Places to Visit in Gangtok
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Places to Visit in Gangtok
Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim. The wide array of Buddhist monasteries are all great places to visit in Gangtok. Apart from natural beauty, which is a staple of any Himalayan region, Gangtok has man-made structures worth visiting. For any tourist sightseeing in Gangtok, a camera is a must have.
Places to see in Gangtok have a unique ambiance – the hustle and bustle of city life and a quiet serenity.M.G. Marghouses the Lal Bazaar, which is a very popular Gangtok tourist spot. Merchandise of all sorts, food stalls, shopping malls, supermarkets, restaurants, trinket and souvenir shops, and much more can be found on this one sprawling street. A mere four hours from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, M.G. Marg is colorful, busy, and smack dab in midst of town.
In Gangtok, local sightseeing is itself a big flurry of places.Buddhist Monasteries built in Tibetan styles are amazing places to visit in Gangtok. Although most monasteries do not allow photography within their sacred walls, the exteriors are themselves quite exquisite.Delicate wall paintings, dragon sculptures, rocks painted with scriptures, and imposing figures are all shared aspects. Some seminal examples include Rumtek Monastery and Ranka Monastery. Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok view point, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, and Do DrulChorten Stupa are also Gangtok’s points of interest.
Places to see in Gangtokare endless and many of Gantok’s sightseeing places are glowing with natural beauty. Some prime examples are Banjhakri Waterfalls, Himalayan Zoological Park, and Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve. But a major Gangtok tourist spot is Gangtok’s ropeway. It starts from Deorali Bazaar, stops once at Nam Nam, and then moves on to Tashiling. Nam Nam is not very far from M.G. Marg, and both ends at Deorali and Tashiling have delicious restaurants. But the best part is the unrestricted view of Gangtok from high up. Even the Kanchenjunga Peak can be seen in the distance from the ropeway.
Some of the best places to visit in Gangtok can be accessed from the ropeway route itself. The starting point is Deorali Bazaar in Gangtok. From here, the trip to Nam Nam is really worth it, as, besides the obvious scenic beauty, Nam Nam is a central location. Five minutes on foot lead to M.G. Marg and Lal Bazaar for those interested in shopping and sightseeing in Gangtok. After the shopping is done, the trip back to Nam Nam on foot leads to the taxi stand from where people can go to Pelling.
Places to visit near Gangtok are quite exciting as well. Pelling, Nathu La Pass, ChaarDham, Namchi, and so on. The Sai Mandir in Namchi is worth visiting. Also worth a trip is the Buddha Park Ravangla, which houses an enormous Buddha statue. Lacsen,Lacsunz, YumthangValley, Gurudongmar are also great places to visit near Gangtok. The glacial source of Teesta River at Tso-Lsamu is also great.
Nathula Pass in Gangtok
Nathula Pass in Gangtok, Sikkim is a high-altitude mountain pass in the Eastern Himalayas. The adventurous pass is accessible from Gangtok throughout the year. The Kailash Mansarovar route from Nathula Pass takes tourists and pilgrims to China-occupied Tibet.
It is located at an altitude of 14,450 feet and 56 km from G...
Yumthang Valley in Gangtok
For any man looking to experience a lifetime enchantment, the Yumthang Valley, Sikkim is the perfect destination. It is a nature sanctuary with rivers, yaks, and hot springs. All this and the Himalayan peaks surrounding the place add to the magical experience. The valley is at an elevation of around 3500 meters above sea le...
Banjhakri Waterfalls in Gangtok
The Banjhakri waterfalls in Sikkim are without any doubt one of nature's many beautiful wonders. It is a hundred foot waterfall located to the Ranka Monastery. The park where the waterfalls are located is in a thickly forested area of Swastik, which is about seven kilometers away from Gangtok.
Banjhakri falls are naturally...
Gurudongmar Lake in Gangtok
Located at a height of 17100 feet above sea level, Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim is the second highest lake in India. Needless to say, with an altitude of such magnitude, the lake defies all description. Located just about 5 kms south of the Indo-China border and about 190 kilometers from the capital city of Gangtok, the lake ha...
Hanuman Tok in Gangtok
Situated in Gangtok, Hanuman Tok has its interesting meaning. The literal meaning of Tok is ‘temple’. Hanuman Tok (mandir) is devoted to Lord Hanuman. Hanuman Tok in Gangtok is the most renowned temple in Sikkim, managed and maintained by a division of army department of India. The temple is popularly known as a wish fulfil...
Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok
Rumtek Monastery includes an exquisite shrine temple and a monastery for monks, embodies vision and aspiration of Sixteenth Karmapa (head of monastery), Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, to establish his seat-in-exile to help spread the teachings of Buddha throughout the world.
The architecture of the Rumtek Monastery in Gangtok is on...
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Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingIt was fantastic trip. Hotels provided were of best service but I expected more luxurious rooms. All the drivers are very friendly and didn’t face any problem in the tour. Enjoyed a lot in the trip. Only concern is they didn’t cover all the places which are mentioned in iternary. They have to plan alternatives if the weather is not supporting. Apart from this everything went well. Thanks to tour advisor & travel triangle do the memorable trip
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingFeedback : overall rating : only 3 star Day 1: pickup done at 12.15pm.the vehicle condition is very bad. Driver is not at all guiding us for sightseeing and for food. He took us to a restaurant where the quality of food is a disaster. Valley vista reaort was provided for us. Where too much smoking smell in the floor where we were provided rooms. Day 2: pick up time was not intimated earlier. Suddenly, The driver came at 7.30 am and stated that he would not pick us if we don't start immediately. Which is very disappointed for us to get ready in the last minute. Later, everything went on good. No nathula pass permit. Vehicle condition is not good. Black smoke came from the silencer, due to which everyone fallen sick. Visited Tsomgo lake and baba mandir. Restaurant in the hotel also not provided sufficient quantity of food/ juice/sweet for 8 mem. They have provided the same quantity of food for 4mem and also 8mem. When we asked for extra,there was no arrangement and inturn told that the juice/sweet/ is over, also shown some displeasure. Day 3: Way to Lachen...vehicle provided without luggage carrier. Lack of communication between transport team and sales person. Vehicle condition is good. Driver passang has good patience and shown sightseeing places.felt comfortable with him. Last minute changes in hotel rooms in hotel blue pine lachen, were done by subham. 4 mem has to share a suit. Even though,its costly room than deluxe room, it was not convenient to 2 couples. However, the cook/receptionist john approached nicely and arranged nice food for the next day too in-time... Breakfast -only bread n jam is provided. Day4: way to lachung... Not visited gurudongmar lake as already v were tired. Started at 1pm.. the hotel receptionist is ok. And even though i have booked for breakfast,lunch,dinner in lachung, the receptionist has told that only dinner and breakfast will be given to us. He told that he confirmed from the travel agency that there would not be lunch for us. Day 5: way to gangtok. Started early as anyway no lunch was provided by the hotel, only breakfast was had by us. Candle light dinner should be provided to us on this day. The hotel people have felt that its an extra work for them. After long discussion,they hav shifted it to the lobbey. However, only 2 candles were put on the table where all the 8 members had to sit together. Nothing extra.not even a piece of sweet. Felt so bad/disgusting. I felt that i have paid 3000 extra for just 2 candles. Not even single table per couple. Day 6: way to bagdogra. Vehicle is in good condition. Driver has dropped us at airport in time. However, he expected some money from us. All the hotels provided only bread n jam in the breakfast. Only valley vista resort, gangtok has provided poori during first 2 days. Overall im not happy with the travel agency. Everytime i have to call either subham/rakesh for the next plan. no proper coordination and plan. I hav to wait till 11pm to know about the next day trip. I am not satisfied with what they gave. They have not provided what they promised. I felt bad among my friends. Visited Tsomgo lake. It was good. I like the View at tsomgo lake and Lachen.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingIt was a great trip. We'll remember this forever. However 2 of the 4 hotels we stayed at were missing minimum basic amenities like availability of hot water, dustbins, chairs, tables, tissues and more.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingVery genuine and transparent travel agent. Every trip conducted on exacta time. Hotel,cab and all sight seen same as which was already discussed before trip. In short if you want tour package in sikkim and Darjeeling then must try zippi trip. Thanks Mr.Suraj chatterjee. Baba Mandir and Thangu lake is one of the best sight seen in my trip.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingAll in all it was a best honeymoon trip . . At some place one of my cab driver took as waiting charge as Rs500 and at other place wen we went through there were elections , the cab dint arrive at right time ,they asked me to hire a private cab and go to hotel which vosted me Rs300 . Finally we missed that days iternary visits, wen we had left with 4hrs on the last day , wen we asked to cover the left over places , they charged us Rs1000 . Finally additionally I had to pay Rs1800 which was not at all mentioned . Cab drivers really damage the authenticity of the Services provided by the reat of the travel agencies . Tsongo lake Baba Mandir Tiger Hills Ropeway Must visit sites
