Mangan, nestled on the foothills of Eastern Himalayas is the first hamlet after the journey towards the north district of Sikkim. Located at a distance of 52km from Gangtok, Mangan is an important center of Buddhism in Sikkim. Mangan is a graceful town that is acclaimed to be the headquarters of North Sikkim District. Mangan serves as the opening destination for the higher altitude region in the North district of Sikkim. Surrounded by the meandering mountain streams, forest hills, and trekking trails tourist from around the globe has been attracted towards Mangan for its scenic beauty making Mangan a favored tourist destination of Sikkim.
Perched at an elevation of 3950ft above the Teesta Mangan is known for being a historical, political and religious significant town. Located on the North Sikkim highway towards Gangtok to Chungthang Mangan has emerged as the most important town of North Sikkim. The history of Mangan dates back to the 9th century, when Guru Rinpoche blessed Mangan with Buddhism. The region of Mangan was invaded by the Bhutanese, and it was later invaded by the Qing Dynasty of China. Apart from being the entry point to North Sikkim, Mangan is known for offering the grand view of the Kanchenjunga range. There are many pictorial locations and trekking trails in and around Mangan with the mesmerizing view of the snow capped mountains like Pentok. Located at a distance of 2km from Mangan, Pentok is a serene hamlet of North Sikkim. From Pentok, the tourists can enjoy the awe-inspiring view of the snow peaked Mount Siniolchu. There are few places around Mangan at a short distance which showcases the views of 3rd highest mountain peak in the world Mt Kanchenjunga from Pakshep 2km from Mangan and Singhik at a short distance of 4km from Mangan. The market place is the ideal place to check out the curios and souvenirs while visiting Mangan. But if you want to go far away from the maddening crowd while immerging in the serene ambiance, trek towards the decades old monasteries Phodong Monastery and Phensang Monastery from Mangan. But if you love good music then a three day music festival is held at Mangan in December every year. Bands from different places of Sikkim as well as from the other Northeast states entertain the huge gathering and compete for the main prize. Mountains, music and the cold weather create an enthralling event. Mangan is a developing town which flourishes with pictorial destination along with the astounding view of the snow capped Himalayan Range. It would not be exaggerating to say that Mangan is a charming hamlet that is emerging as a new tourist hot-spot in Sikkim.
Starting your journey towards the higher altitude destination of the Northern Sikkim after witnessing the glorious view of Mt Siniolchu from Mangan can fill you with the positive thinking. Boosting with numerous tourist attractions and sited above the roaring Teesta Valley, Mangan with its mystical charm has lured the tourist traveling to Northern Sikkim. From trekking routes to decades old monastery and music festival Mangan is an ideal destination to immerge yourself in the lively yet serene ambiance of Himalayan valley.
Every season has its own charm in Mangan and being strategically located at an altitude of 3950ft Mangan has a moderate climate throughout the year but winter are considered the best time to get an unparalleled view of Mt Siniolchu from Mangan.
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