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    Sikkim Pradesh Congress declares 16 Candidates

Gangtok, March 17:Despite the fact that the local people never voted and elected the national party in the past, the national party like Congress party and Bharatiya Janata Party is showing the presence in the election of Sikkim. Pradesh Congress President is declared as the candidate for the election of Lok Sabha seat from Sikkim.

     The name of 16 candidates is declared here .The list 16 candidates includes -Dr. Dipendra Gurung: Maneybong-Dentam-Dal Bahadur Karki: Gyalshing-Barnyak-Tej Bahadur Rawat: Soreng-ChakungGanga -Maya Cintury: Salghari-Zoom -Ishwar Prasad Rai: Poklok-KamrangSanchaman Chettri: Namthang-Rateypani Deepak Kr Bhandari: Temi-Namphing -Tula Ram Guragai: Khamdong-Singtam, Deo Kumar Pradhan: Rhenock Gopal Chettri: Chujachen Dorjee Wangdi Bhutia: Gnathang-Machong Snumit Targain: Gangtok Penzong Lepcha: DzonguKarma Tashi: Sangha.

Ruling SDF party declares 18 candidates for the Assembly Election,  Chamling Starts campaign

Gangtok, March 16: A day after the announcement of 18 SDF candidates contesting election on April 11, the party president and CM Pawan Chamling started political campaign as car rally from Gangtok to Namchi today. Tens and Thousands supporters welcomed their leader Chamling on the way giving rousing reception.

The President of Ruling Sikkim Democratic Front Party(SDF) Shri Pawan Chamling is contesting from two constituencies as usual from Poklok Kamrang and Namchi Singithang, South Sikkim. The list of 18 candidates is declared today by the SDF party in a press conference. Likewise from Yoksam- Tashiding (BL)  constituencies, Dichen Ongmo Bhutia is fielded as SDF candidate, from Manebong Dentam, N.K. Subba, from Gyalshing Barnyak, L.M. Sharma, Rinchenpong (BL) K.S. Lepcha, From Daramdin (BL) Pem Norbu Sherpa, Salghari-Zoom, Dhan Kumari Kami, replacing the present MLA and Minister, from Melli  Pharwanti Tamang, Namthang-Ratepani, Birjan Tamang, Temi Namphing, Shri G.M. Gurung, MLA and Minister retaining his candidature consecutively, Rangang-Yangang, Raj Kumari Thapa, Tumin Lingi, Shri Ugen Gyatso Bhutia, Gnathang-Machong, D.T. Bhutia, from Namchebung- Em Prasad Sharma, from Upper Tadong- G.T. Dhungel, from Gangtok- Pintso Chopel Lepcha and from  Djongu Pintso Namgyal Lepcha. At least, two Ministers our of 18 candidates don't figure in the list. However, there are still 14 assembly candidates including one MP Loksabha candidate left to be declared soon..

According to the schedule announced by Election Commission of India, Sikkim will simaulteously vote for assembly and Lok Sabha election on April 11, the date if counting will be on May 23.

Padma Shri Award to Indian Football Star Sunil Chhetri and Sikkim's Social workers Draupadi

New Delhi: March 16: Indian Football star and the pride of Indian Gorkha Sunil Chhetri today received the Padma Shri Award from the President Ramnath Kobind. Similarly, a social activist of Sikkim, Miss Draupadi Ghimirey too received the award in the function held here at Rastrapati Bhavan.

 

 

Sikkim Poll-Hamro Sikkim Party Declares Candidate

Gangtok, March 15: Hamro Sikkim party declared the name of five candidates today at a press conference here. The name of four candidates are Bina Basnet, President of the party from Upper Tadong, East Sikkim, former Minister Athup Lepcha as the candidate from Dzongu, North SIkkim, Miss Kamala Rai as the candidatae from Rangrang-Yangang, South Sikkim, Shri D.S. Limbu as the candidate from Yangthang  D.S.Limbu, West Sikkim and Shri Kumar Suji as the candidate from West Pendam. Hamro Sikkim party came first in declaring the name of the candidates although names of 28 candidates is to declare soon, it is informed. Working President Bhaichung Bhutia, Biraj Adhikari and others also addressed the conference who were present.

Election in Sikkim on April 11  

 Gangtok, March 11: (IPR). The schedule for General Elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly of Sikkim is notified by the District Collector-cum-DEO (East) Shri Kapil Meena.

