The district of East Sikkim is the most populated district of Sikkim. Gangtok is the capital and the commercial hub of Sikkim. East district of Sikkim has destinations like Rangpo, Rhenock, Rongli, Zuluk, Lingtam, Majhitar and Rumtek as the hot spot of all tourist activities. This district has developed the most due to its easy access by the National Highway number 31. This road also leads to Nathu La pass and is connected to all the important places of the region.
Most Popular Places in East Sikkim
Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake) : is located 30 Km from Gangtok on the way to Nathula Pass. In Bhutaia Lacguage the word Tsomgo means the ‘Source on Lakes’. At an altitude of approx 12,000 ft above the Sea level Tsomgo Lake is the most visited place in Gangtok.
Tsomgo Lake is oval in shape and approximately 1km long. It has an average depth of about 50 ft. it was created by the snow melted water from the mountains around the Lake & a River namely Lungtze Chu has been created from Tsomgo Lake. The lake further falls into Rangpo-chu.
According to the myth the spirituals gurus of Sikkim used to study the colour of the water of Tsomgo Lake to forecast the future of the state. So the lake is considered as sacred by the local people.
Nathula Pass : was a major corridor of passage between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962. Located around 56 kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula passes through the Tsomgo lake. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and is richly surrounded by alpine flora. On a clear day you can even see the road winding down the Chumbi valley. Tourists are allowed to go close to the international border from where you can see Chinese soldiers on the other side of the barbed wire.
Nathula is open for Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. The visitors have to get the permit to visit the place by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department through a registered and recognised Travel Agency. Foreign nationals are not allowed to visit Nathula. Photography is strictly prohibited. One can find ATM facility here which is the world’s highest Automated Teller Machine (ATM).
Rumtek Monastery : area is referred to as the Dharmachakra Centre. It is situated at 1500 m altitude and 25 km away from Gangtok. The shrines and monastery is very much significant from the aspect of Buddhism, particularly to the Tibetan Buddhists
Ban Jhakri Falls : This 100-foot waterfall is located in a landscaped park with forested area at about 7kms from Gangtok town and close to Ranka Monastery. There are paved pathways and footbridge around the park which spreads across some 2-acres of land area with many trees and flowering plants in it. It's a popular picnic spot.
Hanuman Tok : The temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is situated at an altitude of 7200 feet at a distance of about nine kilometres uphill from Gangtok on a blissfully calm and quiet hilltop. Popularly known as a wish fulfilling temple, it is maintained by the resident units of the Indian Army and contributions from the local people. The whole complex has been recently renovated and a lot of public utilities provided. The location is completely free from the pollution of city life.
Tourist village : Pastanga : Pastanga in Assam Lingzey is located at an altitude of 1425 meters (4676 ft.). It is two hours drive from Gangtok. The enchanting little village provides magnificent view of the mountain ranges. One can wander up lush green mountain trails where one comes across beautiful waterfalls along the path. There are rare species of bamboos in dense rhododendron and magnolia forest. The tourist are provided with home stay facilities with organized cultural programme and local handicrafts show.
The Gangtok Ropeway : It takes the passenger to the highest point of the city of Gangtok, covering the distance of about 1 km in only seven minutes. Each cabin accommodates 24 passengers. The lower terminal station is located at Deorali Market, the intermediate terminal at Nam-Nang and the upper terminal station is below the Secretariat (Tashiling). One can truly enjoy the panoramic view and thrilling rise as the Ropeway goes over the City.
Do-Drul Chorten Stupa : Arguably the most popular stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) in Sikkim, Do Drul Chorten was built in 1945 by a Tibetan Buddhist named Trulshik Rinpoche. Surrounded by 108 prayer wheels on which Buddhist mantras have been engraved, monks and tourists swirl the wheels, which is equivalent to completing 108 beads of recital. The gold plated steeple atop the Chorten is what Do Drul is famous for.
Aritar : Located in east Sikkim, Aritar is steeped in history and natural beauty. A breathtaking view of Khangchendzonga only adds to the many natural riches that Aritar is blessed with Lush green forests, sweeping hills of paddy fields and placid lakes hidden inside deep forests makes it a perfect destination for those in search of nature trails and a serene holiday.
The Lampokari Lake surrounded by lush greenery is considered one of the oldest in Sikkim. This lake has been recently provided with artificial embankment to facilitate boating, a first for Sikkim.
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