Gangtok

Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges.

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Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Gangtok
64 kms from Gangtok city limits

Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple is one of its kind and one of the most revered temples of the region. It is on the way to Nathu la and Jelep la Pass and is located at a distance of 64 kms from the city of Gangtok.

The memorial temple is dedicated to the most celebrated army soldier, Baba Harbhajan Singh, who is also referred to as the 'Hero of Nathu la'. There are many tales that surround this temple. It is believed that Baba's spirit still moves around in this area and protects the soldiers. Some soldiers also believe that, whenever there is a possibility of war, Baba warns the...

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Bakthang Waterfall
3 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Bakthang waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls of the Gangtok city. These splashing waterfalls attract many tourists and locals equally. They are located at a distance of 3 kms from the city of Gangtok on the North Sikkim highway and takes about 20 minutes to reach there.

Bakthang waterfalls – in the local language of Sikkim, 'Bak' stands for forest and 'thang' stands for meadows. Standing true to its name, the waterfalls are spectacularly situated mesmerising a number of its visitors. These falls originate from a point called Ratey Chu, which is accessible only by a few. T...

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Ban Jhakri Falls
8 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Ban Jhakri falls of Gangtok are one of the most famous waterfalls of the Sikkim state. It is natural, breathtakingly beautiful and unique in its own way. It is located at a distance of 8 kms from the city of Gangtok and takes around half an hour to reach there.

Ban Jhakri stands for 'Jungle Priest' or 'Jungle Magician' in the local language. According to the Sikkim folklore, Ban Jhakri was a person who is believed to have mastered the art of dealing with evil spirits. People of the region still believe him to be protecting them from the bad spirits. The mesmerising waterfalls fall fr...

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Cholamu Lake
195 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Tso Lhamo lake or Chho Lhamo, other given names for Cholamu Lake, is located at a distance of 195 kms from the city of Gangtok.

Considered to be one of the highest lakes in the world, Cholamu lake is situated at an altitude of approximately 5,330 meters or 17,490 feet. It is, given the altitude, not surprisingly the 14th highest lake in the world. That in itself will excite anyone that plans to visit the lake. Located at close proximity with the Tibetan border, the moderately sized lake is off bound to most tourists. Special permits need to be acquired before visiting the place....

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Deorali Orchid Sanctuary
5.1 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Deorali Orchid Sanctuary, which is adjacent to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, is located at a distance of approximately 5. 1 kms from the city of Gangtok.

The Deorali Orchid Sanctuary, however, houses about 450-454 species of orchids. The sanctuary ensures that orchid diversity is preserved. The climate of the region is ideal for the flowers to bloom and promotes a healthy crop. Orchids come in various beautiful colours, shapes and sizes, each equally alluring to the eye. The fragrance of these flowers is sweet and sensuous. This sanctuary is sure to be a delight for the n...

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Do Dul Chorten
2 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Do Dul Chorten is an old stupa located in Tadong, Sikkim. It is situated 2 Kms from Gangtok and is easy to reach by road.

Do Dul Chorten was built by Trulshik Rinpoche, a Buddhist spiritual leader in 1945. It enshrines the deity of Dorjee Phurpa or Vajra Kilaya. Therefore, the stupa is also known as Phurpa. Do Dul Chorten is situated on a hill. One has to climb a very steep pathway to reach there. The stupa is a brilliant archaic structure. Many Buddhist relics and holy books are kept inside the stupa. The stupa is surrounded by two statues named Chorten Lakhang and Guru Lakhang. T...

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Enchey monastery is a small Buddhist monastery in Sikkim. It is 3 Kms from Gangtok.

Enchey monastery was built in 1804 and was later renovated by Lama Drupthob Karpo in 1909. It is dedicated to Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava. It is located on a small hill and you have to climb a steep staircase to reach there. The monastery was the only structure on the hill when it was built. Hence it is called Enchey monastery, which means 'solitary monastery' in Sikkimese. The Kanchenjunga range is visible from this hill. The way leading to the monastery has a number of prayer wheel...

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Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary
20 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of approximately 20 km from the city of Gangtok, Sikkim.

Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary is a reservation known for its diverse fauna and flora and wildlife alike. The sanctuary occupies an area of about 52 sq km or 12849. 5 acre, which is quite extensive. It is located at an altitude of 1524 to 2749 meters, or 5000 to 9019 feet. Special permits are needed to be acquired by the national, as well as foreign tourists that wish to visit the sanctuary, from the the Chief Wildlife Warden at the Forest Department. There are various ...

