Gangtok is famous for
Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim state and is nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas. Known as the 'Land of Monasteries' there are quite a few other things to do in Gangtok. The Himalayan Zoological Park is a fun place for families, kids, and wildlife lovers and is home to various animals like the Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, and Himalayan Civet. Another major attraction is the holy Tsomgo Lake situated on the highway to Nathula.
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Gangtok is 120 Kms from New Jalpaiguri Railway station. And connected only thru roadway currently and takes around 4 to 6hrs travel. Broad guage railway line is being built Upto Rangpo now in 1st phase and will extend Upto Gangtok in 2nd phase probably by 2021.
Shared Taxi / Sumo are available and cost just Rs.350 per seat. Personalized taxi will cost you anything around Rs.3500 to 4500 one side trip from Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri.
From Darjeeling it will take around 4 to 5 hrs for nearly 100km route. Shared Taxi will cost Rs.250 per seat and personal vehicle will cost around Rs.3000.
All types of budget hotels to high end hotels are available in Gangtok and other places in Sikkim. Resorts are fewer. Costing around Rs.2500 for good budget hotels. And Rs.4500 to 8000 for good 3 to 4 star hotels. These are average Rates around the year. You will face traffic jams in morning and evening hours. So early travel is recommended in city areas.
Religious tour are mostly in South and East Sikkim. Adventure tour can be taken in North and West Sikkim. Or if just for Relaxing, Gangtok provides all.
In snowy areas NathuLa pass, Lachen - Lachung - rented Jackets, Gumboots are available.
Minimumt 3 nights stay is recommended. Whole of Sikkim tour will take minimum 7 nights.
Guided tour and packages are available in most hotels and in other market places. Do checkout the fixed rates for travelling tourists spots thru Taxis. Package tours are expensive. If possible, share the vehicle with others for tours. The hotel people or Driver can arrange for it.
The MG Market is the main market location in Gangtok. Not big but yet most of the upmarket things are available. Other market like Lal Bazar and Kanchenjunga shopping plaza for daily essential are nearby to MG Market.
The view of Mount Kanchenjunga (only top peak part) is visible from most of the Gangtok city region.
Good restaurants and bakery shops are available. Try Snow Lion Restaurant at Hotel Tibet little ahead of MG Market near SNT bus stand. Awesome Authentic Tibetan and local cuisine. Including some north Indian dishes too. Most of the dishes were near perfect for what it should be. But be there earliest by 8.30pm. Dragon Wok for Chinese food and OSM for North Indian food, Tashi Dalek - The Square with Open Air Restaurant in MG Road are good options for food. Baker's Cafe and Baking Magic at MG Road were good for Cakes and milkshakes. Worth trying it.
The food costs are like any other city in the country.
The market closes by 9pm.
Gangtok will surely leave good impact on you.
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History of Gangtok
The capital of Sikkim state is nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas at an elevation of 1,650 m. Recorded history dates back to the early 18th century when it just a small village. By the mid-19th century, it became a centre of pilgrimage for Buddhist monks. It was an important stopover point on the famous Silk Route connecting to various countries in Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. In 1975, the Sikkim monarchy came to an end and it merged with the India Union.
People and Culture of Gangtok
A majority of the population of Gangtok is ethnic Nepalese settlers who came here during the British reign. The natives are Lepchas while the Bhutias of Tibetan ancestry are also found in substantial numbers. There is a sizeable population of immigrants from other parts of India such as the Marwaris, Biharis, and Bengalis who have settled here in search of employment.
Hinduism and Buddhism are the most practiced religions while Christianity too has a good number of followers. A small Muslim community also lives here. Nepali, English, Hindi, Tibetan, and Lepcha are some of the languages spoken here.
Things to Do in Gangtok
Known as the ‘land of monasteries’ there are quite a few other things to do in Gangtok. The Himalayan Zoological Park is a fun place for families, kids, and wildlife lovers. It is the first park of its kind in the northeastern part of the country and is home to various animals like the Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, and Himalayan Civet. Another of the Gangtok attractions is the holy Tsomgo Lake which is situated on the highway to Nathula. There is a temple of Lord Shiva near this glacial lake.
The Seven Sister Waterfalls is on the list of spectacular Gangtok tourist places to see where you can click some great photographs. It is also one among the many lovely picnic spots in Gangtok. Rumtek Monastery, Hanuman Tok, Enchey Monastery, and Yumthang valley are some other places to visit in Gangtok.
Food and Shopping in Gangtok
After a Gangtok tour, be sure to take a break from all the travelling to sample some ‘momos’ or steamed dumplings that come with vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings. Thupka or soupy noodles is yet another local dish that visitors on a trip to Gangtok enjoy. Shah Phaley, Gack-ko soup, Churpee, Chhang, Fakthu, and Gyathuk are some other delicacies you might want to try.
The main market for tourists on Gangtok sightseeing is M G Marg with shops lining either side of the road. Porcelain cups with unique Sikkimese designs, metal jewellery, Lepcha weaves, wood carvings, handcrafted home décor items, bags, and dresses are all available here. Lal Bazaar is another of Gangtok places to visit if you love shopping.
Accommodation in Gangtok
As regards how to reach Gangtok, cabs and buses are the easiest means of transport. The closest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri which is about 124 km away. The nearest airport is Bagdogra in Siliguri. A helicopter service links Gangtok to Bagdogra, but the there are only a limited number of flights which can be inconvenient to those arriving for sightseeing in Gangtok. There are plenty of resorts in Gangtok offering comfortable accommodation to visitors. Many are conveniently located near places to see in Gangtok.
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