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Menmecho Lake  | Ganesh Tok | Changu Lake | Phoodong Monastery | Chungthang | Yumthang
Tashi View Point | The Ipecac Garden

Menmecho Lake

Menmecho Lake Gangtok

Menmecho Lake is 20 kms ahead of Changu Lake Gangtok almost between the mountains below Jelapla Pass. The Menmecho Lake flows to meet and source the River Ranpochu which further meets Teesta at Rangpo. A good tourist places around Gangtok to visit if the tourist like to stay overnight a dark Bungalow or a tourist lodge are available. The best accommodation in Gangtok would be hotels in Gangtok, just book your Gangtok hotels in advance.

Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok near Gangtok

The Ganesh Tok Gangtok is located 7 kms from Gangtok. The Ganesh Tok Gangtok is on the Ridge and from here the tourists can watch birds view of the Gangtok town below, a must see places around Gangtok while we still look down we can find across Mount Khangchendzonga and Mount Siniolchu over the horizon. The tourist can sit at cafeteria in Ganesh Tok Gangtok that serves hot tea and coffee with snacks. It s a lovely tourist places around.

Changu Lake

The Changu Lake Gangtok is located approximately 35 kms from Gangtok, around an average depth of 50 ft with an altitude of 12,000 ft on the Gangtok - Nathu-la highway. It is a must visit tourist places around Gangtok. The Changu lake Gangtok is calm and serene with a beautiful scenic landscape all around. There's Lord Shiva's temple beside the lake, a must visit places around Gangtok. The tourists can find all around the lake various flowering trees like Primulae flowers and other alpine vegetation grow wild. The Department of Tourism Gangtok offers various tours to the lake. The Tseten Tashi a three storey natural beautiful cave is just few minutes away from the lake and it is also called as Tashi view point Gangtok, yet another places around Gangtok to visit. Cameras are not allowed to carry on this route.

Phoodong Monastery

Phoodong Monastery

The Phoodong Monastery an oldest monastery built in 18th century by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal. It is situated a kilometer from North Sikkim Highway and about 40-kms from Gangtok. A must see tourist places around Gangtok.


Chungthang is a cup shape valley it a small habitation surrounded by towering hills from all sides. The altitude of Chungthang is 500 feet but until the morning cold heavy air remains surrounding the valley than Mangam. The cold wind only departs when the sun shines bright throwing out the lazy wind and mist out of the valley. The two valleys and two main rivers the Lachung Cho and the Lachen Cho (also known as Teesta) of North Sikkim confluence here makes it most important places around Gangtok. Chungthang is an important place of religious significance for the Sikkimese people. The people of the valley believe that Guru Padmasabhava has been resting here and he left three of his foot prints on a solid rock the devotees. The people of the valley also believe that guru that sprinkled some rice on land till date the paddy fields grow without any efforts where as the adjacent valley has failed to grow. The Sikh members of Indian army strongly believe that the foot prints are of Guru Nanak and the wall paintings in the Monastery near are of Guru Nanaks.


Yumthang Gangtok is most breathtaking places around Gangtok, it is around 12,000 feet that makes it a most visited tourist places around Gangtok. The tourist can find snow clad mountains all around the valley that full of wild yellow and violet Primulas flowers, makes the Yumthang Gangtok valley very colourful and happy and glowing with multi coloured Rhododendrons.

Tashi View Point

The Tashi view point Gangtok is located near north Sikkim highway that is 8kms from Gangtok. Another tourist places around Gangtok to visit where the world's most magnificent view of Mount Khangchendzonga and Mount. Siniolchu is viewed.

The Ipecac Garden

The Ipecac is a plant particularly grown in Gangtok that's how it got its name. The Ipecac Garden in Gangtok is spread across 6 acres is a tourist places around Gangtok. It is 14kms descending from Gangtok and 2kms away from Ranipul. The Ipecac Garden has wide variety of trees and plants, various types of orchids and medicinal plants.

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