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingExcellent! It was a very good experience with Tharingsa Holidays with whom we got connected through Travel Triangle. With a group of 6 and the tour being planned only for 2 days and 2 nights, we had no clue regarding the connectivity and possible no. of explorations within the given time frame as we were first time travelers to Sikkim. Credit goes to Tharingsa Team especially Tour Co-coordinator Ms. Sushmita, who patiently listened, understood and accordingly planned the itinerary to our expectations. Receiving from Bagdogra airport, river rafting in Kalimpong, sightseeing in Tsango Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathula on the next day till dropping back on Airport was so well co-ordinated and executed that we didn't give a second thought for a single moment. Honestly this was one of the reason that our group could enjoy to the maximum in the short duration. Would like to suggest to the first time travelers or even to frequent travel freaks, if you want to enjoy to the fullest and keep aside headaches for travelling arrangements. Go for Tharingsha Holidays! Thank you Travel Triangle! Keep up the good work ! :-)
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingIn Gangtok Hotel Powring Guest House is very nice, rooms and bathrooms are very neat and clean, food is also good except complimentary breakfast. Staff of the Hotel are really nice. At Lachung, Katau Road House is outstanding. View from room is awesome, speechless. Staff of Katau Road House is better than Gangtok Hotel. Food taste, quantity and quality is very good. All the staff including manager is so polite. Car provided us its also good, Manasarovar kept their promised by providing Xylo and Innova as per our desire. Drivers are also very polite and their behaviour is also good. At the end of the tour we had drop at Bagdogra Airport, our flight timing was 5pm, we planned to start from Gangtok at 10:30am for airport but they forced us to leave at 8:35am. While we requested repeatedly that we have 5years old kid, they were giving excuse if election. Even driver threatened us to cancel the car if we won't get ready by 8:30am. There were no problem in Sikkim during election, tourists were went for sight seeing and all. Its a peaceful state. We reached at Airport at 1:20pm. After reaching at airport we get to know that car driver had pick up from Airport at 1:30pm to 2pm.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingAmazing trip. Great efforts by Chandana who was tour coordinator. Chandan who received us at Gangtok was so much helping & courteous. Hotel arrangements were also good.
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingHotel potala and palbheu we're not good because of bad service and room services....hotel Woodberry was good one. Snowfall at bhabha mandir
Trip to Sikkim - Gangtok - DarjeelingOverall it was fine.. this could have been an awesome trip, had i not wasted my time in visiting yumthang valley in lachung which is closed to visit for more than 2 months still the tour operator put that in my itenary. I would have scheduled some other location if would have been aware of this earlier. Baba Mandir and changu lake was the best thing to be visited.
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Pong Labsal festival, celebrated in the month of December, is one of the most popular and major festivals in this region. During that time, the gate of Chogyal's Palace is open for the travelers. Other tourist festivals include Flower Festival, Gangtok Food and Culture Festival, Hee Bermiock Heritage & Tourism Festival, Khangchendzonga Tourist festival, Lampokhari Tourism Festival, Mangan Music Festival, Namchi Mahotsav, Ravangla Festival and many others.
There are a number of treks one can go for but all the treks require a decent fitness level. Some of them are Dzongri, Versay, Tholung, Goecha La, Tosar Lake, Everest Singalila and Green Lake trek.
Snowfall can be witnessed in the winter months of January and February in Gangtok. Else you have to travel to the Zero Point where snow can be witnessed anytime throughout the year.
The best time to visit Gangtok is April to June and also from September to November when one can experience variable temperatures with pleasant summers and autumn in the foothills & freezing winters high up in the mountains.
One cannot miss Momos, Thukpa, Wonton, Gyathuk, Thenthuk and more, along with a Sikkim style meat patty called Shah-Phaley. Along with this you get to choose from a huge variety of authentic soups almost unique to the area. Chang is a locally made alcoholic beverage and is a must try while here. Authentic Tibetan and Indo-Chinese cuisines are also available in the restaurants and must also be tried.
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