The Date of issue of notification is 18th March,2019; Last date for filing nominations is 25thMarch, 2019 ; Scrutiny of nominations is 26th March, 2019; Last date for withdrawal of candidature is 28th March, 2019; Date of poll is 11thApril, 2019; Counting of votes is 23rd May,2019 and the date before which election shall be completed is 27th May, 2019. 

Sikkim Primitive Tribe Welfare Board Meets

Gangtok,(IPR): The Annual General Board meeting of Sikkim Primitive Tribe Welfare Board was held at the conference hall of Samaj Kalyan Bhawan, Lumsey today. The Chairman of Primitive Tribe Welfare Board, Shri Sonam Dupden Lepcha chaired the meeting. 

The meeting was attended by Chairperson of Social Welfare Board, Smt. Phurmit Lepcha, Principal Secretary of Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department (SJE&W), Shri K. Sreenivasulu who is also a Member Secretary of Board, Director Human Resource Development Department, Shri Sonam Lepcha, Director of Health Department, Dr. K. J. Topgay, officials of Social Justice Empowerment and Welfare Department, representative of Lepcha associations, non-official members of board and students of Sikkim University (Lepcha Department).                                                            Click for More

Chief Electoral Officer holds meeting with all political parties

Gangtok (IPR):Taking into consideration, for the upcoming Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha polls, a review meeting with all political parties was organised by the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer (O/oCEO), at Conference Hall, Balwakhani.

 The programme was chaired by Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Shri .R Telang accompained by Shri Prabhakar Verma, Special CEO, Smt Roshni Rai Additional CEO, and Shri Hemraj Rai, Superintendent of Police (East).

During the training, resource person, Assistant Director (IT) Shri Debahish Shilal, briefed about the newly launched IT applications of Election Commission of India for use during General Election, 2019.                  Click for More

 

National Seminar on the Role of Buddha’s preaching

 

       Gangtok, 5 March:  The National Human Rights Commission is organizing a two day National Seminar, on the ‘Role of Buddha’s preaching in realization of Human Rights’ in collaboration with the Sikkim University, Gangtok at Auditorium, Tourism Department, Government of Sikkim, 5th Mile, Samdur, Tadong, Gangtok, Sikkim from 7th – 8th March, 2019.

 

Sikkim Cabinet Sanctions Various Projects

Gangtok, March 6: Sikkim cabinet held at conference hall here and various decisions have been taken by the cabinet. About 66 approvals have been made by the cabinet pertaining to Home, Animal Husbandry, Commerce & Industries Department, Department of PART&PG, Department of Information Technology, Rural Management & Development Department, Energy and Power Department, Food & Civil Supplies, Cultural Affairs, UDHD, Forest, Roads & bridges, Land Revenue, Sports & youth, Health care etc.

Sikkim Democratic Front Observes 27th Foundation

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Gangtok: March 4: 27th Foundation Day of ruling Sikkim Democratic Front party was observed in all 32 constituency of the state today. In his constituency at Namchi Singhithang, Chief Minister Pawan Chamling who is the president of SDF party addressed the people. He said that the SDF government within 25 years initiated various development works in the state and now, the ruling party is able to perform all round development in the state. He said that better connectivity like constructions of roads and bridges connecting to the village and many basic amenities and infrastructures have been constructed, which is an unprecedented performance ever carried out by any state in the country. Apart from that, the government is also successful to bring peace, harmony and security in the state. Giving emphasis to the development of the youths, Chamling said that various youth-centric programs have been initiated by the government and after the election, the ruling party government will introduce the new program called Start Up program for the interest of the youths in the state.

He said that the government has taken various appropriate steps by developing the infrastructure for the boost of tourism in the state and the plan is afoot to connect Sikkim with Nepal through Chiwa vanjang in West Sikkim, which will exhilarate the tourism in the state. There are other ministers and dignitaries also present in the function and a large number of the people.

