Top 10 Places to visit in East Sikkim

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Best things to do in East Sikkim and sightseeing in East Sikkim

It is one of the four districts of Sikkim, located in the South East of Sikkim, the capital of East Sikkim is Gangtok which is also the capital if the state.

Rumtek Monastery - East Sikkim

The Rumtek Monastery also noted as the Dharmachakra Center, is a gompa situated in the Indian state of Sikkim close to the capital Gangtok. It is a point of convergence for the sectarian pressures inside of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism that portray the Karmapa controversy. Initially constructed under the course of Changchub Dorje, twelfth Karmapa Lama in the mid-1700s, Rumtek served as the fundamental seat of the Karma Kagyu heredity in Sikkim for quite a while. The religious community is at present the biggest in Sikkim. It is home to the group of monks and where they perform the customs and practices of the Karma Kagyu ancestry. A stupa made of gold contains the relics of the sixteenth Karmapa. Inverse to that building is a school, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. The Rumtek Monastery is highlighted in the 2014 Indian mystery thriller novel, The emperor's riddles by Satyarth Nayak.
This was my first visit to a monastery . And to visit this monastery gave me such peace and self content that I felt so close to nature . When we arrived evening prayers were coming to a close as we hurried to visit the sacred temple . Small wooden floored room overlooked a closed glass paned room that held a huge throne made of gold and precious stones .
Shiyona

79 Followers, 3 Reviews


It is one of the largest monastery in Sikkim. The experience is very divine and spiritual. There are various monks in the monastery and one can mingle with them and discuss about their culture and customs. The location is very pristine and the place is very serene.
Ruchi Jain

459 Followers, 88 Reviews


Rumtek is the largest Buddhist monastery in Sikkim. It is the home to scores of monks of all ages. It is an absolutely calming experience to hear them chant in unison. On specific days, they also have a traditional Dragon dance.
Gargi Vishnoi

777 Followers, 84 Reviews


Best time to visit
September to December
Things to do
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Open Hours
10 am to 5 pm during winter and 8 am to 5 pm during summer
Budget
Free

CHANGU LAKE - East Sikkim

Changu Lake also noted as the " source of the lake' in Bhutia dialect. Situated around 35 kms far from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, this quiet lake is situated at an elevation of 12,310 ft on the Gangtok Nathu La expressway. The lake has enchanting Alpine forests, which is home to some uncommon creatures like the Red Panda, Brahminy ducks and many more variety of birds. Between the month of May and August one can see a large variety of flowers sprouting like the Rhododendrous, different types of Primulas, Blue and Yellow Poppies, Iries etc. The lake is about 1 km. Long, oval shaped, 15 meters deep and is viewed as a holy place by the nearby local people. It's cool, serene water easily converges with the beautiful excellence around. The Changu Lake is adjacent to Gangtok, one can easily reach it after landing in Gangtok. Accomodation is very easily available in Gangtok.
Beautiful Lake
Rahul

239 Followers, 104 Reviews


The calm peaceful ripple-less placid lakes falls on way to Nathu la pass. With Yak rides and little local-shopping places it is a paradise for tourists.
Gargi Vishnoi

777 Followers, 84 Reviews


A sip of whisky and you are ready for a yak ride around the frozen lake of Changu. Under the scrutiny of the BSF the hard rock ice beauty is lapped by the snow covered mountains. The lake is about 1 km. Long, oval in shape, 15 meters deep and is considered sacred by the local people. It is also a home of brahminy ducks. It's cool, placid water harmonizes with the scenic beauty around. A small temple of lord Siva is constructed on the lakeside . This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months up to mid-May.
Sagnik Basu

1k+ Followers, 132 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March
Things to do
Rhododendrous, different types of Primulas, Blue and Yellow Poppies, Iries
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Tsongmo Lake - East Sikkim

Tsongmo Lake is situated 38 km from Gangtok and at an elevation of 12,400 ft, the ethereally excellent Tsomgo lake is an absolute necessity on each visitors agenda. A twisting street through rough mountain landscape and sharp cliffs takes you to Tsomgo, which implies source of the water in Bhutia dialect. It is heared that in past times, Buddhist ministers would study over the water's shade of the lake to figure the future. The lake is likewise of extraordinary importance for the Jhakris of Sikkim who assemble here every year on Guru Purnima. For the visitor, a visit to the lake offers a glorious excursion. Rides on colourfully designed yaks and donkeys are offered at the lake site, which additionally has a variety of food stalls serving snacks and drinks. Snowboots and gumboots can be rented here. Tsomgo lake is open for both Indian and outside nationals, however international guests must be in a gathering of two or more and need to apply for a guests license through an authorised travel organization.
Located at a staggering altitude of 12,300 feet, Tsongmo or Changu Lake is undoubtedly one of the prettiest attractions in Sikkim. The name of this glacial lake roughly translates into "source of water" and it transforms into a glorious snowfield during winters. Spring on the other hand is a different story altogether as alpine flowers paint the landscape in an array of colours. When in Tsongmo, yak rides are imperative.
Tripoto

