State :Sikkim, in the north eastern state of India.
Best time for Gangtok Tourism : March to late May, October to Mid-December makes for the best time to visit Gangtok Sikkim.
Weather Conditions :
Summer : Max- 21°C, Min - 13°C;
Winter : Max -13°C, Min - 0.48°C; Rainfall : 325 cm per annum.
Location : Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is 148 km from New
Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, its neighbouring state.
Gangtok Tourism and Travel in Sikkim
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim has emerged into the mainstream travel
destination of the Tourism Industry, with more and more tourist coming to
this little Himalayan state every year. Sitting on the lap of the majestic
Himalaya, Gangtok Sikkim has developed into a cosmopolitan delicacy where
old-world charm and hospitality exist along with the modern age of
Information Technology. One can find a harmonious blend of diverse culture
and religion in Gangtok Sikkim. The people of Gangtok have a strong bonding
with their age-old traditions and customs. Despite of these, Gangtok is
definitely not behind the rest of the world in terms of urbanisation - broad
roads, flyovers, posh markets, state-of-art hospital, educational
institutes, fast food outlets, discotheques, and all other modern amenities
that the heart can desire for.
Airport : Nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal( 124
kms.), from where scheduled flights operates to and fro from Kolkata, Delhi,
Guwahati. The Bagdogra
airport is connected to Gangtok by a helicopter service operating between
Gangtok - Bagdogra - Gangtok.
: Two nearest railway station are at Siliguri (114 km) and New
Jalpaiguri (125 km) stabilizing link to Calcutta, Delhi,
Guwahati, Lucknow and other
important cities in India.
Road Transport : Gangtok Sikkim is connected with all weather
mettaled road with Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok etc. Gangtok, the capital of
Sikkim is connected by all weather road to Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri
and also to all the District headquarters within Sikkim.
Private Taxis, Jeeps and Landrovers ply regularly on the Gangtok- Siliguri
Highway and are available for transfer of passengers between Gangtok and
Siliguri/ New Jalpaiguri Junction/ Bagdogra, and also for local sightseeing
at fixed rates and may be reserved through Tourist Bureau, Govt. of West
Hotels Resorts and Staying in Gangtok
Accommodation is easily available in Gangtok Sikkim. You may take your pick from
the many hotels, tourist Lodge, tourist hostel and tourist cottages in
Gangtok. Check out for the hotels that suits you the most.
Travel Attractions and Famous Places to Visit in Sikkim. Sightseeing Tours
in Gangtok Sikkim
Built about 100 years ago is the Labrang Monastery, just 1 km further from
Phodong. This monastery attractions belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism,
the same as that of Pemayangtse monastery in West Sikkim. Its name
translates simply as the dwelling place of the Lamas (Buddhist monks).
About 6 km from Gyalsing town is the Pemayangtse Monastery. This Buddhist monastery
was originally built as a small temple in the last of 17th century by Latsun
Chempo. But, later the temple structure was rebuilt into a monastery.
A 24-km drive from Gangtok Sikkim, through the beautiful, bewitching countryside
leads one to Rumtek. The main attractons of Rumtek is that it is the seat of the Karmapa Lama who heads the
Kagyupa Sect of Buddhism.
The Royal Chapel, Tsuklakhang, is within the palace grounds is another travel attraction in the Gangtok City. Popularly
called Tsulakhang Royal. It is the main place of worship and gathering and
the repository of a vast collection of Buddhist scriptures.
This park is also called the Rustomji Park named after one of the Dewans of
the Chogyal of Sikkim. The park has a big open enclosure, sheltering animals
like the red panda and the Himalayan Bear. A big statue of Lord Buddha
commemorating his preachings of the noble truths in the Deer Park at Sarnath
beautifies the park premises. A butter lamp continually burns in front of
the statue, which is surrounded with flowers of amazing variety. The park
commands a spectacular view of the hills, surrounding Gangtok.
On bifurcation road between Gyalsing and Yoksum, is clear water Kechopari
Lake (wishing lake). The lake is a tourist visiting spot surrounded by mountains with dense forests
and wild life. It is so placid, crystal clear that not a leaf can be seen
floating over it, because it is immediately lifted by birds.
Phurchachu Reshi Hot Springs
About 25 km travel from Gyalsing, near Reshi, after crossing Rangeet River by a
pedestrian bridge is the Phurchachu springs with medicinal properties. These
springs are considered holy, as one of the four holy caves is located here.
This holy cave is called the "Kadosangphu" or 'Cave of the occult
fairies' and is located on the south of the four cardinal points.
Excursion Tour from Important Destinations near Gangtok (Sikkim)
New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal is about 124 km from Gangtok and Siliguri in
West Bengal is 114 km from Gangtok Sikkim India.