Gurdwara Nanaklama, Chungthang

Gurdwara Name Gurdwara Nanaklama Address Chungthang, Sikkim
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History On his way from Tibet to Kamrup (Assam), Guru Nanak Devji travelled thru this part of Sikkim - Guru Dongmar (17,300 ft) and Chungthang (5,800 ft). In addition, there is much talked Baba Harbhajan Shrine (on Rd Gangtok-Nathu La, approx two hrs distance from Gangtok) These places are reverred by local populace also. When Guruji visited this place where nothing was grown. On request of locals, he sprinkled maize seeds in that area where even today it grows and there is a sweet water spring, again traced back to Guruji (something like Punja Sahib). So, from 'changi than' it became Chungthang (altitude 5,800 ft). Chungthang is located in this state at a distance of 95 kilometres from the capital Gangtok. The present Gurdwara structure was built by officers of the Assam Rifles and Army personnel with the help of the local lepcha tribe in the early eighties. The area was restricted to service personnel and local people due to its strategic location near the border with China from the early eighties to 2005. The Assam rifles were transferred in September 2004 raising problems arose for the upkeep for the the Gurdwara. On 24th April 2005, "The Tribune" newspaper reported that the Gurdwara Nanklama at Chungthang Sikkim was opened to public and devotees for services. The Gurdwara was constructed after full inquiries from head lamas of Buddhist monestories (gomphas) at Fudong, Chungthang, Lachen, Lachung and Thangu and all the local people, and with their active help.
Remarks There is an ITBP police bn there and some local hotels. Contact info ITBP : 03592-276975(exchange No.) & Comdt ITBP 03592-276873(office), 276828(residence). It is approx 5-6 hrs journey from Gangtok. From here only, one can go to valley of flowers, near Lachung and takes approx two hrs one way. Alternatively, one can go to Lachung where reasonable hotels exist and then trek to valley of flowers & back. Other Info. a) Nearest rail head is NJP (New Jalpaiguri, WB) and all trains from/ to Ndl & Guwahati stop here, incl Rajdhani. Airfield exists at Bagdogra and is well connected to Ghy/ Ndl/ Kolkatta. Also, daily heptr service between NJP/ Bagdogra & Gangtok operates, flying time approx 25 mins and cost Rs. 2,500/- one way tkt. By road to Gangtok, takes approx 4-5 hrs. Army exch No. in Gangtok is 03592-266320. b) Travel agencies in Gangtok get you all the permits/ clearances i.e. police, home deptt, army & others, as applicable, to visit all these places. Local taxi service is very efficient - Sumos/ Bolero/ Tavera/ M&M vehs and so on. c) Recommended period for travel is May and mid-Sept - Oct only. d) IndArmy goes out of their way to provide medical aid in emergency, hot tea & pakoras at those heights and even limited accn, if reqd. Courtesy Information given by : Brig. BS Gill, Vir Chakra, Parakram Padak, 91 - 9872868095
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