Gangtok is a popular tourist site in North Eastern region of India. It is the capital of Sikkim and is tourist destination perfect for tranquil and refreshing holiday. Simply head to this beautiful town and spend the holiday relishing best of nature, genuine hospitality, and modern pleasures.
Gangtok, a beautiful modern town located in the Shivalik hills of the Great Himalayan Mountain Range, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Falling under the Indian state of Sikkim, the town is the most urbanized and largest town in the state. The precise meaning of the town is still vague, however, many stick with ‘hill top’. True to its name, the town is situated at the top of one end of a hill and is surrounded by lush greenery. However, not too long ago the scenarios were quite different. It was a small little sleepy town that patched the verdant regions of a hill, but with the influx of eco-tourism and spiritual tourism, the town is now a modernized town housing number of urbanized conveniences and pleasures. The town is now revamped with numerous concrete structures, excellent pedestrian friendly roads, and a number of good hotels.
The town is counted amongst the handful of towns in the nation that are brimming with nature’s riches. It experiences a subtropical highland climate. The temperature here generally remains mild and pleasant, almost across the year. Five different seasons laud the town. However, visiting the town during monsoon should be avoided because of the torrential and heavy rainfalls. There are reports of frequent landslides and road blockages because of the heavy rain shower. The summers here are very pleasant, and are best for Gangtok tour. Besides, the winters are quite cold; make sure that you carry woolen cloths along if you are visiting the town in winters.
The natural beauty and the genuine hospitality of the town is what that attracts the tourists, however, the town is simply more than these. For the foodies the town is an excellent opportunity to gusto the mouth-watering cuisines, other than what he/she usually eat. Thukpa and Momo are the specialties of the town. There exist several excellent restaurants and good hotels in Gangtok located on the main market areas. Starting from vegetarian, to non veg Thai and culinary cuisines the restaurants offer a complete treat to the taste buds. Besides, the colorful and lively shops of the New Market, Kandoika, Lal market and the Charitrust Tibetan Emporium are excellent places to buy lovely souvenirs. Items like woolen garments, wooden tables, regional wall hanging, Thangkas, scrolls, and junk jewelry etc. are quite popular among the tourists.
It is quite certain that your trip to Gangtok will be a memorable experience. A couple of most recommended places to visit in Gangtok include: Gezing, Government Institute of Cottage Industries, Pelling, Ranka Monastery, Jorethang, Khechepari Lake, Tsongo Lake, Tsomgo Lake, Yumthang Valley, Enchey Gompa, Tashi View Point, Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology, Nathula Pass, Banjhakri Falls, and Flower Exhibition Centre. In addition, the town is also a popular emerging destination for several adventure actions. Trekking, mountain biking, horse riding, hitchhiking, water rafting at river Tista etc. are some of the outdoor activities to relish. Besides, the town is dotted with a number of excellent picnic sites. In all, the town is simply replete with countless natural as well as modern tourist attractions, which is also one reason for the tourists extend their stay in the town.