A land of Blue Mountains, fairy snow, serene valley and cascading waterfalls is a beautiful physical feature of Sikkim. The natural beauty of north east India, coupled with cool climate, will not only refresh your mind but also throw away your tensions in a few seconds. The rich flora and fauna along the snow clad ridges of Himalayas, the mixed cultures and festivals, the aroma of beautiful tea plantations make Sikkim an attractive destination for tourists from all over the world.
The capital of the state of Sikkim, Gangtok is one of attractive tourist destination in Sikkim, reflecting a unique ambience which derives from its happy blend of tradition and modernity. Gangtok is located in the eastern Himalayan range. The town’s population of 98,658 belongs to different ethnicities such as Indian- Nepalis, Lepchas and Bhutia. Nestled within higher peaks of the Himalayas and enjoying a year-round mild temperate climate, Gangtok is the centre of Sikkim tourism industry.
When India won independence of Sikkim from Britain in 1947, it chose to remain an independent monarchy, with Gangtok as its capital. The precise meaning of name Gangtok is unclear, though the most popular meaning is “Hill Top”. This is the largest town in Sikkim and is situated in Shivalik Hills. Gangtok is known as one of the most important Buddhist Pilgrimage centre Gangtok has lots of things for the travelers during holidays with numerous gompas, stupas, parks and gardens.
Some attractive places in the Gangtok are: –
Rumtek Monastery: –
Rumtek is called the Dharmachakra Centre, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. It is a focal point for the sectarian tensions that characterize the Karmapa Controversy. Rumtek is located 24km from Gangtok. It is the home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. The golden stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa.
Tashiding Monastery: –
It was founded in the year 1717. This monastery pertains to the Nyingmapa order. It is located 40 km approximately from the town Geyzing in west Sikkim. According to ancient notions, the devotees are cleaned of all their sins if they visit the great sacred Tashiding Monastery, at least once. It is roosted on top of the hill uprising between the Rangit River and the Rathong River. The monastery appears stupefying with an amazing backdrop represented by mount Kanchenjunga.
Do – Drul Chorten: –
It is a stupa in Gangtok. The stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Inside this stupa, a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, kangyur relics and the other religious objects. Around this stupa are 108 Mani Lhakor or prayer wheels. The stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakahang and Guru Lakhang, where two statues of Guru Rinpoche are present.
Tashi View Point: –
The late ling of Sikkim, Tashi Namgyal, has constructed the Tashi View Point. It is situated 4 km away from Gangtok from where the visitors can get a perfect view of opposite hills, besides mount Kanchenjunga. From this point visitors can easily see the Phodong Monastery and Labrang Monastery on the opposite hill.
To enjoy such a beautiful places in Gangtok, you can select any of the beautiful Sikkim Holiday Packages available at various sites.