Discover Gangtok

The Nor-khill translates to the 'house of jewels'. Jewels, here refer to the wealth of the natural beauty on display - the mountains, the valleys, the flowers and the fruits. The Kanchan Gardens used to be a favourite spot of the Chagyal of Sikkim, who would set up his easel and paint for hours. Built by the king of Sikkim in 1932, the Nor-Khill served as his royal guest house for receiving Heads of states and Diginitaries from the Dalai Lama to Union Ministers and film stars. With traditional artifacts and jewellery, the interiors are done up with ornate thankas or wall hangings, bachu, choscue and other design motifs deemed lucky in the local tradition.

Rumtek monastery near to hotel in Gangtok
Rumtek Monastery

Also called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. It is a focal point for the sectarian tensions that characterize the Karmapa Controversy.

Himalayan Zoological Park in Gangtok
Himalayan Zoological Park

This Park exhibits a wide species of Himalayan fauna like the black bear, barking deer, snow leopard, civet cat, red pandas and the spotted deer.

The Nathula pass in Gangtok

It is the Indo-China trade route (mountain pass) situated about 56 km from Gangtok, at an altitude of about 14,200 ft and is covered with rich varieties of alpine flora and fauna. It is a calm place to visit and is open only for Indian Nationals.

Oldest Pemyangtse Monastery near Elgin Pelling and Elgin Gangtok hotel
Pemayangtse Monastery

It is one of the oldest monasteries in the state which was established by Lhatsun Chempo, the Lama who is said to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal of Sikkim. This Monastery is located at the hill top and gives a wonderful view of the Himalayan ranges and the surrounding hills of the region.

Khecheopalri lake near Elgin hotels Gangtok
Khecheopalri Lake

This Lake located at East Sikkim is considered to be one of the most sacred lakes in the city both for Hindus and Buddhists. This lake lies in the rich forest cover and is believed that the birds in the region never allow a single leaf to keep afloat on the water of the lake.

Menam Hill spanning across Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Gangtok
Menam Hill

This hill situated at an altitude of about 10300 ft gives a wonderful view of the scenic beauty of the Kanchenjunga Hills and its surrounding ranges. On a sunny day, one can even see the plains of Bengal spanning across Kalimpong and Darjeeling Hills in the South

Ganesh Tok in Gangtok
Ganesh Tok

This temple of Hindu god Ganesha is situated near the Sikkim Government nursery in East Sikkim and is situated on a small hillock on the Gangtok-Nathula Road.

Tsomgo lake near Elgin Gangtok
Tsomgo Lake (popularly known as Chhangu Lake)

Situated at an altitude of 12,000 ft on the Gangtok-Nathu-La highway about 40 kms away from Gangtok, it is known as "source of the lakes". It falls within the restricted area of Indian Army; hence an inner line permit is required for all Indians to visit this place where as Foreign nationals are not permitted to visit this lake without special permission.The lake is considered sacred by the local people & a home of Ruddy Shelduck (Brahminy ducks). Even during May and August it is possible to see a variety of flowers in blooms, including the rhododendrons, various species of primulas, blue and yellow poppies, irises etc. It is also an ideal habitat for the Red Panda.

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