Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges.

Elevation : 1,650 m

Weather : 15°C, Wind S at 10 km/h, 71% Humidity

Population : 1 lakh (2011)

Walk to Syari Basti

Syari village is located in Gangtok Tehsil of East District district in Sikkim, India. It is situated 7km away from Gangtok, which is both district & sub-district headquarter of Syari village. As per 2009 stats, Kopibari Syari is the gram panchayat of Syari village. The total geographical area of village is 286.06 hectares. Syari has a total population of 3,826 peoples. There are about 885 houses in Syari village. Gangtok is nearest town to Syari which is approximately 7km away.

This village is located eastern side of Gangtok. About 2 hours hike you will reach the river side, across the river you can find out a very old Monestry Name PABYU MONESTRY. The hike is totally downhill, after visit the Monestry you have to climb up till the Sysri Basti. Walk back to Syari Basti and drive back to Gangtok hotel.

Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary

Is a wildlife reserve in the East Sikkim district of the state of Sikkim in India. This sanctuary is around 30 km west from Gangtok that is one hour by road from the capital of Sikkim. Total notified area of this sanctuary is around 51 square kilometres, Fambong Lho Wildlife Sanctuary few small hamlets are there inside this sanctuary; which are Dikchu, Pangthang, Mangan etc. This wildlife sanctuary has continuation with Khangchendzonga National Park of north sikkim. Management authority is governed by State Forest Department which comes under protected area type Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its rich variety of flora and fauna. It is home to animals such as binturong or bearcat, civet cat, Himalayan black bear and red panda. The plants in the sanctuary include bamboo, champa, ferns, katus, kimbu, oak, orchids and rhododendrons.

Apart from this, you will also find a large number of birds and butterflies here. A beautiful haven for nature and animal lovers, there is also a wooden site-seeing tower, which will offer beautiful views.

Tinjurey Trek

Tinjurey Trek In this trek you go for an easy day trek to Tinjurey - in Phambong-lho Wild Life Sanctuary. The trek starts from Pangthang at a distance of 11 kms from Gangtok. It takes few steep climb in some stresses and covers 5 kms in about 3 to 2.5 hrs. The trek goes through the forests of magnolia, maple and pine. The forest is also home to deer, Leopard and many colourful birds. Enjoy the freshness of the surroundings as you proceed to the highest point at 2433m (7980ft) of the sanctuary. From the watch tower at Tinjurey Top you can see a fascinating view of the Gangtok town and Tista Valley on one side and the towering Kunchenjungha peak on the Northern horizons. Spend a leisure hour at the top of the hill and take some splendid photographs before coming back. Then hike back to Pangthang (downhill hiking) approx. 2 to 2.5 hours. Later on drive back to hotel from Pangthang.

(Suggested to carry packed lunch from hotel)


Sightseeing in Gangtok includes Rumtek Monastery, Bakthang Falls, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Flower Show, Tibetology (Closed on Sunday) , Cottage Industry (Closed on Sunday), Changu Lake & Baba Mandir.

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