Gangtok India

Attractions in Gangtok

Enchey Monastery - Enchey monastery is a place you must visit in Gangtok. Literally meaning 'the solitary temple', at the time of its construction, it was the only building in the entire area. This place especially attracts attention during the religious dances or 'Chaam' performed in January. Located above Siniolchu Lodge, about 3 km away from the town centre, the relatively small monastery was built 200 years ago and the present building was constructed in the year 1909. The site where the monastery is built is supposed to be blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his flying powers.

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Palace of the Chogyal
- This palace opens only once in a year for the Pang Lhabsol festival in December. Below this is the Tsuklakhang or Royal Chapel, standing on a high ridge. This is the major place of worship and houses a large and impressive collection of scriptures. It was the site for the royal marriages and coronation ceremonies. The interior is lavishly decorated with woodcarving and murals and houses a number of Buddha images.

Namgyal: A must visit in Gangtok, the Namgyal Institute was built in the year 1958 to promote research in Mahayan Buddhism and Tibetan language and traditions. Built in a traditional style, this institute has the world's largest collections of books and rare manuscripts on Mahayan Buddhism, in addition to the works of art and silk embroidered Tankhas. Moreover, it also houses relics of monks, samples of Lepcha scripts, masks and sacred objects like Kapali, a bowl made from a human skull, and the carku, a flute made from a thigh bone.

Do-drul Chorten - Do Drul Chorten is one of the many important attractions of Gangtok. Regarded as the most important 'stupa' of Sikkim, it was built in 1945 by Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. This stupa also has a sacred gold-topped shikhara with 108 prayer wheels. This highly revered Chorten is also characterised by complete mandala sets of Dorjee Phurba (Bajra Kilaya), a set of Kan-gyur relics (Holy Books), complete 'Zung'( mantras) and other religious objects. The Chorten also has two huge statues of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) around it.

Research Institute of Tibetology - About a kilometre downhill from the main market of Gangtok, amidst a small forest of Oak, Magnolia and Birch trees stand the Institute of Tibetology. The building accommodating the Institute is an example of Tibetan architecture. It is world-renowned and is one of the few of its kind. Its library is well stocked with rare books and documents on Buddhism. There are about 30 thousand volumes, documents that are printed using wooden slabs that have the matter imprinted on them, translations of the original teachings of the Lord Buddha, and treatises by distinguished Buddhist scholars from different parts of the world. The museum at the Institute consists of a rare collection of antiques like statues, coins and Thankas (Buddhist paintings). This institute is a premier institute in the world that conducts research in the language and culture of Tibet.

Deorali Orchid sanctuary -
The Orchid Sanctuary is a must visit in Gangtok. The sanctuary is famous for its rare and extensive collection of orchids. The sanctuary's collection also varies depending on the seasons. However, the wide spread orchid sanctuary offers you almost 454 species of orchid found in Sikkim.

Tashi Ling & View point - The Tashi Ling monastery is located at a distance of just 6 kilometres from the main town. It is another important site to visit in Gangtok for it provides an astounding view of the Kanchenjunga range. It is also renowned for its 'Bumchu' (Sacred Pot), which contains holy water, which has never run dry for last 300 years. The place also provides a view of the Phodong and the Labrang monasteries located on the opposite hill. Just a day's walk from Pemayangtse, this is also a wonderful picnic spot.

Quick Getaways near Gangtok
Rumtek Monastery Located at a distance of about 24 kilometres from Gangtok, the Rumtek monastery, the largest in Sikkim, is one of the must-visit excursion points around Gangtok. The ancient monastery was built in 1717 but didn't survive for long. It was rebuilt by Gyalwa Karmapa in the year 1960 and followed the architectural designs of the monastery in Tibet, from where the Karmapa had come. The monastery is also characterised by the structure covered with murals, Tibetan paintings, Tankhas and frescoes.

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Phodong Monastery - Located at a distance of 28 kilometers North of Sikkim, the Phodong Monastery is regarded as the most beautiful monastery of Sikkim. It has around 260 monks and some old mural paintings.

Changu Lake - Situated 35 km from Gangtok, a small temple of Lord Siva is constructed on the lakeside. It is literally known as the "Source of the Lake" in Bhutia language. Between May and August, it is possible to see a variety of flowers in bloom - the rhododendrons, primulas, poppies and irises. The lake has an average depth of 50 ft. During the winter month the lake becomes frozen and it remains so till mid-May. It is an ideal habitat for the red panda and various species of birds.

Khecheopari lake - The Khecheopari Lake is a sacred lake 29kms from Pelling. Undisturbed forests and reeds surround the lake. The path leading to the lake was good for tesias and wren-babblers, although both were heard more often than seen. Some of the birds which can be seen here are Mallard, Goosander, Bay Woodpecker, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Slaty-backed Flycatcher, Hodgson's Redstart, Chestnut-headed Tesia, Little Bunting.

Kanchenjunga National Park - The Kanchenjunga National Park, spread across an area of 850 sq. km., is particularly important and here you will find various kinds of leopards, Himalayan Black Bear, Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr, Goral, Musk Deer, etc.

Yuksom - Yuksom, in the west of Gangtok, is a historical town set amidst pristine hills and lakes, where the first King of Sikkim was crowned in AD 1642. If you are the adventurous sorts, you can trek to Dzongri and Gochi-La. The reward for undertaking this strenuous excursion is an unequalled first-hand experience of the high Himalaya peaks, glaciers and icefalls.

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