Picturesque village

Activities in Mangan North Sikkim

Nestled in the knees of the Eastern Himalayas, the picturesque village of Mangan serves as a gateway to northern Sikkim while introducing you to the Lepchas and their unique culture. Mainly used as a stopping place in Dzongu, Lachen and Lachung, the town was founded in 1903 by Rinzing Namgyal, a local owner. Mangan takes its name from the word Lepcha Maangan, which means hidden place. Nepalese people in the area have changed its pronunciation to Mangan over the years.

Located at an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level, in the geographic south of the district, Mangan offers spectacular views of the majestic Mount Khangchendzonga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Pakshak Viewpoint, about 3 km north of Mangan, offers a view of the east face of Khangchendzonga. The legendary Satyajit Ray called it the best view of the mountain when he shot a movie here.READ: What not to miss to eat on your next trip to Sikkim

Mangan is also home to one of Asia’s tallest Bailey suspension bridges, the 45-year-old Rangrang Bridge, straddling the torrents of Rangrang Gorge. While the lower part of Mangan is home to the lively and clean Mangan Bazaar with shops, hotels and cafes, the upper part of the village is where you will find absolute peace. Winding roads lined with utis, cherry trees, pines and walnut trees follow you throughout the small hamlet as colorful prayer flags fly all around. Rhododendrons and orchids are also found here in abundance.

The tranquility of this hill station will take your travel fatigue off in a jiffy. The view of the beautiful Eastern Himalayas, the brilliant water streams, the chirping of beautiful little birds, the enchanting sound of Buddhist mantras all add up to provide the perfect setting to sit back and relax before starting your adventures in the northern Sikkim.
Mangan's main bazaar on a beautiful morning

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The best part of Mangan however is the unparalleled hospitality of the Lepchas. Staying with them in their host families can be an absolutely rewarding experience as you not only get to know the history and rich culture of the Lepchas, but also realize why Sikkim is called the organic land. Dining with the host family owners is an amazing experience as you introduce your palate to the bitter taste of pherfeek dong while tasting thentuk bhee and khemseel bhee. They might even have a myriad of stories to share about the Lepcha, the autocthons of Sikkim.

They have lived in perfect harmony with nature for centuries and have developed an innate relationship with their environment. For the Lepcha, everything from the blossoming of orchids to the chirping of birds has meaning. Your amazing hosts would also be too happy to wake you up early in the morning not to miss the stunning views of Mount Khangchendzonga and its adjacent peaks at sunrise.The lush surroundings of Mangan

Things to do

Walks in villages and bird watching excursions
Walks in the villages are a great way to explore Mangan. The village and jungle walk conducted by most of the host family owners here takes you to Rikzing Choling Monastery and the villages of Ringhim, Malling and Kalaw. Mangan is also a paradise for bird watchers and butterfly lovers.

An early morning birding trip with a local guide can be a great idea to get you paid for your next destination. Bird watching with Lepchas is a delightful experience. They are nature’s best friends, and any Lepcha would easily distinguish between species of every genus of plants, every beast, bird and insect.Red-billed Leiothrix (Leiothrix lutea) can be frequently spotted in ManganThe most common birds found in Mangan include the Orange-billed Leaf, Red-billed Leiothrix, Green-backed Chickadee, Red-billed Sunfish, Red Wind Bulbul, Asian Barred Owl, Red sibia, Hoopoe. common, fire-tailed blackbird, blue-fronted redstart and blackface laughing lily of the valley.

About 2 km before Mangan is the Singhik Viewpoint, offering spectacular views of the Teesta River and Mount Khangchendzonga. It was from here that famous botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker saw the magnificent summit when he was not allowed to enter the Lepchas Protected Area on his trip to North Sikkim in the 1840s. You can stop at the viewpoint for a quick photoshoot on your way from Mangan to Lachen.
Singhik's view The viewpoint is a simple cemented platform guarded by green iron balustrades. While the Khangchendzonga Range can be clearly seen from here, seeing Mount Khangchendzonga is entirely up to the cloud cover and your luck! Some travelers also prefer to make an overnight stop in Singhik en route to Chungthang or Lachen. There are only a handful of options for staying in Singhik, with Lazomla Homestay being the most preferred.

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Menchu ​​waterfalls
A little ahead of Singhik, you can also stop at the stunning Menchu ​​Waterfalls in Menchu. Falling from a great height, water gushes along a stepped wall, the sun forming rainbows over its crystal clear water. Tourists heading to Lachen be sure to stop here for a quick break and some selfies, of course!

Naga Falls
Tourists at Naga Falls

Just 4 km from Menchu ​​is a small village called Naga, known for its splendid waterfall. One of the largest in the region, Naga Falls is a tourist magnet and during peak season, you can expect a traffic jam here for at least 45 minutes. Located right next to the Relkhola Bridge, the waterfalls can be seen from an elevated cement platform.

Get there
Being an important city in North Sikkim and also the administrative seat of the district, Mangan is easily accessible by hiring a reserved or shared taxi from the SNT bus stop in Siliguri. Coming from Siliguri, you first pass through the village of Rangpo – the entry point to Sikkim.

After passing through Rangpo, you will reach Singtam in East Sikkim. Two roads diverge from Singtam. One leads to Gangtok and eastern Sikkim while the other leads to Mangan. On the way from Singtam to Mangan, some of the main landmarks you will pass are Dikchu Village and Rangrang Village.

Mangan is also accessible by road from Gangtok, located 67 km away. Expect a bumpy ride.

Advice: Mangan Bazaar gas pump is the only pump around Mangan and after that, one would only find a gas pump in Chungthang, 32 km from Mangan.

Fast facts
The people of Mangan
When should we go:
While summers are pleasant with a maximum temperature of around 26-28 ° C, winters are generally cold with a minimum temperature of 2-5 ° C. During monsoons, the place experiences moderate to heavy rains during the summer months. months of July and August. The best time to visit Mangan is the winter season as the views of Mount Khangchendzonga are the clearest during this time.

Visitor Center: Sikkim Mangan Tourist Information Center, North Sikkim

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Cell: 09434257588, Important contacts: Mangan Police Station: 03592-234284 / 234252/234271 STD code: 03592

Where to eat
There aren’t many options for dining out, but you can try the offerings at Malling Villa Restaurant, Khimsa Malling Hotel Bar and Restaurant, and Moxim Hotel Bar and Restaurant, which seem to be the best in Mangan.

Where to stay
While there is no dearth of good hotels in Mangan, it is best to stay with a host family. You will not only experience the rich cultural heritage and incredible biodiversity of Sikkim, but you will also help the locals, for whom tourism is a great support system. Homestay in Malawlee (Cell: 89720-19585) is one of the most preferred.

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