If you’re in the mood for some travel, and your mind is screaming for the cold, Gangtok is the place for you. Located at an altitude of 5500 feet, Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and a major hillstation in North-east India. A visit to the North East India is simply incomplete without a visit to Gangatok, exquisite state capital of one of the most individualistic and unique states of the mystic India, Sikkim.
One can see the majestic Kanchenjunga from Gangtok and the city attracts many Indian and foreign travelers every year. Nearest airport is Bagdogra and nearest railway station is at New Jalpaiguri. Gangtok has something to offer for everyone. From lush green scenery, lovely snow-capped mountain views, monasteries for Buddhism enthusiasts, among others. From Gangtok, travel to Nathu La Pass, visit Rumtek, Ranka and Tashi view point, Tsomgo Lake, Hanuman Tok, Seven Sisters Waterfalls, Ban Jhakri Falls and enjoy the scenic beauty of Sikkim.
Gangtok boasts of having some of the most notable and the most beautiful Buddhist stupas and monasteries like, Enchey monastery or the Dro- dul Chorten. It is also a place meant for animal- lovers; the Himalayan Zoological Park exhibits the fauna of the Himalayas in their natural habitats- the snow leopard, Tibetan wolf, spotted deer and also red pandas. If you’re an outdoorsy person, paragliding is the sport for you.
Average temperature hovering around 22 degrees even in the summer, occasional snowy days, eternal view of the Himalayas; sounds like a dream. The meaning of ‘Gangtok’ is not very precise but the most popular translation seems to be ‘Hill top’. It’s a perfect place for foodies; with the momos, ‘thukpa’, a traditional soup/ noodle dish and also, ‘churpee’ a kind of cheese. It is a great place to engage in a game of football, or maybe even a round of archery.
Provided with a selfie stick, you can record every minute of the experience. Visit the city and have the time of your life.