PLACES TO SEE
Around 25 kilometers east of the capital lies the famous monastery of Rumtek. It is inevitably the largest monastery in Sikkim but is more known for being a Dharma Chakra center and a reservoir of Buddhist cultures which are taught to young monks here, just like a school. The surroundings are just wonderful and the monastery and its paintings and designs are too attractive. The monastery is said to be built in 1740 and also contains a golden stupa which has relics belonging to the 16th Karmapa.
The Tsomgo or Changu Lake is a pristine glacial lake that takes around two-hour drive from Gangtok along the Gangtok-Nathu La highway. The lake is about a kilometer-long and 50 meters deep and remains frozen most times of the year. Tsomgo Lake is not only a popular tourist attraction but is also seen as a holy site as well. It's encircled by scenic green surroundings that just add to its natural beauty. The lake remains partly frozen during the summers which makes it an ideal time to visit this beautiful lake.
It is a 17th-century built monastery which exists at a height of 6,500 feet and is a dedication to the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. It is one of the oldest in Sikkim and it's about 40 km from Geyzing. It is situated on a hill bounded by both River Rangeet and Rathong. The monastery exhibits a great form of art and its stone plates have Holy Scriptures carved on them. It is popular for its yearly Bhumchhu festival that brings in many tourists, who enjoy the cultural gathering.
Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology
It is an attractive institute which is located on top of a beautiful hill and was established in the year 1958. The primary motive for its creation was the need to preserve the Mahayana sect of Buddhism along with the Tibetan language and culture. The building shows Tibetan influence and its foundation stone was laid by HH Dalai Lama in 1957 and was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958. The museum is located on the ground floor and contains many rare statues, Thangkas, embroidery, coins and other works of art.
Nathu La Pass
Firstly it must be noted that for security reasons, only Indians are allowed to visit here. It is actually an Indo China border and situated at a very high altitude. The pass is superb and is covered with snow most times of the year. The road to Nathula is splendid as well but here, you can explore the rich history and some tourist points around the pass. It is quite amazing that the old Silk Route had their route from here. Crossing the border may not be as simple but on the way, there are shopping hubs there to buy warm clothes or souvenirs.