If beauty or serenity has to be described in one word, it has to be Gangtok without any second thought! Soaked with the captivating beauty of the spectacular Khangchendzonga and other several Himalayan peaks, the capital of Sikkim, this hilly city is something more than a paradise for its visitors!
Everything is good about Gangtok, starting with the pleasant weather to all the beautiful places you will get to see when you visit Sikkim. You will find different kinds of beautiful cafes, different kinds of stores, authentic traditional local food. It is a hub for all the adventurous sports like you can do Rafting, Yak Safari, Paragliding, Ropeway Cable Ride. It’s an ideal place for a vacation for those who seek delight in nature.
10 best places to visit in Gangtok:
The meaning of the world Namchi is the top of the sky. The place offers beautiful views of the Rangit valley and Khangchendzonga range. There is a statue of Guru Padmasambhava which is 135 feet high and has a divine look.
2. Yumthang Valley of Flowers
Yumthang Valley of Flowers is an awesome place to visit where a tourist can soak up the exquisiteness of nature and enjoy the beauty of innumerable flowers, mountains, and peaceful river.
3. Nathula Pass
It is one of those places where adventurous people love to go. Situated at a height of 14,450 ft, Nathu-la is the most important corridor of passage which is between India and Tibet and the serenity of the Tsomgo Lake makes the visit memorable. Permission is needed by the zonal office for visiting the Nathula pass.
4. Hanuman Tok
This old Hanuman Temple is visited by a large number of people and the reason is not just spiritual but also the peace of mind that they get after spending some time here. The temple is at a height of 7,500 ft and from here, a person can get the best view of Khangchendzonga.
5. Lal Bazaar
Lal Bazaar is one of the best markets for shopping, especially on Sunday when different ethnic groups from various villages come to the market. Lal Bazaar is quite near to all the hotels as it is just below the MG road.
6. MG Marg
MG Marg is the best place to visit if a traveler wants to take a feel of Gangtok as it is the center of the city and there are some wonderful restaurants that offer outstanding delicacies.
7. Rumtek Monastery
This monastery is one of the most famous and most visited attractions in the city. It is situated in the Dharma Chakra Centre and has a quite similar architecture to the one which is built-in Tsurphu, Tibet. This monastery was built by the Kagyu sect of Buddhists who came here in the 12th century.
If you are visiting Gangtok, you just can’t afford to miss a visit to Khangchendzonga which is the third highest peak worldwide. What makes it more special is the picturesque vista and on top of that, it is among the best places for photography.
9. Do Drul Chorten Stupa
If you want to experience peace and spirituality, Do Drul Chorten Stupa is the place to go. There are 108 prayer wheels which make it more special.
10. Himalayan Zoological Park
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park is something travelers with kids would love to visit. Here you can get to see snow leopards, Tibetan wolves, Himalayan black bears, large Indian civets, etc.