Sikkim's Total voters are above 4 Lakh -with 2 Transgender

Gangtok; March 4: The total number of electors as on 1.1.2018 are 4,01,904 with 206444(male) and 195460(female).Total electors  with 1.1.2019 as qualifying date are 4,23,167 as on date 216133(male), 207032(female) and 2 transgender, the Election Commission, Sikkim informed.The Election Department has appealed all citizens not to believe rumors and fake news related with elections. Any information regarding the election statistics/data electoral roll, guidelines of Election Commission of India may be enquired and confirmed either from the office of the District Election Officer of office of the Chief Electoral officer,Sikkim, the Department said. A voter helpline app is also available in Google Play store in order to obtain authentic information about electoral roll, the Department further informed. Regarding the help on the election, a toll free number 1950 is also operational during all working days. The Department also refuted some wrong electoral data published in some newspapers and urged the all concern to re-confirm before the publication.

ICAR–NOFRI Empowered Progressive Farmers Of East Sikkim

Gangtok 4th March, 2019- ICAR-National Organic Farming Research Institute, Tadong, Gangtok organized Training-cum-Frontline Demonstration Program on Organic Vegetable Production for the progressive farmers of Lingdok, East Sikkim on March 02, 2019 in order to create awareness and self-reliance in organic vegetable crop production under All India Coordinated Research Project on Plasticulture Engineering and Technology. A total of 31 nos. of progressive farmers participated in the program.                     Click for More

Workshop on Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts 

 

Gangtok, March 4: The workshop on ‘Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts’ was inaugurated today at Police Conference Hall  which was held with a view toimparting training through lectures and practical demonstration to equip the participants/ custodians of manuscripts with necessary expertise and knowledge about scientific preservation and preventive conservation. The Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department in collaboration with National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Deorali is organising the 5 days workshop from 4th-8th March, 2019 at Police Conference Hall, Police HQ. The conservation experts from NMM Delhi, Benaras Hindu University, INTACH Odisha will be imparting knowledge to the participants in the workshop.         Click for More

Chief Minister Chamling Dedicates 28th College at Gyalshing to the people of Sikkim

 

Gangtok: March 2: Chief Minister Pawan Chamling inaugurated the newly- constructed Sikkim Government College Gyalshing at Arigaon, Yangthang, West Sikkim, and thereafter, attended the valedictory function of the College Fest 2019.

Addressing the gathering of students and local gentry, he informed that in the past 25 years, Sikkim has witnessed a complete transformation and unprecedented development. Moreover, when the modern world is rife with unrest and turmoil due to differences of caste, creed and political turmoil, Sikkim stands as a model of peace. “Our inclusive politics and good governance have ensured that our people, including the students have the best possible environment to live in and flourish.” He said.                       Click for More

Multi-specialty 1000 bedded hospital shifting

Gangtok, March 2: The ongoing shifting process from STNM to the new multi-specialty 1000 bedded hospital at Sochaygang is carrying out rapidly, the Medical Superintendent, STNM Hospital Shri K.B.Gurung informed.                  Click for More

Welcome to  Sikkim.............!!!

Sikkim is one of the most peaceful and beautiful state of India. This Himalayan state is bordered by West Bengal, China,  Nepal   and Bhutan in the East. With a total area of 7,096 sq.km, Sikkim covers  0.22 percent of the  total geographical area of India with  a population of 540493 (2001 census). Climate of Sikkim varies from tropical to alpine. The maximum temperature during summer is 25 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature is 13 degree Celsius. During winter, the maximum temperature is 13 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature is 04 degree Celsius. Usually, the best season to visit Sikkim is April to June during pre-summer season and October to December for winter season. During summer, light woolens clothes are ideal to use while heavy woolens clothes are best during winter  season.

           How to visit Sikkim ?- 

By flight:

From Delhi or most of the metropolitan cities of India, one can make a trip up to Bagdogra airport of North Bengal, the nearest port. One can even hire Pawan Hans helicopter service from Bagdogra to Gangtok, otherise, any one can hire taxi from Bagdogra to Gangtok which is three and half hour journey. Now 80 seater flight from Bagdogra to Pakyong Airport.

By road:

The capital Gangtok is well connected by roads with Siliguri, Kalimpong and Darjeeling. Private Buses and taxis are available.Sikkim Nationalized Transport(SNT) bus service run by Government of Sikkim too available from Siliguri to Gangtok and back. Bus and other private taxi services  are available from Siliguri SNT bus terminus, Pradhan Nagar.

 Different tourist spots:

There are as many as places of tourist interest in Sikkim.  Local taxis and conveyance are available to visit these places from Gangtok. Permit to visit Nathula is available from Gangtok.

