Places to Visit in Gangtok

Gangtok is the favoured destination for any traveller searching for peace and tranquillity. Gangtok tourism is based on the natural scenic beauty of the Himalayas and its rich history.

Gangtok is the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim and is situated on the lower slopes of the Himalayan range (Altitude: 1600 meters).

The Ranipool river flows by the west side of Gangtok. Gangtok Tourism thrives in its spectacular setting and offers stunning views of the Kanchenjunga from various points in its neighbouring areas.

Gangtok city can be accessed only by road from Siliguri. The nearest airport is Bagdogra (124 kilometers). The nearest railway station is New Jaipalguri (NJP). Buses and share taxis ply regularly from Siliguri to Gangtok.

Places to See in Gangtok

Enchey Gompa

Enchey Gompa should be ideally visited during the months of august and January because dances and festivals are held during that period. The central attraction is a Chinese Pagoda styled edifice built in 1901. The Gompa (monastery) offers a stunning view of the Kanchenjunga.

Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology

Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology is a famous institute. The institute promotes research on Mahayana Buddhism.

Government Institute of Cottage Industries

The institute was established in 1957. It is a great place to purchase local handicrafts like Tangkhas,woolen carpets, dolls and masks among other handicrafts.

Palace of the Chogyal

If you visit Gangtok in December then the place to visit is the Palace of the Chogyal (Monarch). The palace is open to the public during Pang Lhabsol festival.

Hanuman Tok Hanuman Tok is a popular temple in Gangtok dedicated to the Hindu God Hanuman. It is situated at an altitude of approximately 7200 feet. You need to climb stairs in order to reach the top where the temple is situated. Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary As a superb destination for wildlife lovers, the Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary sprawls over an area of 51.76 sq. km and serves as a host to different species of animals including the Himalayan Bear, Red Panda and Civet Cat Binturong.

Tourist Destinations Near Gangtok

Excursions can be made from Gangtok to Changu Lake, 35 km away, famous for its cool and placid waters and the picturesque locale. Chungthang is also worth a visit because of its religious significance, which is interesting. The Sikkimese and the Hindu soldiers in the Indian Army believe that guru Padmasabhava had rested in this place and left three footprints for his devotees on a solid piece of rock. The Sikh members of the Indian army believe that the footprints are those of Guru Nanak.

Gangtok is best visited during the months from March to late May and from October to mid December.

Gangtok offers the traveller a superb mixture of both adventure and heritage tourism. Places to see around Gangtok include the venerable Rumtek Monastery along with exciting trekking routes.

The places to see around Gangtok include the following 'must see' destinations:
  • Rumtek Monastery and Dharma Chakra Center:

    Rumtek Monastery is situated on the opposite side of the Ranipul Valley at a distance of 24 kilometers from Gangtok. Rumtek Monastery is the seat of Gyalwa Karmapa- the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The main structure however, is a recent one-it was built in the 1960's by the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa when he set up base in Sikkim after fleeing from authoritarian Chinese rule in Tibet. Monks can be seen chanting outside Rumtek Monastery.

  • Pemayangtse Monastery:

    Pemayangtse Monastery is situated at a distance of 112 kilometer from Gangtok. It's Sikkim's most important Gompa. Framed by snow-capped mountains Pemayangtse Monastery makes a stunning sight. It was built during the reign of the third Chogyal Chador Namgyal in 1705. Since then it was rebuilt many times. The main festival takes place in February.

  • Tashiding Monastery:

    Tashiding Monastery is located in West Sikkim at a distance of 145 Kilometers from Gangtok. Tashiding Monastery holds a strategic position on the top of a hill between Rathong and Rangit rivers. Tashiding Monastery has one unique characteristic: the monastery is gold topped. It is regarded as one of the holiest Buddhist Gompas in Sikkim.

  • Trekking:

    The principal trekking area is the Dzongri area of West Sikkim. The trekking routes pass through beautiful villages.

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    Last Updated on : November 11, 2016