The Dreamlike Destination
Fascinating, captivating and spellbinding, such is the aura of Gangtok, which is a famous tourist destination of India. Gangtok is the capital city of the north eastern state of Sikkim, which is a wonderful destination for holidaymakers, honeymooners and business travelers. Gangtok is dotted with many tourist attractions, which will surely leave you in awe. The natural beauty of Gangtok is simply unmatched. The city is a perfect blend of rich architecture, traditions and arresting landscape. The term Gangtok means 'hill top'. Gangtok impresses its tourists with the mind blowing views of the mighty Himalayas.
Some of the Main Attractions of Gangtok
The refreshing natural beauty of the Deer Park is notable. The Park is a home to the wildlife species such as the Himalayan bear and red panda.
Rumtek Monastery is one of the most revered monasteries in Gangtok belonging to the Kagyupa sect of Buddhism.
Labrang is one of the oldest and the most beautiful monasteries of Gangtok. It belongs to the Nyingmaoa sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Originally constructed as a temple, the Pemayangste Monastery was built in the 17th century by Lastsun Chempo. The Monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism.
Phurchachu Reshi Hot Spring
The holy Phurchachu Reshi Hot Spring is believed to have medicinal properties. Located in the vicinity of the Hot Spring are the four sacred caves known as 'occult fairies'.
The Khecheopalri Lake is known as the wishing lake, which is squeaky clean. The lake is set amidst pristine natural beauty.
Government Institute of Cottage Industry
Government Institute of Cottage Industry is the place dedicated to preserve and promote the art and handicrafts of Sikkim. The Institute is also known as the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms. This emporium is the best place to buy the rich and beautiful handicrafts such as Thangkas, Choktsees (foldable wooden tables with carving), woolen carpets, hand-painted masks, bamboo-craft, lamp stands, clothes and embroidered boots.
Most Propitious Time to Visit Gangtok
If you love mountains and want to treat your eyes to the mind boggling sceneries, then the most favorable time to visit Gangtok is from October to December. And if you are more inclined towards colorful flowers, then head for Gangtok between the period from March to May.
Shopping in Gangtok
Tourists can shop for amazing handicrafts in the bustling markets of Gangtok. You can choose from a wide variety of handicrafts such as carved furniture, colorful dresses, Lepcha weave bags, carpets, durries and wood crafts. The best markets to buy these handicrafts are the Old Market, New Market and Lal Market.
How to Reach Gangtok
The nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal.
The nearest railway stations are the Siliguri(114 km) and New Jalpaiguri(125 km).
Gangtok is well connected to the places in Sikkim and also to the cities of the neighboring states.
Accommodation in Gangtok
A wide range of hotels falling into different categories such as luxury, deluxe, standard, economy and budget are available in Gangtok.