East Sikkim is one of the four administrative districts of the Indian state of Sikkim. Geographically, East Sikkim occupies the south-east corner of the state. The capital of East Sikkim is Gangtok, which is also the state capital. It is the hub of all administrative activity in the state.
The civilian region is administered by a district collector, appointed by the Union Government and the military area by a Major General. As of 2011 it is the most populous of the four districts of Sikkim.
People in East Sikkim are mostly of Nepali ethnicity, arriving in search of jobs after the British appropriated the state in the 19th century. Other ethnicities include the Bhutias, the Tibetans and the Lepchas. Nepali is the predominant language in the region.
East Sikkim district is home to four wildlife sanctuaries: Barsey Rhododendron, Fambong Lho, Pangolakha and Kyongnosla Alpine.
- Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
- Directorate of Handicraft and Handlooms
- Himalayan Zoological Park
- Enchey Monastery
- Kanchendzonga Viewing
- Saramsa Garden
- Tshangu Lake
- Nathula Pass
- Tashi View Point
- Rumtek Monastery
- Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
- White Water Rafting
- The Flower Show Complex
- The Ridge
- Ban Jhakri falls
Place To Visit
It literally means the “Source of the Lake” in Bhutia language. It is located at a distance of 38 kms from Gangtok. This serene lake is situated at an altitude of 3780mtrs .The lake is about 1km long , oval in shape, 15 metres deep and is considered sacred by the local people . This placid lake remains frozen during winter months. Between May and August, it is possible to see a variety of flowers in bloom, including the Rhododendrons, various species of Primulas, Blue and yellow Poppies, lrish etc. It is open for both the Foreigners and Indians. Foreign visitors have to be in a group of two or more and have to apply for the visitor’s permit through a registered travel agency.
From Gangtok is Nathula Pass situated at an altitude of 14,450 feet at the border of India and China. It has one of the highest motor able roads and is richly covered with many varieties of alpine flora and fauna. A tranquil place to visit, Nathula is open only for Indian Nationals on Wednesday, Thursday Department through a registered travel agency.
This is a stretch of road between the White Hall and the Beautiful Palace of the erstwhile Chogyal (Maharajas) of Sikkim. During the cherry blossom season, the ridge erupts in a riot of colours and is favorite haunt for walks. The Zen-styled Ridge Park has a unique Sikkimese style gazebo, which complements the beautiful palace Gate at the other end of the Ridge.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
The world’s largest treasury of invaluable old Tibetan books and manuscripts on Buddhist philosophy and religion, science, medicine, astrology, etc. the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology attracts Buddhist scholars from around the world. It also houses a wide range of Lepcha and Sanskrit manuscripts and scrolls of ancient vintage. In the appended museum are over 200 icons, old tankhas and some ritual vessels amongst various objects are on display. Take trip upstairs to observe the cataloguing and restoration of these treasures. Open: 10 am-4 pm.
Water transport is a great way to explore the uniqueness of Darjeeling’s natural and cultural diversity, and the famous Teesta and Rangit rivers offer first-class rafting adventures. According to your experience and interest, you can either glide along clam blue waters with magnificent scenery rising out of the blanks, or rush through roaring white rapids. You will always be in the capable hands of accomplished river-men employed by government authorized rafting agencies.