A hub of economy, culture and tourism activity covers the eastern regions of the State where legends thrive amidst the mist and the clouds where fantasy and history are woven into a magical tapestry. The main centre is Gangtok the capital of Sikkim State.
Other Places of interest in East Sikkim are as follows:
- Ipecac Garden: The botanical natural garden that displays the visuals of flora is an ideal picnic spot of Sikkim
- Rumtek Monastery: A rush through terraced rice fields ends to the head quarters of Dharma Chakra Centre and to this sacred place of Sikkim.
- The Ridge: It is a small extension of plain and flat road above the town of Gangtok which is just about five minutes walking distance from the main market. It consists of the white Hall and Chief Minister’s official residence and beautifully designed Palace Gates on the other. This area is lined with trees and plants when in bloom fills color all over the eastern part.
- Tashi View Point: It is a best place to visit in pre-dawn hours to catch the inspiring sight of sun rising on snow capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga Mountain.
- Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden: A soothing experience among the lush green vegetation where rare trees and plants with certain species of Himalayan orchids and flowers are found
- Tsomgo Lake: Also known as ‘source of the Lake’ for Bhutians that remains frozen during winter and is just about 40km away from the capital of Sikkim. It is oval in shape and 1km long and 15mtrs deep known for its sacred reason
- Ganesh and Hanuman Tok: Ganesh Tok is the Ganesh Temple located just above the town that offers splendid views of hills surrounding it. Hanuman Mandir is at a short distance from the town centre.
- Namgyal Institute of Tibetology: A devotion to Tibetology and a huge collection of Tibetan artifacts outside Tibet
- Dodrul Chorten: A stupa that is one of the most important Stupas of the State and
- Nathula Pass was a major corridor of passage between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962. Located around 56 kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula passes through the Tsomgo lake. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and is richly surrounded by alpine flora. On a clear day you can even see the road winding down the Chumbi valley. Tourists are allowed to go close to the international border from where you can see Chinese soldiers on the other side of the barbed wire. Nathula is open for Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays