Gangtok


Gangtok (Sikkim, India) Travel guide

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Gangtok city from Ganesh Tok

Gangtok city from Ganesh Tok

Gangtok is the capital & an administrative hub of Sikkim, situated at the north eastern of India. At an height of approx 5,500 ft (1650 mtrs.) It offers a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world. It is an important hill station as well as a transit city for many places in of Sikkim.  Once it has been an important transit city for trading between India & China through Nathula Pass. Gangtok is a cosmopolitan city with people from different community & religion. It can provide you a wide range of services including good hotels, local & international cuisine along with modern amenities like shopping complexes, cyber café ect.      

 

Gangtok sightseeing | Tourist places

Tsomgo Lake – About 40 km away, this is the prime tourist attraction of the city. Read more…

Baba Mandir – 16 km drive from Tsomgo Lake there is Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir.  Read more…

Nathula Pass – Another 5 km drive there is Nathula Pass, a trade route between India & China.  Read More…

All these three sightseeing points are on the same route & can be covered in a single day. The tour usually starts at 7.30 in the morning & continues till 5 in the afternoon.

 


Places to visit in Gangtok | Tourist Places | sightseeing in & around the city

 

Enchey Monastery -Gnagtok

Enchey Monastery -Gnagtok

Enchey Monastery

It is located near TV Tower, approx 3 km from the main marker. It was built by Lama Druptob Karpo approx 200 years back. The monastery belongs to Nyingma Order. It is famous for its religious festival with Mask Dance (traditionally known as ‘Chham Dance’ ) organized on 18th & 19th of twelve month of Tibetan calendar every year (tentatively in December).     

Rumtek Monastery (Dharma Chakra Centre)

Rumten Monastery is situated 24km away from the city. After Tsomgo Lake it is the most important tourist spot. It also works as the Buddhist head quarter of India. The monastery was constructed in the year 1960 by the Gyalwa Karmapa, who was the 16th Karmapa & settled in Sikkim in late fifties. Rumtek is the largest monastery of Sikkim. Just beside the monastery there is Nalanda Institute of Buddhist Studies with huge collection Buddhist text, art & paintings.    Read More…

 

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Namgayal (Research) Institute of Tibetology

About one kilometer away from the Gangtok main market there Namgayal Institute of Tibetology surrounded by magnolia, oak & brich trees. The institute building is a perfect example of Tibetan style of architecture & a major sightseeing point. It is one of the renowned institutes of the world with rare collection of books, documents & manuscripts on Buddhism. There is a huge volume of xylographs (printed wooden documents), translation of original teachings of the Lord Buddha & Buddhist scholars around the world. The institute also conducts research on Buddhism along with Tibetan culture & language. The adjoin museum has a rare collection of antiques like Thankas, coins & Buddhist sculpture. The foundation stone of the institute was laid by Dalai Lama in 1957 & was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958.       

 

Tashi View Point - Gangtok

Tashi View Point – Gangtok

Tashi View Point

This is a view point in Gangtok situated approx 8 km from the main market. The tourist spot with a view point, offers a panoramic view of the Himalaya including Mt. Kanchendzonga & Mt. Siniolchu. 

Ganesh Tok

Near Tashi View point there another Gangtok sightseeing point called Ganesh Tok. Basically it is a small Temple Lord Ganesha along with a view point. From here one can have a bird’s eye view of the city & Raj Bhaban Complex. On a clear day magnificent view of Mt. Kanchendzonga can be seen.

Hanuman Tok

Approx 5 km away from city near Gangtok Nathu La highway there is another tourist place, a small Hanuman Temple. At an altitude approx 2200 mtr (7200 ft) it offers panoramic view of surrounding hills. 

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Handicraft Centre - Gangtok

Handicraft Centre – Gangtok

Government Institute of Cottage Industry

Just one km away from the main market it is one of the popular tourist attractions. In the year 1957 the institute was established with a view to manufacturing of the local art & handicrafts. There is an emporium within the institute to promote the same. Thankas (scrolls with traditional painting), masks, woolen carpets, dolls, Choksees (hand carved wooden table) are some of the important artifact of the emporium. Handmade paper, extensive used as invitation cards & letterheads, is another unique artwork in the institute.     

 

Flower Exhibition Centre

Not only the beautiful landscape, Sikkim is gifted will with more than 5000 species of flowering plants. The climatic condition has made this state a home to more than 600 species of orchids & 30 species of rhododendrons. To showcase this natural treasure a Flower Exhibition Centre has been established & is a must see attraction during Gangtok sightseeing. It is situated near White Hall, within a walking distance from MG Marg. Though the centre is open through the year, Mar to May will be the best time as the flowers will be in full blossom. International Flower Festival is organized every year tentatively in April.

Do-Drul Chorten Stupa

Do-Drul Chorten Stupa is situated within a short walk from Namgayal Institute of Tibetology. It was built in 1945 by Trulshik Rinpoche. He was the head of Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa is a home to many religious books & objects. There are 108 Mani Lhakor (prayer wheels) around the stupa. It is surrounded by Chorten Lakahang & Guru Lakhang along with two huge statue of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava).    

 

Gangtok cable car

Gangtok cable car

MG Marg (The Mall) & Market

MG Marg is the mall road in Gangtok & a great place for the tourists to spend their evening. This is a spit & litter free zone, even no vehicle is allowed to ply. Tourists can relax by sitting in the benches around the road or do some shopping in shops lined up both the side of the road. MG Marg is also a place for various cultural festivals, dance & music shows.

Gangtok Ropeway (Cable Car)

Ropeway is a must see tourist attraction in Gangtok sightseeing. It can offer a bird’s eye view of the city, snow capped Himalayan peaks & valleys. The ropeway has three terminal stations at Deorali, Namnang & Tashiling. Each cable car has a capacity to carry up to 24 passengers at a time. The two way ride will take approx 20 minutes. The cable car operates daily from 8 am to 4.30 pm.    

 

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How to Reach Gangtok :

By Air: The only airport in Sikkim is Pakyong (30 km). Pakyong is directly connected with Kolkata & Guwahati. Another operational airport is Bagdogra (IXB) located in West Bengal. Bagdogra to Gangtok is 125km, Pelling 145km & Namchi is approx 110km. Bagdogra is directly connected with Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai. Guwahati & Bangkok & it is indirect connection all major cities in India.

By Rail: Due to the geographic nature Sikkim does not have any railway connectivity. The nearest railway station is New Jalpauguri (NJP) located in neighboring state West Bengal. NJP is well connected with all major cities in India. NJP to Gangtok is 120km, Pelling 135km & Namchi is 98km.   

By Road : Sikkim is connected with Siliguri/Bagdogra/NJP through national National Highway 31A. It connects West & South district through Melli & Gangtok (East) through Rongpo. Sikkim National Transport (SNT) operates regular busses from Siliguri to various destinations in Sikkim. Private buses are also available from Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus.

Distance
Siliguri (NJP) to Gangtok – 120 km (4.30 hrs)
Bagdogra to Gangtok – 125 km (4.30 hrs)
Darjeeling to Gangtok – 98 km (4 hrs)
Gangtok to Pelling – 125 km (5 hrs),
to Ravangla – 68 km (3 hrs),
to Namchi – 80 km (3 hrs),
to Lachung/Lachen – 105 km (5 hrs)

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