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Place of Interest

The major tourist attractions of Sikkim & neighboring Darjeeling are:


EAST SIKKIM

1. Gangtok

With everything in just the right amount from a blend of cultural identities to urbanisation, Gangtok is a breathing and dynamic bit of paradise of the northeast India. It has an amazing view of mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Gangtok is abundant in natural beauty and has various natural attractions such as the Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi Viewpoint and more. Other places to visit include the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do DrulChorten, Rumtek Monastery and the MG Marg etc. Also, river Teesta is one of the best spots for white water rafting.


2. TSOMGO LAKE

 Perched between the mountains at a dizzying height of 12400 ft above sea level, the Tsomgo Lake is one of the few high-altitude lakes in India situated on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. Enveloped by steep snow-capped mountains and resting between a bright green carpet of alpine forests, the charming beauty of Tsongmo Lake is bound to leave you in awe. Tsongmo Lake is a glacial lake that derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains around it and is famous for its colour changing waters.


3. Natuhla

 Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border 14450 ft. above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most important Himalayan passes in the country. Nathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass”, the mountain pass is situated at a few miles away from Gangtok.Nathu La is one of three open trading border posts between India and China and is famous for its picturesque beauty and beautiful environment.


NORTH SIKKIM

1. Lachung

 Lachung is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border. The village is home to the 19th-century Buddhist Lachung Monastery, surrounded by apple orchards amidst snow-capped Himalayan peaks.




2. YUMTHANG VALLEY

 The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district. home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower.


3. LACHEN

 With a dramatic backdrop of pine-clad mountains and peaks covered in snow most of the year, Lachen is a picturesque village that has seen some development, but not enough to scar its natural beauty. Lachen and its environs include both the stunning Tsopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake.

 

WEST SIKKIM


1. Pelling

Pelling is a small town at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late-17th-century Buddhist SangaCholing Monastery has mountain views. Pemayangtse Monastery features wall paintings, sculptures and a gold-plated statue of Guru Padsambhava. Overlooking a valley, the 17th-century Rabdentse Palace, now in ruins was once the capital of Sikkim.


2. Yuksom

Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD. The coronation site of the first monarch of Sikkim is known as the “Throne of Norbugang”. The first monastery was at Yuksom in Sikkim known as the Dubdi Monastery which is part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit with the Khecheopalri Lake, and the Tashiding Monastery. Being at the head of the Khangchendzonga National Park it is also the base camp for trekking to Kangchenjunga.

 

SOUTH SIKKIM

1. Namchi

Namchi, is a prosperous market town which literally means “Top of the Sky.” The main tourist attractions of Namchi are the two gigantic statues of Guru Rinpoche at Samdruptse and Lord Shiva at ChaarDham, facing off from opposite hillsides across Namchi and attract several tourists every year. Set in a scenic environment, Namchi provides you a beautiful view of the Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley. You can also visit the SherdupChoeling Monastery and the DichenChoeling monastery over here.


2. RAVANGLA

 Ravangla is a petite town located in South Sikkim, with a phenomenal view of high-forested hills, rolling valleys marked with village huts. Ravangla provides breathtaking sights of mountains Pandim, Kabru, Sinialchu and many others. Buddha Park, also known as TathagataTsal, this is the main attraction in Ravangla. As the name suggests, this park features a striking 130 feet high statue of Lord Buddha as its centerpiece.


2. TAREY BHIR

 TareyBhir is an amazing point of attraction for people who adore natural thrill. It is situated on a beautiful locale near a rural hamlet called Sadam, which is about 18 km away from Namchi. The word ‘Bhir’ means cliff in the local Nepal language. Itis a 3 km long ridge with a 3500 ft drop at the end with a breath-taking viewpoint at the edge from where people can get spectacular views of the river valleys below, the lush green forest coverage, panoramic view of the confluence of the two rivers of Sikkim, Teesta and Rangit.


DARJEELING

Darjeeling – is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. Its just 2.5-3 hr drive from Gangtok. Watching SUNRISE from Tiger Hills is an awesome experience