Mangan, North Sikkim
Mangan is the district headquarter of North Sikkim. It is 65 kilometers from Gangtok and lies at an altitude of 3950 ft. It is also known as the Cardamom Capital of the India and is the North District Administrative Headquarters. The landscape is very mountainous with dense vegetation all the way up to Lachen & Lachung, before thinning out to desert scrub towards the alpine region. Numerous waterfalls astride the main road making the trip to this region extremely picturesque.
Dreamy and absolutely delightful, Mangan is a wee town situated in North Sikkim district. Serving as North Sikkim’s regional capital, this miniature hill station is a popular jaunt for ardent rovers, adventure freaks and nature lovers. Take the metalled road from Gangtok to Mangan, this drive will transport you to a different world, so surreal. Witness the unthinkable beauty of nature in the rolling mountains, forested hills, warbling streams and scattered settlements. If you are in search of serenity and solitude, you will find it here. Mangan, will undoubtedly offer you with an extremely relaxing holiday. Take a tour of this spot and make a visit to its captivating tourism attractions. Dotted with few of the most amazing must see sightseeing places, journeying across Mangan will be no less than a joyride.
Apart from the natural beauty that you will get to witness, there are quite a few cultural attractions and historical monuments that you must visit. Labrang Monastery, Phodong Gompa and Rong Lungten Lee Museum are few of the popular tourists spots, you surely wouldn’t want to miss out.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Anytime of the year except the rainy season would be best time to visit this place. March to June is definitely the best time to indulge in exciting things like sightseeing, trekking and several other outdoor activities. However if you want to experience the chills of winter then anytime between October to March is the best time.
HOW TO GET THERE
Airways: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal about 5 hrs drive from Gangtok, and about 144 km from Mangan. Sikkim also has got its first commercial airport at Pakyong, East Sikkim but weather hampers the operation of this airport most of the time. If you are lucky enough you can get a flight directly to Pakyong.
Railways: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal which is about 140 km from Mangan.
Roadways: Mangan is about 52 km from Gangtok, the capital city. You can book a taxi from Gangtok to reach the place.