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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.
It is located at a distance of 4 km from Gangtok, on NH 10 connecting North Sikkim. Bakthang Waterfall is a natural waterfall which is visibily eye-catching attraction due to broad horizontal flow that is must visit on Gangtok tour package itinerary.
Tashi View point is another attraction which brings awe due to the view of the Kanchenjunga Range on a clear day. The climb onto the observation area is thrilling in itself. Here you can hire a binocular or see the amazing mountain view through the telescope available.
Ganesh Tok offers a spectacular view of Gangtok city which is a true delight to watch how the human settlement are spread over the green hills and the colorful buildings make contrasting effect visually. There is also an ancient temple of Lord Ganesha which is highly visited by locals and tourists alike.
The monastery initially built in the 1840s is a pilgrimage place, in 1909 it was build like a Chinese Pagoda. The monastery is topped by a shining golden cupola. It houses a number of images of Gods, Goddesses and religious objects. The deities worshipped in the monastery are the Buddha, Loki Sharia and Guru Padmasambhava. The walls of the monastery in the large prayer hall are fully covered with paintings and murals. It is a unmissable if you are interested in Buddhist mysticism.
Directorate of Handicraft and Handloom
A centre of learning and training in the traditional Arts and crafts of the state, preserve and revive the ethnic traditional arts and crafts of the state.
Here you can buy the majestic artefacts such as Thanka(Tibetan Buddhist) painting, traditional carpets, wooden carved and colorfully painted sculptures and much more.
Do Drul Chorten Stupa
Do-drul Chorten is a stupa built by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Inside this stupa is a complete set of Dorjee Phurba(A mysterious is a three-sided peg, stake, knife, or nail-like ritual implement), Kangyur(Holy Books) and other religious objects. Around the stupa are 108 Mani Lhakor(prayer wheels). The stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakahang and Guru Lakhang, with two statues of Guru Rinpoche.
Institute of Tibetology
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a Tibet museum in Gangtok. The institute employs researchers and one of its new research programs is a project which seeks to document the social history of Sikkim's approximated 60 monasteries and record this on a computer. Another project seeks to digitize and document old and rare photographs of Sikkim for knowledge distribution. 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 & Ridge Park
The flower exhibition complex, Ridge Park draws numerous visitors during the annual flower exhibition. Here you can find many varieties of Orchids and other flowers most of the year, but best time to visit this place is around April-May (spring season), when the management gathers and showcases fresh varieties of orchids and other flowers from around the state. The Ridge Park is a small stretch of plain straight road leading to the Palace gate. It is just about fifteen minutes walk from the main market. The Ridge has the White Hall and a statue of Nehru, the late Prime Minister of India. White hall is a small two storied building and has typical British architecture, all the important functions used to be held in this hall, till 1960. Situated on the Ridge is also a beautiful Sikkimese designed resting shed with ornamental plants and trees.
The Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park is a recreation center near Gangtok. The park's statuary and other displays document the Ban Jhakri, or traditional shamanic healer who worships spirits living in caves around the falls. Ban means "forest", and jhākri means "healer". Banjhakri Falls is a natural waterfall sourced from springs at higher elevation. The cascade is approximately 98 ft. high. Among the park's attractions are a man-made lake with a dragon in the centre, gazebos, statues of jhākri. Paved paths and footbridges wind through the landscaped garden, which is decorated with ornamental trees and flowers.
Rumtek is located 24 kilometres from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, at an altitude of about 5100 Ft. Originally built in the mid-18th century, Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage. Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa, arrived in Sikkim in 1959 after fleeing Tibet after Ghinese occupation, with the generosity of the Sikkim royal family and the locals, it was rebuilt by the as his main seat. The sacred items and relics brought out from Tsurphu Monastery, the Karmapa's seat in Tibet, were installed. The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A golden stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. For tourist it a unique oppurtunity to understand the concept of Monastery and its importance as an institution of religion and academics in the Bhuddhism. Take a guided tour to understand better. The location of Rumtek wuth flowing streams, mountains behind, a snow range in front, and a river below is enjoyable.
Tsomgo Lake/Changu Lake, is a high altitude glacial lake about 37 kilometres from the Gangtok. With altitude of 12,313 ft, the lake remains frozen during the winter season. The road from Gangtok as well as the lake have some awesome views. Every point you cross is worth a captureYou can enjoy a ride on Yaks here. The lakeside small eateries provide great hot snacks like noodles & momos.
Baba Mandir & Legend Of Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh was a victim of battle at 14,500 feet Nathu La Pass, during the 1965 Sino-Indian war. According to legend, Singh drowned in a glacier. His remains were found after a three-day search after his spirit helped the search party find his body. Indian soldiers believe that in the event of a war, Baba warns the soldiers of an impending attack in advance. During flag meetings both the Indian & Chinese set a chair aside to honor him. As soldiers any army official not maintaining a clean and disciplined attire is punished with a slap by Baba himself. Two shrines in his memory has been built, old one at the site of the bunker, where Baba Harbhajan was posted and the new one has been built at close proximity from Changu Lake on way to Nathula Pass from Gangtok. Do not miss the langar( Free meal) on Sunday by Indian Army.
Nathu La connects Sikkim with Tibet. The pass is a part of an of the ancient trade route called the Silk Route. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass". The pass is 54 km east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Only Indian citizens can visit the pass, after obtaining a permits. Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 following numerous bilateral trade agreements. The opening of the pass shortens the travel distance to important Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the region. Nathula Pass is closed for tourist on Mondays & Tuesdays. Also due to snowfall and border tensions passes are not issued regularly.
What is the best time for Gangtok Tour Package?
Due to pleasant climate Gangtok Tour Package can be undertaken all year round but for monsoon months of July, August & September. April to June and October to November during the Diwali holidays are the peak seasons for tourist undertaking Gangtok Tour Packages. Other than these months if you plan a Sikkim tour then you will have savings in terms of car rentals as well as hotel tariffs.
How many days does it take for Gangtok Tour Package?
A short Gangtok tour package with visit to all major tourist places takes 3 Nights and 4 Days. But if you are planning other towns like North Sikkim or Pelling, etc. you need longer durations. A complete Sikkim tour package including Darjeeling will take you as long as 10 days. Please call us for planning your tour.
How to plan a perfect Gangtok trip?
A perfect Gangtok trip of 3 Night 4 days is adequate to cover all major attraction in and around the capital city. Also on Day 1 and rest 2 days evening you can enjoy with Shopping, enjoying local delicacies or even a night out at the Casino.
How much is the minimum cost for a Gangtok Holidays?
Gangtok trip cost depends upon multiple factors, like type of accommodation, no. of people travelling, etc. A shared transportation tour with budget accommodation can start from 6500/- and a luxury trip can go up to 12000/- or upwards depending upon your stay and transportation choice.
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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