 Travel agents, trek & tour operators

There are more than 120 travel agents and trek & tour operators  registered and recognized by Government of Sikkim. They are very professional and hospitable who organize everything require for the esteemed tourists visiting in the State. They are well trained and equipped. Complaints can be lodged against any person who unnecessarily harass the tourist. "Tourists are our guest" is the slogan of every Sikkimese people according to their tradition and culture.  If you have any query or willing to know detail information

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or Contact: Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, MG Road, Gangtok

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Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, New Delhi: 14 Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi PIN 110021Ph:011-26115346; 26115171. Sikkim Tourist Information Centre,Kolkata:  4/1, Middletown Street, Kolkata-16 Ph: 22817905

Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Siliguri: SNT Colony, Pradhan Nagar, Siliguri,West Bengal Ph: 2512646

If you have any complaint, you can always make such complaint at any tourist information centre or nearest police station. However, the policy of Sikkim Government is to give best treatment to all the visiting tourists as guests. However, sometime, over charging of fare by taxi drivers or travel agents have come to the notice which has been amicably settled too.TAAS, an association of travel agents too settled such issue in the past.

 PLEASE BE SINCERE ENOUGH THAT YOUR COMPLAINT IS GENUINE ONE AND SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE.

Please do not throw garbage at random.Eco-tourism as a sustainable development is the main objective of tourism in Sikkim. Tourists are requested not to dispose off garbage at lakes and holy places. They must be collected and be disposed off in the garbage bag or containers only.

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Sikkim is now on Air map,  started The Flight service Between Kokatta, Guwahati & Sikkim

 

Gangtok: A tiny Himalayan former small kingdom, Sikkim is now on air map of India. Spread across 201 acres, the Pakyong airport has been built approximately 2 kilometres above the Pakyong village in Sikkim. With its inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24th September 2018[, the first commercial flight operations  from the airport started last 4 October 2018, between Pakyong and Kolkata.  Meanwhile, Druk Air plans to launch flights between Pakyong and Paro on 1 January 2019.the state of Sikkim has finally been added on India’s aviation map.

The brief statistic with regard to Sikkim’s biodiversity

State Animal - Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens),,State Bird - Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus),Number of species Types-Mammals - 150, Birds - 552, Butterflies - 690

Fish - 48, State Flower - Nobile Orchid (Dendrobium nobile)

State Tree - Rhododendron (Rhododendron niveum)

Flowering plants - 4500, Rhododendrons - 37,Medicinal plants - 424

Ferns & Fern allies - 362, Tree ferns - 8, Primulas - 60, Oaks - 11, Orchids - 515

Conifers - 16, Bamboos - 23, Glaciers - 21, Mountains & Peaks - 28, Rivers & Streams - 104

Lakes & Wetlands - 227, Forestry cover (2 percent rise) - 43.95 % - 2001, * 47.80 % in 2015

Recorded Forest area - 5841.40 sq. km. (82.32% of total area of Sikkim), Smriti Bans - 166

Herbal Gardens - 13

*These are the minimum number recorded till recently. Now with more advanced research, new species discovered will add to this list

Important mountain peaks of Sikkim

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1. Mt. Kanchenjunga West, 2. Mt. Kabru West, 3. Mt. Talung North,4. Mt. Sinolchu West

5. Mt. Simvo West, 6. Mt. Pandim West, 7. Mt. Rathong West, 8. Mt. Paunhri East

9. Mt. Kokthang West, 10. Mt. Lamaongden North,

11. Mt. Masunyange East

Important lakes of Sikkim

12. Khe-cheod-palri West, 13. Gurudongmar North,14. Lam Pokhari West , 15. Changu (Tsomgo) East, 16. Laxmi Pokhari West, 17. Cholamu North, 18. Bidang cho East

19. Menmecho East,20. Majur Pokhari West, 21. Sima Choka North,22. Dudh Pokhari West

23. Samiti lake West, 24. Ram-Laxman (Twin Lake) West, Hot Springs,25. Phurcha-chu, Sanganath South/West Sikkim, 26. Ranglop Cha-chu at Borong, South Sikkim

