Gangtok is located in the north eastern part of India. It is a hill station that attracts thousands of tourists annually who reach this exhilarating destination to witness first-hand the beauty of Himalayan Mountains. Gangtok is a dream destination that offers raw natural beauty, snow-capped mountains, lush forests and beautiful rivers. Here, river rafting and trekking are the most popular activities amongst tourists. The city, situated at an altitude of 5,800ft combines the cultures of Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet making it an ideal place to experience the best of north-east India. The city is known for many attractions, some of them being:
The Enchey Monastery is situated on a hilltop about 3 kms from the city centre. Enchey means the solitary temple which was built on the site blessed by Lama DrupthobKarpo. Originally a hermitage, it was converted to a monastery in 1840. It is an important seat of the Nyingma order. The monastery is built in the shape of a Chinese pagoda and houses about 90 monks. Inside the monastery there can be seen the images of gods and goddesses along-with many religious objects. January is the best time to visit this site when the ‘chaam’ or religious masked dance is performed.
Do-DrulChorten stupa is the most important Stupa in Sikkim. It was buit in the year 1945 by TrulshiRimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. The stupa houses many relics, particularly the complete set of DorjeePhurba, Kangyur relics (holy books). The unmistakable feature of this stupa is the gold-topped shikara adorning its spire along with the 108 Mani-Lahkor or prayer wheels.
Tsomgo Lake is a prominent landmark just 40kms from Gangtok. The lake is famous throughout the worldfor its calm and placid waters located in a tranquil setting surrounded by the characteristic Himalayan Mountains. The lake is situated at an altitude of 12,210 ft with an avegare depth of 50 ft spread out in an area of 1sqkm. The best time to be there is in the months of May to August when rare flowers bloom around the lake. These are typically rhododendrons, iris-blue – yellow poppies and primulas. The lake has been declared a conserved zone so prior permission is necessary for visiting the site. On your visit to Gangtok you can relax in the best hotels in Gangtok as well as you also have an option of a Resort in Gangtok.