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Gangtok is the capital and the largest town of Sikkim. It is also the headquarters of the East Sikkim district. Gangtok is in the eastern Himalayan range, at an altitude of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). With the higher peaks of the Himalaya and with a year-round mild climate, Gangtok is at the center of Sikkim's tourism industry.
Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery. In the early 20th century, Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as Kolkata. After India won its independence from Britain in 1947, Sikkim chose to remain an independent monarchy, with Gangtok as its capital. In 1975, after the integration with the union of India, Gangtok was made India's 22nd state capital.
Gangtok is the main base for Sikkim tourism. Summer and spring seasons are the most popular tourist seasons. Mahatma Gandhi Marg (MG Marg) and Lal Market are prominent business areas and tourist spots in Gangtok. Ecotourism has emerged as an important economic activity in the region which includes trekking, mountaineering, river rafting and other nature oriented activities. Gangtok tour packages are the most popular among people visiting Sikkim.
The Nathula Pass, located about 50 km from Gangtok, used to be the primary route of the wool, fur and spice trade with Tibet and spurred economic growth for Gangtok till the mid-20th century. Nathula Pass, Tsongo or Changu Lake, Baba Harbhajan Singhs Mandir is integral part of Gangtok tour packages.
There are lot of great sightseeing places within the city limits as well as nearby to the town which are covered in a day sightseeing tour. Monasteries, waterfalls, cultural centers and some awe inspiring viewpoints are integral part of Gangtok tour packages.
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3 Nights 4 Days Short Gangtok Tour Packages including Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Nathula Pass, Tsongo(Changu) Lake, Baba Mandir Excursion & Gangtok City Sightseeing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ropeway & Banjhakri Falls
Last but not the least, you will be enthralled by the bounteous attractiveness of the place when you will travel through Ropeway to reach 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.
The airport nearest to Gangtok is Pakyong which is 31 kms from the capital. Only Flights from Delhi and Kolkata is available by Spicejet Airlines.
The more popular for tourist undertaking Gangtok Tour Packages to reach Sikkim is by Bagdogra Airport, West Bengal which is about 124 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi that will get you to Gangtok in a matter of 4-5 hours. The drive from Bagdogra to Gangtok is enjoyable due to gorgeous mountains and River Teesta. A new
From Bagdogra, you can also take a Sikkim Tourism helicopter to get to Gangtok in just 30 minutes. However, their services depend on the weather conditions and gets cancelled because of low capacity bookings.
The nearest railway station to Gangtok is about 130 kilometres away in New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri, West Bengal. The station is well-connected to all major cities like Kolkata. Mumbai, Chennai. Guwahati and New Delhi. From New Jalpaiguri you can take a taxi to Gangtok or go to Siliguri Bus Stand and catch a state-run bus to Gangtok, which will take you about 4-5 hours.
Tourists travelling from nearby places like Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Guwahati and Kolkata prefer to drive to Gangtok. Siliguri is 120 Kms from Gangtok. The roads are well-maintained, except in a few places which gets cut mostly in rainy season due to landslides. People availing Gangtok Tour Packages mostly prefer the road option as it is convenient and cost friendly.
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