The East Sikkim District is undoubtedly the most important district, in terms of tourism as well as politics of Sikkim. Gangtok, being the headquarters of district, dominates the region with its administrative powers and also beauty. Once again, Gangtok becomes the center of attraction owing to its status of being capital of Sikkim. If you are scheduling to visit Sikkim, Gangtok in the east district would become your impeccable host and certainly engage you in its resplendent splendor.
The people of this region are really warm and affectionate. Tourism is
the main source of income for these people; however some of them are
affianced in agriculture. In the East Sikkim district, there are many
attractions to visit on your tour. Gangtok is the first attraction,
whose exquisiteness is really hard to mention in a few words. You can
visit many destinations in and around Gangtok. East district is not very
big that is why, for your convenience, we have given the distance and
recommended transport from Gangtok.
The White Hall is an edifice of historical value and boasts of classic
British architecture. Situated on the Ridge, White Hall embraces two
storeys in a distinctive manner. Built in 1932, White Hall got its name
from Claude White (the first Political Officer of Sikkim).
Water Garden is a small attraction that serves as an ideal picnic spot
for the residents of Gangtok. At a distance of 16 kms from the town,
Water Garden is located at Martam Khola on the 31-A National Highway in
Above the township of Gangtok, the Ridge is an extension of plain and
smooth road. The spectacular Ridge Garden is accessible by a walk of 15
minutes from the main market of Gangtok.
Established in 1961, Sa-Ngor-Chotshog Centre is a Tibetan refugee
monastic institution. The significance about this institution lies in
the fact that it is only monastery that belongs to the Sakya order of
Tibetan Buddhism in Sikkim.
At a distance of 20 kms from Tsomgo Lake, Menmecho Lake is another
beautiful lake that falls in the eastern part of Sikkim. Cuddled up
amidst the mountains, Menmecho Lake is the groundwork of Rangpo-Chu (a
tributary of Teesta River).
Hanuman Tok is another temple, where the presiding deity is Lord
Hanuman. Situated at a distance of 11 kms from Gangtok, Hanuman Tok is a
tranquil place that also offers incredible view of the encircling
Orchid Sanctuary is simply a pleasurable delight for any nature-lover.
Located right below the Institute of Tibetology in Gangtok, Orchid
Sanctuary boasts of not less than 454 species of orchids that are found
Tashi View Point
Tashi View Point is a perfect destination, from where you can get a
spectacular view of Mt Khangchendzonga and its ranges. Built by Tashi
Namgyal (Late King of Sikkim), Tashi viewpoint is located at a distance
of 4 kms from Gangtok.
Ganesh Tok is a small temple that is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Located
at a distance of 7 kms from Gangtok, Ganesh Tok also offers a great spot
from where the picturesque view of hills can be seen. At an elevation of
6,500 ft, temple is so small that it can barely adjust 1 person at a
Saramasa Garden / Ipecac Garden / Orchidarium
Saramasa Garden is a place resplendent with transcendent beauty.
Located at a distance of 14 kms from Gangtok, Saramasa Garden sprawls in
an area of 6 acres. Next to Rani Khola (a tributary of the Teesta),
Saramasa Garden is to be found off the main road to Rangpo.