375 Followers, 312 Reviews


This Lake is on the way of Nathula pass located 12 kms away from Nathula. Awesome views must be observed at this place and must do Yak ride here. We visited this place in starting days of December, at this time lake is not frozen but in January this lake freeze. Must see
Rahul Goley

3 Followers, 18 Reviews


Our journey to Tsomgo was one of the best I’ve ever been on. The beauty on our way up to the lake was astounding. It was unfortunate that we went on days when Nathula Pass was closed; else we had planned to make a trip to the Indo-Chinese border. We also skipped a 2 day trip to North Sikkim due to paucity of time.
Kaushal Vasa

198 Followers, 6 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March
Things to do
Rides on colourfully designed yaks and donkeys
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N/A
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N/A

Nathu La - East Sikkim

The Nathula merges the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass is situated, at 4,310 m above sea level, forms as a piece of a branch of the old Silk Road. Nathu signifies "listening ears" and La signifies "go" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Just natives of India can visit the pass, but only after successfull permit from the administration of Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the two open trading border posts in the middle of China and India.The others being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh in Nepal. Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 after various trade understandings. The Chinese government is wanting to extend its rail administration to Yadong, barely a couple of kilometers from Nathu La.
Nathula Pass was a major corridor of passage between India and Tibet (China)
Pavel Ray

177 Followers, 19 Reviews


The Nathu La is situated at a altitude of 14140 feet and is 52 km from Gangtok. Remember studying history in the junior classes where we had been taught about the Silk route. This is the place from which the Silk route operated where trade between Tibet and India took place. On your way to the site, you will encounter an ATM. Since the altitude is so high and it is difficult to find any resources available, yet a place called Thegu has the ATM facility which is the highest point in the world. One nedds speical permit to visit this place and only Indians are allowed here. The oxygen level in this height is very low so one can carry cylinders along with them which costs around 4k to 5k.
Ruchi Jain

459 Followers, 88 Reviews


Located 14,000 ft above the sea level Nathu La is the Indo China border. It is one place which just should not be missed on trip to Sikkim. The journey is long and treacherous but the views and sights make up for the discomfort. In winters there is heavy snow fall but if lucky enough you might just witness a milder version the rest of the year. One is filled with a sense of pride watching the Indian Army camps scattered about on the way. Once reaching the destination, the civilians are not allowed to go to the actual border which is nothing but a barbed wire. Rather they are just made to see the border from a distance. But if pulled a few strings, one could go up till the border and even get photographed with the Chinese soldiers from across the border who actually enjoy getting photographed.
Gargi Vishnoi

777 Followers, 84 Reviews


Best time to visit
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Nathula - East Sikkim

The Nathula merges the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass is situated, at 4,310 m above sea level, forms as a piece of a branch of the old Silk Road. Nathu signifies "listening ears" and La signifies "go" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Just natives of India can visit the pass, but only after successfull permit from the administration of Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the two open trading border posts in the middle of China and India.The others being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh in Nepal. Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 after various trade understandings. The Chinese government is wanting to extend its rail administration to Yadong, barely a couple of kilometers from Nathu La.
Because I've always wanted to go here.
Avinash Yegyanarayanan

130 Followers, 6 Reviews


54 kms east of Sikkim stands the famous Nathula Pass at 14,140 ft above sea level on Indo-China boarder. There are no permanent human settlement in the area and one will find blinding snow and thick fog on both the sides of the road. 5 mins from the Nathula gate and you reach the stone walled passageway that lines the not land mined part of the boarder. On one side few Indian Soldiers were smiling after seeing me struggling with the knee length snow and spine chilling wind (one humble soldier offered me his green cap) on the other side were the Chinese flags reflecting their dominance over the Tibet autonomous region.
Gaurav Sharma

227 Followers, 8 Reviews


Nathula is a place for those who can take heights. Situated at over 14,000 feet, this Indo-China border is a good place to visit for its different kind of geography. to visit Nathula, it is a good idea to first change base to Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, for Nathula is around two hours from Gangtok. and while you are at it, you could visit the capital too.
Vaishnavi Rathore

