Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and it is one of the most popular places India for tourists to spend their vacations. It is known for its scenic beauty and striking views of Mountains. The name Gangtok means the ‘Top of the Ridge’. It is a peaceful place with a mix of different cultures & ethnicity. Gangtok is famous for its awesome architecture, museums, gardens, waterfalls, lakes & pools, art & craft, rides, adventure activities like paragliding, bonfire, camping, trekking etc. as there are many places to visit and many things to do there slowly-slowly Gangtok has become one of the most popular tourist destination in India.
As a travel guide Gangtok is all about snowy peaks and mountains, and a lot of shopping. Over the last few years Gangtok has developed into a major hill station, with a lot of hotels and lodges. We also arrange travel and tour packages in and around Gangtok by car with several different car rental packages to choose from. So, book your seats know to make your vacations memorable.
Places to Visit
There are many more places to visit in Gangtok.
- Khecheoparli Lake
Khecheoparli Lake is located near Khecheopalri village, in Gangtok, Sikkim. Generally this lake is called as “wish fulfilling lake”. It is one of the most famous tourist spot as people from all corners of the world come to see this view of lake. This lake was known as Kha-Chot-Palri, which means the heaven of Padmasambhava – A Sage Guru. The whole lake is surrounded by the hills and dense huge forest. It is one of the most popular tourist spot in Gangtok.
- Hanuman Tok
Hanuman Tok is a Hindu temple which is located in Gangtok, Sikkim. The temple is dedicated to lord Hanuman, the Monkey God. According to the local people they said that, when Hanuman was flying with the “Sanjeevani” mountain to save Ram’s brother Lakshman he rested there for some time and know at that places this temple Hanuman Tok has been built. It is also one of the most popular tourist spot in Gangtok.
- Gurudongmar lake
Gurudongmar Lake, located in North Sikkim at a distance of 175 km from Gangtok, is situated at an altitude of 16890 feet. Gurudongmar is also one of the highest lakes in the world. The scenic beauty of the lake is surrounded with dense and huge forest. It is believed that the water of Gurudongmar Lake has the miraculous power of granting children to the parents who don’t have any child. The best time to visit the Gurudongmar Lake is in between the months of March and May. Gurudongmar is a must visit place if you are traveling to Gangtok.
· Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a unique Tibetan museum located in the city of Gangtok. The museum is built with traditional Tibetan architecture, Tibetan culture, religion, art, history and language. In the museum there is a large collection of Buddhist books and manuscripts, valuable Tibetan cloth paintings called thangkas, statues, human thighbone trumpets, and a kapali, bowl made of human skull etc. it is also one of the famous tourist spot in Gangtok, Sikkim.
Things to do there
There are many more things to do in Gangtok.
Shopping in Gangtok
Shopping in Gangtok is all about buying masks, footwear, carpets, handicrafts and other trinkets etc.
Activities in Gangtok
There are many more activities to do in Gangtok like camping, bonfire, trekking, river rafting etc.
Famous Food of Gangtok
The famous food of Gangtok is chicken Chili, Lamian with sauce, momos and many other famous food items.
Weather/Best Time to Visit
Any time of the year is good to travel Gangtok. The best time to visit this beautiful hill town is from October to November it was the time of peak winters at this time the temperature is fall down to 1C and in summers the best time to visit is in the month of March to June at this time the temperature is around 22C.
How to Reach?
The distance to Gangtok from Delhi is about 1600 km which is nearly a 28 hour drive. So, if you want to go Gangtok by car is not the one off the best option because it is a 28 hour long drive which is to difficult. So it is advisable to take taxi from new jalpaiguri to gangtok or take a taxi from bagdogra to gangtok.
The closest railway station in Gangtok is at Jalpaiguri which is about 125km away after reaching there you can hire a pre-paid taxi to reach up to the city.
The closest airport in Gangtok is at Bagdogra which is about 124km away from airport after reaching there you can hire a pre-paid taxi to reach up to the city safely and comfortably.