Gangtok

About Gangtok

Gangtok is the capital of The Northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after british rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist Center and a base for hikers and trekers for Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges.


Places Of Interest :

  • Hanuman Tok Hanuman Tok is a Hindu Temple complex dedicated to Lord Hanuman, which is located in the upper reaches of Gangtok and maintained by the Indian army.
  • Ganesh Tok Close to Tashi view point is Ganesh Tok, a temple of Lord Gansha. It's located at an altitude of 6,500 ft.
  • Namgyal Institute Of Tibetology The museum housed in a traditional Tibetan-style mansion boasts a jaw-dropping collection of artefacts related to Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Established in 1958 to promote scholastic and cultural research, it displays buddhist manuscripts, icons, thangkas (tibetan cloth paintings) and tantric ritual objects, such as a Thopa (bowl made from a human skull) and kangling (human thighbone trumpet).
  • Rumtek Monastery Rumtek monastery is one of the largest in Sikkim and belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists which originated in the 12th century in Tibet. The architecture of the monastery is one of the finest in the world and resembles the original one in Tsurphu, Tibet.
  • Enchey Monastery The enchey monastery was established in 1909 above Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim in the Northeastern Indian state. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism.
  • Tashi Viewpoint It is located about 8kms from the Gangtok town. It offers a sweeping view of Kanchenjunga snow peaks. You will see the peaks dazzling with changing colors as the sun rises.
  • Flower Exhibition Centre During the summer months of march and april, when alpine flowers are in bloom, it’s worth peeping inside the flower exhibition centre, a modestly sized tropical greenhouse full of exotic plants, including several species of orchids, anthurium and lilium.
  • Handicrafts & Handloom Directorate of handicrafts & handlooms (dhh) was established in 1957 in order to promote manufacture and sale of various handicrafts, carpets and furniture etc.
  • Ban Jhakri Waterfalls This 100-foot waterfall is located in a landscaped park with forested area at about 7kms from Gangtok town and is a very famous picnic spot.
  • Do-Drul Chorten Dro-Dul Chorten is a Stupa. The Stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Inside this Stupa, a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics (holy books) and other religious objects. Around the Stupa are 108 mani lhakor or prayer wheels.
  • Tsomgo Lake Tsomgo lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim and located at an altitude of 12,310 feet and about 39 kms from Gangtok. The name Tsomgo means 'Source of Water'.
  • Baba Mandir It is between Nathula and Jelepla pass at an altitude of 13,123 ft and about 52kms from Gangtok, Baba Harbhajan Singh temple is popularly known as Baba Mandir.
  • Nathula Pass Nathula is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with china's Tibet autonomous region. The pass, at 4,310 m above mean-sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient silk road.

Best time to visit Gangtok

January/February/March/April/May/June/October/November/ December

Clothing

Light wollens and tropical during the month of May/June/October
Heavy wollens during the month of January/February/March/April/November/December

Nearest Airport

Bagdogra Airport (approx. 120 Kms)

Nearest Railway Station

Njp (New Jalpaiguri) Station (approx. 120 Kms)

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