sikkim is one of the four administrative districts in Sikkim and most populous among all. Gangtok is the capital town of East Sikkim and also the capital and headquarter of the state. East Sikkim is a favourite destination to travellers its natural beauty with amazing landscape and locations, water- bodies, various flora and fauna, along with a modern lifestyle in towns like Gangtok. There are several tourist places in East Sikkim which attract thousands of travellers every year.
Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake is located around 40 km away from Gangtok, at an altitude of 3780 m. Blue Whistling Thrush, Forktails, Brahminy Ducks and other birds can be seen here. There is a Shiva temple nearby this glacier fed lake and the location is considered to be a holy one.
Nathu La Pass is a part of the silk route, one of the oldest trading passes between India and Tibet. The location of this high altitude mountain pass falls under military area and special permission is needed to visit here. Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world, looks spectacular from this point.
Located on the Gangtok-Nathu La road Enchey Monastery is popularly known as ‘Solitary Monastery’. The Cham Dance festival, which is a great tourist attraction, is held every year on the 18 th and 19 th day of the 12 th Lunar month of Tibetan calendar.
Do-Drul Chorten is a very important tourist spot in East Sikkim,which is one of the biggest stupas there. The stupa is encircled by 108 prayer wheels. The stupas contain a set of Holy books, sacred Kan Gyur relics and the complete Zung/Mnatras and many more important things.
Situated in the opposite side of Ganesh Tok, the Himalayan Zoological Park preserves a huge amount of rare animals in an area of 205 hectares. Some of the star animals are red panda, blue sheep, mask deer, Himalayan black bear and others.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is widely famous as Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetoloty. This is a museum cum research centre made on the basis of Tibetan Buddhism. There are rare collection of Buddhist books along with 200 Buddhist icons, antiques and many artefacts. It is located in Gangtok.
Also known as Dharmachakra Centre, this monastery is among the most popular points of interest in the district of East Sikkim. The variety in the architectural designs includes murtis or idols of Buddhist deities and stupas. Rumtek Monastery serves as a Buddhist fortification of learning.
Run by the Indian Army, Hanuman Tok is elevated at 7500 ft altitude. Legend says that while returning with the Gandhamadan Parvat, containing Bishalyakarani, Lord Hanuman took rest in this place. The medicinal plant of Bishalyakarani was needed to save Lakshmana, Lord Rama’s brother.
Maintained by the forest department, the Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden is situated closer to rumtek Monastery. You can spot here a large variety of rare species of flowers, orchids, plants and trees of Himalayan region and the wide vegetation of temperate and tropical species.
Ganesh Tok is situated at 6500 ft altitude and the temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The building is quite small in size, but it serves as an excellent viewpoint. Tourists are mostly haunted by the surrounding view from here.
This viewpoint in East Sikkim district was built by Tashi Namgyal, the King of Sikkim. It was built to witness the majestic and astounding beauty of Mt Kanchenjunga, along with Phedong and Labrang monasteries.
The Aritar Lake is primarily famous for mesmerising atmosphere around. Besides, it is visited by several tourists because of the Lampokhari Tourism Festival, held in the months of March and early April. Other than that, you can go for horse-riding, paragliding, rock climbing, boating etc.
A symbol great devotion, dedication and patriotism, this temple is dedicated to the memory of a brave soldier of Indian regiment, Baba Harbhajan Singh, who died in Indo-China border here to protect his nation. Locals say that the temple has magical wish-fulfilling power.
Bakthang Waterfall is a suitable place to refresh your mind and body. As it is nicely hidden amidst the forest, the place is free from the chaos of random tourists. The name means ‘meadow in the forest’ according to local language. A natural spring nearby is the source of the waterfall; it falls down a rock formation and creates a small pool below.
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