Gangtok is the first place that tourist like to visit on their maiden or subsequent visits to Sikkim. It is considered the epicenter of fun, shopping, cuisine, sightseeing, and nightlife. It also provides the natural gifts of serene greenery and surrounding mountains along with the view of the Himalayan range. It has also been appreciated for its diverse tourism prospects that have been alluring tourist throughout the year. The main town is equipped with developments but the outskirts provide the beautiful nature trails which are the best spot for camping and trekking activities too.

The culture here is quite diverse and colorful which co-exist in peaceful harmony. It has been the perfect destination for a honeymoon tour or a family tour as it also has few of the holiest religious places that are very popular for pilgrimage tours. The state of Sikkim has been considered clean and green and there are few anti-loitering and prohibition of smoking in public places which you must follow while in Gangtok. The best part of staying in Gangtok is that you can visit the nearby places and come back to your hotel before it gets dark.

Best time to visit

The capital of Gangtok is always beautiful and fun filled no matter when you visit it but the experience can be diverse and you could choose accordingly. Overall the months of September end to June would be the ideal time for you to explore. The average low during the peak winter can be around 4°C and the summers can experience an average of around 22°C. However, if you want more specific months, September and October are the months when the whole town is engulfed in a festive mood.

HOW TO REACH

The Bagdogra airport will be the nearest airport which is well connected with major Indian airports, however, the airport in Pakyong is also usable but it operates between a handful of airports. The distance from Bagdogra to Gangtok will be around 124 kilometers and takes around 4 hours of a road journey. The nearest train station would be NJP which will also take you almost the same amount of time. However, Helicopter services may also be taken which should reach you till Gangtok in just 20 mins.

PLACES TO SEE

Rumtek Monastery

Around 25 kilometers east of the capital lies the famous monastery of Rumtek. It is inevitably the largest monastery in Sikkim but is more known for being a Dharma Chakra center and a reservoir of Buddhist cultures which are taught to young monks here, just like a school. The surroundings are just wonderful and the monastery and its paintings and designs are too attractive. The monastery is said to be built in 1740 and also contains a golden stupa which has relics belonging to the 16th Karmapa.

Tsomgo Lake

The Tsomgo or Changu Lake is a pristine glacial lake that takes around two-hour drive from Gangtok along the Gangtok-Nathu La highway. The lake is about a kilometer-long and 50 meters deep and remains frozen most times of the year. Tsomgo Lake is not only a popular tourist attraction but is also seen as a holy site as well. It's encircled by scenic green surroundings that just add to its natural beauty. The lake remains partly frozen during the summers which makes it an ideal time to visit this beautiful lake.

Tashiding Monastery

It is a 17th-century built monastery which exists at a height of 6,500 feet and is a dedication to the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. It is one of the oldest in Sikkim and it's about 40 km from Geyzing. It is situated on a hill bounded by both River Rangeet and Rathong. The monastery exhibits a great form of art and its stone plates have Holy Scriptures carved on them. It is popular for its yearly Bhumchhu festival that brings in many tourists, who enjoy the cultural gathering.

Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology

It is an attractive institute which is located on top of a beautiful hill and was established in the year 1958. The primary motive for its creation was the need to preserve the Mahayana sect of Buddhism along with the Tibetan language and culture. The building shows Tibetan influence and its foundation stone was laid by HH Dalai Lama in 1957 and was inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958. The museum is located on the ground floor and contains many rare statues, Thangkas, embroidery, coins and other works of art.

Nathu La Pass

Firstly it must be noted that for security reasons, only Indians are allowed to visit here. It is actually an Indo China border and situated at a very high altitude. The pass is superb and is covered with snow most times of the year. The road to Nathula is splendid as well but here, you can explore the rich history and some tourist points around the pass. It is quite amazing that the old Silk Route had their route from here. Crossing the border may not be as simple but on the way, there are shopping hubs there to buy warm clothes or souvenirs.

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