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SIKKIM

The tiny state of Sikkim is also called the Himalayan State. This beautiful state seems to be cradled by Bhutan on the east, Nepal on the west and Tibet on the north. Sikkim is situated amongst the highest peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, along the higher reaches of the Tista River Valley. An independent kingdom till 1975, Sikkim thereafter joined the Indian Territory to become the 22nd state of the Indian Union. This state is quite a popular tourist destination, both international as well as domestic.

 


Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo lake is only 40 kms. from Gangtok town and is situated at an altitude of 12,210 ft.


Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre

Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre
This famous Buddhist Monastery is situated 24 Km away from capital city Gangtok. The seat of the 17th Gyalwa Karma, late His Holiness Rangjung Rigpae Dorjee, it is believed that the monastery, built in 1960 is a replica of the original Kagyurpa Monastery in Tsurphu, Tibet.


Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies

Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies
Initiated by the late 16th Karmapa, the institute is housed in the adjoining building of the Rumtek Monastery. The Jamyang Khang Primary School meant for 5 years of primary monastic studies is also located here.


Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
Very close by to Rumtek Monastery, and maintained by the parks and Gardens unit of the Forest Department of the Government of Sikkim, the Garden is an enchanting and soothing experience among the lush green vegetation, rare plants and trees and certain species of Himalayan flowers and Orchids.


Permanent Flower Show

Permanent Flower Show
White Hall, Close by the White Memorial Hall and just below the Palace Ridge park is the more recent Flower Show Hall. In recent years this show has become quite popular and famous as there are flower exhibitions throughout the year in accordance with the seasons and the flowers in bloom.


Enchey Monaster

Enchey Monaster
An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey Monastery meaning the Solitary temple, was originally built with the solace that no other construction would be allowed near it is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his flying powers. This 200-year-old Monastery has in its premises images of god, goddesses and other religious objects. Every year around January 'Chaam' or religious masked dance is performed with great fanfare for two days. it is situated adjoining the Sinolchu Tourist Lodge, 3 kms from Gangtok Town.


Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok
It is approximately 5½ km. from Gangtok town. The town has a temple dedicated to God Hanuman.Besides offering prayers, one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Gangtok town and have a satisfying glimpse of Mt Kanchendzonga, which is snow clad. Number of people throng this religious site on Tuesdays and Hanuman Jayanti.


Tashi View Poin

Tashi View Poin
Built by the late King of Sikkim Sri Tashi Namgyal, it is situated 4 km from Gangtok town from where one can have a clear view of opposite hills, besides Mt. Kanchandzonga. This site offers a breathtaking panorama of the majestic Mt.Kanchandzonga and surrounding hills.


Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok
It is a very small temple of Ganesh, a God worshipped by Hindus. It is on a hillock on Gangtok-Nathula Road. A Sikkim Government nursery is just nearby.


Saramsa Garden

Saramsa Garden
About 14 kms from Gangtok is the Saramsa Garden, the home of Sikkim's most exotic orchids and other rare tropical and temperate plants. Established and maintained by the Department of Forest, it is an excellent recreation and picnic spot.


Water Garden

Water Garden
Water Garden at Martam Khola is on the 31-A National Highway some 16 kms. south of Gangtok. It is an ideal spot for picnic with a small swimming pool for children.


Sa-Ngor-Chotshog Centre

Sa-Ngor-Chotshog Centre
It is a Tibetan refugee monastic institution established in 1961 by his Eminence Luding Khen Rimpoche, Head of Ngorpa, sub-sect of the Sakya Order, with the blessing of H.H. Sakya Trizin and H.H. the Dalai Lama. This is the only monastery of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism in Sikkim. It is located on a beautiful hill-top just 5 kms away from Gangtok Sikkim.



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