Deep insight of Gangtok tourism
Gangtok the capital of Sikkim is said to be floating on clouds due to its location on higher altitudes of around five thousand five hundred feet, offering exclusive views of the surrounding region. In historic times this was the strategic point of transit for traders who used to travel between India and Tibet. It is located in the eastern Himalaya range with a mixed population of Bhutias, Lepchas and Nepalese. Gangtok tourism is focused on natural beauty, ancient places of worship and some serene locations. Gangtok being ruled by many local powers has a rich past and treasure of heritage monuments in the form of Buddhist monasteries. After independence Gangtok became the capital of Sikkim which preferred to remain an independent monarchy. This beautiful city adorned with many pagodas, and religious institutions is a center of Tibetan Buddhist culture. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is the major tourist attraction of Gangtok, which preserves largest collection of Tibetan works along with a museum of Tibetan iconography and religious art.
Blessed with a monsoon dominated subtropical climate this destination enjoys a splendid climate throughout the year except monsoon. Gangtok like other Himalayan towns observes five seasons monsoon, summer, winter, spring and autumn. The destination is a popular hill resort of northeast and is abundant in scenic landscapes and many beautiful places to visit. Some of the popular places to visit in Gangtok are Kalimpong, Nathu La, Pelling, Siliguri, Rumtek Monastery, Yuksom and Darjeeling
It is brimmed up with variety of attractions like incredible monasteries of Fo-Brang, Zong Dog, Thongsha and Tharpa Choling, colonial bungalows preserving the riches of British raj, arts and crafts centers as well as places of religious importance. Getting panoramic views of the peaks of Kanjenjunga, Paunhari, Siniolchu, Chola, Gymochen and Jalep La is another charming experience of this destination.
Tucked beautifully between the north Eastern Himalayas and the Dooar region in West Bengal Siliguri is the gateway to some of the explicit attractions like Darjeeling, Dooars, Kalimpong, and Gangtok. Being supported with most modern facilities of traveling and accommodation it is more popular for a splendid shopping experience.
Located at just twenty four km from Gangtok Rumtek is the abiode of the sixteenth Gyawla Karmapa who is the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Locally popular as Dharma Chakra Centre its main attractions are its monastery for the monks and a beautiful temple complex built by Karmapa. With a salubrious weather and sprawling lush green landscape the monastery provides a serene atmosphere to the visitors.
Nathu La is a mountain pass connecting the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. Located on a great height of around fourteen thousand feet it is a part of the extension of ancient silk route. This pass is at a distance of fifty four km from Gangtok which is one of the three trading borders between India and China. Vegetation differs at the steep slope at different levels of the pass and offer beautiful views of the adjacent mountains and valleys. The region is rarely populated and members of nomadic Tibetan tribes along with their animals can be spotted here.
Gangtok is having plenty of accommodations in the form of super deluxe hotels offering exclusive lodging and boarding facilities. Best time to visit this Himalayan destination is from October to December when the region is at its best offering clear views of the mountains and valleys. March to May is the best time for enjoying the festival and cultural celebrations.