Gangtok city is the capital of Sikkim. Gangtok is one of the most serene and captivating municipalities in the world. Gangtok offers a lot of adventure thrilling activities. The scenic view of the five peaks of Kanchenjunga makes its topography really breath-taking.

Best time to visit Gangtok city

Gangtok city is located at the laps of the Himalayan mountain range, Gangtok experiences a pleasant climate throughout the year. Its normal summer temperature varies between 21 degrees C to 13 degrees C while during winters, the minimum temperature can down below the freezing point. The city receives an ordinary annual rainfall of 3894mm. The best tourist season to visit the city is between April to mid-June and mid-September to November.

Top Attractions:

  • Tsomgo Lake
  • Hanuman Tok
  • Cholamu Lake
  • Saramsa Garden
  • Ganesh Tok View Point
  • Seven Sisters Waterfalls
  • Kanchendzonga National Park
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
  • Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

PLACES AROUND GANGTOK

Deer Park – Adjacent to the new secretariat and also called the Rustomji Park named after one of the Dewans of the Chogyal of Sikkim, the park has a big open enclosure in which animals native to Sikkim like the red panda and the Himalayan Bear are kept. A big statue of Lord Buddha commemorating his preachings of the noble truths in the Deer Park at Sarnath adorns the park premises.

Dul-Dul Chorten – Duddul Chortenat Dotapu Chorten, Gangtok was built under the supervision of the late Most Venerable Trulshi Rinpoche after due preparations in 1945-46, in accordance with the prophecy made in 1944 by the Holiness the Dud-Zom Rinpoche.

Kabi Longstok – 25-km from Gangtok, just before Phodong is Kabi Longstok. There is a spot amidst tall trees, where the treaty of brotherhood between, the Lepcha Chieftan – Tetong Tek and the Tibetan chief Khye Bhumsa was signed.

Kangchendzonga National Park – Crossing a check gate where visitors entry permits were checked, one enters the Kangchendzonga National Park. The climb is gradual but very interesting as soon one is greeted by snow, lying white and pristine over the green forest floor and covering a few treetops.

Kechopari Lake – On bifurcation road between Gyalsing and Yoksum, is clear water Kechopari Lake (means – wishing lake). All around are mountains with dense forests and wildlife.

Labrang Monastery – A kilometre further from Phodong, the Labrang monastery was built approximately 100 years later. This monastery regards to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the same as that of a Pemayangtse monastery in West Sikkim.

Lachung – Another significant entry in the list of prime places to visit in Gangtok is Lachung. The road from Chungthang toward Lachung takes one into another world. This is the area populated by the Lachungpas, a hardy mountain people who consider themselves entirely different from the Bhutias and the Tibetans.

Facts about Gangtok

State:  Sikkim

District: East Sikkim

Famous for/as Hill Station

Languages: Nepali, Sikkimese, Bhutia, Lepcha, Hindi, English, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar

Best Season: October – March, March – June

Weather: Summer 10 to 28°C; Winter -5 to 16°C

Altitude:  1437 m

Pincode: 737101

STD code: 03592

Restaurants in Gangtok

Baker’s Cafe

Roll House

Cafe Live & Loud

Taste of Tibet

Khan Uncle’s Biryani House

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