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This tour is suitable for people looking for a short tour with few days to spare. Yet it covers some of the most famous attrctions of Sikkim. You reach above 12000 ft to reach Tsongo Lake, Mysterious Harbajan Singh Temple as well as a modern contemporary city with great shopping markets and casinos.
DAY 1 : New Jalpaiguri Railway Station(NJP)/Bagdogra Airport(IXB) – Gangtok (130 km/4 hrs drive)- Arrive at NJP/Bagdogra Airport/Siliguri transfer to Gangtok which is 1437 m above sea level. After 4-5 hours of driving, check-in at your hotel room. Evening you are free to visit MG Marg for Shopping and spent some time at Titanic Park. Enjoy your Dinner and overnight stay at Gangtok hotel.
DAY 2 : Gangtok (Full day local sight seeing)
After breakfast full day Gangtok sightseeing.
Bakthang Waterfall- Tashi Viewpoint- Ganesh Tok- Enchey Monastery-
Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom- Do Drul Chorten Stupa- Institute of Tibetology- Flower Show- Banjhakri Falls. Spend overnight in Gangtok hotel.
DAY 3 : Gangtok (Tsomgo Lake Excursion and Baba Mandir)
In the morning after breakfast, start for Tsomgo(Changu Lake), Baba Mandir & Nathula Pass(Optional subject to availibility of permits and extra charges).
Tsomgo or Changu Lake is at the height of 12,400 ft above sea level your first stop would be Tsomgo Lake, a paradise for travel savvy. After 3 hours of long drive, you will encounter the ‘holy source of water’ hallowed by native people. The picturesque view of the lake will mesmerize you. In winters the lake is frozen and surrounding is full of snow.
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple- Further ahead lies a mysterious temple, it is of the eminent personality of Indian Army, Captain Harbhajan Singh who is known for his unusual story. He is believed to be with us even after his tragic death in the Indo-Pak war of 1965. At the altitude of 4000 m, every Indian worships this a pure soul in a shrine named after him as Baba Harbhajan Mandir.
Nathula Pass is the border of India and China. Though there is not much to see but yet it serves your imagination of being so close to Chinese occupied Tibet.
Return back to your hotel to consume mouth-watering food and spend one more day around MG Marg or Lal Market.
DAY 4 : Gangtok – New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP)/BagdograAirport (IXB) ( 130km/4 hrs drive)
After beakfast start for NJP station/Bagdogra Airport. On the way back, you can stop at Sevoke Kali Temple and Coronation Bridge.
Places To See Gangtok Sightseeing Short Trip Itinerary | Explore Sikkim
Bakthang Waterfall- At the distance of 3 km from Gangtok, Bakthang Waterfall will be your first stop which is an eye-catching attraction that no tourist ever want to miss. Flowing from Ratey Chu, it is a broad waterfall that creates a soothing environment for the visitors to enjoy.
Tashi Viewpoint- Subsequently, you can observe the glorious Himalayas from Tashi Viewpoint that will be your binocular to scrutinise the seeking view of snow peaks. Moreover, keep your camera’s panoramic setting on because this is the right spot to capture the entire beauteous landscape.
Ganesh Tok- Just wish that it’s a clear day because it’s only on the bright clear days that you can have the most awesome view of the place. Apart from Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok is the place from where you can have a spectacular view of Gangtok. It is an ancient temple of Lord Ganesha that has a pleasant aura. This place welcomes you through its brilliant entrance, and as you swirl the sights, you will see colourful buntings surrounding the temple.
Enchey Monastery- Your next destination of the day is a 200 years old monastery which was initially established as a small gompa by a tantric artist and renowned exponent among highlander Buddhists, Lama DrupthobKarpo. Enchey Monastery literally means “the Solitary Temple” which now is home to almost 90 monks. Tourists are quite fascinated by the place because it accommodates a number of religious objects and presents Tibetan culture in a beguiling manner.
Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom- Now, it is time for you to admire the local art and talent depicted through the Handicrafts in this Directorate which is located at the ‘Zero’ point of the city. Here you can buy the majestic artefacts such as Thanka painting, traditional carpets, wooden carved and colourfully painted sculptures and much more.
Do Drul Chorten Stupa- Standing proudly on the hill Hock, Do DrulChorten, also known as Phurba, is your next station which is also the biggest stupa of Sikkim. This shrine was constructed in 1945 and is encircled with 108 prayer wheels from which visitors gain divine blessings.
Institute of Tibetology- After your spiritual tour, it is time for you to grasp some cultural and educative values of Tibet. One of the most significant institutions of the world, the Institute of Tibetology is that centre where many scholars research on the Tibetan language and tradition. Furthermore, you can know more about Life-at-Tibet through valuable material kept in the museum and Tibetan library that has preserved innumerable rich collections of the studies.
Flower Show- As an integral part of aesthetic festivity, the locals of Gangtok organise a celebration in the name of Sikkim’s diverse vegetation. The flower show is the International Flower Festival which is celebrated every peak season of blooming. In the fete, the perfect blend of Gangtok’s topography is mirrored when breathtaking blossoms are showcased at a place from every corner of Sikkim. This is a must-visit and stupendous moment for every nature lover.
Banjhakri Falls Last but not the least, you will be enthralled by Banjhakri Falls which is 70 ft tall waterfall surrounded by lush greenery of dense forest. This waterfall ascribes the natives because of their belief that it has all the healing and magical power like any other sacred place.
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