East Sikkim Tour- Tsomgo Lake, Dodrul Chorten, Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Ganesh Tok

Tsomgo Lake : It literally means the “source of the Lake” in the Bhutia language. Just about 40km away from Gangtok, the capital of State. This serene lake is situated at an altitude of 3,780 mtrs. The lake is about 1 km long, oval in shape, 15mtrs deep and is considered sacred by the local people. This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months upto mid-May.
Between May and August, it is possible to see a variety of flowres bloom, including the rhododendrons, various species of primulas, blue and yallow poppies, iris, etc. It is also an ideal habitat of the Red Panda and various species of birds. Open for both the foreign and Indian nationals. Foreign visitors have to be in a group of 2 or more and have to apply for the visitors permit through a registered Travel agency.

Dodrul Chorten: The Dodrul Chorten or stupa was built by the Venerable Trullshi Rinpoche, head of the Nyimapa order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945. inside the Stupa, ther is a complete mandala set of Dorji Phurba ( Vajra Kilaya), a set of Kangur relics ( Holy Books ), Complete Zung ( mantras) and other religious objects. Around the chorten, which is one of the most important Stupas in Sikkim, are 108 Mani Lhakor (Prayer wheels).

Government Institute of Cottage Industries : The best place to pick up local handicrafts such as wooden hand carved artifacts and hand woven woolen carpets. You may see artisans at work.

Ganesh Tok : Located just above the town this Ganesha temple offers splendid views of the surrounding hills.

Hanuman Tok : A short distance from the town centre gets you to this unpretentious mandir and offers splendid photography.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology : A unique institution, devoted to Tibetolgy the only one of its kind in the world. On display is perhaps the largest collection of Tibetan artifacts outside Tibet.