Gangtok

BEST SEASON: March to May and October to December
LANGUAGE SPOKEN: Sikimese & English
CLOTHING: Summer- Light Wollens & Winter- Heavy Wollens
STD CODE: 03592

Introduction

A city where you can hear the call of the hills, where you can become one with the bounties of nature… where you can commune with yourself in the monasteries… where you can shop for trinkets and tribal handicrafts in the long-winding bazaars… that is the magic of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a very charming city on the western side of the Ranipool river…. offering spectacular views of the entire Kanchenjunga range. The ancient temples, palaces and monasteries of Gangtok will transport you to a world of fantasy

Monuments and Sight Seeing Spots

Tsuk-La-Khang :
The Royal chapel, is the principal place of worship for the Buddhists. It is a beautiful and impressive building, housing a large collection of statues of Buddha and exquisite wood-carvings.

The Rumtek Monastery:
This Monastery is about 24 km away from Gangtok. It is the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. There are many Tibetan religious paintings exhibited here. Visitors are welcome to sit in the chanting sessions. Behind the temple is the Institute of Buddhist Studies, where the monks study. Rumtek is the site of ‘Chaam’ dances, held two days before the Tibetan new year in February. During this time, you can see the monks dance to the tune of cymbals and the beat of the drums.

Enchey Gompa :
This interesting Gompa of the Nyingmapa order is located about 3 km northeast of the center of town.

Orchid Garden Sanctuaries :
There are over 450 species of rare orchids in the sanctuary in Sikkim. Some of these beautiful flowers cannot be found anywhere else. The best time to visit is April and early May and between September and December. You can also check out the Orchidarium, another enchanting orchid sanctuary, located 12 km south of Gangtok.

The Flower Exhibition Center :
Blooming, blossoming and some even budding floral beauties. You can feast your eyes on the multifarious hues of nature at the the Flower Exhibition Centre, which has orchids and other species of flowers.

Do Drul Chorten And Gompa :
This large white Chorten is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels (should be turned clockwise).

Deer Park :
Kids will just enjoy this place. You can see various kinds of deer in their natural surroundings. If you visit the park around 7.30 am to 8.00 pm., you can see the deer being fed.

How To Reach

By Air : Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (124 kms).

By Rail : The nearest railway stations are Siliguri 114 kms, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) 125 kms.

By Road : Good motorable roads connect Gangtok with Siliguri 114 kms, Calcutta 725 kms, Darjeeling 139 kms and Guwahati 589 kms

Bus Service : Regular bus services connect Gangtok with Bagdogra, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and Calcutta.

Distances

* Darjeeling – 94 km
* Kelimpong – 49 km
* Bagalore – 2571 km
* Siliguri – 114 km

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