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Gangtok - Direct From The Picture-story Books
Location - Situated in the state of
Area - 15 Sq.km
Population - 50,000
Best Time To Visit- October- March
STD Code - 03592
Languages - English, Nepali, Hindi, Bhutia, Lepcha and
¤ Do -Drul Chorten
¤ Enchey Monastery
¤ Government Institute Of Cottage Industries
Till one sees Gangtok, one would
believe that it exists only in the picture- story books. This capital of
Sikkim is small but has no dearth of natural beauties. Amidst the grandeur
of the mountain peaks, lush valleys, fast flowing rivers and terraced hills,
the hill station of Gangtok offers every enriching experience to the
tourists. The exotic orchids and chirruping birds of the place run riot in a
colourful melee. Salute to the land to which Mother nature has left no stone
unturned to be generous.
Chief Draws Of Gangtok
Do -Drul Chorten -
This huge white structure with its golden spire
is a landmark of Gangtok. This was built in 1945 and is surrounded by 108
prayer wheels and houses several rare religious texts.
Enchey Monastery -
This is the seat of the Nyingma order,
where you can enjoy the masked dances performed during the ' Chaam' festival
held in January every year.
Government Institute Of Cottage Industries -
This institute teaches
and promotes the ancient crafts of Sikkim like painting, mask making,
weaving and wood carving.
There are several other interesting places around Gangtok like: Ganesh Tok,
Hanuman Tok and Tashi View Point from where you get the most amazing view of
the Kanchenjunga and other snow -clad mountain peaks.
Adventure Bound!Get set and go to make your tummy disappear as
Gangtok offer all the adventure enthusiasts with a wide option of exciting
- River Rafting
- Yak Safari
- Mountain Biking
- Hang Gliding
Go Shopping....The shops of Gangtok are flooded with all kinds of
items that a traveller can take back home like- Lepcha weave bags, carved
furniture, carpets and durries with intricate designs and decorations. One
can also buy wooden and bamboo artefacts. The handicraft and handloom
directorate office and the showroom are on crossing of MG Marg and New
market. The Gramin Vikas Agency showroom is also located here. In these
showrooms you can buy carpets, masks, bright Choktse tables, Thangka
hangings. The unique style of jewellery can also be collected from here. The
exquisitely carved dragon sets of silver and gold are very popular among the
tourists. Not to forget a packet of fresh tea.
- Lal Market
- Old Market
- New Market
Porky's Restaurant - is famous for serving all kinds of cuisines
including- Chinese, Mughlai, Continental and North Indian.
Wild Orchid Restaurant is popular for Indian, South Indian, Chinese,
Continental and Sikkimese cuisine.
Tea House Restaurants offers tasty Chinese and North Indian cuisine.
Stay In Gangtok
- Hotel Norkhil - Super Deluxe
- Orange Village - Super Deluxe Resort
- Hotel New Castle- Super Deluxe
- Sidlon Residency - Super Deluxe
- Shambhala Mountain Resort - Super Deluxe
- The Chumbi Residency - Deluxe
- Central Hotel- Deluxe
- Hidden Forest Retreat - Deluxe
- Rendezovous - Deluxe
- Hotel Pomra - Standard
Climate Speaks......Gangtok experiences temperate climate with
enjoyable temperatures. Its not very hot and humid in summer nor too cold
and chilly in the winters. Snowfall is quite common.
Summer: 28 °C - 13 °C
Winter: 18 °C - 0.48 °C
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