Places of Interest

NORTH SIKKIM

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YUMTHANG

Yumthang, 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 grandeur. The valley boasts a large variety of Rhododendrons and other alpine flowers.Yumthang 'Tsa-Chu'or the hot spring of the left bank of Lachung Chu is immensely popular for its curative properties and healing power. For both foreign and domestic tourists, Yumthang Package tours are organised only by the local registered travel agents . Depending upon one's convenience one can either opt for 3 days/2 nights package or 2 days/ 1 night package.

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GURUDAMBER LAKE

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.

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LACHUNG

The village, spread out on either side of Lachung Chu, has managed to retain its unique culture and tradition. The Lachung Monastery 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 occasions a visit to the Monastery should form a part of the tour itinerary. Lachung lies on the way to Yumthang Valley as we move from Gangtok. Yumthang is just 25 kms away.

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LACHEN

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 accommodation.

SOUTH SIKKIM

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SAMDRUPTSE

Samdruptse Hills in Sikkim is an interesting destination to visit. In the Bhutia language, the Name Samdruptse means 'wish fulling hill' and the place is a famous pilgrimage centre of Sikkim.

Samdruptse lies close to Namchi in the South Sikkim region. It is at about 75 km from Gangtok. The hill has gained popularity for the presence of a gigantic statue of Guru Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche - the patron saint of Sikkim who is believed to have blessed the land of Sikkim.

The statue is about 135 feet tall and is the tallest figurine of his in the world. The foundation stone for the statue was laid by Dalai Lama in the year 1997 and construction of the statue was completed in about three years of time. The construction was sponsored by the Sikkim State Government.

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CHARDHAM

Char Dham are the names of four pilgrimage places in India that are widely revered by most of the Hindus: Badrinath, Dwarka, Jagannath Puri, and Rameshwaram.

The Char Dham defined by Adi Shankaracharya consists of three Vaishnavite, one Shaivite, and one mixed site. Over the years, the term "Char Dham" has lent itself to the all-denomination Char Dham pilgrimages in the Garhwal Himalayas, where Adi Shankaracharya attained freedom from embodiment. Earlier known as Chota Char Dham or 'Little' Char Dham to differentiate them from the bigger circuit of Char Dham sites, after the mid-20th century they themselves started being called the Char Dham.

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TEMI TEA GARDEN

Temi Tea Garden is the only tea estate in entire Sikkim. It is one of the best tea producing estates in India and its tea is considered of top quality in international market as well. Temi Tea Garden was established in the year 1969 and covers an area of 435 acres. It produces nearly 100 million tonnes of tea every year.

It has also been awarded quality award two years in a row. Though the tea from the gardens are priced quite high, they worth every bit of it.

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SAI MANDIR

Sai Mandir, Daramdin is a recent added attraction in the Tourism map of Sikkim. This Sarvadharma was inaugurated on April 15, 2007 by the CM of Sikkim. The temple is built keeping in mind the exact architectural design of Sai Temple, Puttaparthi. People visit this temple with great devotion to their guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

EAST SIKKIM

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TSOMGO LAKE

Tsomgo Lake is located in the restricted area for which tourists require an Inner Line Permit. This permit can be obtained from the Police through the travel agent or Tourism Department. During the winter months, the entire lake gets fron.

Tourists can also witness a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built on the lakeside. In addition, around the Tsomgo lake, primula flowers and other alpine plantation are also grown. Tourists can also take a stroll on the footpath along the lake, which leads to a resting shed located at a distance of around half a kilometre.

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BABA HARBHAJAN SING TEMPLE

Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple is located in between the Jelepla Pass and Nathu La Pass and is a popular pilgrim centre visited by hundreds of devotees each day. It is believed that the temple has wish fulfilling powers and devotees visiting the temple leave a bottle of water at the temple and pick it up during their return journey.

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NATHULA PASS

Nathula Pass, located at a distance of 56 km from Gangtok, is a pass on the Indo-Chinese border. Serving as a trade link between India and China, this park also once served as the main access for Sikkim-Tibet trade. Popularly known as the Silk Route, this pass is at an elevation of 14,450 feet and is rich in diverse alpine flora and fauna. The Nathula Pass is divided into terms 'Nathu' and 'La', which mean 'listening ears' and 'pass' respectively.

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