Things To Do In Mangan
1. Visit Cardamom Fields
Mangan is the Cardamom capital of India, and hiking through green cardamom fields is one of the best things to do here.
2. Experience Mangan Music Festival
The Mangan Music Festival is held for 3 days in the month of December every year. It is a cultural extravaganza organized by the Sikkim State Tourism Department and is one of the best ways to explore the folk arts, handicrafts and local cuisine, alongside musical performances by local bands and bands invited from other parts of North -East India.
3. Trek to Tosar Lake
Tosar Lake is a beautiful lake located at an altitude of 13120 ft in between the Mangan Ridge and the Chola range. There is a huge cliff towards the south-east side of the lake, which the locals consider to be sacred. The Tosar Lake trek starts from Tom Naga or Naksuk near Mangan. This 8-day trek passes through temperate forests and bamboo groves and changes to alpine vegetation at higher altitude. The stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains make the Tosar Lake Trek a memorable one.
4. Village Walks and Bird Watching
The best way to explore Mangan is on foot. Many homestay owners here, conduct a village cum jungle walk, which takes you to the Rikzing Choling Monastery and the villages of Ringhim, Malling and Kalaw. Mangan is also a paradise for bird watchers and butterfly lovers, and the native Lepchas are the perfect guide for this activity.
Best Time to Visit
Summer(April-June): This season promises a comfortable temperature ranging between 10°C to 28°C, and is best of hiking, sightseeing and other outdoor activities
Monsoon(July-September): Sikkim witnesses heavy rainfall in monsoon, and Mangan is no different. This is not the peak season to rush to Mangan. However, it holds a freshness and beauty which may appeal to offbeat travelers.
Winter(October-February): This is the best time to witness mighty snow clad Himalayan peaks. In December, you can also be a part of the Mangan music festival, and enjoy an experience of the unique culture and traditions of Mangan. However, due to heavy snowfall, many of the roads may be closed so some extra days need to be factored into the itinerary as buffer.
How To Reach
Mangan is just 66 km from Gangtok by road.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra(145 km)
Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri(140 km)
Getting Around Mangan
For sightseeing and getting around Mangan, it is best to pre-book a taxi and ask them to procure any necessary permits to visit some restricted places.
If you are looking to go off the beaten track, and explore beautiful places untouched by tourism, experience local culture and soak in some peace at one of the many Buddhist monasteries scattered around Mangan, look no further because the Cardamom Capital of India is ready to welcome you in its fold.
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