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Gangtok became the capital of the state in the 19th century and lies to the south of the district of East Sikkim. It is a hilly town and spreads down the western side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul River. The entire Kanchenjunga range can be viewed from the town and, in fact, it is worshipped as a local deity. It is at a distance of 721 km from Calcutta, 584 km from Patna, 140 km from Darjeeling and 589 km from Guwahati. The town experiences a lot of rainfall throughout the year and temperatures are mild.

Places To Visit :

Ganesh Tok : Up in the top of the ridge, near Himalayan Zoological Park (Bulbulley) is Ganesh Tok which is 7 kms from Gangtok. A small temple of Lord Ganesh rests on this beautiful hilltop with a size that can hold only a person who has to crawl to get inside it. A sip of coffee on a chill hilltop available in a cafeteria nearby adds warmth to your visit on a cold winter day.


Hanuman Tok : Hanuman Tok, a name derived from a small temple of Ganesha situated here is at an altitude of about 6200 feet and is about 11 Kms from Gangtok town.


Tashi View Point : Situated along the North Sikkim Highway, it is only 8 kms from Gangtok.From this point you get a breathtaking view of Mount Khangchendzonga and Mt. Sinolchu, one of the most graceful peaks in the world.


Himalayan Zoological Park : Himalayan Zoological Park also known as Bulbuley is about 8 Kms away from Gangtok. Established and maintained by the Department of Forest and spreading across an area of 205 hectares this park has a collection of rare rhododendrons. There is a paved cement path that passes by fenced open air enclosure housing the Red Pandas, barking Deer, spotted deer, bears in a semi natural habitat.


Gangtok Ropeway : With the lower terminal station at Deorali,the intermediate terminal at Nam-Nang and the upper 39 terminal station below Secretariat the cabin has a capacity of 24 passengers .One can truly enjoy the panoramic view and a thrilling ride as the ropeway traverses the city from Nam-Nang to Deorali ,a distance of a kilometer in only 1 minute.


Do-Drul Chorten : One of the most important Stupas of Sikkim built by Trulsi Rimponche, head of the Nyingma order containing rare Mandalas of Dorjee Phurpa(Bara Kilaya),holy books, mantras and encircled by 108 prayer wheels is at distance of a kilometer from the heart of the capital. For the adventure lovers there is a cable car that leads to the chorten thus giving one an opportunity of flying over the hills.


TSOMGO Lake : It literally means “Source of the Lake” in Bhutia language. Just about 40 kms away form Gangtok; the capital of the State, this serene lake is situated at an altitude of 3780 meters. The lake is about 1 km long, Oval in shape, 15 meters deep and is considered sacred by the local people. This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months up to mid-May during which visitors get an opportunity to experience snowfall.


NATHULA Pass : The Indo-China border at Jawahar Lal Nehru Road at 54 kms from Gangtok lies Nathula whereby Indian troops and the Red army stand face to face. At an altitude of 14790 ft, it's the closest an Indian Tourist can travel and pose a photo or two with the Red Army. Nathula means the whistling pass. Tourist visit is restricted and one needs to be applied at least 24 hrs in advance for permit. The days permitted to visit Nathula are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays and permissible for Indian Tourists only. Nathula gives a clear picture of the Dry Alpine Forest, The Vegetation in this zone is practically of scattered shrubs, often barren and snow covered at higher elevations.


Rumtek Monastery : About a 45-minute drive away on the hill frm Gangtok is the Rumtek Monastery , the headquarter of the Dharma Chakra Centre, and the seat of His Holiness,the Gyalwa Karmapa,Head of the Kagyurpa order of Tibetan Buddhism sect.Said to be the replica of the monastery of Tsurpu,Tibet with its traditional architecture ,exquisite paintings and intricate woodwork and housing treasures of manuscript and icons- this is a splendid example of Tibetan monastic art.Behind the main monastery is the lavishly decorated Karma Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Places To Visit :

Pelling : A breathtaking view of Mt. Khanchendzonga is what makes Pelling so popular to the tourist..Ask a tourist for his choice of Pelling to other destinations in Sikkim and you will hear them say ‘rest and relaxation’ Situated at an altitude of 2,070 m shoulder to shoulder with the other mountains around, Pelling is just 10 km from Gayzing, the district headquarters. Pelling and places around has moderately shallow, somewhat excessively drained course–loamy soils on steep sloop (30-50%) with moderate erosion and stoniness


Pemayangtse : Standing at the height of 2085 m and framed on two sides by snowcapped mountains, Pemayangtse (perfect Sublime lotus) is a premier monastery in the state. All the religious function of the erstwhile monarchs (Chogyals) of Sikkim used to be performed here.


KHECHEOPALRI LAKE : Situated at a distance of 43 km from Pemayangtse amongst the dense forest cover is the Khecheopalri lake,a must visit destination for a pilgrim tourist to Sikkim . Also known as the ‘wishing lake’ it rests at an altitude of about 1979 M above the sea level.


Rabdentse : On the lower hillock, south east of Pemayangtse monastery, lies the ruin of the old Rabdentse palace. Rabdentse was the second capital of Sikkim established by the second Chogyal in the latter half of the 17th century. It was the capital of the erstwhile kingdom till 1814 A.D. The old palace and monastery complex are in ruins, and the Archaeological 54. Survey of India is carrying out repair and restoration works .The place is surrounded by dense forest and there also is a small lake.


Kanchanjanga Water fall : About an hour drive from Pelling is Khanchendzonga Water fall. It’s a must see place. A treat to watch. Nice and soothing. It's cool, placid water along with the scenic beauty is worth watching

Places To Visit :

Yumthang Valley,  is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India. It is at an elevation of 3,575 metres (11,800) above msl at a distance of 150 km from the state capital Gangtok. It is also home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and the town of Lachung, the nearest inhabited centre. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall.


Gurudongmar Lake, is the largest, perhaps the highest lake in Sikkim. The very appearance of serene waters of the lake brings a sense of relief to the beholder. Situated at an elevation of 17,100 feet (5,148 m), Gurudogmar Lake rests on the northern side of the Khangchengyao Range, in a high plateau area next to the Tibetan Plateau. Gurudongmar Lake is a watercourse of high reverence for the Sikkimese and Buddhists

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