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Places of Interest in Sikkim
Places of Interest in Sikkim
One of the six major monasteries in Sikkim, Phodong monastery is located in
the North approximately 38 kms from Gangtok, 4 kms beyond Phodong is the recently
renovated Labrang Monastery unique in it architectural design.
This monastery is situated on the gentle slope stretching from Kabi to Phodong
with perhaps one of the best landscapes in the region. The Phensang Monastery,
under the Nyingmapa Buddhist Order, was built in 1721 during the time of Jigme
Pawo. It was gutted by fire in 1947 and rebuilt in 1948 hrough the efforts of
the lamas. The annual festival of Chaam is performed on the 29th and 29th days
of the tenth month of the Lunar calendar (Tibetan Calendar).
The place offers one of the most spectacular and closest views of Mt. Kanchenjunga
and its ranges. A well located Tourist Lodge provides accomodation for visitors.
The area also has a number of interesting short nature trails for 1 to 3 days
along the higher ridges of the higher ridges of the surrounding hills. One can
also savour the most graceful peak in the world, Mt. Siniolchu.
Chungtnahg, on the confluence of Lachen and Lachung Chu and the starting point
of River Teesta, has emerged as a major sub-division settlement in North Sikkim.
It is the nodal junction for the two passes, Lachen and Lachung. The valley
is believed to have been blessed by Guru Rimpoche and one can visit the Holy
Guru Lhedo to see the foot and palm prints left behind by the Patron Saint.
The place is rich in bio diversity with a large variety of orchids, plants and
wildlife, is 95 kms from Gangtok, 23 kms from Lachung, 29 kms from Lachen and
is predominantly a Lepcha region.
A Bhutia village with a unique loacl self-governing body called the Zumsa which
substitutes the Panchayat. Lachung has emerged as a tourist destination with
the soaring popularity of Yumthang Valley which is just 25 kms from Lachung.
The village, spreads out on either side of Lachung Chu, has managed to retain
its unique culture and tradition. The Lachung Monsatery 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 occasion
a visit to the Monastery should form part of the tour itinerary.
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 granddeur.
The valley is also the home of Singbha Rhododendron Sanctary with 24 species
of Rhododendrons. Yumthang 'Tsa-Chu' or the hot spring of the left bank of Lachung
Chu is immensely popular for its curative properties and healing power.
Lachen is situated at an altitude of 2750 mtrs. and about 6 hrs. drive from
Gangtok. The Lachen Monastery Located on top of the village commands a panoramic
view of the surrounding hills and country side. Resorts, hotels and lodges are
available for accomodation.
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 color throughout and
it is believed the Guru Padmasambhava had touched the lake whilst he visited
Tibet from this area.
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. Atop
Samdruptse hilltop near Namchi, recently erected is the worlds tallest statue
of Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of both Hindus and the Buddhist.
Temi Tea Garden:
The one and only tea garden existing in the State produces one of the top quality
teas in the international market. The tea garden is spread out on a gently hill
slope originating from the Tendong Hill and provides a magnificent view for
the surrounding villages. The visit to the factory could be an eye opener for
those wanting to know more about tea processing methods.
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
'Sher Chok Bephu', one of the four holiest caves in Sikkim, would be a memorable
Hill towers above Tendong Hill on the other side over looking the ravangla Bazar
settlement. Situated at an altitude of 10,300 ft the scenic view from this height
is, perhaps, unmatched in this part of the world. Mt. Khangchendzonga and its
surrounding ranges looms above the dwarf the richly forested and rugged hill.
On a clear sunny day, it is possible to see the plains of Bengal spanning across
Kalimpong and Darjeeling Hills in the South, right across the Indo-China border
towards the North. A short distance away is the legendary Bhaley Bhunga, a kind
of rocky spur which juts out from the ridge top and remains suspended in the
air above Yangang village.
Facing the snow-capped mountains is Borong, motorable from Ravangla or a trek
via Menam. A picturesque village, its beautiful landscape and magnificent view
is also host to the hot spring, Borong TsaChu'. The trek trail, originating
from Namchi or Damthang to Tendong - Ravangla - Menam - Borong (5-6 days) is
one of the most interesting trails scaling all the hill tops along the route.
The trek can continue to Tashiding or terminate at Borong and drive back to
The Four Jewels of Sikkim
capital city Gangtok is located here and it is the hub of all government activities.
The world famous Rumtek Monastery, the Dharma Chakra center and the seat of
His Holiness, the Gyalwa Karmapa is located here in addition to the alpine Tsomgo
lake and Nathula Pass.
The West District offers all adventure activities. river rafting, trekking,
mountaineering etc begin here. The rivers Teesta and Rangeet attract white water
rafting revelers in large numbers.
The famous Shingbha Rhododendron sanctuary as well as the Khangchendzonga National
Park is located here. During spring time, the meadows of Yumthang abound with
wildflowers, which carpet the valley in a riot of colours. The Hot Springs and
rich tribal culture and customs are other attractions.
Most famous monasteries are located here. A 108 ft high image of the patron
saint of Sikkim, Guru Padmashambhava is situated near the district headquarters
at Namchi. Ravangla Base Camp offers trekking upto Maenam and Tendong Hill here.
Varsey Rhododendrons Sanctuary is also located here.