Gangtok is the heavenly capital city of Sikkim that is shrouded in a sheath of soft white clouds. It is situated at a height of 5500 feet. Gangtok provides a stunning view of the highest and majestic snow-capped peak of India — Khangchendzonga. Gangtok is where you touch base with Sikkim. Gangtok is the town that provides the perfect base for travelling through the entire length and breadth of the state and discover its hidden jewels. Going back in the past, Gangtok was an important transit point for traders who traded between Tibet and India. Gangtok, in the current scenario, is a busy administrative and business centre and reverberates with an enthusiastic mixture of cultures, food habits, traditions, clothes, architecture, natural diversity and communities.
Gangtok is a brilliant cosmopolitan town that is replete with an insatiable glamour and glitz, finely tuned modern amenities, luxurious stay options, brilliant human creation of art and artefacts and heights of spellbinding natural glory. There are accommodation options available is varied price ranges. And a plethora of multi-cuisine and traditional restaurants serve food to satiate all tastes.
Gangtok has a line of sparkling shopping complexes, cyber cafes, gyrating night clubs and pubs along with pool parlours to attract crowds, both young and old. The MG Marg, is the lifeline of the town of Gangtok and offers all facilities to the travellers and tourists visiting this hill town. Gangtok is stupendously clean and has been marked as the country’s first litter and spit free zone. The lane is free from vehicular traffic and tourists can enjoy the laid back vibes of the centre of the town. The Titanic Park offers sitting area stretched across the mall and presents a vibrating and bustling environment filled with the cacophony of visiting crowds. The town spills with life in the tourist seasons. The Mall area has a line of shops selling a magnanimous range of items that are alluring and attractive to tourists. Shopping adds the extra fun to the joy of Gangtok visit. MG Marg hosts the annual Gangtok Food and Culture festival held in the month of December. The Food Festival is the time of cultural extravaganza when the visitors enjoy not only the tasty Sikkim’s multi-cultural cuisine spread but also enjoy the enthralling musical and dance performances that are held with pomp and glory. This event is well known throughout the country and attracts a lot of tourists from far and near each year.
For a visual treat avail the bi-cable Zig-back ropeway in Gangtok and enjoy a superb bird-eye view. The seven-minute long ride is approximately one kilometre long and extends from Deorali to Tashiling. Each ropeway cabin can carry 25 passengers in a single trip. The ropeway ride is absolutely safe and is operated by the aid of fully computerized modern safety mechanism that can be categorized as being of international standards. Enjoy a scintillating view of the majestic Khangchendzonga range along with the aerial view of the bustling Gangtok town spread below. You can also enjoy the glamour of Ridge Park and soak in the beauty of the nature spread on both sides and also take in the essence and fragrance of the Flower Festival held below the park in case you visit Gangtok while it is being showcased. Ganesh Tok offers a breath-taking distant view of Gangtok and its surrounding. The mountain ranges of Khang-chen-Dzonga and Siniolchu deck the horizon. Hanuman Tok, located at a height of 7200 feet above sea level is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is located approximately nine kilometres uphill from the main town of Gangtok and offers a blissfully calm and quiet setting that is free from the pollution and hustle and bustle of city life.
Get enchanted by the adjacent royal cremation ground, Lukshyama, that has some eye-catching stupas and chortens. Lukshyama is noted for holding the mortal remains of the members of royal families of Sikkim. Another tourist attraction of interest is the Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology, which is widely acclaimed for being the most prestigious research institute of its kind in the world. This institute is a treasure trove of a huge and rare collection of Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, various exceptional statues and valuable and unique Thankas which are nothing but colourful tapestries used in Buddhist study. These prized objects of art make this institute an invaluable centre for study of Buddhist philosophy and religion. The institute was established in 1958 to promote study and research on Buddhism, as a religion.
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