This historical pace is 17 kms from Gangtok on the North Sikkim
Highway. This is where the historic 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 took place is marked
by a me- morial stone pillar amidst the cover of dense forest.
One of the six major monasteries in Sikkim, Phodong mon- astery is
located in the North approximately 38 kms from Gangtok, 4 kms beyond
Phodong is the recently renovated labrang Monastery unique in it
Yumthang, at an elevation of 11,800 ft and 140 kms from Gangtok is a
paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna
and breathtaking scenic grandeur. The valley boasts a large variety of
Rhododendrons and other alpine flowers.Yumthang 'Tsa-Chu'or the hot
spring of the left bank of Lachung Chu is immensely popular for its
curative properties and heal- ing power. For both foreign and domestic
tourists, Yumthang Pack- age tours are organised only by the local
registered travel agents . Depending upon one's convenience one can
either opt for 3 days/2 nights package or 2 days/ 1 night package.
The village, spread out on either side of Lachung Chu, has managed to
retain its unique culture and tradition. The Lachung Monastery on the
slope opposite to the highway is a focal point of all religious
function of the local inhabitants. To get a glimpse of the religious
functions performed on auspicious occasions a visit to the Monastery
should form a part of the tour itinerary. Lachung lies on the way to
Yumthang Valley as we move from Gangtok. Yumthang is just 25 kms away.
Lachen is situated at an altitude of 2750 mtrs. and about 6 hrs. drive
from Gangtok. The Lachen Monastery located on a top of the village
commands a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and country side.
Resorts, Hotels, and lodges are available for accomodation.
Thangu is at an altitude of 14,000 ft. (plus) and 3 hrs. drive from
Lachen. A small village where the visitors usually acclimatize before
they proceed to Guru-dongmar Lake or Muguthang.
Guru-dongmar Lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of this
State both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The lake remains milky in
colour through out, and it is be- lieved that Guru Padmasambhava had
touched the lake whilst he visited Tibet from this area.
Namchi, meaning 'Sky High', nestled among the hills at an elevation of
5,500 ft commands panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and vast
stretches of valley. It is also the headquarters of the South
District. The area is fast developing into a tourist destination with
its immense potential for all round tourist activities. It is about 78
kms from Gangtok and 1 00 kms from Siliguri.
Temi Tea Garden:
The one and only tea estate existing in the State produces one of the
top quality teas in the international market. The tea garden is spread
out on a gentle hill slope originating from the Tendong Hill and
provides a magnificent view for the surrounding villages. The visit to
the fact" could be an eye opener for those wanting to know more about
the tea processing methods.
A night spent in a old British built bungalow located just below the
tea garden could be an enthralling experience of linking the past to
the present. A visit to the garden, enroute to the Tendong Hill, could
be a rewarding experience for those who want to cornbine nature and
culture as they keep trekking.
At the base of Menam Hill is Ravangla, a small township and transit to
various tourist destinations in South and West Sikkim. It is also an
upcoming tourist spot, and transit point for trekkers to Menam Hill
and Borong. There are accomodation facilities and numerous short
nature trails. A trek down to the sacred cave 'Shar Chok Bephu', one
of the four holiest caves in Sikkim, would be a memorable experience.
Phur Tsa Chu:
Situated on the bank of River Rangeet is the hot spring 'Phur Tsa Chu'
half an hour drive from Legship and one hour drive from Jorethang.
Pilgrims of all walks of life come to dip in this hot spring during
month of January to March-
East Sikkim - Gangtok
An important seat of the Nyingmapa order, this 200 year old Enchey
Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Drupto Karpo, a tantric
master known for his power of flying.. Every year, around January,
‘CHAM’ or religious masked dance is performed with great fanfare for
Flower exhibitions are organized around the year at the Flower Show
Venue near the White Memorial Hall Complex, Gangtok. during the spring
The Dodrul Chorten or stupa was built by the Venerable Trullshi
Rinpoche, head of the Nyimapa order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945.
inside the Stupa, ther is a complete mandala set of Dorji Phurba (
Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kangur relics ( Holy Books ), Complete Zung (
mantras) and other religious objects. Around the chorten, which is one
of the most important Stupas in Sikkim, are 108 Mani Lhakor (Prayer
Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology
The most prestigious of its liking in India- this Buddhist Institute
is a treasure of vast collection or rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit
manuscripts, statues and rare ‘ Thankas’(tapestry used in Buddhist
liturgy) and has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of
Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre:
The Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is the seat of the Kagyu order, one of
the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist Sects. Since the late 1960’s , after the
arrival of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the centre houses
some of the world’s most unique religious scriptures and religious
rare objects. Traditional in design, it is almost an replica of the
original Kagyu Monastery in Tshurpu, in eastern Tibet. It has over 300
centres worldwide Tibet. It has over 300 centres worldwide.
Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom:
Instituted with the aim of promoting and keeping alive the State’s
traditional arts and craft, the directorate of handicraft is a
storehouse of hand-woven woolen carpets and traditional motifs,
blanket, shawl in Lepcha weaves and exquisitely carved ‘ choktse’ or
table and many other gifts items.
