About the Location
Gangtok has been one of the favourite holiday destinations for tourists in search of peace and tranquility. The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 feet. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, it is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities. Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town which offers the tourist all possible amenities alongwith a vibrant culture, all of which makes this town a must visit tourist destination.
How to Reach
Gangtok connects to most of the airports in India through Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri. It is the nearest airport and is situated at a distance of 124 km from Gangtok. There are regular flights from cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbaai and Guwahati to Gangtok.
New Jalpaiguri, near Siliguri, is the nearest railway station and is located 148 km away from Gangtok.
Gangtok shares good roadway connectivity with most of the cities in Sikkim and the nearby states. Numerous buses ply almost daily from Siliguri to Gangtok.
Places of Interest
- Rumtek Monastery is the largest monastery in Sikkim and is the seat of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism. Located about 23 km from Gangtok, the monastery was built by the fourth King of Sikkim under the supervision of the ninth Karmapa (head of the Karma Kagyu sect). At an elevation of almost 5000 ft and surrounded by lush green landscape, the monastery is a visual treat besides offering spiritual solace.
- Tsangu Lake : Tsangu Lake or Changu lake is an ethereally beautiful glacial lake located at an elevation of 12,313 ft and around 40 km from the Gangtok.The lake remains frozen and covered with snow during the winter and the snow melts in the summer to form the placid lake. During spring, the flowers bloom at the periphery adding color to it.
- Gangtok Local Sightseeing: Tsuklakhang Royal Chapel on the Palace Compound is now home to over 70 younger monks preparing for their higher education in Nyingma Buddhist studies.
- Do-Drul Chorten Stupa: This huge stupa or monument is located at a short walking distance from the Research Institute of Tibetology and on a hillock in Deorali, Gangtok.The Chorten Stupa is marked by a golden top dome. Do-Drul Chorten is regarded as one of the most important Chortens of Sikkim.
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