Gangtok is the capital city of Indian state
Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of 5500 feet, it is a beautiful and well organised city
where you can get all modern facilities like shopping mall, big departmental stores, movie
theatre, restaurants, coffee shops and many more.. By train reach New Jalpaiguri (NJP) station of West Bengal. There are several trains available
from all major cities of the country to NJP. By air, reach Bagdogra airport first. From
NJP the distance of Gangtok is 125Km and from Bagdogra, the distance is 124 Km. It will
take 3 to 4 hours to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra or NJP by car. The rate of a car is between
2500 and 4000 rupees, depending on the number of seats available.
You can also avail a share cab run by Sikkim National Transport. The fare is INR 200-300
per person. There are also SNT organised bus services available to reach Gangtok from NJP.
The rate is INR 90 per person. Chopper service is also available from Bagdogra
to Gangtok. Charge is INR 3500 per person one way.
Gangtok Site Seeing On day 1 of your Gangtok tour go for city
site seeing tour. Hire a local cab for 10 points site seeing. The charge will be INR
3000 to 3500 for a day. The main spots to visit are:
Rumtek Monastery: Rumtek Monastery is a gompa located near Gangtok.
Currently, it is the largest monastery in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks
and here they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
MG Marg: The heart of the city is MG Marg. It is the
main street of Gangtok and is a great place to hang around. The street is India’s first
litter and spit free zone. No vehicle is allowed in this street. You can also enjoy shopping
while walking through this road. Every year, in the month of December Gangtok food and
culture festival is held here. Banjhakri Falls:
It is one of the most beautiful places in Gangtok. The park surrounding the falls area
is well maintained. Overall, a nice place to relax. Seven Sister Water Falls: It is another beautiful waterfalls near Gangtok
where you can enjoy nature. Gangtok Ropeway:
Take a ride of Gangtok Ropeway to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Ganesh Tok: It is a temple of Lord Ganesha located 6km
from Gangtok town. Visit here to pray Lord Ganesha and also to enjoy the enchanting views
of the surroundings from the viewing lounge with glass panel. Tashi View Point: It is located 8Km away from Gangtok town and
offers a stunning view of Mount Kanchenjunga snow peaks on a clear day. Hanuman Tok: The famous Hanuman temple is popular for its
wonderful serene ambience and a viewing area that offers spectacular view of Kanchenjunga
range. Nmgyal Institute of Tibetan Technology:
It is the one of the main Tibetan Institutes of the world. You can see various rare Tibetan
and Sanskrit manuscript here. The place is also known for beautiful Thanka paintings. Enchey Monastery: This is another famous site to visit near
Gangtok. Day 2:
On day 2 of your Gangtok trip go for Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh
Memorial Temple tour. For this tour you have to submit 2 passport size photograph and a
photocopy of your voter Id card to the authority in order to get a permit. You can submit those
documents to your hotel or travel agent and they will get the permit for you. Tsomgo is a beautiful glacial lake 38 Km away from Gangtok located at an altitude of 12,400
feet. Nathula Pass is situated at the Indo China
Border. It is 18 Km away from Tsomgo Lake. Visit Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple
on your way back to Gangtok. From Gangtok Local Cars will charge INR 800-1200
per person for this tour. Day 3
On 3rd day, you can visit south Sikkim. The famous spots are Namchi and Temi Tea Garden.
In Namchi visit Namchi Monastery, Ralang Monastery, Tendong hill and recently inaugurated Siddhesvara
Dham. This spot is famous for the giant 87 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva. In this temple
you can see the replicas of four Dhams of our country From Namchi go to Temi Tea garden. An organic tea estate with beautiful surroundings. This
is a great place to relax.