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  East Sikkim - Gangtok  

Enchey Monastery :
An important seat of the Nyingmapa order, this 200 year old Enchey Monastery is built on the site blessed by Lama Drupto Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying.. Every year, around January, ‘CHAM’ or religious masked dance is performed with great fanfare for two days.

Flower Festival :
Flower exhibitions are organized around the year at the Flower Show Venue near the White Memorial Hall Complex, Gangtok. during the spring

Dodrul Chorten :
The Dodrul Chorten or stupa was built by the Venerable Trullshi Rinpoche, head of the Nyimapa order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945. inside the Stupa, ther is a complete mandala set of Dorji Phurba ( Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kangur relics ( Holy Books ), Complete Zung ( mantras) and other religious objects. Around the chorten, which is one of the most important Stupas in Sikkim, are 108 Mani Lhakor (Prayer wheels).

Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology (NRIT) :
The most prestigious of its liking in India- this Buddhist Institute is a treasure of vast collection or rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare ‘ Thankas’(tapestry used in Buddhist liturgy) and has over 200 Buddhist icons and other prized objects of art.

Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre :
The Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is 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 rare objects. Traditional in design, it is almost an replica of the original Kagyu Monastery in Tshurpu, in eastern Tibet. It has over 300 centres worldwide Tibet. It has over 300 centres worldwide.

Directorate of Handicraft & Handloom :
Instituted with the aim of promoting and keeping alive the State’s traditional arts and craft, the directorate of handicraft is a storehouse of hand-woven woolen carpets and traditional motifs, blanket, shawl in Lepcha weaves and exquisitely carved ‘ choktse’ or table and many other gifts items.

Tsomgo Lake :
It literally means the “source of the Lake” in the Bhutia language. Just about 40km away from Gangtok, the capital of State. This serene lake is situated at an altitude of 3,780 mtrs. The lake is about 1 km long, oval in shape, 15mtrs deep and is considered sacred by the local people. This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months upto mid-May.

Between May and August, it is possible to see a variety of flowers bloom, including the rhododendrons, various species of primulas, blue and yallow poppies, iris, etc. It is also an ideal habitat of the Red Panda and various species of birds. Open for both the foreign and Indian nationals. Foreign visitors have to be in a group of 2 or more and have to apply for the visitors permit through a registered Travel agency.

Nathula :
56 kms from Gangtok is a ‘Nathula’ Pass at an altitude of 14,200 ft. bordering India and china in the Tibetan Plateau. It is one of the highest motorable roads and richly covered by many varieties of alpine flora and fauna. A tranquil place to visit. Nathula is open only for Indian nationals on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The visitors have to get the permit to visit the place by applying to the Tourism Department through a registered Travel Agency.

Tashi View Point :
Situated along the Noth Sikkim Highway, it is only 8kms from Gangtok. From this point you get a breathtaking view of Mt. Kang-chen-Dzongaand Mt. Siniolchu, one of the most graceful peaks in the world. Ideal time to visit is early in the morning.