East Sikkim

 
 
Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom - Instituted with the aim of promoting and keeping alive the State's traditional arts and crafts, the Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom is a storehouse of handwoven woolen carpets with traditional motifs, blankets, shawls in Lepcha weaves and exquisitely-carved " Choktse" or table and many other gift items.
Visiting hours : Monday to Saturday from 9.30 am - 12.30 and 1 pm - 3 pm. (Sales Emporium remains open throughout the year) Ph: 23126/22928

Enchey Monastery - An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of Flying. This 200 year old Monastery has its premises images of gods, goddess and other religious objects. Every year around January 'Chaam' or religious masked dance is performed with fanfare for two days. It is situated adjoining the Siniolchu Tourist Lodge, 3 kms from Gangtok town.

Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary - Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary is located at a distance of 25 kms from Gantok and has an area of 51.76 sq km. The main vegetation is Oak, Katus, Kimbu, Champ with thick bamboo forests and ferns. The Sanctuary is also home to a large number of wild orchids, rhododendrons etc.

Flower Festival - Flower exhibitions are organised round the year at the Flower Show Venue near the White Hall Complex, Gangtok. Orchid shows held during the spring tourist season is one of the most popular shows organised in the state.

Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa) - 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 Siikim, are 108 Mani-Lhakor (Prayer wheels). These prayer wheelsare turned by the devout Buddhist while chanting "Hail to the jewel in the lotus", to invoke the Buddhisattva.

Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology (SRIT) - The most prestigious of its kind in India - this Buddhist Institute is a treasure trove of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, Statues and rare Thankas (Tapestries used in Buddhist liturgy) and has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art. Today, it is a renowned worldwide centre for study of Buddhist Philosophy and religion.
Visitor hour : from 10 am - 4 pm (opened throughout the week and Govt. Holidays).
Ph : 22525

Sikkim Time Corporation Ltd. (SITCO) - Situated at a distance of 1.5km from Gangtok town is one of the first industrial units set up in Sikkim. The Sikkim Time Corporation Limited (SITCO), set up in 1977, has grown from strength to strength and now has 4 units which manufacture quality mechanical watches, semi-conductor devices, attractive Digital and Analog watches and top class watch crowns.

Saramsa Garden - About 14 kms from Gangtok is the Saramsa Gerden, the home of Sikkim's many exotic orchids and other rare tropical and temperate plants. Established and maintained by the Department of Forest, it is excellent recreation and picninc spot.

Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre - About 45 minutes drive from Gangtok, 24 kms away, is the Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, the seat of the Kagyu order, one of the 4 major Tibetan Buddhist sects. Since the late 1960's, after the arrival of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, the Centre houses some of the world's most unique religious scriptures and religious Kagyu headquarters in Tibet. Ph : 22663

Water Garden - Water Garden at Martam Khola is on 31-A National Highway, it is only 8 kms from Gangtok, the capital of the State, this serene lake is situated at an altitude of 3780 metre. The lake is about 1 km long, oval in shape, 15 metres deep and is considered sacred by the local people. This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months upto mid-May.

Tashi View Point - Situated along the north Sikkim Highway, it is only 8 kms from Gangtok. From this point you get a breathtaking view of Mount Khangchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu, one of the most graceful peaks in the world.

Ganesh Tok - It is situated on a ridge and is only 7kms from Gangtok. From this spot one gets bird's eye view of sprawling Gangtok town down below while across the hills Mt. Khangchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu loom over the horizon. A cafeteria serves you hot tea/coffee and snacks.

Hanuman Tok - It is 11 km away from Gangtok town, above Ganesh Tok with a Hindu Temple where the devotees come and offer prayers. Because of its locational advantage the view of the mountains along the horizon is just magnificent , especially on a clear sunny morning.

Sa-Nagor-Chotshog Centre - It is Tibetan refugee monastic institution established in 1961 by His Eminence Luding Khen Rimpoche, Head of Ngorpa, sub-sect of the Sakya Order, with the blessings of H.H. Sakya Trizin and H.H. the Dalai Lama.

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