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Ganesh Tok is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha in Gangtok. It is located on a hill in Gangot-Nathula road, 6 kms from the main town of Gangtok.

Ganesh Tok is located on an altitude of 6500 ft from sea level. One has to climb stairs of around 1 Km to reach the temple. The way to the temple is decorated with prayer flags, a sight not seen in other Ganesh temples. The temple hill is surrounded by pine trees. The temple is so small that only one person can enter it at a time. One has to crawl to get inside the temple. Another attraction of the temple is its viewing lounge. It i...

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Gonjang Monastery
7.6 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Gonjang Monastery, also known as Tingkye Gonjang Monastery, is located at a distance of 7. 6 kms from the city of Gangtok.

The founder of the monastery, H. E. Tingkye Gonjang Rimpoche, was said to be the incarnation of a fifteenth century century Nyingmapa Terton, Yolmo Terton Ngakchang Shakya Zangpo. The monastery received the blessings of H. H. Dalai Lama in 1981. The idols of the three founding fathers of Tibetan Buddhism from the 8th century, Khen-lop Cho-Sum, are built inside the monastery. Je-bang Nyer-Nga, the twenty five disciples of Guru Padmasambhava, have their statue...

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Himalayan zoological park or Gangtok zoo is situated in Bulbulay. It is 6 Kms from Gangtok.

Himalayan zoological park is a spacious, well-maintained zoo established in 1991. It is the first zoological park with a natural habitat in North-east India. It is spread across 230 hectres of forest. The elevations of the park range from 6,500 feet to 8,000 feet. It is located near the Ganesh Tok temple. It is home to rare animals like red panda, dotted Leopard, snow leopard, civet cat, Tibetan wolfs, Royal Bengal tiger and Himalayan bear. It also protects a variety of birds including Golde...

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Jawaharlal botanical garden is a plant observatory located on the way to Rumtek monastery. It is 22 kms from Gangtok .

Jawaharlal botanical garden was established in 1987. It is a beautiful place with huge trees and charming plants. These include the exotic varieties of the Himalayas including orchids, tulips, tiger lilies, cedars and also the temperate varieties of oaks. There are more than 50 species of trees and 1. 5 lakh ornamental plants. The flowering plants are kept in a spacious glass house. A few little streams flow through the garden. It also has a beautiful fountain insi...

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Kanchenjunga
150 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Kanchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world. It is spread across Nepal and the North Sikkim district of Sikkim. It is around 150 kms from Gangtok.

Kanchenjunga is 28,169 feet high. It is the highest mountain of the Himalayas after the Mount Everest. It has five peaks. Hence it got the name Kanchenjunga, which means 'five treasures of snow'. Among them three lie in the border of Nepal and Sikkim. The mountain is worshipped by the natives of Sikkim. Kanchenjunga is a habitat for rare species of flora and fauna including snow leopard, white panda, orchids etc. It also has ...

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Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve is a protective area of the Himalayan flora and fauna in Sikkim. It is situated 300 kms from Gangtok.

Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve was established in 1977. It was included in the World Heritage Sights list of UNESCO in 2016. The reserve is 849. 5 sq. Km in area. The reserve is a home to indigenous Himalayan flora and fauna like birch, maple, snow leopard, clouded leopard, musk deer etc. Around 550 species of birds including Himalayan griffon, green pigeon and Tibetan snowcock are found here. It also contain Zemu glacier, the largest glacier in...

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A drive of nearly 138 kms west from the city of Gangtok will bring you to the Khecheopalri Lake, a place divine in both its legends and looks.

The lake is associated with Padmasambhava, a historical Buddhist master credited with building the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. The lake and its surrounding hills are also considered sacred by Hindus. Many locals believe in that the site possesses the capacity to grant wishes. The lake has an irregular infinity shape, and lush green forests surround create a ring of flora around it. A picturesque wooden bridge brings one to its very ed...

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Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary
6.6 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is located at a distance of 6. 6 kms from the city of Gangtok, Sikkim.

Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve, near the Rong Chu Valley and Lake Tsomgo. It sprawls across an area of 31 sq km, or 7660 acres. It is located at an altitude of 3292 to 4116 meters or 10800 to 13503 feet. The sanctuary is known for its diverse flora and fauna, as well as the wildlife. Tall junipers, Rhododendron, endangered species of ground orchid, silver fir are seen in a large number. Different species of primulas, irises, wild strawberries, poppies, pseudo-gin...

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Kyongnosla Waterfall
32.5 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Kyongnosla Waterfall, a popular tourist destination, is located at a distance of 32. 5 kms from the city of Gangtok, Sikkim.

Kyongnosla Waterfall lies on the way to Nathula Pass (which connect Sikkim (India) to China's Tibet autonomous region), in Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary. The waterfall has a peak height of over ten thousand feet (around 10,375 feet or 3162. 3 meters to be exact). The water gushing from the top of the waterfall, set amidst lush greenery, makes for a spectacular view. The water is ice cold and the sound of water hitting the rocks is a whole different experienc...

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Lachung
116 kms from Gangtok city limits
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The hill station of Lachung is located at a distance of 116 kms from the city of Gangtok. A definitive place for a charming experience, the small town boasts of several attractions.

The first is the beauty of the place itself. Located at an altitude of 8,610 feet, Lachung (meaning 'small pass') is ringed by hills and provides a stunning view of rivers and snow topped mountains. A monastery located nearby provides a serene getaway and the chance to indulge in some Buddhist traditions. The wall murals and ancient statues are also major highlights. Local culture is best observed at th...

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Mayfair Gangtok Casino Mahjong
10.7 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Located at a distance of 10. 7 kms from the city of Gangtok, the Mayfair Gangtok Casino Mahjong is an eclectic mix of gaming tables, slot machines, live entertainment and food buffet, giving visitors the ultimate nightlife experience.

Providing hospitality at its finest, the casino is spread over an area of 7,000 sq. feet, featuring a grand colonial style with artistic inspirations from monastery architecture. Fifteen live gaming tables allow visitors to go head to head with other competitors in poker games, or to test their luck at roulette and black jack. Slot machines are avail...

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Menmecho Lake
61.9 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Menmecho lake is located at a distance of 61. 9 kms from the city of Gangtok in Sikkim.

Menmecho lake, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sikkim, is situated at a staggering height of 12,500 feet or 3810 meters. It is located somewhere in between when on your way from Zuluk to Gangtok. This lake lies cradled in the midst of rocky mountains, deep slopes and pine forests, under the Jelepla pass. The forests are largely unexplored and bustling with nature’s creations. Water from Menmecho lake is the source for river Rangpo-chu ('chu' literally means river), it also s...

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MG Road, Gangtok
5.4 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Sharing name with numerous other roads of India, the MG Road at Gangtok is made unique by the shopping experience it provides. It is located at a distance of 5. 4 kms from the heart of the city.

Styled like an open boulevard, the road is a straight, tiled pathway divided into two by beautiful shrubbery. Victorian style street lamps provide a throwback charm. Well spaced, the road's beauty is further enhanced by the façade of the buildings, all of which are brightly colored in pastel shades. Green trees and hills make a backdrop. The shops provide a great variety of buys. Great care...

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Mt. Katao
144 kms from Gangtok city limits
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The peak of Mt. Katao is located in north-Sikkim near the border of Tibet and China, at a distance of nearly 144 kms from the city of Gangtok.

A mesmerising winter wonderland, the mountain is almost always snow-covered with brave trees and shrubs providing a break in the white scenery. Nature lovers may recognize poppy, primula and rhododendron among the plants. Breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks are visible on every corner, and a waterfall is the highlight.

Alongside snowball fights and nature photography, one can indulge in other snow games too – the area pr...

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The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is located at a distance of 5. 4 kms from the city of Gangtok, and provides rich details about the culture and people of Tibet.

Founded in 1958, the institute was funded in part by Sir Tashi Namgyal, with the 10th Dalai Lama and Prime Minister Nehru aiding the inaugural process. The building encapsulates a beautiful traditional style with a dual red and white tone, slanting roofs, and colourful decoration on gold panels above the main doorway. Though small, the institute has been very active in its efforts. It has the largest collection of Tibeta...

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Nathu La
56.3 kms from Gangtok city limits
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The The Nathu La pass is located at a distance of 56. 3 kms from the city of Gangtok, at an altitude that crosses over 14,000 feet.

