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Sights to See

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, situated at a height of 5,500 ft, rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. In 1894, the ruling Sikkimese Chogyal, Thutob Namgyal, transferred the capital to Gangtok. In the early 20th century, Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as Kolkata (then Calcutta) in British India. After India won its independence from Britain in 1947, Sikkim chose to remain an independent monarchy, with Gangtok as its capital. In 1975, after the integration with the union of India, Gangtok was made India's twenty-second state capital. Today, Gangtok is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology.

In Gangtok

  • Institute of Tibetology has a rare collection of antiques like statues, thankas, etc.
  • Deer Park showcases different types of deer and some animals native to Sikkim.
  • The White Hall was built in 1932 in memory of the first Political Officer of Sikkim. Claude White.
  • Encgey Monatery commands a panoramic view of the mighty Kanchendzonga range.
  • Do-drul Chorten (Stupa) has 108 prayer wheels and a good collection of holy books.
  • Ganesh Tok is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
  • The Ipecac Garden has a wide variety of flora.
  • Kabi Longstok is a historical place where the treaty of blood-brotherhood was signed between the Lepcha chieftain and the Bhutia chief.
  • Phodong Monastery is one of the six major monasteries in Sikkim.
  • Tumlong Palace Ruins the third capital of the erstwhile Kingdom of Sikkim.
  • Yumthang is well known for its various species of rhododendrons and Yumthang hotspring.
  • Rumtek Monastery is the largest in Sikkim. Tsongo Lake is considered sacred by the local people.
  • Nathula Pass is a border between Indian and China and one of the highest motorable of the Nyingmapa order.
  • Sangacholing Monastery is considered to be the one of the oldest monasteries in the state.
  • Yuksum is 35 km from Pemayangtse, and was the first capital of the Kingdom of Sikkim.
  • Tendong Hill is a religious place for the Lepcha community.
  • Borong is famous for the Borong hot spring.

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