Gangtok, Sikkim, India for Summer trip

Gangtok is one of the most attractive place of Sikkim ,it is beautiful place to visit during summer.
Rolling hills, rhododendron valleys, glacial lakes and tons of Buddhist monasteries; these are just a few reasons to visit Gangtok.
Gangtok is located in the Shivalik Hills of the eastern Himalayan Range. Surrounded by many peaks of the Himalayas, Gangtok has been a major pilgrimage centre for Buddhists. Many monasteries, small and big, dot Gangtok and the State of Sikkim. Thanks to its picturesque location and mild temperatures, this hill town attracts tourists from far and wide as well.
I had few days on hand to explore. Really speaking, it was just 2 days since most of the day was lost in transiting from Bagdogra airport to Gangtok. The distance is only 125 kms but it takes at least 5 hours to negotiate the distance due to the hilly terrain, bad road condition and traffic jams. Sure the road from Bagdogra to Gangtok is National Highway 31A but that’s it. I like you to know that road works, under military supervision, is under way. Once done, I hope the journey to be a breeze.
Train to Siliguri then Bus from Siliguri to Gangtok
Train to Siliguri: One of the most economical ways of reaching Gangtok is by train. The nearest railway station is about 148 kilometres away, in New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri.
Ancient Rumtek Monastery: About 25 kilometres east of Gangtok, and at an altitude of 5,800 feet, is Sikkim’s biggest monastery, Rumtek. Built in 1740 and rebuilt in 1979, it has a golden stupa containing the relics of the 16th Karmapa, along with several other sacred Buddhist artefacts. You can join the monks in their prayers and even enjoy a meal with them.
Ancient Rumtek Monastery: About 25 kilometres east of Gangtok, and at an altitude of 5,800 feet, is Sikkim’s biggest monastery, Rumtek. Built in 1740 and rebuilt in 1979, it has a golden stupa containing the relics of the 16th Karmapa, along with several other sacred Buddhist artefacts. You can join the monks in their prayers and even enjoy a meal with them.
This sacred shrine is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is located about 7 kms on Gangtok – Nathula Road on a small hillock. Regarded to be a very holy and auspicious temple, this place is a must visit religious hamlet. Perched at the elevation of 6500 meters above sea level, the location offers a bird’s eye view of the entire Gangtok region. Since the day was clear I could get a good view of Mount Kanchenjunga and the surrounding valley. My first glimpse of this majestic peak thrilled me.
Nathu La Pass: At 4,310 metres, this is one of the highest motorable roads in India. En route, you’ll come across two beautiful sights; the Jhakri Waterfalls and the glacial lake called Changu (Tsomgo Lake). Keep in mind that you need permits for visiting Tsomgo Lake and Nathu La Pass so plan accordingly.
Baba Harbhajan Singh ka Mandir: This memorial is a shrine lying on the road leading to Kupup Valley and Tukla. This shrine was made to pay a homage to a great warrior Baba harbhajan Singh who died during Anglo-Chinese War at Nathula-Darra. it is believed that the spirit of this warrior is guarding the Indo-China border and in reference to that thousands of people come to pay their homage.
Ride a yak at Tsomgo Lake/ Changu Lake : Located on the on the Gangtok-Nathu La highway, Tsomgo Lake is a two-hour drive from Gangtok. About a kilometer long and 50 metres deep, the picturesque lake is also known as Changu lake ,don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a yak ride around the lake.
There you can find lots of Sikkim foods you must try out those when you are there
Thukpa, soupy Tibetan-style noodles ,Gundruk, a leafy green vegetable available at most local restaurants.

Insider Tip

Gangtok is a great city for walking and there’s no better way to explore the beauty. If you opt for a cab, get a shared taxi (Rs 20), which is considerably cheaper compared to an exclusive ride

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