Located : The capital of Sikkim, located in the east district, one of the popular hill stations, overlooking the river Ranipool.
Main Tourist Attractions : Deer Park, Dul-Dul Chorten, Kabi Longstok, Rumtek Monastery, Kechopari Lake, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Tsuklakhang-The Royal Chapel, Research Institute Of Tibetology, White hall, Yaksey, Tsomgo Lake, the Ridge, Phurchachu Reshi Hot Springs, Kangchendzonga National Park, Lachung, Enchey Monastery and many more.
Best Buys : Furniture, dresses, Lepcha weave bags, Carpets & Durries, handicrafts and handloom, masks, bright Choktse t ables, Thanka hangings, wooden and bamboo artifacts.
Best Time To visit : April to June and September to November.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim with a population of approximately 50,000 has emerged into the mainstream of the Tourism Industry, with more and more tourist visiting this little Himalayan state every year. Gangtok has developed into a cosmopolitan flavour where old-world charm and hospitality exist along with the Internet Age.
Major Tourits Attractions
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden:
24km away Gangtok, this garden is consist of temperate forest of Oaks and as many as 50 different kinds of trees species.
Namgayal Institute of Tibetlogy:
A renowned center for Buddhist study, the institute houses a rare collection of Tibetan, Sanskrit and Lepcha manuscripts, statues, Thanks (tapestry used in Buddhist liturgy) as well as more than 200 Buddhist icons.
rumtek monasteryThe largest monastery in the Eastern Himalaya. Rumtek is the seat of Kagyu order of Tibe tan Buddhism. This magnificent gompa is only 24 km from Gangtok. Flower Exhibition Center: Located near the White Hall Complex this place houses a variety of orchids, seasonal flowers as well as bonsai. It is open between April to June and September until the end of November. In recent years, this show has become quite popular and famous, as there are flower exhibitions throughout the year in accordance with the seasons and the flowers in Bloom.
Lying 40km northeast of Gangtok, it means “Source of the Lake” in Bhutia language.
Only 56 km away from the Gangtok, tranquility of this place is very charming. Waving Chinese soldiers and Chinese tourists on the other side of the border is an added attraction.
This 200-year-old monastery is famous for the mask dance called ‘Cham’ performed in the month of January. The Enchey Monastery meaning the Solitary temple was originally built with the solace that no other construction would be allowed near it.
Do-Drul Chorten (Stupa):
This Chorten houses the complete mandala sets of Darjee Phurba, a set of Holy Books, complete ‘Zung’ (mantras) and other religious objects.
Tashi View Point:
Built by the late King of Sikkim Sri. Tashi Namgyal this viewpoint is at a distance of about 8km away from the town and offers good view of Mt. Siniolchu and Mt. Kanchenjunga.
This spot, 7km away from Gangtok, offers a bird’s eye view of Gangtok. There is a small temple of lord Ganesh at this place. It is on a hillock on Gangtok-Nat hula Road.
Just above Ganesh Tok lays this viewpoint offering nice view of the mountains along the horizon and the Gangtok town, there is a Temple of Hanuman here.
Cliamate of Gangtok:
Summer: 28 °C – 13 °C
Winter: 18 °C – 0.48 °C
How to Reach
Air : The Nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal (124 kms.). There are direct flight connections with Delhi, Calcutta and Guwahati.
Train : Nearest Railway station is in New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal (148 kms.) It has direct railway connections with Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Varanasi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Jaipur and other major cities of India.
Road : The busiest route in and out of Sikkim is the road between Gangtok and Siliguri. Darjeeling 119 km.
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