EAST SIKKIM

 

Enchey Monastery

 

An important seat of the Nyingmapa order, the Enchey Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. This 200 year old monastery has in its premises images of gods, goddesses and other religious objects. Every year around January ‘Chaam’ or religious masked dances is performed here with great fanfare for two days.

 

 

 

Rumtek Monastery

 

The 24 km drive from the capital to Rumtek Monastery is, in itself, worth the effort. Changing vistas of mountains unfold at every bend and there are delightful vignettes of the hamlets and fields of the people of rural Sikkim. The original monastery was built by one of the rulers of Sikkim. When, however, His Holiness the late 16th Gyalwa Karampa left Tibet he built a new monastery, the Dharma Chakra Centre, reputedly replicating his former one.

 

Tsomgo Lake

 

It is located at a distance of 38 kms from Gangtok . This serene lake is situated at an altitude of 3780mtrs .The lake is about 1km long , oval in shape, 15 metres deep and is considered sacred by the local people . This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months . Between May and August, it is possible to see a variety of flowers in bloom, including the Rhododendrons, various species of Primulas, Blue and yellow Poppies, lrish etc . It is open for both the Foreigners and Indians . Foreign visitors have to be in a group of two or more and have to apply for the visitors’ permit through a registered travel agency .

 

 

Nathula

 

Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between China and India; the other two are Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh (or Lipulech) in Uttarakhand.[2] Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 following numerous bilateral trade agreements. The opening of the pass was expected to bolster the economy of the region and play a key role in the growing Sino-Indian trade but that has not happened.

 

 

Ropeway

 

This cable car ferries the tourists from Deorali via Hur Huray Dara near Sikkim Legislative Assembly to Tashiling Secretariat. Besides the thrill of the ride one can also enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the Gangtok hills .

 

 

 

 

Banjhakri Water Falls

 

Located en route to Ranka and 4 kms away from Gangtok, the Ban Jhakri Falls Energy Park, lies amidst a lush green valley spread over two acres, surrounded by trees and a gushing mountain river. The Park has a shamanistic theme. Hence, while the location of the Park penetrating the forest spreads seeks to enhance the essence of the occult and the unknown, the place itself is littered with ethnic sculptures and figurines of the jhakri culture.

 


Tashi View Point


It is situated along the North Sikkim Highway,it is only 8 kms from Gangtok.People come here to get a breathtaking view of Mt.Kanchenjunga,the third highest peak of the world. There is an observatory tower, cafeteria and public amenities. Ideal time to visit is morning.

 

 

 

 

Ganesh Tok (6100 ft.)

 

It is situated on a ridge at a distance of 7 kms from Gangtok.From this Marvellous spot one can get the amazing bird’s eye view of the sprawling Gangtok town,while across the hills Kanchendzonga and Mt.Sinolchu(the world’s most splendid mountain peak) loom over the horizon.There is also a cafeteria to enjoy your break with hot tea,coffee and snacks.



Hanuman Tok


11 kms away from Gangtok,above the Ganesh Tok is a Temple of Lord Hanuman where the devotees from all the parts of the country come to offer prayers.On a sunny morning view of the mountain along the horizon is magnificient.

 

 

 


Himalayan Zoological Park

It is the park with an area of 205 hectares,8 kms away from the Town Gangtok.The place is also known as Bulbulay. Bioparc with rare species like Red Panda, Monal-Pheasant, Snow Leopard,Spotted Dear,Himalayan Black bear,etc.,in a semi-natural habitat and many more animals found on high altitude.