Gangtok is a beautiful and famous hill station in India. It is the capital and the largest city of Indian state of Sikkim. It is situated in the lower Himalayas at a height of 1650 meter above the sea level. It is the main base of Sikkim tourism. Many residents of Gangtok are directly or indirectly related to the tourism industry. Either they are working or owning hotels and restaurants. Hotels are available on affordable prices with a variety of eateries. M G marg is the main street of Gangtok, which is a great place to chill out. An annual festival is organised every year on M G road which attracts a large number of locals and tourists. Gangtok enjoys a status of income tax free region as per the state’s 1948 income tax law.
Best time to visit Gangtok
Since Gangtok is a famous hill station of India, a large number of tourists visit here every year. July to early month of September is the monsoon month of Sikkim during that time sometimes due to heavy rainfall landslides takes place. So one should avoid visiting Gangtok during this period. September to mid-December and March to May are the best months to visit Gangtok. Because during this period the climate is pleasant for sight seeing.
How to reach Gangtok
Gangtok can be reached through a number of means. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport in West Bengal, which is 126 km. away. One can hire a taxi or a shared taxi to reach Gangtok. It takes around 4 hours to reach Gangtok. Besides this Helicopter service is also available from Bagdogra airport to Gangtok.
Besides this one can also reach Gangtok by trains. The nearest railway station is New jalpaigudi in silligudi. Which is around 117 km. away from Gangtok. From here Gangtok can be reached by hiring a taxi which takes around 4 hours in reaching Gangtok.
It can be also reached by roads as NH.10 connects Gangtok with rest of India. From Silligudi, buses and taxis ply regularly to Gangtok.
There are also facilities of local transport within the city as there are number of places to visit in Gangtok. Taxis and local shared buses can be used to cover all local sight seeing places.
Places to visit in Gangtok
Gangtok is a famous hill station of India. There are many tourist attractions in Gangtok. Some of them are Tsomgo Lake, Nathula pass, Ganesh Tok, Rumtek monastery, MG road Gangtok, Namgyal institute of Tibetology, etc.
Tsomgo lake is also known as Changu lake. Tsomgo lake is a glacial lake in which water comes from the melting snow of the mountains. It is famous for its colour changing waters. It is considered as a sacred lake by the Sikkimese. The Buddhist monks used to do forecast by seeing the colour of the lake.
Nathula pass is one of the most important Himalayan passes in India. It is one among the highest motorable roads in the world. It is situated on the Indo-Tibetan border at a height of 14450 feet above sea level.
During Winter heavy snowfall takes place in Nathula pass. The temperature may drops down to -25 degree celcius. Whereas in Summer season it ranges around 10 degree celcius from May to mid November.
Ganesh Tok is a small temple situated on the top of a hill. It is surrounded by hills, mountains and landscape. The temple is so small that at one time only one person can be fit. There is a lounge and balcony in front of the temple which is a major attraction of the place. The Kanchenjunga can be seen from here. It is a perfect place for nature lovers and photographers.
Rumtek monastery is originally called as dharma chakra centre. It is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim. The architecture of the monastery is one of the best in the world.
MG road Gangtok
MG road is the central shopping hub of Gangtok with various shops, hotels and restaurants. It can be termed as the heart of Gangtok. It is the best shopping destination of the tourists. It is a pedestrian zone and vehicles are not allowed. It looks stunning after dark when the lights are lit.
Namgyal institute of Tibetology
Namgyal institute of Tibetology is a famous institute in the world for research in the areas of Tibetan language and culture. There is a museum and a Tibetan library with rich collections within its premises. It is situated in Deorali in less than 2 km. from main chowk of Gangtok. It has emerged as a major tourist attraction in Gangtok but photography is not allowed inside.
Food available in Gangtok
Gangtok is a famous hill station in India. It offers a variety of cuisines like Momos, Thukpa, Wonton, Gyathuk, Thenthuk and many more. Tibetan and Indo Chinese cuisines are easily available in the restaurants.