Gangtok

Gangtok

Gangtok, sited on the Eastern Himalayan Range at an altitude of 1650mt is a picturesque town of Sikkim. Surrounded by the lofty mountains and meandering river streams named Roro Chu and Ranikhola, Gangtok is also the capital town of Sikkim. Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, it is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities. With the view of the third highest peak in the world, Mt Kanchenjunga, Gangtok has become a favored tourist destination of North East Region.

Gangtok with its unique location has become the base to explore the mountainous valley of Sikkim. Apart from being the base towards the recreational activities on the foothills of Himalayan Range, Gangtok has charm of its own, the dense deciduous forest of oak and elm trees surrounding Gangtok just adds up to the beauty of this pictorial town. Gangtok with its shopping mart, restaurant, hotel and pub offers a wide range of amenities facilities to its visitors. There are many places for sightseeing in Gangtok, including some decades old monasteries and temples located at an easily accessible distance, one of them being Enchey monastery. Enchey monastery or the Solitary monastery is the oldest monastery of the Gangtok. It was established in 1909 on a stunning ridge of a hill above the Gangtok city on Gangtok-Nathula road, to its northeast from where the Khangchendzonga range is visible. Hanuman Tok, a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is situated at an altitude of 7200 feet at a distance of about nine kilometers uphill from Gangtok on a blissfully calm and quiet hilltop. The location is completely free from the pollution of city life. Apart from the clear view of the peaks surrounding Mount Khangchendzonga, some portions of Gangtok town, one also gets a bird's eye view of the Selep water works, which supplies drinking water to Gangtok. One of the famous things to in Gangtok is to visit MG Marg. MG Marg located on the main street of Gangtok town is a great place to rest and relish the lively ambiance of Gangtok town. The country’s first litter and spit free zone, no vehicular traffic is allowed into the marg. Visitors can sit at the Titanic Park or at the various benches stretched across the mall and take in the carnival like atmosphere, especially during the tourist season. The Mall is lined with shops on both sides of the road so shopping becomes an added pleasure. Gangtok is also endowed with some surreal beauty of nature like Tashi view point about 8km from the main town Gangtok offers a panoramic vista of the snowcapped mountains and it’s one of the best places to see an awe-inspiring sunrise over the Himalayan Range. Ban Jhakri fall 7km from Gangtok a 100-foot waterfall located in a landscaped park with forested area is a wonderful example of the surreal beauty of nature and a great place to learn about the shaman culture of mountainous valley.

From shopping mart to monasteries, Gangtok has something to offer for every visitor. The picturesque view of the lofty mountains and snowcapped Himalayan range with the heart swelling sikkimese hospitality has made Gangtok a must visit tourist destination of Sikkim.

Best time to visit Gangtok

The best season to visit the capital town Gangtok is considered to be during autumn (October to November) and spring season (March to April). During these seasons the weather is soothing and visitors can get an unhindered view of the majestic Khangchendzonga Range.

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