Wreathed in clouds, the mesmerizing Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. During its bright sunny days, the town offers spectacular views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world.
Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. After India won its independence from Britain in 1947, Sikkim chose to remain an independent monarchy, with Gangtok as its capital. In 1975, when Sikkim chose to join the union of India; after the integration, Gangtok was made India's 22nd state capital.
Incredibly alluring and pleasantly boisterous, Sikkim is one of the most popular hill stations in India. With all ingredients in just the right amount from a blend of cultural identities to urbanization, Gangtok is a breathing and vibrant bit of paradise in the Himalayas. It is abundant in natural beauty and has various natural attractions such as the Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint & Nathula Pass.
Some other places worth a visit include many famous religious sites such as the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, and more. MG Marg (also called MG Road), the main street of Gangtok town is a great place to chill out.
The country's first litter and spit-free zone, no vehicular traffic is allowed into MG Marg.
Explore & Experience in Gangtok-
EXPLORE (Places to visit in Gangtok):
- MG Road
- Do Drul Chorten
- Ganesh Tok
- Hanuman Tok
- Tashi View Point
- Tsongmo Lake
- Nathu La Pass
- Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple
- Rumtek Monastery
- Ranka Monastery (Lingdum Monastery)
- Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
- Reshi Hot Spring
- Banjhakri Falls
- Himalayan Zoological Park
- Saramsa Garden
- The Seven Sisters Waterfall
- Shigba Rhododendron Sanctuary
EXPERIENCE (Things to do in Gangtok):
- Cable car ride (Gangtok Ropeway)
- International Flower Festival in Gangtok
- Mountain biking
- Yak safari
- White-water river rafting
- Hang out at MG Road