A part of the historical Silk Road, the pass was the main passage for silk, gold and daily essential items to travel between India and Tibet. Closed post the Indo-China war of 1962, the pass was opened to restricted business again in June 2006. Today, a war memorial marks the resting spot of martyrs, and soldiers not only protect the border, but also take care of the visitors that pass by. The road to Nathu La in itself is an adventure. Many might to n...

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Ngadak monastery
82.9 kms from Gangtok city limits
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A drive of 82. 9 kms from the city of Gangtok will lead you to the Ngadak monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim.

The hill on which the monastery is located provides a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding area. The monastery itself if an imposing, grand building with a flat roof. Painted primarily in black and white, the outer façade is decorated with elaborate paintings. The interior is even more ornate, and one can spend hours admiring the designs and the stories behind them. When the building was constructed back in the 17th century, it was meant to serve as a...

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The Pemayangtse Monastery is located at a drive of 114 kms from the city of Gangtok.

Built in the 1700s, the monastery is one of the oldest and most respected of the state of Sikkim. Designed in the traditional Tibetan style, the monastery is painted brown, black and white, with a gold rooftop. The pillars and windows are intricately decorated. The three storied structure provides one the chance to view statues, sculptures, paintings and scriptures, and woodworks alongside the frescos that adorn the interior walls. The main prayer hall, nearly 1500 sq. feet in size, has the most be...

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Phensong Monastery
27.2 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Phensong Monastery is located at a distance of 27. 2 kms from the city of Gangtok, Sikkim.

The Phensong Monastery, also known as Phensang Sangag Choling Monastery, was founded by Jigmed Pawo, the third Lhatsun, in 1721 A. D. , when he was on his way to the Northern Zone. It is located on the slopes that are spread from Kabi to Phodong. The terrain around the monastery is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent of all monasteries. It is one of the largest monasteries in Sikkim, and also has the highest number of monks. It was rebuilt in 1840 to shelter a larger number of monks. Q...

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Located at a drive of almost 80 kms from the city of Gangtok are the Phurchachu Hot Springs, a combination of healing, local folklore and scenic beauty.

Nestled among the green covered mountains, the hot springs are a source of warmth throughout the year, and are fed by underground water channels. Cut off from the roads, they are accessible only through a climb through some wooden stairs, creating a feeling of safe isolation from civilization. The springs are located near the 4 Holy Caves, which are, according to local legends, the dwelling place of faeries. Alongside the springs i...

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Ranka Monastery
14 kms from Gangtok city limits
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At a distance of 14 kms from the city of Gangtok lies the Ranka Monastery, a Buddhist place of worship. It is also known as the Lingdum Monastery.

A colourful, oriental style building, the monastery pops out amongst a backdrop of deep green trees. The spacious courtyard is paved with flat grey stone, and in the middle is a pillar topped by an ornate statue. The walls depict various scenes with animals and humans on a blue backdrop. Though the road to it is tough and treacherous, the monastery compensates you for every pain you take. Warm, friendly monks populate the place and their...

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The Ridge Park is located at a distance of 4. 6 kms from the city of Gangtok. A delightful location, it is the epitome of man and nature coming together to build something beautiful.

The park is located in on a flat stretch of road above the city, flanked by the chief minister's residence and the White Hall. The park itself is an abode of greenery, full of trees, shrubs, and inviting grass. Cobbled and paved pathways allow access to the various sections, and bright, colourful flowers are to be found everywhere. The altitude means that the whether remains pleasant and you will alway...

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Rumtek Monastery
22.4 kms from Gangtok city limits
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The Rumtek Monastery, the symbolic stronghold of the Kargyu sect of Buddhism, is located at a distance of 22. 4 kms from the city of Gangtok.

Perched atop a mountain, the monastery is a three story building with an arresting architecture. Decorated with delicate, colourful patterns and covered with cloth drapes, the building resembles the original located in Tibet. The interior is just as ornate, decorated with murals and frescos depicting themes of Buddhism. Originally built during the 1700s, it underwent extensive renovations during the 1960s under the supervision of 16th Karampa...

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Saramsa Garden, Gangtok
14.1 kms from Gangtok city limits
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The Saramsa Garden is located at a distance of 14. 1 kms from the city of Gangtok. As multifunctional as it is beautiful, it is one of the top spots of the city.

