Popular Places to Visit

Ban Jhakri Falls :

Ban Jhakri Falls is a water fall located in Gangtok. This spectacular falls plunges from a height of 70 ft. amidst lush green surroundings. Ban Jhakri Falls Energy Park, a well-maintained park has been built here. The ethnic tribes of Sikkim have a lot of faith in their local occults called Jhakris who have healing and magical powers and can influence the spirits to bring about good and evil. The park is filled with ethnic sculptures and figurines of the Jhakris who are seen healing the sick. A foot bridge built over the water stream and a dragon splash are other major attractions of this theme park.

Gangtok town (M G ROAD) :

M G Marg of Gangtok town is a great place to chill out. The country first litter and spit free zone, no vehicular traffic is allowed into the marg. You can sit at the Titanic Park or at the various benches stretched across the mall and take in the carnival like atmosphere, especially during the tourist season. The Mall is lined with shops on both sides of the road so shopping becomes an added pleasure. MG Marg is also the venue for the annual winter festival festival held in December each year where Sikkim’s multi-cultural cuisine, along with traditional and folk music and dance performances is showcased.

Rumtek Monastery :

Rumtek Monastery, located at a distance of approximately 24 km from Gangtok in Rumtek, is one of the most important sites for almost every Buddhist. This monastery was originally built in the 16th century, under the supervision of Wangchuck Dorge and with the financial assistance of the fourth king of Sikkim. However, in the 20th century this monastery was devastated by fire. Later in 1960s, an entirely new ministry was rebuilt uphill the original Rumtek Monastery. The new monastery built was named as Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre. In addition, the monastery also houses the main shrine temple along with quarters of monks. There is a Golden stupa located inside the monastery, which encompasses the relics of the 16th Karmapa.

Changu Lake :

Tsomgo Lake is located 35 km away from the city on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. This highway is also a part of the old route that links India and China. Worshipped by Sikkimese, this holy lake is approximately 20 km away from the Nathula Pass. Tsomgo Lake is located in the restricted area for which tourists require an Inner Line Permit. This permit can be obtained from the Police through the travel agent or Tourism Department. During the winter months, the entire lake gets from. The best time to visit this lake is from March to late May and from October to mid-December.

Nathula :

Nathula Pass, located at a distance of 56 km from Gangtok, is a pass on the Indo-Chinese border. Serving as a trade link between India and China, this park also once served as the main access for Sikkim-Tibet trade. Popularly known as the Silk Route, The Nathula Pass is divided into terms 'Nathu' and 'La', which mean 'listening ears' and 'pass' respectively. At present, tourists are permitted to visit the pass on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

Ganesh Tok :

Ganesh Tok, a small temple, is located at a distance of 7 km from Gangtok. Situated next to the television tower on the small hill nestled on Gangtok-Nathula road, the temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Besides its size, the temple is also known for the bird's eye view of several places such as the Gangtok town.

Enchey Monastery :

Enchey Monastery meaning solitary temple, was built in 1909 and is a 200 year old monastery. Located at a distance of 3 km from the city, the monastery is built on the spot, which is believed to be blessed by Lama Druptab Karpo. He was a tantrik master who was known for his flying powers. The monastery is also an important seat of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. According to a legend, it is believed that Lama Druptab Karpo constructed a small hut on this site, where he landed after his return from Maenam Hill. However, the present structure of the monastery was constructed in the shape of Chinese Pagoda during the reign of Sikyong Tulku (1909-1910).

Hanuman Tok :

Hanuman Tok, dedicated to God Hanuman, is one of the most renowned temples located in Sikkim. Managed and maintained by a division of Army department of India, this temple is located at a distance of 5 km from Gangtok. With a total height of 7,200 ft. from the top of this hillock, tourists can enjoy beautiful view of Gangtok town along with the nearby hills. From White Hall, located on the Gangtok-Nathula highway, this temple is situated at a distance of approximately 5 km.

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