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I intend to visit Gangtok and will reach there on 1st April 2012 and shall leave Gangtok for Darjeeling on 6th April. Please advise me what to see during these five days of my stay at Gangtok.
Hi - welcome to VT! I would take a ride on the ropeway and visit Rumtek Monastery. One thing I absolutely recommend doing is making the trip out to Tsomgo Lake. Check out VT member goutammitra's Gangtok page for other ideas.
Have a great time in Gangtok & Darjeeling!
1. Leisurely stroll along main market. It's totally pedestrianised.
2. Enchey Monastry. Revered monastry.
3. Directorate of Handloom & Handicraft for lovely carpets but expensive.
4. Gangtok Ropeway.
5. Tashi Viewpoint (6,100 ft.).
6. Hanuman Tok (7,000 ft.).
7. Ganesh Tok (6,100 ft.).
8. Bakthang Waterfalls.
9. Rumtek Monastry (24 kms. before reaching Gangtok).
10. Tsomgo Lake - (38 kms. Go very early to avoid rush of tourist). Avail a yak ride/safari.
11. Nathula Pass - (14,450 ft. 56 kms. Need Tourism Deptt. permission. Only Indian National allowed and that too, only from Wednesdays to Sundays).
12. Plenty of Adventure Tourism available.
13. Village Tourism available.
14. Check out www.sikkimtourism.travel.
15. Buys: Tibetan-made woollies & jackets; organic tea leaves; bright school bags made of woven cloth; shawls & stoles; Tibetan & Nepali music; Dansberg beer belonging to Bollywood actor Danny Denzongpa; 'churp' - hard & soft variety, made from yak's milk - real yummy ;-).
16. Beware of shops selling *ancient* Buddha figures and other assorted Tibetan religious artifacts.
17. If interested in photographing Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga & Mt. Siniolchu, get up very early, pray for a clear day and head for Tashi Viewpoint. The peaks turn red and then golden as the first rays of the sun illuminates them. Much better than the sunrise from Tiger Hill, Darjeeling. If you look closely at Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga, you may make out the sleeping posture of Lord Buddha with fingers clasped over the waist. The rounded mount is the head and the sharp portuberance is the feet.
You can cover the whole of gangtok in 2 days ....then you can head towards the North Sikkim...as it is the most beautiful place in whole of Sikkim.You can hire a vehicle for it..In between the places you can visit are the lachung valley, Yo chang valley...very exotic places!!!!!!
If you really want to see the impressive part of Sikkim then you should really get out of Gangtok. Gangtok it enough for a night i guess and I would personally recommend Enchey monastery and Ranka monastery to see around Gangtok.
The city is a center of Buddhist learning and culture. So you should visit Phodong Monastery, Rumtek Monastery. Apart from it there are several other tourist destinations like Khecheopalri Lake, Menam Hill, Himalayan Zoological Park, Ganesh Tok temple.