Visiting Places

  

Gangtok : The capital of Sikkim with a population of approximately 50,000  has emerged into the mainstream of the Tourism Industry, with more and more tourist visiting this little Himalayan state every year. Gangtok has developed into a cosmopolitan flavour where old-world charm and hospitality exist along with the Internet Age. 

With different cultures and religion existing in perfect harmony, Gangtok has shown that "Unity in Diversity" exists in Sikkim. Sikkimese have strong bonding with their age-old traditions and customs. However, a quick survey of Gangtok shows that  the bubble of modernization has burst with a bang in the town. The capital is definitely  not behind the rest of the world in terms of urbanization - Broad roads, flyovers, posh markets, state-of-art hospital, educational institutes, fast food outlets, discothèques, and all other modern amenities that the heart can desire for. One imposing manmade landmark of the town is the 200 ft-high TV tower which overlooks the town and is situated near the Enchey Monastry below Ganesh Tok. A stroll along the Mahatma Gandhi Marg is shopper's delight- Hotels, restaurants, curios, footwear and almost everything is available. Be here to experience the magic.

How to get to Gangtok:
Foreigners visiting Gangtok must possess an Indian visa. In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. The permits can be obtained from all Indian missions, Tourism Office, New Delhi, Sikkim Tourism Office, Calcutta and Sikkim Tourism Office, Siliguri on the strength of an Indian Visa.

LOCAL TRANSPORT: Private Taxis, Jeeps and Landrovers ply regularly on the Gangtok- Siliguri Highway and are available for transfer of passengers between Gangtok and Siliguri/ New Jalpaiguri Junction/ Bagdogra, and also for local sightseeing at fixed rates and may be reserved through Tourist Bureau, Govt. of West Bengal, Gangtok.

AIR CONNECTIONS: Nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal( 124 kms.)

HELICOPTER SERVICE - between Gangtok - Bagdogra - Gangtok

ROAD CONNECTIONS: Gangtok is connected with all weather mettaled road with Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok etc.

RAIL CONNECTIONS: New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal (148 kms.)

A) Religious Places

 1)     At Gangtok

a)     Hanuman Tok

b)     Ganesh Tok

c)     Botanical Garden cum Animal Habitate

d)     Rumteck

e)     Budha’s Monestry

 

B) Tourist Places :

Dzongu(Homeland of Lepchas): Rugged & beautiful in northwestern Sikkim, it is the homeland of the lepchas, the original inhabitants of Sikkim. Its rocky peaks & remote valleys are homes to rare fauna & flora that are endemic to the area. It is about 70 Kms north of Gangtok & takes 2 hours by jeep. This picturesque valley was formed by fast flowing glacier-fed rivers emerging from the Himalayas. Birds, waterfalls and dense pristine vegetation makes the place ideal for Botanical excurtions.

 

Pastenga (something for everyone): The idyllic village of Pastenga takes less than 90 minutes from Gangtok, Yet seems a world way. It is an ideal retreat for anyone who would like to experience a sampling of traditional Sikkimese village life.

 

Kewzing (A traditional Bhutia Village): Kewzing is a quiet, traditional Bhutia village 8 Km from Ravangla in South Sikkim. The Kewzing tourism Development committee (KTDC) is a local community based organization that was formed to develop and promote responsible tourism in the area.

 

Yuksam 9Rich history and exhilarating treks) :

Sikkim’s first capital is the beautiful village of Yuksam in the western part of the state. The modern history of Sikkim started with the consecration of the first king of Sikkim in Yuksam. The stone coronation throne where the king was consecrated is still intact. Dubdi monastery, located on a hilltop above the village is Sikkim’s first monastery.

 

C) Institutions:

  1. Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology (SMIT), Majitar, Rango, East Sikkim 737132

Website : smuhmts.edu/smit

Email: slg_smit@sancharnet.in

Phone no:  91-3592-246353, 246220     Mob: 9434137227

Fax: 91-3592-246112

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About SMIT: It is situated on the bank of river Teesta in the lap of hills. Proud privilege of being first constituent college of Sikkim Manipal University and is approved by AICTE. There are 120 full time faculties in which students are enrolled in the various engineering discipline.

i)                    B Tech. Course : 1) Computer Engineering

      2) Electronics & Communications

      3) Electrical & Electronics

      4) IT

      5) Mechanical Engineering

 

ii)                  B.S. (Engineering) Training Program

iii)                Five Years integrated B.Tech-MBA Programme

iv)               M.Tech Programme

v)                 M.Sc(Phy/Chm/Maths)

vi)               MCA

vii)             MBA

 

2: Sikkim MAnipal Institute of Medical Sciences :

            5th Mile, Tadong, Gangtok 737102 SIKKIM

Website: www.smuhmts.edu

E-Mail: smims_dean@yahoo.com

Ph : 91-3592270525,  270389

Fax: 91-3592231496,231162

Courses:

1)     Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery

2)      Bachelor of Physiotherapy

3)     Bachelor of Science Nursing

4)     Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Technology

 Government Institute of Cottage Industry
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Note - closed on Sundays, all government declared holidays, second Saturdays and the odd unforeseen holidays.
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It is now known as the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms as well as the Government Institute of Cottage Industries(GICI). Started during the time of the Chogyals of Sikkim, as a venture to preserve, protect and propagate the authentic Sikkimese arts, handicrafts and skills of local and village artisans, it has become one of the major attractions for people visiting Sikkim where beautiful souvenirs like carpets, hand carved tables (choktses), traditional handcrafts, furniture, handlooms carpets and other products are produced & exhibited for sale. A word of caution to the innocent guest

Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology(SRIT):
Distance -  km ( from Gangtok )
 
Entry Fee - Rs.
this internationally acclaimed centre of Tibetan Studies & Research houses a vast collection of rare Buddhist books, manuscripts and over 200 Buddhist icons.

