Sikkim is a popular state of India and has lots of tourist attractions. Gangtok inarguably is one of those gems. Situated in the foothills of The Himalayas, it is a beautiful place to discover & be in. Whenever you visit Sikkim, Gangtok generally is the first stop in your itinerary.
It is a crucial center of cleanliness and economic development in Sikkim. Gangtok is packed with lots of natural sightseeing all around it. It also has rich cultural belief. The flora and fauna of Gangtok have always been a major attraction for the tourists. With around 5000 types of rare Orchids and Rhododendrons, it is the perfect place for nature lovers.
Tourists also get attracted towards Gangtok for its breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga, high altitude lakes, hot springs and River Teesta and Rangeet. It also sustains a magnificent wildlife for animal lovers. Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Asian Bear, and Yaks are some of the rare wildlife species found in Gangtok.
If you are planning to visit Gangtok just for a day, it will not be enough to cover all the amazing places. Still, you can follow the below itinerary for the best experience. Hence for one way round trip, you can rent a car from NJP to Gangtok
Pick up from NJP
If you are planning to visit Gangtok with your friends or family, then contact Jayanti Travels. We assure greater service for your convenience. A taxi service from NJP to Gangtok is provided with a well-maintained cab and a multilingual driver. Discover the change of the landscapes on the way from Siliguri to Gangtok. You will be mesmerized to see how it looks when the hills touch the clouds. Find out the change in the temperature as Gangtok has a more pleasant weather than Siliguri.
- Duration of Journey- 3 hours 53 minutes
A visit this morning to Do-drul Chorten (Tibetan word for stupa) situated 2km from Gangtok town in Deorali and regarded as the one of the most important stupas of Sikkim. Built in 1946 by Trulshig Rinpoche, a celebrated lama of Tibet, to drive away the evil spirits that once haunted this place, it is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels. These are aways rotated in clockwise direction. • • • • #chorten #stupa #buddhist #monument #tibetan #dodrulchorten #deorali #deoralichorten gangtok #sikkim #buddhistmonument #sacred #buddhism #nyingma #tibetanbuddhism #prayerwheels #religious #placestosee #travel #mytravelphotos #travelgram #mycapture #traveltheworld #highonwines @sikkim.tourism #sikkimdiaries #sikkimtravels
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Do-Drul Chorten is located at a distance of 5km from Gangtok. It is often considered to be the biggest and most important stupa in Sikkim. It was built by Trulshik Rinpoche who was the head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945.
It is a beautiful ivory formation, topped with a striking gold spire. A visit to the place offers spiritual tranquility and inner happiness. Along with that, the ambiance of the place is quite pleasing and peaceful. Spending some time here will provide you with lots of unforgettable memories.
- Duration of Staying-1 hour
A Colourful Monastery Gantok- Ranka VillagePhoto By: Mausumi Chatterjee pic.twitter.com/3GpLIbnRs9 — Heer (@nikkupikku) May 9, 2018
Situated at a distance of 20km from Gangtok, Ranka Monastery is another beautiful place which you should visit. It is also known as Lingdum Monastery. It is a very peaceful place. The monastery follows the Zurmang Kagyud lineage of Buddhism. Best time to visit it is during prayer, as the monks sing Hymns with various musical instruments and traditional Buddhist gong.
- Duration of Staying-1 hour 30 minutes
3-Lunch at Snow Lion Restaurant
A trip to Gangtok is incomplete without tasting its delicious food items. If you want to taste some authentic Tibetan cuisines, then you must visit Snow Lion Restaurant. Tibetans motifs can be found on the walls and pillars of the restaurant, which enhances the beauty of its ambiance. It is situated in Paljore Stadium Road, Gangtok. Some genuine local food with their real flavors along with finger-licking momos and Chinese noodles are its specialty.
- Duration of Lunch- 1 hour
4- Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
North East trip #day4 Next stop: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Walking down the alley of this museum provided us an insight about the religion, history, language and art of the people of the Tibetan culture of which Sikkim constitutes a great part. The NIT library holds one of the largest collections of Tibetan works in the world outside Tibet and a museum of Tibetan iconography and religious art. #fun #trip #onthego #travel #biketrip #northeast #sikkim #namgyal #monastery #museums #culture #tibet #history #religion #beautiful #scenery #landscape #iamatraveler #wanderlust #trell #himalayangeographic #splendid_india #travelphotography #lifewelltraveled #beautifuldestinations #dreamsandgoals #original
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Situated at a distance of less than 2km from the main town Of Gangtok, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is one of the most famous of its kind in the world. The Institute researches on the Tibetan Languages and Cultures. It has a Tibetan Library, a Museum, a Reference Center about Tibet and the Himalayas. The forest with Birch trees, Magnolia & Oak enhances its beauty.
- Duration of Staying-1 hour 30 minutes
5-Tashi View Point Gangtok
The lovely Gonjang Monastery near Tashi View Point in Gangtok. This huge prayer drum, when turned, is supposed to dissolve the turners sins. If only!#Throwback #Thursday #incredibleindia #tbt #pbloggers #lbloggers #Darjeeling #Northeast #monastery #traveldiaries #visionof… pic.twitter.com/XNdmWaf0m4— Vidya Sury (@vidyasury) April 20, 2018
Located at a distance of 8km from the main town of Gangtok, Tashi View Point is an amazing place to visit. On a clear day, it offers a breathtaking view of the Himalayas. The changing colors of the peak provide a view that you will cherish in your heart forever. Phodong and Labrang Monasteries can be seen on the opposite mountain. A binocular and telescope is there to enjoy a closer view of the peaks.
- Duration of Staying-1 hour
Best Time to Visit Gangtok, Sikkim
- Summer (May-June)is the best time to visit Gangtok, as the weather remains pleasant and the temperature varies around 22 degrees.
- Winter (December-February) is also a great time to visit Gangtok if you are a winter lover. The average temperature during this time stays around 4 degrees. Snowfall and chilled weather enhance its beauty.
A visit to Gangtok is definitely going to be a memorable one for you. Not only for the natural sightseeing or the amazingly peaceful ambiance in the monasteries, Gangtok offers lots of adventurous sports and activities for you to enjoy with your friends and family. Contact Jayanti Travels for a smooth and enjoyable trip to Gangtok. To make your day-trip to Gangtok more convenient, they also offer the best taxi service from NJP to Gangtok at a very reasonable price.