27. Gangyap Chhutshen, West Sikkim, 28. Takrumtshen, North Sikkim

29. Yumesamdongtchachhu, North Sikkim,30. Yumthang-tshachhu, North Sikkim

31. Zee Tshachu, North Sikkim,32. Shagyong Phedok Tshachhu, North Sikkim

33. Tholung Kangtshachuu, North Sikkim

Important Glaciers

34. Zemu Glacier North,35. Rathong Glacier West,36. Lonak Glacier North, ,37. Hidden Glacier North,38. Talung Glacier North,39. North Lonak Glacier North,40. South Lonak Glacier North,41. Tista Khangse Glacier North

Important Passes,

42. Nathu-la East,43. Jelep-la East,44. Batang-la East,45. Cho-la East,46. Chiwabhanjang West,47. Chorten Nyima-la West,48. Kongra-la West,49. Lungma-la West,50. Donkia-la West **English spelling of local names may not reflect actual Sikkimese pronunciation since these are from old official document

  Namchi Chardham  the most visited tourism spot

 

Photo: Chardham or Siddheswari temple at Namchi

    Namchi Chardham became the most visited tourism spot within a short period in Sikkim   “Siddesvara Dham” popularly known as Char Dham here in Namchi, South Sikkim has become a one of the most visited pilgrimage place.

The tiny Himalayan State, Sikkim earned the international attention for this kind of unique place where the devotees can have the darshan or visit of four most holy temples of India, the place being the  great replica of four temples  being in a place, which is easy to visit. According to report, since 19th November to 31st December, 2011 the total number of local, National and international (from countries like Thailand, Cambodia, Norway and Nepal and Bhutan) visitors who visited the Siddesvara  Dham have swollen up to 41,068. 

Total Vehicle which entered this Pilgrimage spot has been: 6,413, Total amount collected: Rs 2, 14,910/- Total Amount Deposited: Rs 1, 67,739/ and Total Expenditure: Rs 47,171/-

The collected amount is solely from the parking charges, selling of Tea and coffee and the service charge from the Cloakroom as visitors keeps their belongings in the cloakroom. 

   The cloakroom charge is not mandatory, as it is charged only when the visitors wishes to keep their paraphernalia in the cloakroom

No entry fee is levied for anyone as we’re in the initial stages of the operation, he informed. Mr. Sharma also added that with the minor works that will be completed within this month and the handing over of the Dham to the Trust will be completed by the end of this month

     The construction of the Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Centre at Solophok, 5 kilometre away from Namchi Bazar, South Sikkim was inaugurated on 8th November 2011, the construction of which is completed now.In accordance with the concept, vision and the exemplary initiative of Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling, the Government is endeavoring to promote “Rural Village, Eco friendly and Religious Tourism.

            The Government has envisioned in establishing a unique Pilgrim Centre with a 108 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva on the Solophok hill. Apart from the ground-scaled Shiva statue, this Pilgrim Centre would also provide replicas of the twelve Jyotirlingas, to offer one platform for Shiva devotees.

            In Hindu mythology, it is believed that Lord Shiva, after loosing Sati in Agnikund, had gone into seclusion and become a hunter in the forests of Sikkim. There is also a mention in Mahabharata that during Arjuna’s exile, he had fought over hunting a wild pig, with Lord Shiva incarnated as Kirateshwar in Indrakeel (Present Sikkim). Therefore, in this hunter incarnation he is locally worshipped by the people of Sikkim as Lord Kirateshwar. A statue of 18 feet height of Lord Kirateshwar has also been proposed as the part of the complex.

In order to attain Moksha, the Hindu belief is to perform pilgrimage to all the existing four Dhams. Thereby, replicas of these four Dhams, namely Badrinath, Jaganath and Dwarka dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Rameshwar, dedicated to Lord Shiva are also being constructed.

The pilgrim centre is being constructed on top of the Solophok Hill in South Sikkim which is about 5 kilometers from Namchi town. It has an acquired area of 29.95 Ha of land. The built up complex would cover an area of approximately 25 acres and is accessible by a memorable road.

            The profile of the hill suggested that the main Shiva complex with the main statue be placed at the highest commanding point in the west direction and facing east (almost). This 108 ft high statue of Lord Shiva (in a sitting posture) will be the focus of attraction encircled by the twelve Jyotirlingas. The entire complex is divided into four main elements, namely (1) Shiva Statue with 12 Jyotirlingas, (2) Four Dhams, (3) Sai Baba Temple and (4) Kirateshwar statue.

