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Gangtok Travel

Gangtok Travel & TourGangtok is the capital of Sikkim and means the top of a hill. It is situated at 5600 feet and is the largest town in Sikkim. Surrounded by calm and serenity of natural scenery, this abode of stupas and monasteries also provides the excellent views of Mount Khanchendzonga.


The landmarks in and around Gangtok include:

Tashi View Point

Situated 8 kms from Gangtok, this place offers a breathtaking view of the majestic mount Khanchendzonga and Mount Siniolchu.

Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa)

Encircled by 108 prayer wheels, this is one of the most important stupas of Sikkim. Containing some rare mandalas, holy books and mantras, it was built by Truisi Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order.

Enchey Monastery

This 200 year old monastery was built on the site blessed by the great tantric master Lama Druptab Karpa, revered for the flying powers. It is more in the shape of a Chinese pagoda. About 90 monks of the Nyingmapa Order dwell here. On special occasions, religious masked dances are performed here.

Rumtek Monastery

This is the seat of the 'Kagyu order' a close replica of the original Kagyu in Tibet. Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is 24 km from Gangtok. It was built in the 1960's by His Holiness, the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa when he took refuge in Sikkim after the Chinese attack. The Rumtek Monastery was originally built by the fourth Chogyal some 300 years ago. One can find here some of the most unique art objects in the world.

Pemayangtse 'Perfect Sublime Lotus'

Pemayangtse is perched at a height of approx. 7000 feet. It is the second oldest and perhaps the most important monastery in Sikkim, founded in 1705 by Chador Namgyal, the third Chogyal. The monastery contains numerous antique idols and objects of worship. All of other monasteries in Sikkim are subordinate to it. Annual ‘chaam’ dances are performed here at the end of Tibetan calendar, and culminates with the devotees genuflecting in obeisance to Buddhist scroll.

Gangtok Vacation ToursPhensang Monastery

This was built in 1721 during the time of Jigme Pawo.

Ralong Monastery

This was built after the return of fourth Chogyal from his pilgrimage to Tibet and belongs to the Karma Kagyu order.

Tashiding

This gold-topped monastery was built in 1716 on the top of a hill between the Rangit and Ratong rivers. The sacred objects of worship are the chorten Thongwa Rangdol and Bumchu (holy water) that does not evaporate nor spoil.

Yuksom

The coronation of the first Chogyal of Sikkim took place here in 1641. A stupa marks the spot where three lamas performed the consecration ceremony. The wooden altar and throne used in the ceremony are still here and the place is opened only during special Buddhist festivals.

Phodong Monastery

38 kms from Gangtok, it is one of the six major monasteries of Sikkim. The original monastery, which was founded in 1740, has been rebuilt. Phodong belongs to the Kagyupa order and has a community of about 60 very friendly monks. About 4 kms further away is the unique architecture in Labrang Monastery.

Deer Park, Gangtok TravelsDeer Park

The Red Panda and fleet footed deer can be observed in a natural habitat. An imposing statue of the Buddha is situated here.

Orchid Sanctuary

An exotic treat of over 200 species of orchids set amidst beautiful landscape. It is situated just below the Institute of Tibetology.


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