Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and Sikkim

Topics: Sikkim, Gangtok, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries Pages: 13 (3844 words) Published: August 4, 2010
Sikkim is a wonderland in the bosom of Eastern Himalayas with its avant garde surroundings and spectacular tableau. The Shangrila, the Mt. Kanchenjunga makes Sikkim a charming land representing a concoction of Buddhism and Tibetology. With Buddhism predominant in the state you will see many monasteries and ruby clad monks here. For you, the nature lovers, the state has eminent orchids sanctuary where 500 indigenous species of orchids are found. An adventure tour in Sikkim has many druthers for adventurers. On your way to trekking you will witness many quaint dales and mountain lakes. A base for mountaineering expeditions the rivers of Teesta and Rangeet are superb for river rafting.

How to Reach Sikkim
By Air : The nearest airport Bagdogra, near Siliguri in West Bengal, is connected by air to New Delhi, Kolkata and Guawahati. You can also commute by helicopter to Sikkim. By Rail: Siliguri (114 kms) and New Jalpaiguri (125 kms) are the two closest railway stations connecting Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati and other important cities in India with Sikkim. By Road: The state is connected by road to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and also to all the District Headquarters within Sikkim. Also a bus service is offered by The Sikkim Nationalized Transport (SNT) from all major cities and towns in North Bengal to Gangtok. Book a tour to Sikkim

Entry Formalities:
A 15 day Restricted Area Permit is required for the Foreign tourists and Indians do not require any special permit for entering the state except for some restricted areas. Fact File
Capital: Gangtok
Altitude: 5,500ft.
Area: 7,096sq.kms.
Climate: Summer: Maximum temperature: 21 Degree C, min 13 Degree C Winter: Maximum temperature: 13 Degree C, min 0.48 Degree C. Clothing: Summer: Light woolens & cottons
Winter: Heavy Woolens
Religion: Mahayana Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and other religion are also practiced. Language Spoken : Nepali, Hindi, English, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limboo Best season to visit: To enjoy a Jeep Safari and culture tours, the best period is March to mid – June and October to December. January to February is very cold with snowfall in North Sikkim thereby best for enjoying snow fall. For trekking the best time is spring, summer and autumn coinciding with March to May and October to November.

Cities of Sikkim
Gangtok: The city is substantiation of “Unity in Diversity” with an admix of various cultures and religions existing in this small and beautiful city at the backdrop of Ranipool River. Gangtok has a ecumenical essence with primitive charm and hospitality allowing a pinch of advancement and adoption of modernization. The major tourist attractions in the city are Rumtek Dharma Chakra Center, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden, Tsomgo/ Changu Lake, Menmecho Lake, Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies, Mahatma Gandhi Marg (a shopper's delight), Labrang Monastery, Enchey Monastery, Tsulakhang Royal, Deer Park / Rustomji Park, Kechopari Lake (wishing lake) and Phurchachu Reshi Hot Springs.

Pelling: The city derives its name from Pemalingpa monastery. The plush view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, clamorous waterfalls and thick woods make the city a hot destination for tourism. Among the famous waterfalls are Kanchenjunga Falls, Changay Falls (on Sing Shore Bridge), Phamrong Falls and Rimbi Falls. The major tourist attractions in the city are Pemayangtse Monastery, Sangacholing Monastery, Rabdentse Ruins, Khecheopalri Lake, Tashiding Monastery and Singshore Suspension Bridge.

Yuksom: This exotic village has alluring mountain peaks and is base for Khanchendzonga National Park trek, Dzongri or Goechala Pass. The Heritage site, Coronation Throne, Dubdi Monastery, Tendong Hill, Ravangla, Menam Hill, Borong, Versey, Namchi, Temi Tea Garden, Water Garden, Tsomgo Lake and Tashi View Point is worth visiting here.

Gezing: Gyalshing or Gezing, as it is also called, is a enjoyable town distinctive with its...
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