Besides, it is also proposed to construct, Yatri Niwas, Guest House, Security Block, Shops, Sewerage Treatment Plant, Foot Path, statues of Religious deities, Water Reservoirs, Pavilion Covering,  Fire fighting, Electrical & Plumbing Paraphernalia, Auditorium Furnishing, Art works, Movie Making, Audio Visuals, LCD screen display, Kiosks in the complex &  TVs in yatri Niwas, surround sound effects engulfing the entire complex, construction of Accommodation for approximately 40 persons, service workers & staff. The entire area shall under go landscaping, tree plantation and Gardening complete. As on date the entire cost of the project today stands at Rs.99.56 Crore.

          This pilgrimage centre has been dedicated and designed to place Sikkim in the very conscience, heart and minds of the citizens of India and beyond.  Apart from providing a unique religious and cultural ambience, the Pilgrimage-cum-Cultural Centre established on a grand scale hereafter ought to be a tourist attraction at the National as well as International level.  The existing linkages have been explored and the tourist activities targeted are Pilgrimage, cultural activities, seminars, religious discourses, nature study and passive recreation.  The construction activity itself has benefited the people of the State, and will invariably improve at large the socio economic condition of the people in the state.  It will undoubtedly provide immense income generation avenues and opportunities through economic spin-off on completion. The project conceived by the Government shall prove to be manna from the heavens, where upon it will enhance the economic capacity of the people.

During construction every attempt is being made to protect, preserve and promote the beautiful landscape of this Solophok Hill and all steps will be taken to maintain the serenity and harmony of the proposed site where nature is in its pristine perfection. The construction of the chardham and the statue of Lord Shiva was started on February 13,  2005 and completed   on October 30,2011. The Total sanctioned cost of the centre is Rs 99.56 crores.

Rope way at Tsomo lake area

Gangtok, : A new attraction for tourists in the area of famous Tsomo or Changu lake is launched as mono Cable Gandola system Rope way already operated  for tourists. The ropeway  runs from 12, 900 feet in height to 14,000 feet. The cable car has the capacity of 12 cabin and it can carry 6 person per cabin and within one hour, it can carry 400 persons for joy ride which will be a thrilling experience for tourists. From the last destination, they will have a glimpse of all the Changu area, Nathula India China border and some part of Kalimpong and Darjeeling. The tourists also can take joyride on the yak on the bank of the natural lake.   

The Rear view of Rumtek Monastery and Institute

The Rumtek is located 24 kilometers (15 mi) from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, at an altitude of about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft).Rumtek Monastery is also called the Dharmachakra Centre. It is also famous forNalanda Institute of learning of Buddhism. The controversy regarding the re-installation of real incarnate head of the monastery is going on now after 16th Galwa Karmapa went heavenly above .

 

Gurudongmar, The Beautiful  lake, North Sikkim

 

North Sikkim is also blessed with snow, glacier and varieties of flora and Fauna. Gurudongmar is the beautiful lake in North Sikkim. It is located at a height of 17,800 ft. which is regarded as the holy place.

The journey from capital Gangtok to the place is 200 kms. and the vehicle for the journey is available at the capital. 

There is a legend about the lake. The  lake used to remain frozen most of the year, therefore it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes by the local people. The Guru Padmasambhava while  passing by and returning from Tibet, the local people reportedly  approached Guru for providing source of water for drinking. Knowing the crisis, the Guru out rightly turned a portion of frozen water . By the blessing of Guru, a portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in extreme winter. The water of the lake is considered sacred,  the people carry the ‘blessed’ water in bottles as the gift of the Guru.

 One of the characteristic feature of the lake is that it is not only beautiful, but it remains milky in color most of the months of the year. It takes  7-8 hour from Gangtok to reach the destination. On  the way, the breath taking view of majestic Kanchenjunga, hill tops,  greenery and waterfalls refresh the visiting tourists. It takes to a  Lachen village, which is the base location for this trip. The visitors usually like to stay there for a night in a base camp. The journey starts early in morning next day  and the visitors can reach the destination within 4-5 hour drive to reach the Gurudongmar Lake. The journey through snow clad peaks, mountains, fresh air and close to nature is really full of pleasant feeling and experience. :The people visit the place round the year, but the best time to visit the lake is November to June.

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