Samdruptse Hill in South Sikkim

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Jan 122018
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Guru Padmasambhava

Samdruptse Hill is 6 km from Namchi and 75 km from Gangtok. It is surmounted by a giant statue of Guru Padmasambhava who is the patron saint of Sikkim. At 148 feet, it is the tallest statue in the world of Guru Padmasambhava. The hill is at a height of Continue reading »

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Khecheopalri Lake – Sacred Lake in Sikkim

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Dec 172017
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Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake is sacred for Buddhists and Hindus alike. It is believed to be a wish- fulfilling lake. It is located near Khecheopalri village at a height of 5,577 feet.  Gangtok is 134 km (5 hr 18 min) away. Pelling town is 31 km (1 hr 21 min) to the north east. The area is also Continue reading »

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By Road to Lachung from Gangtok

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Nov 202017
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Bridge in North Sikkim

Lachung is 102 km from the state capital Gangtok. The journey takes about 4.5 hours. Most visitors stay overnight at Lachung enroute to the beautiful Yumthang Valley. It is a scenic route with charming villages and waterfalls to be seen along the way. Visitors climb from Gangtok at 5,118 feet to Continue reading »

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Travel from Gangtok to Changu Lake

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Nov 132017
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Elephant Lake

Changu Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, at an altitude of 12,400 feet. It is 39 km from Gangtok. The distance must be covered in a car since trains do not operate in Sikkim. Northeast Frontier Railway is preparing to build a 44.98 km railway line from Sevooke in West Bengal to Rangpo in Sikkim. Fourteen tunnels have been planned to Continue reading »

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Hot Springs in Yumthang

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Oct 092017
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Fast Flowing Stream

One of the best known hot springs in Sikkim is near Yumthang village. The waters have elevated temperatures, close 50 deg C, even in winter. The sulphur content is high. There are other minerals Continue reading »

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Zero Point – the Last Frontier

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Sep 112017
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Mountain in Zero Point

Zero Point is close to the international border with China in North Sikkim. The road from Lachung ends here. Civilians are not permitted to venture beyond. Visitors to the border area need to procure a permit from Continue reading »

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Sangchen Pemayangtse: Ancient Budhist Monastery

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Aug 282017
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Entrance to Prayer Hall

Pemayangtse Monastery is located on top of a hill, at an altitude of 2,000+ metres. It is 8.9 km from Pelling and 140 km from the state capital Gangtok. It is one of the oldest Budhist monasteries in Sikkim. The monastery follows the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism and Continue reading »

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Yumthang – Beautiful Valley in North Sikkim

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Aug 212017
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Snow-Clad Himalayan Peaks

Yumthang is a beautiful valley in North Sikkim. It is 26 km from the hill station of Lachung which means the Small Pass. The road trip takes you from Lachung at an elevation of 8,610 feet to Yumthang at Continue reading »

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Gangtok – Sikkim’s Modern Capital

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Aug 142017
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Ganju Lama Dwar

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is connected to Siliguri via NH 10, a distance of 114 km. The route can be covered in four hours, but may take longer if there is traffic. The nearest airport is Bagdogra. New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri is the closest railway station. Work has started on a broad gauge Continue reading »

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A Memorial Temple Run by Indian Soldiers

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Jul 242017
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Baba Mandir

Baba Mandir has the distinction of being a temple run by soldiers of the Indian Army. It is near Kupup Village in Sikkim. Army jawans and officers from Nathu La, Kupup and surrounding areas near the Sino-Indian border visit the place. So do a lot of Indian tourists who make the journey from Gangtok. During winter, Continue reading »

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