Sikkim is one of the primeval lands unlike other Himalayan lands, and remains pristine and well-preserved. The land offers the magical feel of a Himalayan fairytale. Where one dreamy day blends into next. It is an amazing place of hidden valleys, mystical monasteries, snow clad lakes and landscape covered with flowers and forests and snow capped mountains. Khanchenjunga (8586m), the jewel in Sikkim 's crown is the word's third highest Peak, which overlooks the state from the western side. This majestic 5 summited mountain forms the spectacular backdrop.

 

Flung away from the heart of India and in proximity with Tibet, Gangtok  is most certainly not the quintessential Indian town. Buddhism is prevalent. So are entrancing views of mountains and foliage.
Gangtok, an unassuming Himalayan town comes with the quaint charms very much like most hillside towns. And yet its culture and its influences stop it from being clubbed with the rest.


Monks cruising down the street in bikes is a common sight. You cannot miss the numerous monasteries in the city. The mystical Do-Drul Chorten, Enchey Gompa Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, Tashiling Monastery and Phensong Monastery are quite beautiful. The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology offers an intimate rendezvous with its culture. Even better are the masked dances and processions during festivals.

Gangtok offers some incredible views of the mighty Kanchenjunga from Tashi Point and its quaint temple, Ganesh Tok. Hanuman Tok is another Hindu temple in this city.

Changu Lake, Saramsa Garden and Banjhakri Falls are all a short drive from the city and are neat getaways whether you want to ride a Yak, sip on hot tea meditatively or have a scrumptious picnic. For a few lessons in history, just drive up to the Nathu La Pass.

Sight Seeing
Perched on a hill, Gangtok renders many stunning views but it is Mount Kanchenjunga that is the icing on the cake. Tashi Viewpoint, a short distance from Gangtok, gives you a great view of the peak. So does the Himalayan Zoological Park, that is, if you can take your eyes off the adorable Red Pandas and the fierce Snow Leopard. For some spectacular views of the city, take the Ropeways Cable Car in Deorali Market.

Enjoy the scenic views of Mount Kanchenjunga and the thick cover of the forests. Keep Gangtok clean by not using plastic covers and littering the city. It is filled with friendly people who love the natural beauty around them.

Shopping :
MG Road and Lal Bazaar are the two shopping areas you must visit. Take a look around Indo Tibetan if you want jackets. While in MG Road, look in on GS Agency. Swallows come to nest and hatch their eggs in the nest they've built on the shop's ceiling around Mar-May..

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