It literally means the “source of the Lake” in the Bhutia language.
Just about 40km away from Gangtok, the capital of State. This serene
lake is situated at an altitude of 3,780 mtrs. The lake is about 1 km
long, oval in shape, 15mtrs deep and is considered sacred by the local
people. This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months upto
Between May and August, it is possible to see a variety of flowres
bloom, including the rhododendrons, various species of primulas, blue
and yallow poppies, iris, etc. It is also an ideal habitat of the Red
Panda and various species of birds. Open for both the foreign and
Indian nationals. Foreign visitors have to be in a group of 2 or more
and have to apply for the visitors permit through a registered Travel
56 kms from Gangtok is a ‘Nathula’ Pass at an altitude of 14,200 ft.
bordering India and china in the Tibetan Plateau. It is one of the
highest motorable roads and richly covered by many varieties of alpine
flora and fauna. A tranquil place to visit. Nathula is open only for
Indian nationals on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The
visitors have to get the permit to visit the place by applying to the
Tourism Department through a registered Travel Agency.
Tashi View Point:
Situated along the Noth Sikkim Highway, it is only 8kms from Gangtok.
From this point you get a breathtaking view of Mt. Kang-chen-Dzongaand
Mt. Siniolchu, one of the most graceful peaks in the world. Ideal time
to visit is early in the morning.
The Monastery, located on a hill top at an altitude of 6840 ft.
commands a magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges and the
surrounding hills and country- side. This is one of the oldest monastary
of the Nyngmapa sect of Mahanaya Buddhism, and was but by Lhatsun
Chenpo during the reign of the 3rd Chogyal, Chagdor Namgyal in the
17th century. This monastary is about 6 kms from Gyalsing, the West
This was the second capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim after
Yuksom and till the year 1814 AD, the King of Sikkim had ruled the
State from this place.Today, the ruins lie hidden from the main road
at a walking distance from the Pemayagtse Monastery.
Pelling is fast emarging asa most favorite tourist destination in west
Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft., it offers a good view of
the entire mountain ranges. Pelling is just 10 kms from Gyalsing.
This monastery is situated on a ridge above Pelling and the famous
Pemayangtse Monastery. Built in 1697 AD, it is considered to be one of
the oldest monasteries in the State. In order to reach this Monastery
one has to be prepared to spend at least 40 minutes walking up the
steep hilly slope which leads through rich forest covers.
Khecheapairi Lake is considered to be one of the sacred lakes of this
State both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The Lake remains hidden in
the rich forest cover. It is believed that birds do not permit even a
single leaf to float on he Lake surface. There is a rnotorable road
from Pemayangtse right up to the lake area.
This was the first capital of Sikkim, where according to the
historical records; the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was
consecrated in 1641 AD by three learned lamas. The evidence of the
consecration ceremony is still intact in Norbugang Chorten in the form
of stone seats and a foot prints of the Head Lama on a stone. Since
the history of the State began from this place, these areas are now
considered sacred by the people of Sikkim. Yuksam is served by all
weather roads from Pemayangtse, which is at a distance of 32 kms from
Yuksam. The trek to Dzongri and to the base camp of the famous Mt
Khang- chen-Dzonga begins here. Several categories of accommodation
are available in Yuksam for those desiring to spend a few days there.
This was the first monastery established soon after the consecration
ceremony of the first Chogyal. The monaster is located on a hill top
above Yuksam surrounded by verdant forest. It can be approached by
trekking only, negotiating steep slope for something like 32 to 35
minutes. It is an ideal place for Lamas seeking meditational recluse.
This monastery is constructed on top of a heart shaped hill with the
back drop of the sacred Mt. Khang-chen- Dzonga. According to Buddhist
scriptures, Guru Padrna Sambhava (Guru Rimpoche) blessed the sacred
land of Sikkirn in the 8th century AD from the spot. The monas- tery,
however, was built in the 18th Century AD by Ngadak Sempa Chempo, one
of the three lamas who had performed the consecration ceremony of the
Tashiding is also famous for the most holy chorten known as 'Thong-Wa-Rang-Doi'which
literally means 'Saviours by mere sight'. It is believed that the mere
act of beholding it is supposed to wash away the sins of the devotees.
Another important feature of tashiding is the sacred water festival
popularly known as ‘ Bhumchu’. It is a religious tradition unique to
Tashiding Monastery only. Every year, on the 14th and the 15th day of
the luner month, the bhumchu ceremony is celebrated with the devotees
coming from far and near to get the blessing of the holy water. The
sacred holy water is officially sealed for safety by t he Government
and the lamas of the monastery and it is taken out once a year on the
auspicious occasion, only to be put back with some freash additions.
The sacred water which is taken out partly mixed with normal water to
be distributed among the thousand of devotees.
It lies at an elevation of 10,000 ft and motorable road access upto
Hilley. An easy 4 kms trek from there takes one upto the Varsey
Rhododendrons sanctuary. The place provides a magnificent view of the