 

 

 

About a kilometer downhill from the main market of Gangtok, amidst a small forest of oak, magnolia and birch trees stands the Institute of Tibetology. The building accommodating the Institute is an example of Tibetan architecture. It is world renowned and is one of the few of its kind. It has one of the world's largest collection of books and rare manuscripts on the subject of Mahayana Buddhism plus many religious works of art and incredibly finely executed silk embroidered thangkas

Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa):
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encircled by 108 prayer wheels built by late Trulsi Rimpoche in 1945-46. This is one of the most important and biggest stupas found in Sikkim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Do-Drul Chorten or Stupa was built by the venerable Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Inside this stupa, there are complete mandala sets of Dorjee Phurba (Bajra Kilaya), a set of Kan-gyur relics (Holy Books), complete 'Zung' (mantras) and other religious objects. Around this Chorten, which is one of the most important stupas in Sikkim, are 10 Mani-Lhakor (prayer wheels). These prayer wheels are turned by the devout Buddhist while chanting "Hail to the jewel in the Lotus", to invoke the Buddhisattva. The Chorten is surrounded by Chorten Lakhang, where there are two huge statues of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava).

 

 

Enchey Monastery:
Distance -  km ( from Gangtok )
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Located on a hilltop above Gangtok this monastery rebuilt in 1910 belongs to the Nyingmapa order and was once the hermitage site of Lama Drupthob Karpo renowned for his power of flying. 

 

 

 

 

 

An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey Monastery meaning the Solitary temple, was originally built with the solace that no other construction would be allowed near it is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his  flying powers. This 200 year old Monastery has in its premises images of god, goddesses and other religious objects. Every year around January 'Chaam' or religious masked dance is performed with great fanfare for two days. it is situated adjoining the Sinolchu Tourist Lodge, 3 kms from Gangtok Town

 Hanuman Tok:
Distance -  5½ km ( from Gangtok )
Altitude -  7,200 ft.
Situated about 5 km uphill from
White Hall on a bifurcation road of the Gangtok-Nathula Highway, is a temple devoted to Hanuman, a God worshipped by the Hindus. On selected points on the road to the temple, breathtaking views of Gangtok and the adjoining rolling hills can be seen.

From the temple itself, the snowy peaks of Khangchendzonga present a panoramic picture. One also gets a birds eye view of the Selep waterworks, which supplies drinking water to the Gangtok town, a few hundred feet in altitude below Hanuman Tok. The temple at Hanuman Tok is maintained by a unit of the Indian Army and can be found to be spick and span.

A short distance before the stair case leading to the Hanuman Temple is the cremation ground of the erstwhile royal family of Sikkim. The cremation ground has stupas and chortens each marking the place where the mortal remains of the departed souls were consigned to the flames.

Ganesh Tok

Distance -  km ( from Gangtok )
Altitude -  6,500 ft.
It is a very small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesh, a diety worshipped by Hindus. The temple is so small in size that it can hardly accommodate one person and one has to crawl to get inside it. It is
located on the hill adjoining the TV Tower. It is on a hillock on Gangtok-Nathula Road. 

From here you can get a panoramic view of Gangtok town and the Raj Bhawan Complex and on a clear day you get a breathe taking view of Mt. Khangchendzonga

 

 

 

 

During the tourist season, a small cafeteria is opened for the convenience of the visitors. Just adjoining the Ganesh Tok is a pinetum garden containing pine trees. A walk on the footpath amongst the pine trees is refreshing.

Water Garden
Distance -  16 km ( from Gangtok )
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Water Garden at Martam Khola is on the 31-A National Highway south of Gangtok. It is an ideal spot for picnic with a small swimming pool for children.

Tsomgo/ Changu Lake:
Distance -  40 km ( from Gangtok )
Altitude -  12,210 ft
Note - A must visit for all tourists.
The drive from Gangtok takes about 2½ hours by bus. The lake is about 1 km. long and oval in shape, 50ft deep . This is an alpine zone and snowbound from December to April and the lake is regarded extremely Holy holy and head of all lakes in Sikkim remains frozen from January to April, and attracts 99% of tourists visiting Gangtok, Sikkim. It is also a home of Brahmini ducks besides stopover for various migratory ducks

Nathula Pass:
Distance -  54  km ( from Gangtok )
Altitude -  14790 ft.(4,392 m)
Note -  The days for tourist visit is restricted and needs to be applied at least 24 hrs in advance and limited
days of operation. The days permitted to visit Nathula are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays only. Photography is strictly prohibited in and around Nathula.
20 km further away from is the famed Nathula pass. The pass Nathula means the whistling pass. Nathula is the Indo-China border at Jawahar Lal Nehru Road whereby Indian troops and the Red army stand face to face. This is the closest an Indian Tourist can travel and pose a photo or two with the Red Army.

Sa-Ngor-Chotshog Centre:
Distance - 5 km ( from Gangtok )
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Located on a beautiful hill top it is a Tibetan refugee monastic institution established in 1961 by his Eminence Luding Khen Rimpoche, Head of Ngorpa, sub-sect of the Sakya Order, with the blessing of H.H. Sakya Trizin and H.H. the Dalai Lama. This is the only monastery of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism in
Sikkim