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Hill Station - Gangtok

Rumtek Monastry GangtokThe capital of Sikkim, Gangtok (which means 'hilltop'), sprawls down the west side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul River. The scenery is spectacular and there are excellent views of the entire Kanchenjunga Range from many points in the environs of the city. Its picturesque mountain range with several beautiful monasteries attracts thousands of tourists from all parts of India.
In Gangtok one can both experience the age old tradition and culture along with its urbanization in terms of modern facilities.

Tourist attractions in Gangtok

The Tsongo or Changu Lake is situated in the Northeast of Gangtok. Tourists require special permits to visits breathtaking place.

Gangtok is a heaven to the adventure loving tourists. The tourists may try their hands in adventure activities like hang gliding, mountain biking, trekking, white-water rafting and yak safari. Gangtok has several trekking routes to the Chaurigang, Dzongri, Khechopalri, Pemayangtse, Rabongla, Sang, Sikip, Tashiding, Thangshing, Tsokha, Varsey, Yangang, Yuksam and Zemathang.

We recommend following Popular Sightseeing spots in Gangtok:

Enchey Monastery - Located on a hilltop, it was built during the rule of Thutob Namgyal. This 200 year old monastery houses many images of god and goddesses and religious texts within its complex. A religious masked dance known as Chaam held every year in the month of January and the annual festival are prime sources of tourist attractions.

Government Institute of Cottage Industry - Also known as the Directorates of Handicrafts and Handlooms. This institute was established in 1957 to preserve, protect and propagate the traditional art and craft of Sikkim. Handloom carpets, furniture, hand carved foldable tables(Choktsees), exquisite dolls, hand painted masks, lamp stands are some items which tourist can purchase while visiting this industry.

Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology - It is an world famous centre for Tibetan studies and research. The institute has a large collection of some old Tibetan literature, manuscripts, paintings, statues and other historic objects. The institute was established with an soul aim to promote research on Tibetan language and culture. The institute also has a library, which is open to public all day in the weak with an entry fee of Rs 2.

Deer Park - Located near the new secretariat, the park was established in the late 50s. It is home to different types of deer along with some other animals like Red Panda, Himalayan Bear. There is also a big statue of Lord Buddha inside the park, which is a replica of that in Sarnath.

Changu lakeChangu Lake - It is literally known as "source of the lake " in Bhutia language. Just about 40 kms. away from Gangtok. this serene lake is situated at an altitude of 12,000 ft on the Gangtok Nathu La highway. It falls in the restricted area and hence an inner line permit is required by Indians to visit this place. Foreign nationals are not permitted to visit this lake without special permission. The lake is about 1 km. Long, oval in shape, 15 meters deep and is considered sacred by the local people. It is also a home of brahminy ducks. It's cool, placid water harmonizes with the scenic beauty around. A small temple of lord Siva is constructed on the lakeside . This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months up to mid-May.

Between May and August it is possible to see a variety of flowers in blooms, including the rhododendrons, various species of primulas, blue and yellow poppies, irises etc. It is also an ideal habitat for thered panda and various species of birds.

Gangtok - Adventure Sports

For the adventure tourist Gangtok is the place to be at. While at the hill resort of Gangtok you may indulge in adventure activities like trekking, white-water rafting, hang gliding, yak safari, and mountain biking. Gangtok offers interesting treks to the Pemayangtse, Khechopalri, Yuksam, Tsokha, Dzongri, Thangshing, Zemathang, Chaurigang, Tashiding, Varsey, Yangang, Rabongla, Sang and Sikip. The state tourism department of Sikkim has been promoting the adventure tourism potential of Gangtok

Hotels in Gangtok

Gangtok offers accommodation options ranging from luxury Hotels and hill resorts in Gangtok and medium-priced Economy hotels in Gangtok, we offer you the right kind of accommodation for you and your family visiting Gangtokfor a summer retreat, honeymoon travel to Gangtok, a family vacation in Gangtok...

Best time to visit Gangtok

Located at the laps of the Himalayan mountain range, Gangtok experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year. Its average summer temperature varies between 21 and 13 degrees C while during winters, the minimum temperature can drop below freezing point. The city receives an average annual rainfall of 3894mm. The best tourist season to visit the city is between April to mid-June and mid-September to November.

How to reach Gangtok:

By Air : Nearest airport is Bagdogra (Siliguri) in the state of West Bengal .
By Rail : The two closest railway stations are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri .
By Road : Gangtok is well connected by surface network with Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and other important centers of Sikkim.



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