Why can Gangtok Sikkim tourism be your next best hill station trip?

Stilchi MarakFeb 23 . 9 min read


India is home to several hill stations, and Gangtok in Sikkim is just one of them- a beauty that's much unalike to others. The landscape is mesmerizing, and you can breathe the chilliness from 1650 m above. Even the Kanchenjunga mountain is visible crystal clear during the summers. Gangtok Sikkim tourism is entirely based on nature. The natural beauty is so abundant that the tourism ministry doesn't need to proceed with alternatives. Best examples of purity of nature include the Ban Jhakri falls, Tsomgo lake, Tashi viewpoint, River Teesta, monasteries, etc. 




Gangtok Sikkim tourism: knowing in-brief

Sikkim is India's second-smallest state area-wise and has the least population. Towards south Sikkim is the border with West Bengal, Tibet in North, Nepal in the west, and Bhutan towards east Sikkim. The third highest peak worldwide and highest in India, Mt. Kanchenjunga, is visible from Gangtok on most clear days. Moreover, Kanchenjunga national park covers almost a ⅓ portion of Sikkim. The northeastern state, Sikkim, is famous as a spellbound hill station rich in nature and mind-blowing views. 

Apart from offering you the height and landscape alone, there are some must-try adventures such as paragliding and hang gliding in Gangtok, including treks that'll make you reminisce about each point all the time after the trip. The most famous ones are Dzongri Trek, the Tholung trek, and Barsey trek. 

Gangtok Sikkim tourism is also well ahead in trends. The mg road has several stores for shopaholics. While other hill stations are backward in housing a wild nightlife, Gangtok isn't the same. You'll find traditional pubs and restaurants to drink, dance, and eat at. There is no doubt about what the state capital, Gangtok Sikkim tourism, has got to offer. First, the locality blends so well with versatility that you can enjoy the place with both families, friends, or romantic partners. 

It is not just the highest Indian peak, but Gangtok has other natural attractions that provide a good holiday on a much friendlier budget.  

To explore the state, you'd at least need five days. The presence of several Sikkim tourism office Gangtok that helps tourists explore places within a specific time and budget is an advantage. As per the reports, foreigners are more likely to book a Gangtok tour package than Indians. But even Indians do that, so if you think that is required, you may go forth with it. 

Prices are nominal and lie anywhere similar that would fall if you chose to roam independently. According to the package chosen, you'll have to pay and receive it in return. As the tourism sector has grown enormously, the option of a travel agent in Gangtok has simultaneously flourished. Moreover, you can book packages as per the specificity of your trip. For example, the Gangtok honeymoon package can be worth it if you are there with your romantic partner.




History of Sikkim hill station

The Namgyal dynasty, back in the 1600s, founded Sikkim. At that time, Chogyal was the reigning king who was a Buddhist. Like the rest of the nation, the Namgyal dynasty couldn't escape British rule but kept struggling until its capture in 1890. 

Presently, Gangtok Sikkim tourism has flourished to this level at a rapid pace, and half the state economy comes from it. The languages are diverse, with ordinary people understanding English, Lepcha, Nepali, and Sikkimese, among other local tribal languages. 

The past, however, wasn't very fortunate. Although the independence of Sikkim did happen in 1947, riots still managed to create chaos in 1973, which left a heavy impact on the erstwhile palace. Soon after, in 1975, a referendum proposing that the state was then a part of Independent India was out, making it the 22nd state.  




Best Time to Visit Gangtok, Sikkim hill station

If you had laid eyes on any brochure on Sikkim, what is usually written is that summer is the best time to visit. True that summertime is the best exploration season, as winters might get colder than expected. However, what winter peaks and snowy Sikkim have in views, summers don't. 

The Gangtok Sikkim tourism tour shall be much favored between April to June. During this period, the average temperature drop is 22°C only, meaning it is not quite hot even in summers. 

Again, in the winter of October and November, you can receive nice weather and a perfect getaway from all hustle and bustle cities to 4°C Sikkim. Yet, as soon as December approaches and until January, the 0°C Sikkim becomes very cold, and you don't find the correct energy to explore around in such a temperature. 

Whatever your travel time may be, the Sikkim tourist map turns into a disaster during the monsoon. The month of July to September is the time for heavy rainfall, landslides, and road blockages. Trying out Gangtok Sikkim tourism during the monsoon is merely a bit of bad luck if caught with storms. 




How to reach? 

There are three main ways to reach Sikkim hill station: train, flight, and road. 

The nearest airport is 124 km from Bagdogra airport in West Bengal to Gangtok. Again, cabs stand for tourists on their Gangtok Sikkim tourism trip to fill in the jeeps on a sharing basis. Otherwise, private ones charging much more are always there. 

Jalpaiguri railway station is around 117 km away from Gangtok and is the closest one to the town. There are taxis, sumos, and jeeps that go till Gangtok, which you'll find any time around the year. The taxis will take about 4 hours to reach. You can also book a private jeep till there or travel on a sharing basis. For money-saving, try sharing jeeps and private ones for comfort. 

Gangtok Sikkim tourism department has connected the state properly via roadways. The nearest big city to Sikkim is Siliguri, which is around 114 km away, and if coming by road, it'd hardly take 2½ - 3 hours. Private taxis, shared taxis, and buses are safe means of traveling. 




Sikkim Tourist Map 

If you are on the standstill of exploring the Himalayas, let me tell you- it is forever incomplete without you taking the Gangtok Sikkim tourism tour. The township didn't create tourism, but nature brought them into existence. 

First, the green valleys that turn into white during winters are heavenly. Second are the lakes that are a form of purity. And then, there's the incredible highest peak of India, where courageous mountaineers trek once in a while. The erstwhile Buddhist kingdom, which is presently home to several Buddhist families, has left the town filled with historical places in Sikkim. Here's a piece of more detailed information on where you should step down in Gangtok, in-brief: 




Tok Temple, Gangtok

Hanuman Tok temple, which is only 11 km away from Gangtok, witnesses devotees from all around almost every day for worship. 




Seven Sister Waterfalls, Gangtok

Seven sister waterfalls in Gangtok is every photographer's favorite spot. The good thing is that you can spend the day here and go to nearby cafes to combat stomach cravings. 




Sa Ngor Chotshog Center, Sikkim

In all of Gangtok Sikkim's tourism map, nothing compares to Sa Ngor Chotshog center's spirituality. The Tibetan refugees live their lives peacefully here. 




Enchey Monastery, Gangtok


One of the best renowned historical monuments of Sikkim, pointing at the sacredness of Buddhists, is the Enchey monastery. The festival that witnesses enormous crowds each year is the Pang Lhabsol festival.




Himalayan Zoological Park, Gangtok

Himalayan Zoological Park, which is 230-acre large, is a crucial part of Gangtok Sikkim tourism, from where you can take the best view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. 




Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass is located on the Indo-China border, the old silk route to be specific, and is a great place for trekking. There, you can trek between snowy mountains while you hear the waterfalls sing. 




Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok

Although this place is more of an institute, the Gangtok Sikkim tourism department suggests that you experience this place of knowledge at least once. The architecture is mind-blowing and rooted in the Tibetan style. 




Conclusion 

Covid-19 has crushed the tourism sector to its core, and Gangtok Sikkim tourism has fallen into the trap like others. Fortunately, the Sikkim lockdown has been evicted since the pandemic has become more controllable. Although it is not known until the state is open for tourism, there are fewer Sikkim travel restrictions now, and additional relaxations have been proposed for people with double vaccination. The best advice would be to maintain distance, avoid unnecessary traveling and use hand sanitizers frequently. 



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