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Gangtok

TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City
The capital city of Sikkim, a pleasant hill-station with cool climate throughout the year, filled with green rooftops and beautiful pine trees, is situated at a height of 5,500 ft on a ridge. With an amazing view of the Mount Kanchenjunga, it has some superb trekking and hiking trails. The Enchey Monastery and Rumtek Monastery boast of some precious relics and splendid Sikkimese architecture, while the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology offers deep insights on the rich Tibetan culture. The Ban Jhakri Falls, Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake, offer some breathtaking views to marvel at. A haven for hikers, trekkers, mountain bikers, and river rafters, Gangtok boasts of some exotic locations and the great River Teesta for the adventurous to indulge in. Misty and pretty with clouds looking like cotton candy, indulge in some delicious locally produced tea brews and hot momos. Plan a trip to this lovely, laid back, easy-going town and soak up in the cheerful and relaxed ambiance of the town and the hospitable people.
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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok

A temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Hanuman Tok is at a mere 11 km from Gangtok and situated at an elevation of 7200 ft. This temple is perhaps the best spot that provides a marvellous view of the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga. An easy climb from the parking area leads you to it. It is popularly believed that if you make a wish at this temple, it comes true. So, go ahead and make a wish, you have nothing to lose. Witness the magnificent Mount Kanchenjunga and experience the divine feeling when you visit the temple, maintained by the Indian Army.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

An important place of pilgrimage on many Buddhists’ travel plans, the Rumtek Monastery is the largest of its kind in Sikkim. Admire the beauty that reflects not only from the monastery design and aesthetics, but also the people who radiate a positive vibe. Explore the countless artefacts it houses, especially the spectacular Golden Stupa, containing precious relics of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa. Join the monks and pilgrims in performing kora (a kind of pilgrimage and meditative practice) in the Stupa walkway. In the month of February, the monks perform a wonderful Mahakala Dance, which makes for an interesting sight to see.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City MG Marg

MG Marg

Soak in the ambiance at the lively boulevard of MG Marg. Stroll down this vehicle-free road, which is lined with shops, restaurants, cafés and bars shimmering in the evening sky. Give your tired feet a break by grabbing a seat on one of the benches along the street, or head into a café and snack on some hot momos. The street is marked by green colour buildings, the Statue of Unity and a giant statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Indulge in some retail therapy and bag in souvenirs, trendy clothes and shoes, handicraft items, and more.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Damodar Ropeway

Damodar Ropeway

Enjoy a scenic cable car ride with Damodar Ropeway that reveals the breathtaking landscape of Gangtok city, the surrounding mountains and valleys. You can begin your journey from any of its three terminal stations—lower terminal station at Deorali Market, the intermediate terminal at Nam Nang or the upper terminal station near Secretariat (Tashiling). Open from 9 am to 4 pm, the Damodar Ropeway is one of the most popular attractions in Gangtok.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Trip to Pelling

Trip to Pelling

At a distance of about 125 km from Gangtok, is the beautiful hill town of Pelling. Witness the most breathtaking sight of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga mountain range from the various lookout points here. The free-spirited nature and adventure lovers must consider the three-day Monastery trek offering remarkable countryside landscape views. Visit the scenic Khecheopalri Lake, by car or on foot. The unspoilt Darap Village in Pelling is a great place to explore where you can indulge in trekking, cultural shows, birdwatching, and more. Be awestruck by the perennial Kanchenjunga Waterfalls near Darap Village.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Do-Drul Chorten Stupa

Do-Drul Chorten Stupa

Make a religious visit to the Do-Drul Chorten Stupa and marvel at its golden dome. Rotate the 108 prayer wheels in a clock-wise direction and offer your prayers as you do so. The prayer wheels look beautiful with Buddhist Mantras inscribed on them. So, come and visit the Dro-Dul Chorten Stupa, considered as one of the most important Stupas in all of Sikkim. Wander about in the surrounding area and you will stumble upon Chorten Lhakhang and Guru Lhakhang, where you will find two large statues of Guru Rimpoche.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake

Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake

Situated at an altitude of 4,310 m, the part snow and part alpine covered Nathula Pass forms a part of the ancient Silk Road. For some reason, the pass is accessible only for Indian nationals and remains open only on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday; this also after obtaining a permit from the Tourism Department through a registered travel agency. Marvel at the scenic glacier lake—Tsomgo Lake while you pass through Nathu La Pass and. soak in the tranquillity of its serene surroundings. Frozen in winter and otherwise surrounded with colourful rhododendrons and other flowering plants, Tsomgo Lake exhibits boundless beauty.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Standing at an altitude of 6,500 ft, you need to walk a little to reach the temple and its glass-panelled viewing lounge. Be rewarded by scintillating views of the charming town, mountain tops including the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga. The circular balcony next to it also offers fabulous views. As you take the path up to the temple, you will see a thread of colourful flags that add character to its appearance. Enjoy a hot cup of tea and some snacks while taking in the splendid views.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Ban Jhakri Falls

