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Gangtok City Tour: Explore The Most Bustling Place In Sikkim

Gangtok City Tour: Exploring the most bustling place of Sikkim
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Gangtok is the most bustling place in whole of Sikkim. It is perhaps the most friendly capital of a state anywhere in India. Gangtok City Tour is the best way to know more about the town.

There are several attractions in Gangtok – natural formations, friendly people, authentic cuisines, distinctive culture and signs of a historical legacy.

Gangtok City Tour

Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, constructed on a cloudy ridge, is located at an altitude of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of Mount Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state.

Gangtok is used as a base for visiting several places in Sikkim, but Gangtok City Tour is also something all visitors look forward to. Gangtok has some exceptionally beautiful sightseeing spots. Here are the top attractions which should be explored during Gangtok City Tour:

Rumtek Monastery and Ganesh Tok

Gangtok City Tour: Exploring the most bustling place of Sikkim
MG Marg, Gangtok

You may spend some of your leisure time loitering at MG Marg buying souvenirs, but make it a point to take a detailed tour of the historic Rumtek Monastery, a place of reverence for Buddhists. Architecture and the design structure of the Rumtek monastery are stellar. You will be mesmerized by the resonance of the prayers of the monks in the morning.

Ganesh Tok is a place which will wow anyone visiting it. A place of reverence for the Hindus and Buddhists, Ganesh Tok is a must visit place. It is not just a temple, but it also gives some amazing views of whole Gangtok city from the top.

Tashi View Point, Waterfalls, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Tashi View Point is known for offering some nice views of Mount Kanchenjunga. It is one of the most photographed places in entire Gangtok.

Gangtok City Tour: Exploring the most bustling place of Sikkim
A view of Mount Kanchenjunga from Tashi View Point, Gangtok

Sikkim is also a land of waterfalls with many rivers and channels making way through the hills. Gangtok also has some waterfalls, some very much within or just outside town area.

Visit the waterfalls Bakthang waterfall and Banjhakri; Banjhkari being the bigger one. It is surprising to see so nice waterfalls within the town. Both are quite popular among tourists and they are among the most photographed places in Gangtok.

Make it a point not to skip visiting Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. Established in 1958, the traditional Tibetan-style building is a work of art. It has an exceptional museum and a vast library that houses the world’s largest collections of Tibetan works outside of Tibet. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is one of the most visited places in Gangtok.

Nathula Pass And Lake Tsomgo

No trip to Gangtok is complete without a compulsory visit to Lake Tsomgo (Changgu Lake) and Nathula Pass. This Pass connects Sikkim to China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. It was once an actively used area on Silk Route.

Gangtok City Tour: Exploring the most bustling place of Sikkim
Lake Tsomgo, Gangtok, Sikkim

Lake Tsomgo, on the other hand, is a high altitude lake which can be reached from Gangtok by an uphill drive of around two hours. A ropeway has been installed there now which gives even more spectacular views of the whole region and the Himalayan peaks.

Other Attractions

Flower Exhibition Center, which showcases the varieties of flowers of Sikkim, is quite a popular place for tourists. The Center displays a wide variety of Orchid, State Flower of Sikkim. Visitors can also buy seeds from this center to grow flowers at their own homes.

You can also try Gangtok Ropeway from Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. This gives a bird’s eye view of Gangtok city and this is no doubt quite scintillating.