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East Sikkim

East Sikkim sees a higher tourist footfall compared to other parts of the state. Focussed around the urban hub of Gangtok, it’s also the most populous area in the region. Regardless of your destination, you are likely to spend a few days here, even if only in transit.

East Sikkim occupies the south-east corner of the state. The capital of East Sikkim is Gangtok, which is also the state capital.Popular tourist locales are the Tsongmo Lake, Baba Mandir and the Nathu La pass. The pass formed the offshoot of the ancient Silk Road which connected Lhasa to India. The pass and Baba Mandir are open to Indian nationals only. To enter this region a special permit is required; the Inner Line Permit has to be obtained one day prior to departure. This permit is made through local tourist offices. Other tourist areas include Gangtok and the famous Phodong Monastery north of Gangtok and the internationally famous Rumtek Monastery.