Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and situated in North east part of India .It is located in the Eastern Himalayan Range at an elevation of 5,410ft.The city has a mixed population of Nepalese, Bhutias, and Lepchas.You can reach Gangtok by rail or air.The nearest railway link is New Jalpaiguri and by air is the Bagdogra airport.From Bagdogra, one has to take a taxi to Gangtok as it takes six hours by road.Recently the Pakyong Airport has become functional.The distance has lessened to an hour from Pakyong to Gangtok.Helicopter service is also available from Bagdogra to Gangtok.
View of Gangtok City from Lal Bazaar rooftop
The main road connecting Gangtok to other cities and towns
Ropeway at Gangtok
Prayer flags are everywhere in Gangtok
MG Marg is the coolest hangout place in Gangtok
Flower Exhibition Centre in Gangtok
Rumtek Monastery is the biggest monastery in Sikkim
Flower show in Gangtok
View of Gangtok from Ganesh Tok
A busy MG Marg, Gangtok at twilight
Gangtok which means 'hilltop or lofty hill' is nestled among the lofty Kanchanzhonga mountains which is the third largest mountain in the world.A person stepping into the city gets mesmerized by its beauty.A small.clean ,green place whose pristine beauty has been untouched by man. The place is full of verdant, green meadows, placid lakes ,fast flowing rivers, and a salubrious weather.The place gives a Shangri-la feel.The place impresses tourists with its Cleanliness and Law and Order situation.Thefts and robberies are unheard of, Ladies can travel in taxis at late hours.The people are simple and pious by nature.The place exudes a kind of mysticism.The serenity, cool weather interspersed with intermittent rain gives an invigorating feel.Shops selling hot coffee , momos, and noodles are a common sight.The dishes served are a gourmet's delight.The main market M.G.Market is worth visiting, a no pollution and a no parking zone.The place is a feast for the eyes as musical fountains, an array of colourful flowers and beautiful ladies in their traditional attire are the sights seen.
PLACES FOR SIGHT-SEEING:
The Hanuman Tok-a Hindu temple situated in the upper reaches of Gangtok.It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman.
Enchey Monastery-a 200- year- old monastery situated 3km away from Gangtok
Tashi View Point- one can get the best view of the Kanchanzhonga mountains.
Cable Car: the 1 km ride on the ropeway gives you the bird's eye view of the city.
Orchid Sanctuary: exotic orchid species are seen in a beautiful landscape.
Research Institute Of Tibetology:a renowned centre for study of Buddhist philosophy and religion
Tsomogo Lake:it is sheer magic to witness the blue skies against the backdrop of snow clad mountains.The lake is frozen during the winter months.Yak rides are common here. The panoramic beauty of the place can be a poet's delight.
One can Penn down paeans about the aura and beauty of the place.One should keep on the itinerary to visit.