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Tourist Place east :- Gangtok

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and is situated at a height of 5,500 ft above sea level. The city has become the famous centre for Buddhist learning and culture along with political commercial, religious and cultural activities of the people of Sikkim. The city attracts a major crowd ever year for it is provided with a number of tourists attractions by nature itself. It forms major revenue for the state. It is also very easy to get here for the state capital is well connected by all means of transport.
Gangtok located in the lower hills of Himalaya is located in the south of East Sikkim. Gangtok covers the western side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul River.
The earliest reference of Gangtok in history is made around 1716 along with the construction of Gangtok monastery. It is only after the Enchey Monastery in 1840 Gangtok became a famous pilgrimage centre. After the independence of India Sikkim became the 22nd state of India along with Gangtok as its capital.

Festivals of Gangtok:-
1. Kagyed Dance:- this festival marks the end harvest period and welcoming the next season with dance to bring good fortune.
2. Losoong:- This is day of Sikkimese new Year, where people celebrate it with great enthusiasm and feast.
3. Maghe Sankranti:- this is a festival of the Hindus welcoming the spring during which they get a dip in any of the holy spot.
4. Guthor Chhaam:- this is masked religious dance festival welcoming the Tibetan New Year which falls between January to Fabruary.
5. Losar :- This is the Tibetan New Year, where People of Sikkim celebrate it with great enthusiasm and feasting.
6. Bumchu :- this is a two day festival which takes place Losar during which a pot of holy water unveils Sikkim’s fortune. This water is then distributed among the devotees. This is celebrated in January.
7. Saga Dawa :- The people of Sikkim celebrate this day as a day of enlightenment by Buddha. During this festival there are processions happening in the place where monks and lay Buddhists parade with religious banners, icons and holy books. It usually occurs in the month of May.
8. Flower Festival :- This is an international flower festival happening in the months of May. Different species of flowers are exhibited in the fair which pulls a major tourist crowd.

Places of Worship :-

1. Hanuman Tok :- this temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is built with an ancient architecture. It is located at a distance of about 11kms away from Gangtok.

2. Ganesh Tok :- This Tample is Dedicated to Lord Ganesha and the special feature of this temple is that it cannot accommodate more than one people and they have to crawl and get into the temple.

3. Rumtel Monastery:- This is located at a distance of about 24kms away from Gangtok and is one among the few noted monasteries here.

4. Phensang Monastery :- This is situated in the close proximity of the town constructed in the year 1721 AD. This is religious spot of gathering for the Lamas.
5. Phodang Monastery:- This is said to be one of the most beautifull monasteries in Sikkim and is situated at a distance of about 28kms away from Gangtok.

Monuments of Gangtok:-

Kabi Lungchok:- This is a place which is housed with a huge stone pillar and statue. This place marks the union of Bhutia chief Khey-Hum-Sar and Lepcha chief Te-Kung-Tek and is located about 17km from Gangtok.

Do-Drul Chorten Stupa:- This is biggest stupa in the sate of Sikkim built in the year 1945. this is also one of the most visited tourist spot in Gangtok.

White Hall:- This is a building displaying the British architecture and was constructed in memory of Claude White who was the first Political Officer of the State.

Tsuk-La-Khang:- This is a very beautiful building with number of collection of statues of Budda and exquisite wood-carvings. Locally it is also referred as the Royal Chapel and is one of the most important places of worship for The Buddhists.

Places of Interests

1. Orchid Gardens Sanctuaries:- This is located at a distance of about 12kms form Gangtok. it has very huge and rare collections of orchids which cannot be seen anywhere else.

2. Deer Park:- This park which is known as Rustomji park was built in the year 1950. here you can get to see the different kinds of deer, Himalayan Bear and the Red Panda. this is also a beautiful view point of the hills surrounding.

3. Sikkim Research Institue of Tibetology:- This is an institute which mainly promotes the Buddhists tradition and culture where you can get to see old Buddhist Books, Buddhist icons and old manuscripts. this institute in located ad Deorali.

4. Himalayan Zoological park:- This Park exhibits a wide species of Himalayan Fauna like the black beer, snow leopard, civet cat, red pandas and the spotted deer.

5. Khecheopalri Lake:- This is believed to be one of the most sacred lake in Sikkim sittuated amidst a thick forest. the water in this lake is supposed as clear as a crystal. this place is concentrated more towords the east Sikkim.

And Many interesting place in Gangtok like Menam Hill, Goverment Institute of Cottage industries, Kabi Longstok, Phurchachu Reshi Hot Springs, Tsomgo Lake, Yumeny-Samdong hot Spring, Menmecho Lake, Tashi View Point, The Ipecac Garden and Yumthang.

How To Reach

By Air:- The nearest airpot is at Bagdogra, which is about 120kms away. Indian Airlines and Air Deccan have direct flights from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahti.

By Rail:- The nearest Railway station are at Siliguri 124kms away and new Jalpaiguri at about 120kms. New Jalpaiguri is directly connected by rail to all important towns and cities in India.

By Road:- Gangtok is well connected by a network of roads with all important cities and towns.

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