This monastery is 3 km far from Gangtok town. This is 200 years old monastery. It has images of gods, goddesses and other religious objects. This is an important seat of the Nyingmapa order. This monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptok Karpo, a tantric master known his power of flying. There is a religious masked dance, “Cham” every year around January.
This ropeway is 1 km long and takes 7 minutes to go from the lower terminal, located at Deurali Market to Tashiling. This takes the passenger to the highest point of the city of Gangtok.
This is 4 km far from Gangtok, located en-route to Ranka. There is a Park built with shamanistic theme. The place itself is littered with ethnic sculptures and figurines of the Jhankri of faith – healer culture.
Tashi View Point (6100 ft):
It is 8 km far from the Gangtok town. This is on the Highway to North Sikkim. It is a best place to view Khang-chen-Dzonga.
Tsomgo literally means the “Source of the lake” in Bhutia language. It is 38 km far from Gangtok. This is oval shaped lake, 1 km long, 15 m deep and considered sacred lake by the local people. It remains frozen during the winter. It is an ideal habitat of Red Panda.
It is 56 km far from Gangtok. It lies at the border of India and China. It has one of the highest motor able roads
This is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. This belongs to the Nyingma sect, considered as one of the premier monasteries in the state. The monastery is located on the hill top at an altitude of 6300 ft.It was originally established by Lhatsun Chempo, one of the revered Lamas is believed to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal, the religious monarch of Sikkim.
Pelling is located at a distance of 133 km from Siliguri and 125 km from Gangtok. It is well connected with black topped road by bus, jeep services. It is the best place to know history, nature and the culture of the state. It is an ideal get away for tourists as its vicinity has numerous waterfalls, soft trek routes, villages and soothing atmosphere for all discerning.
Rabdentse Palace Ruins:
The king of Sikkim ruled from this palace till 1814 A.D. Today, the ruins lie hidden from the road at a walking distance from the monastery. The view of Khang-chen-Dzonga from here is something to be cherished and etched in memory.
Yuksom was the first capital of Sikkim, where the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in 1642 A.D. by three learned Lamas, according to the historical records. The evidence of the consecration ceremony is still intact at Norbugang chorten in the form of stone seats and a foot-print of the Head Lama on a stone. The area is considered sacred by the people of Sikkim. It is 40 km in distance from Pamayangtse. The trek to Dzongri and to the Base Camp of Khang chen Dzonga begins here.
It is about two hours drive from Pelling. The trek to Jhandi Danda from Soreng is worthwhile to see flowers and the birds. Soreng is a picturesque village with beautiful landscape.
The name Chewabhanjyang is taken from the old name Chewa – Fangzong which means a peeping valley in the local Limbo language.It lies in the Indo-Nepal border pass. It is a famous trade route to western part of India and to the eastern part of Nepal.
It is 17 km far from Gangtok . It is the historical place. A treaty of blood brotherhood between the Lepcha Chief Te- Kung Tek and the Bhutia Chief Khey-Bum- Sa was signed ritually. The spot where the ceremony is marked by a memorial stone pillar in the dense forest.
This monastery was built in 1721 A.D. during the time of Jigmee Pawo. The monastery belongs to the Nyingma order. This is situated in the gentle slope stretching from Kabi to Phodong. This was gutted by a fire in 1947 and rebuilt in 1948 through the efforts of the Lamas.
It is located 38 km from Gangtok. It is one of the six major monasteries of Sikkim, belonging to the Kagyud order. There is Labrang Monastery 4 km in distance from Phodong, in unique architecture.
Yumthang: Valley of FlowDongmar Lake:
This is 140 km far from Gangtok. This is the paradise for the nature lovers. It is at the elevation of 11,800 ft. It has breathtaking scenic grandeur, the home of Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary having 24 species.
It is one of the sacred lakes for both Buddhists and Hindus. It is at the elevation of 17,800 ft. The lake remains milky in color throughout the year. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava blessed it while returning from Tibet. A portion of lake does not freeze even in the extreme winter.
It is 72 km far from Gangtok. Samdruptse in Bhutia language means “The Wish fulfilling Hill”. There is 135 ft. tall, unique statue of Guru Padmasambhava is installed at the top of the hill. It is said to be the highest statue of Guru Padmashambhava in the world.
This garden is located in between Namche town and Samdruptse. This is popular for attractive plants, flowers and many species of trees. It has many waiting sheds, view points and water bodies along its footpath.
Namchi means ‘high sky’. It is nestled among the hills at an elevation of 4400 ft. It is 78 km from Gangtok and 100 km from Siliguri. This place provides a panoramic view of the snow capped mountains and vast stretches valley. This is the headquarters of South Sikkim developing very fast into a tourist destination.
This is located at the base of the Maenam Hills. It is a subdivisional headquarter and a transit point for beautiful spots like Chozo Lake, Ralong Monastery,Manilakhang, Sakyamuni Cultural and Pilgrimage Center and various tourist destinations of west Sikkim.
The flat land above Damthang surrounded by lush green ancient forest is popularly known as Tendong Hill. It is at an elevation of 8,530 m. This is place where the Budhhist Lamas would spend years in meditation. It is the splendid viewpoint as well.
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