About ManganMangan town is the district headquarters of the North Sikkim district. The town further opens up the Tibetan Plateau and is located at an elevation of 3950 feet above sea level.
History of ManganThe history of Mangan dates back to the 9th century when Guru Rinpoche
blessed this town with Buddhism. According to history, Margan was the
entrance to the Tibetan Plateau. This town was also invaded by the
Bhutanese and was also later conquered by the Chinese Qing Dynasty.
Demography of ManganAround two thirds of the people of this town belong to the Nepalese
community and follow Hinduism. The rest of the people follow Buddhism.
The Bhutias of Sikkim follow Buddhism and are responsible for
transforming the Lepchas into Mahayana Buddhism.
Utility Services in ManganMangan has many utility services for
the people residing here. The postal services are provided by the
Indian Postal Service and the electricity services by the Power &
Electricity Department of Sikkim Government. There are also many leading
telecommunication networks prevalent in Mangan. Some of the banks
located in Mangan are:
Union Bank of India
Mr. Ringing Namghyal Bhutia Pentok Upper Zimchung
Central Bank of India
State Bank of India
The Mangan market is a famous market with a number of shops located on the highway. There are a number of villages like Lingdong, Barfok and Hee-Gyathang opposite to the town of Mangan. The region is famous for the number of monasteries located here. There is the ancient Tolung Monastery in Mangan which displays many antique items of Sikkim. There is also the Labrang Monastery and the Yumthang valley which are the prime tourist places of Mangan. Mangan is famous for the three day musical festival held here every year. In this festival, musical band from across Sikkim and other neighboring Northeastern states take part in it.
This is an ideal place where from one can have a spectacular glimpse of the Kanchenjunga Mountain. There is a tourist lodge for the visitors and the place is located at a distance of 4 kms from Mangan. There is also a viewpoint here where from one can see the mount Silnoulchu. Almost downwards to the viewpoint one can see the confluence of the Teesta River and the Kanaka River.
How to Reach
- By Road: Mangan is located around 67 kms from the state capital Gangtok.One can reach Mangan by buses from neighboring Gangtok and other places.
- By Rail: The nearest railway station is located in Siliguri at 114 kms away.
- By Air: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra in West Bengal located around 124 kms away.