Attractions

Area in Gangtok to Mangan

Dzongu

Visiting the protected, culturally Lepcha area of Dzongu requires jumping through some bureaucratic hoops (permits are required), but allows you to experience Sikkim in an even lower gear. Swap comfort for culture: …
Village in Gangtok to Mangan

Lingthem

If you're staying in the Dzongu area, Lingthem makes an appealing excursion, with its steeply terraced paddy fields and an attractive monastery approached through mossy forest steps. From several viewpoints, the sno…
Historic Site in Gangtok to Mangan

Kabi Lunchok

Kabi Lunchok is an atmospheric glade of tree-shaded mossy stones just 30 seconds' walk from the main Phodong road. Though there's not a great deal to see, this was the site of a highly important 13th-century peace t…
Buddhist Monastery in Gangtok to Mangan

Phodong Gompa

First constructed in 1740 but rebuilt in the 1970s, Phodong's extensive monastery complex predates nearby Tumlong's time as the Sikkimese royal capital, though the current structures aren't especially memorable. Pho…
Waterfall in Gangtok to Mangan

Seven Sisters Waterfall

This multi-stage falls tumbles through the jungle-like slopes, taking its last two impressive leaps close to the Gangtok-Mangan Rd, overlooked by a partly gilded Buddha relief and a constant melee of tourist vehicle…
Buddhist Monastery in Gangtok to Mangan

Phensang Gompa

This Nyingmapa monastery is one of Sikkim's most active, and while its prayer house only dates from 1996 (fires and floods having destroyed earlier structures), it's a very appealing building in a peaceful spot ring…
Archaeological Site in Gangtok to Mangan

Tumlong

Don't get over-excited at the prospect of discovering the 'ruins of Sikkim's third capital'. The 19th-century palace here was never more than a fairly modest mansion – and of that, only very basic wall-stubs of four…