Sikkim Tourist Attractions
The tourists thronging the culturally and biologically rich state of Sikkim can include the following famous destinations in their tour itinerary.
Government Institute of Cottage Industry A store house of authentic Sikkimese arts and handicrafts, the Government Institute of Cottage Industries was started during the time of the Chogyals of Sikkim. The institute producing and exhibiting beautiful souvenirs such as Carpets, Hand Carved Tables or Choktses, Traditional Handicrafts, Furniture and hand loomed carpets has gradually become one of the most sought after tourist attraction of Sikkim.
Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa) Built by Trulshi Rimpoche, the head ruler of Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism school of thought, in 1945, Do-Drul Chorten or Stupa is another famous tourist attraction at Sikkim. One of the most attractive stupas of Sikkim having 108 prayer wheels, Do Drul Chorten is a store house of Mandala sets of Dorjee Phurba (Bajra Kilaya), a set of Kan-Gyur relics, ‘Zung’ (mantras) and some other religious paraphernalia. Colossal statues of Guru Padmasambhava are also present in the chorten.
Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology is a nationally renowned centre of Tibetan Studies & Research. Popular for its vast collection of rare Buddhist books, manuscripts and more than 200 Buddhist icons, the institute is located about a kilometer downhill from the main market of Gangtok. Surrounded by small forests of oak, magnolia and birch trees, this building is a rare example of Tibetan architecture. The institute is also home to several rare religious works of art and amazingly executed silk embroidered Thangkas.
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden Located at an altitude ranging between1800 meters to 2200 meters, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden of Gangtok is 24 kms from the capital city. Established in the year 1987, the garden is characterized by lush forest of Oak and more than 50 different kinds of trees.
International Flower Festival:
A flower show of different varieties of flowers, orchids and other rare plants in Sikkim is very popular among tourist which held every summer during the peak flowering season. This spectacular event attracts people from all over the country.
The beautiful state of Sikkim, famous for its flora which is in full bloom during March-May offers around 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees, 150 varieties of gladioli, 46 types of rhododendrons along with a variety of magnolias and many other foliage plants. Orchids, Gladioli, Roses, Cacti, Alpine Plants, Creepers, Climbers, Ferns and Herbs are the main flowers which displays in the flower show. Seminars and lectures organized by experts also can be attained in the show.