East Sikkim is one of the four administrative districts of Sikkim. Geographically, East Sikkim occupies the south-east corner of the state and its capital is Gangtok, which is also the state capital. It is the hub of all administrative activity in the state. The district occupies an area of 964 Sq km with a population of 281, 293 (20011) individuals. Popular tourist places in East Sikkim are Gangtok and its attractions, Rumtek Monastery on the opposite hill, Tsomgo lake/Baba mandir and Nathula pass, Tukuk valley, Jelepla pass, Nathang valley and Aritar.
People in East Sikkim are mostly of Nepali ethnicity, other ethnic groups include Bhutias, the Tibetans and the Lepchas. Nepali is the predominant language in the region. East Sikkim was part of the kingdom of Sikkim for most of its history except for a short period it was under the rule of the Bhutanese. After the Anglo Bhutan war, the territory was virtually under the command of the British forces.

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Attractions in East Sikkim, around and from East Sikkim

  • Baba Mandir Baba Memorial, popularly known as the Baba Mandir is located on the way to Nathula Pass. This memorial is dedicated to a brave soldier of the Indian army who lost his life around this area. It is beli

  • Gangtok Gangtok situated at an altitude of 1650m is the capital and the largest town of Sikkim. Gangtok which literally means ‘hilltop’ is a city with a good mixture of modern and old world charm. Its pop

  • Martam Village Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Martam village offers a calm and quite refuge with excellent mountain view. Located about 30kms from Gangtok, it is a small village comprising of people fr

  • Tsomgo lake Tsomgo lake also known as Changu lake is situated at an altitude of 3700mts at a distance of about 38kms from Gangtok. This is one of the high altitude lakes in India, it offers stunning views of the