695 Followers, 14 Reviews


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Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir - East Sikkim

Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir otherwise called Baba Mandir, located in the middle of Nathula and Jelepla at an elevation of 13,123 ft and around 52kms from Gangtok, it is a recognized touring spot of Sikkim. This mandir is devoted to Harbhajan Singh, who was a trooper of the Indian Army. Two sanctuaries have been manufactured to show adoration to Baba Harbhajan Singh. The old one has been assembled at the dugout's site, where Baba Harbhajan was posted amid his residency in the Indian Army. For the travelers' convenience, the samadhi of Baba Harbhajan Singh has been reconstructed at the intersection of Kupup Gnathang street and the trail leading to Menmecho Lake, on November 11, 1982. This place of worship is famously perceived by touristers all over the country as New Baba Mandir. A round excursion from Gangtok including Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir takes about Rs 3,500 by a large reserved vehicle like Sumo or Qualis.
Baba Harbhajan Singh was an Indian Army soldier who died near the Nathu la pass. It is believed that his spirit protects the soldiers in the inhospitable Himalayas and hence a shrine has been erected in his honor. The location is beautiful with snow capped mountains all round and people thronging in huge number to pay respects. It is just a few kilometers off the road on way to Nathu la.
Gargi Vishnoi

777 Followers, 84 Reviews


Major "Baba" Harbhajan Singh was an Indian army soldier who died near the Nathula Pass. He is revered by soldiers of the Indian army as the "Hero of Nathula" and the army men have also built a temple in his honour.
Raya Banerjee

183 Followers, 10 Reviews


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Baba Mandir - East Sikkim

Apart from the temple (that is more of a spiritual - memorial place), the vast terrains and the enthralling beauty of the Himalayas, the souvenir house is a go go! One can find Chinese, Bhutiya and Tibetan souvenirs, a rare find with reasonable prices!
Aishwarya Swarup

20 Followers, 8 Reviews


I find local folklore the most interesting in any place. So, here is a local legend. Baba Harbajan Singh is a hero not only for the locals here, but also the army. He was a soldier who dies during the Indo-China war. There are various stories leading his sainthood and subsequent worship by the people and the building of this temple. One states that he appeared in a fellow soldier's dream and instructed him to build a shrine. Other states on how his spirit would give the soldiers warning prior to the attack during the war. In general, he is believed to be protecting the soldiers stationed there and is revered as a saint.
Fatema Diwan

1k+ Followers, 91 Reviews


Tsomgo Lake - East Sikkim

Tsongmo Lake is situated 38 km from Gangtok and at an elevation of 12,400 ft, the ethereally excellent Tsomgo lake is an absolute necessity on each visitors agenda. A twisting street through rough mountain landscape and sharp cliffs takes you to Tsomgo, which implies source of the water in Bhutia dialect. It is heared that in past times, Buddhist ministers would study over the water's shade of the lake to figure the future. The lake is likewise of extraordinary importance for the Jhakris of Sikkim who assemble here every year on Guru Purnima. For the visitor, a visit to the lake offers a glorious excursion. Rides on colourfully designed yaks and donkeys are offered at the lake site, which additionally has a variety of food stalls serving snacks and drinks. Snowboots and gumboots can be rented here. Tsomgo lake is open for both Indian and outside nationals, however international guests must be in a gathering of two or more and need to apply for a guests license through an authorised travel organization.
Asthetically astounding, the Tsomgo lake is necklaced by a kraal that is lined by the Bhutanese flags, the roadside driveway stationed with beautifully dressed yaks. You can walk through the bridge instrumented with the prayer wheels and bells, to the mountain side of the lake, that welcomes snow to settle. The terrain is majestic, instilling the power of the greater forces.
Aishwarya Swarup

20 Followers, 8 Reviews


On the way to Nathula is Tsomgo lake or Changu lake (in local language), a high altitude lake with it's crystal clear water, reflecting the human and the divine. A serene place and a photographer's paradise, Tsomgo offers so much to do.
Gaurav Sharma

227 Followers, 8 Reviews


Best time to visit
October to March
Things to do
Rides on colourfully designed yaks and donkeys
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N/A
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Thambi View Point - East Sikkim

Nature's boon!
Paushali Majumder

30 Followers, 5 Reviews


Nathula Pass - East Sikkim

China-Tibet border. Mini Switzerland.
Rahul

239 Followers, 104 Reviews


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