Gangtok Tourism

Gangtok is all about spending your holidays in the lap of clouds. This summer retreat is the capital and the largest city of Sikkim. Though Gangtok houses numerous concrete-block buildings, they never fade away the natural beauty residing here in abundance. Here you can spend your days amidst innumerable viewpoints, emerald valleys, and views of the majestic looking Khangchendzonga. Tibetan cultures reside in Gangtok in abundance and can be witnessed in the form of numerous monasteries dotted here.

Attractions

Tsomgo Lake: Tsomgo Lake is just two-hour drive from Gangtok and is visited by every traveler. This kilometer-long and 50 meters deep lake enjoys                                                                                           lush emerald landscapes. Travelers flock here for day picnics where they enjoy blissful sights of flora and enjoy local food at nearby food stalls.

Do Drul Chorten: The most renowned stupa, Do Drul Chorten is a Buddhist shrine in the shape of a dome. It was raised in 1945 and houses 108 prayer wheels with Buddhist mantras etched on them. It is said that swirling the wheels is equal to finishing 108 beads of recital.

Rumtek Monastery: Located around 25 kilometers in the east of Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery looks beautiful in its outlook. It enjoys a stunning location at a height of 5,800 feet and is the biggest monastery in Sikkim. The monastery houses a golden shimmering stupa with tokens of the 16th Karmapa. Here you can also spot some ancient Buddhist artifacts taking you in the past of Buddhism.

Nathu La Pass: Nathu La Pass remains a must visit site here. The pass connects Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Its beauty is remarkable. Usually travelers embark on this journey at sunrise and reach Nathu La Pass by evening hours. Some of the key attractions here include Jhakri Waterfalls and glacial lake named Changu (Tsomgo Lake).  

Hanuman Tok: This road is a pleasurable hub for those seeking shopping options. Walk around and spot numerous shops, restaurants, and hotels. It looks like a huge open square and is visited by all locals and travelers due to its heart pleasing weather.

How to Reach:
By Air: The closest airport to Gangtok is in Bagdogra, West Bengal around 124 kilometers away.
By Rail: The nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri, about 148 kilometers away.
By Road: Travelers can easily enjoy self drive to reach here from Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kolkata.

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