Established in 1922, the location has had a long, interesting history. Once a plot of land that grew fruits for colonial officers, it later became known for its medicinal plant ipecacuanha. Today, it stands as a pleasure park, hosting a multitude of orchid varieties. A lush green carpet supports on top of fit many trees and shrubs, statues, old-world style streetlights and small resting huts and a mini pond. It also provid...

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Seven Sisters Waterfall
33.2 kms from Gangtok city limits
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At a drive of 33. 2 kms from the city of Gangtok on the Gangtok-Lachung highway lie the picturesque Seven Sister Waterfalls.

As the name gives away, the site has seven small waterfalls arranged together to form an ethereal view. Up close, you will be greeted by the gurgling of water as it rushes down to the rocks, surrounded by lush, deep green vegetation. However, a long trek of almost five kilometres awaits. If you do climb up to the top, all of your tiredness with wash away and the effort will be worth it, as all seven of the falls will come into a panoramic view. The pathway to...

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
53.8 kms from Gangtok city limits
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The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a nature park of unparalleled beauty, located at a distance of 53. 8 kms from the heart of the city of Gangtok.

Nestled in the Yumthang Valley of Flowers in North Sikkim, the nature park boasts of nearly forty species of rhododendron trees, and is ringed by rocky, snow covered mountains. Though the flowering trees and shrubs are the main attractions, many other species exist side by side. The trees are spread across an area of 43sq. km, and the altitude ranges between 3000-4500m above sea level. This ethereal view however, requires a strong se...

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Tashi View Point
7.9 kms from Gangtok city limits
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At a short distance of 7. 9 kms from the city of Gangtok is the Tashi View Point, offering a panoramic view like no other.

Cut flat on to the top of a hill, the point is nothing more than a semi-circular platform of light red tiles, decorated with flowers, lamps, and pillars. However, it is the view from here that makes the visit worth it. Right in front you will find the Kanchenjunga peaks, the second highest peaks of the Himalaya, and the third highest in the world. The Phodong and Labrang monasteries, both Buddhist sites, are also visible from here. Also catch a glimpse of the ...

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Tinkitam Rayong
32 kms from Gangtok city limits
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The small village of Tinkitam is located at a distance of 32 kms from the city of Gangtok, and is indeed a gem hidden in the mountainous wilderness.

The birthplace of Indian football legend Baichung Bhutia, the Tinkitam Rayong village has several little things that make it worth the visit. Top amongst them is the view of the Kanchenjunga, the world's thirst highest mount peak, visible from the lands of the village. Located nearby are the Temi Tea Gardens, the only tea estate of the state of Sikkim. Another worthy site is the the view of the dormant volcano. Additionally, the villa...

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Tsongmo Lake
40 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Tsongmo Lake, also known as Tsomgo or Changu lake, is located at a distance of 40 km (approx 39. 8 km) from the city of Gangtok, to the east of Sikkim.

In Sikkimese-Tibetan (or Bhutia) language, the name of the lake literally translates to 'Source of water'; the lake is considered holy by the people local to the area. The melted ice/snow from the mountains surrounding the lake, make up for most of its water content. The Tsongmo Lake is approximately a kilometer long and oval in shape, and has a depth of about 15 meters or 50 feet. It is situated at a very high altitude, approxim...

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Tsuk La Khang Monastery
5.1 kms from Gangtok city limits
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The Tsuk La Khang Monastery, established in the year 1899, is situated in the capital city of Sikkim, at a distance of 5. 1 kms from Gangtok.

Tsuk La Khang Monastery is located in the premises of the Royal Palace. Up until 1975, that is till Sikkim was recognised as a state of the Indian Union, the premises of the Tsuk La Khang Monastery were used for hosting all the official government functions, under the reign of the Chogyals. Few of the royal ceremonies that used be held here include, Coronation ceremonies for the new monarchs, wedding ceremonies of royal and influential fam...

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Yumthang Valley
141.3 kms from Gangtok city limits
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Yumthang Valley is located at a distance of 141. 3 kms from the city of Gangtok, Sikkim.

Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, another given name for Yumthang Valley is situated at a height of about 3,564 metres or 11,693 feet above the sea level. The entire area is surrounded by mountains and lush greenery. The mountains, on both sides of the valley, are especially covered with various kinds of shrubs, bushes, and trees. The Teesta river fuses with one of the rivers near the area. Overall, the enchanting beauty of the region is enough to capture anyone's heart. In addition to the...

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