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Gangtok is the charming capital of India’s first organic state – Sikkim. Located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1650mtr, the city has a rich cultural history influenced by its geographical location. The grace of Sikkim and Gangtok is presented by its diverse ethnicities that consist of the Lepchas, Bhutiyas, Nepalis and plainsmen from other states who have settled here. A year-round temperate climate, lush greenery, a spiritual reverence for nature, and happy folk make this city eminently heartwarming.

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Rumtek Monastery
Open :10.00AM - 06.00PM

Rumtek Monastery is Sikkim’s largest monastery and built in the mid 18th century. It demonstrates the best of Tibetan architecture and is an almost replica of the original monastery in Tsurpu in Tibet. Housing unique religious scriptures and sacred objects, the monastery located on a hill overlooking Gangtok, is the seat-in-exile of the Gyalwang Karmap. With a Buddhism college in front and surrounded by lush forests it prerserves a golden stupa and many sculptures which belong to the 16th Karmapa.

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Nathula Pass
Open :10.00AM - 04.00PM

Nathu La, one of the highest motorable roads in the world, is a mountain pass in the Dongkya range of the Himalayas on the Indo-Tibetan border and along the old silk route. Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border 14450 ft. above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most important Himalayan passes in the country. Nathu means “listening ears”, and La means “pass”.  The tour goes enroute through the stunning and almost vitrified Channggu Lake that becalms you with its Zen presence.

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Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial
Open :10.00AM - 04.00PM

60km from Gangtok, located close to the Indo-China border at Nathula Pass, at an altitude of 13,123 ft, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial/Temple celebrates bravery and the virtue of selflessness. Regarded as the “Hero of Nathula”, Baba Harbhajan Singh, a soldier in the Indian army, sacrificed himself at 26 and was posthumously awarded the Mahavir Chakra for his bravery. There are several stories of his courage and innovative spirit and it is said that even the Chinese regarded him with some respect.

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