Places to visit in East Sikkim: the ‘heart’ of the state

East Sikkim is a prime destination with numerous places to visit, shop, and celebrate. The capital city of Gangtok, which lies in east Sikkim, is a prime hub for tourists and is also a go-to destination when it comes to nightlife in Sikkim. It’s a paradise for café hoppers and shopaholics.

The majority of the best places to visit in Sikkim fall in the East. Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, Enchey Monastery, Tashi View Point, and the Himalayan Zoological Park are a few of them. East Sikkim also houses the famous Old Silk Route offering scenic winding roads with a majestic view of the Himalayas. The silk route stretch stands tall tempting bikers from all over the country.  

Places like Tsomgo Lake (also known as Changu Lake) and Nathu La Pass, the two most popular attractions of Sikkim, are fortunately a couple of hours drive from Gangtok. Tsomgo Lake strikingly comes under one of the highest lakes in India. Tsomgo Lake is mostly visited during winters when there’s snowfall and the lake is frozen. There are yak rides and also a ropeway here. Adjacent to the lake are tea stalls serving traditional Tibetan tea and Maggie. Note: Don’t go for any non-veg item here because only 30 minutes away is Baba Mandir, a place with high spiritual value and history. Speaking of spiritual places, the state’s largest monastery is situated in East-Sikkim. Rumtek Monastery is situated on a hill overlooking Gangtok. Besides, offering spiritual solace, the place is also a visual retreat. It is a storehouse of many religious art objects and some of the world’s most unique religious scriptures. If you are looking for spiritual salvation, Rumtek monastery is the best place to visit in Sikkim. 

The rich greenery, entrancing valleys, nightlife entertainment, delightful lakes, delicious food, and monasteries, East Sikkim can be rightly called the ‘heart’ of the state. To give a vivid virtual tour of East Sikkim, check out our new video top places to visit in East Sikkim.


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