Place of Interest in East Sikkim


  • Gangtok
  • Changu Lake/Nathula/Baba Mandir
  • Banjhakri Falls
  • Khangchendzonga Tourist Complex
  • Five Points and Seven Points Tour

Gangtok

The capital of Sikkim is located at a height of 5500 ft. Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town which offers travellers all possible amenities. M.G. Marg the main street of Gangtok town is flanked by hotels, shops eateries on both sides is the country's first no litter no spit zone. No vehicular traffic is allowed into the zone.

Changu Lake/Nathula/Baba Mandir

It is a one day ans a must see trip for tourist, 40kms away from Gangtok at an altitude of 12,400ft the ethereally beautiful Changu lake which derives its water from the melting snow from the mountains surrounding the lake is a must visit on every travellers list. Further up 16kms from Changu is the Nathula Pass at an altitude of 14450ft. The Nathula pass was a major corridor of passage between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962 and again re-opened in 2006 following numerous bilateral trade agreements.

It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world surrounded by alpine flora. Close to Changu Lake is another point of interest the Baba Mandir. This Mandir or shrine is dedicated to Baba Harbhajan Singh, who was a soldier of the Indian Army. He died near the Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim, India. Two shrines have been built to show reverence to Baba Harbhajan Singh. The old one has been built at the site of the bunker, where Baba Harbhajan was posted during his tenure in the Indian Army. The new one has been built at close proximity from Changu Lake.

The salary of Major Harbhajan Singh has not been stopped and he is also granted his annual leave. It is believed that Baba Harbhajan Singh guards the international boundary between India and China, over the last three decades and he is accomplishing this task alone.

Banjhakri Falls

Located enroute to Ranka 4kms away from Gangtok the Banjhakri falls epitomizes the culture and belief of the various tribes and communities of the ethnic people of Sikkim. It is an energy park and a shamanistic theme park. The falls is set admist dense greenery and the theme park itself is littered with ethnic sculptures and figurines of the jhakri or shaman culture.

Khangchendzonga Tourist Complex

Located 12kms away from Gangtok, this tourist complex is spread across 16acres of land. One can enjoy luxurious tourist villas of traditional Sikkimese architecture, interpretation centre, amusement park with multiple themes, musical fountains and laser shows, children's park forest themed restaurant and bar, villa club including bowling alley, swimming pool multi gym and an open air theatre for cultural programmes.

Five Points and Seven Points Tour

All private and Government travel agents, even the local Taxi Operators can take you for five points and seven points' tour popularly known as the local sightseeing. The tour includes points or places given below :-

 
Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom -
Instituted with the aim of promoting and keeping alive the state's traditional arts and crafts, the directorate of handicrafts & handloom is a storehouse of hand-woven carpets with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls and many other gift items. Closed on Sunday.
 
Flower Festival
Rare Orchids are collectively reared to be exhibited in flower show throughout the year. Orchid shows held during the tourist season is one of the most admired shows organized in the state. In recent years this show has become quite popular and famous as there are flower exhibitions throughout the year.
 
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 Khanchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu, two of the most graceful peaks in the world.

 
Ganesh Tok
It is a very small temple of Lord Ganesh, a God worshipped by Hindus situated on a ridge and is only 7kms from Gangtok. From this spot one gets bird's eye view of sprawling Gangtok town down below while across the hills Mt. Khanchendzonga and Mt. Sinolchu loom over the horizon. A cafeteria serves you hot tea / coffee and snacks. A Sikkim Government nursery is just nearby.
 
Hanuman Tok -
Higher up, and 11 kilometers from the town, this is yet another view point for a majestic gaze into the valley below and the horizon ahead. A Hindu temple where the devotees offer prayers. Besides offering prayers, one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Gangtok town and have a satisfying glimpse of snow clad. Mt Khanchendzonga.
 
Do - Drul Chorten -
The Do-Drul Chorten or Stupa was built by Trulshik Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside the complex are 108 prayer wheels. These prayer wheels are turned by the devout Buddhist while chanting "hail to the jewel in the lotus", to invoke Bodhisattvas.
 
Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology -
The most prestigious of its kind in India - this Buddhist Institute is a vast collection of Lepcha, Bhutia, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas. Today, it is the renowned worldwide centre for study of Buddhist philosophy and religion.
 
Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre
About 45 minutes drive from Gangtok, is the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, the seat of the Kagyu order, one of the four major Tibetan Buddhist sects. Traditional in design, it is almost replica of the original Kagyu Monastery in Tsurphu, Tibet. The centre has a collection of some of the most unique religious art objects. The seat of the 17th Gyalwa Karma, late His Holiness Rangjung Rigpae Dorjee, it was built in 1960.