Ban Jhakri Falls

Marvel at the cascading waterfall plunging into the rocking surface below from a height of 40 ft. A beautiful garden is created around the waterfall that enhances the beauty of the place. Take a leisurely walk in the well-groomed park decorated with numerous sculptures and figurines of the Jhakri culture. Don't hesitate to take a dip in the cool waters of Ban Jhakri Falls. While you are at it, marvel at the vistas of the rapid and smooth flowing streams.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Enchey Monastery

Enchey Monastery

Set amidst tall pine trees on a hill top is the modest looking Enchey Monastery, built on a mystical piece of land. It holds a mystic charm as it is believed that a highly revered tantric, Druptob Karpo had blessed this place. Although simple looking from the outside, when you step inside the monastery, you will be awestruck by the attractive murals, statues of deities and the wheel of law on the porch. Generally, in the month of January, for about two days, there’s a vibrant and captivating ’Chaam’ or religious masked dance performed at the monastery.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Ranging from one day to 16 days, the scenic, rugged and dramatic terrain of Sikkim Himalayas offers an enthralling mountain biking experience. Enjoy the beautiful countryside, the exotic flora and fauna, ride through charming villages, and interact with the locals along the way. Offering you a combination of scenic landscape and a challenging mountain biking experience, Sikkim makes for a great mountain biking destination. Some of the routes you can explore include, Gangtok-Phodong-Rangrang-Dikchu Makha-Sirwani-Temi, Gangtok-Rumtek-Sangh-Sirwani-Temi-Namchi-Jorethang-Melli and many more.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Helicopter Ride

Helicopter Ride

Book a helicopter ride and experience excitement rise like a wave as you get a bird's-eye view of the snow-capped mountain peaks, winding roads, narrow alleys and monasteries dotting the Gangtok landscape. It is a 15-minute classic helicopter ride that fills you up with breathtaking scenic beauty. There is also a charter flight service over Kanchenjunga Mountain that offers spectacular views of this majestic mount. It is an expensive ride, however, once you capture the sight of this majestic Himalayan beauty, it will stay with you for a lifetime.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Flower Exhibition Centre

Flower Exhibition Centre

Take a refreshing stroll through Ridge Park and view the beautiful flora at the Flower Exhibition Centre. A paradise for botanists and nature enthusiasts, this place is best visited between March to May. It is around this time of the year that this tropical paradise blooms in all its glory, which includes many species of the exotic orchids. The Flower Exhibition Centre is located below the Ridge Park that hosts an annual flower show contest. Organised by the Government of Sikkim, the show features an impressive display of fresh varieties of exotic flowers.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Trip to Darjeeling

Trip to Darjeeling

Head to the charming town of Darjeeling for a day and explore the well-laid tea gardens. You could also take the toy train from Darjeeling to Ghum to experience an unforgettable journey with spectacular views. Stroll down the winding streets of this quaint town and soak in the delightful ambiance and amiable people with lovely narrow eyes. The landscape is dominated by the grandeur of Mount Kanchenjunga (8,598 m) and lovely clusters of tea plantations. Visit the world renowned Darjeeling Zoo and marvel at the Red Panda, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Wolf, and other endangered Himalayan animal species.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City River Rafting

River Rafting

There are ample rafting opportunities between Gangtok to Darjeeling, Gangtok to Kalimpong and Gangtok to Siliguri. You can pick from various routes and levels of rapids. Tame the rapidly flowing and chilling waters of the River Teesta and its tributary Rangit or Rangeet, which is a good workout for the experienced rafters. As you go with the flow down the river, you will also get great views of the forested area, terraced fields and tiny villages. You can also choose to camp at one of the white sandy beaches and enjoy the region’s scenic beauty to the fullest.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

A visit to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology will give you insights into the rich and colourful Tibetan culture. Let your heartbeat settle after a sight of the institute's imposing main building as well as the marvellous Sikkimese architecture. Go back in time as you explore the library housing an impressive collection of Tibetan works. Wander about in the museum of Tibetan iconography and religious art featuring a mind-blowing collection of artefacts belonging to Vajrayana Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Buy a piece of traditional jewellery or mementoes from the souvenir store within the museum premises.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Baker's Café

Baker's Café

Please your palate at Baker's Café and bite into some soft and delicious pastries, croissants, panini, bread rolls, baguettes, and more. Team up the savouries with a strong espresso or minty-iced tea and soak in the ambiance of this delightful café with a mountain view. A great place for breakfast or a light meal, come here for great taste, beautiful vistas and a pleasant tête-à-tête with locals or fellow travellers.

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TraveLibro India Gangtok Featured City Savour Momos

Savour Momos

Think momos, think Roll House. So it’s not a restaurant, just a small take away counter. However, it’s here that you will get the best tasting momos as well as rolls. Stroll down MG Market where you will find this cosy eating joint generally surrounded by a crowd of people. Choose from a wide variety of vegetarian momos and rolls including cheese momos, paneer momos, mushroom rolls, soya corn roll, and more mouth-watering momos and rolls. Fill your tummy with this yummy local delicacy. There are also non-vegetarian momos that can be enjoyed at other eating joints.

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