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Famous Destinations in Sikkim


Small but beautiful. Sikkim is situated in the eastern Himalayas . Spread below the Mount Khanchendzonga (8534 mts), the third highest mountain in the world, and revered by the Sikkimese as their protective deity. With an area of 7,300 sq kms and measuring approx. 114 kms from the north to south and 64 kms from east to west, the elevation ranges from 300 mts to over 8540 mts above sea level.

Amidst the grandeur of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, fast flowing rivers, hills, Sikkim offers her visitors a rare and singular experience. Within a matter of hours one can move from the sub tropical heat of the lower valleys to the cold of the rugged mountain slopes that reach up to the area of perpetual snow .

Famous Tourist Places in Sikkim

Gangtok
The Capital of Sikkim situated at an altitude of 5,800 feet straddling a ridge is a place where the journey into Sikkim begins. All amenities are available at Gangtok like post and telegraph office, e-mail & internet, PCOs, Railway reservation counter and Airlines booking office, cinema halls and good hotels and restaurants.
Research Institute of Tibetology
About one kilometer downhill from the main market of Gangtok, amidst a small forest of Oak, Magnolia and Birch trees stands the Research Institute of Tibetology built in 1958, promoting research into Mahayana Buddhism and the language and tradition of Tibet.
Phurba Chorten
Just adjacent to the institute of Tibetology perched on a hilltop is a huge towering monument called 'Stupa' with a gold apex surrounded by prayer-wheels, 113 in number with the mystic mantra "OM MANE PADME HUM'' (Hail jewel in a lotus) inscribed on them.
Ravangla
RAVANGLA At the base of Maenam Hill is Ravangla, a small township and transit to various tourist destinations in South Sikkim and West Sikkim . It is also an upcoming tourist spot, and transit point for trekkers to Maenam Hill and Borong.
Cottage Industries
Located at about one kilometer uphill from the main market near the Zero Point, is a Government Organisation established in 1957 for promoting the manufacture and sale of local handicrafts, carpets and furniture. It also sells Thankas and Choksees (carved wooden folding tables). Masks and hand made paper are a speciality of this center.
Tsuk La Khang
This is the royal Chapel and the principal place of worship for the Sikkimese people. It is a beautiful Sikkimese structure with its interior covered with murals and the lavishly decorated altars hold images of Buddha and Tantric deities surrounded by fine wood carvings.
Pelling
Pelling is fast growing to be an urban settlement due to tourist influx. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers a good view of entire mountain ranges and due to this locational advantages, many hotels and lodges have mushroomed in and around Pelling offering various categories of accommodation facilities.
Rinchenpong
A sleepy old village where it seems that time stood still for hundreds of years. This is the historical place where the first battle between the British and the Sikkimese was fought in 1863. The Sikkimese, unable to overpower the strong British army, tactfully poisoned them to death.
Tendong Hill
Above Damthang, overlooking South District Headquarter town Namtse, there is a small flat stretch of land at an altitude of 8530 ft.,surrounded by lush green ancient forest which is popularly known as the Tendong Hill. Historically, this has been a place of recluse for Buddhist Lamas who spend years in meditation amidst the silent scenic grandeur.
Kabi Lungchuk
This historical place 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-Sar was signed ritually. The place where the ceremony took place is marked by a memorial stone pillar amidst the cover of dense forest.
Chungthang
Chungthang, 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 of the two passes, Lachen and Lachung. The valley is said to have been blessed by Guru Guru Rimpoche and one can visit the Holu Guru Lhedo to see the foot and palm prints left behind by the Patron Saint.
Lachung
A Bhutia village in the north at a height of 8,600 feet and at a distance of 117 Kms. from Gangtok is a stop-over place for people visiting Yumthang. The way up to the village and the village itself is adorned with gigantic and breathtakingly beautiful water-falls and scenic landscape. The people of this place are called Lachungpas.
Yumthang
The playground of the Gods as the people threre say, a valley in North Sikkim, 23 Kms. away from Lachung and at an elevation of 11,800 feet, is a paradise for Nature lovers. Besides having a fascinating blend of flora and fauna, the valley also has a very pretty and vivid range of scenic sights. In summers it is the grazing ground of the yaks and turns into a valley of flowers with Premulas, Daisies and Rhododendrons dotting the entire landscape
Lachen
A picturesque village situated at a distance of 47 Kms. from Lachung & 26 Kms. form Chungthang, at an elevation of 9200ft. The Lachen River flows through the village forming a beautiful landscape with snow capped, razor edged peaks jutting out in the far horizon. The people of this place are called lachenpas.

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