Districts of Sikkim
The visitor to Sikkim will be spoilt for choice with each of the four districts offering a unique travel opportunity.
The east district is the most populated with Gangtok being the main
administrative and business centre. Apart from the modern attractions of the
capital town, in the east you will also find the beautiful Tsomgo Lake, the
historically important Nathula pass, as well as many monasteries and temples.
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and heart of all the business hubs.
West Sikkim is replete with history and religion. This is where the first
Chogyal of Sikkim was consecrated at Yuksum in 1642 and this is where
some of the holiest and most important monasteries of Sikkim were established,
including Dubdi and Sanga Choling, the first monasteries to be built in Sikkim.
West Sikkim is beautiful terrain abounding in lakes and waterfalls and also has
great trekking routes. Gyalshing is the head quarter and town of the West
South Sikkim, the smallest district belies its size with its
variety of tourist attractions. With stupendous view of the
Khangchendzonga range, the south of Sikkim is a fairy tale land of picturesque
villages and high hills. Near Namchi, the district headquarters is Samdruptse
Hill, the site of the 135 feet tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava. In the south
too are Tendong Hill and Maenam Hill, of mythical importance to the Lepchas and
Bhutias, as well as the tourist destination of Ravangla which hosts the annual
Pang Lhabsol festival with great pageantry. Namchi is the district headquarter
of South Sikkim which is 78 kms from Gangtok.
Perhaps the most beautiful of the districts, the North offers an exquisite
experience for the lover of Nature and alpine scenery. Yumthang alone is enough
to satiate the most demanding, with its panoramic Valley of Flowers. During
springtime the lush meadows abound with delicate wildflowers that carpet the
Valley floor in a rich riot of colors. A must-see here are the Hot Springs and
the vibrant Sikkimese tribal culture and customs. 67 kms from Gangtok is the
Mangan District Headquarter of North District. A three day music festival is
held at Mangan in December every year.