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Extremely alluring, pleasantly boisterous and wreathed in clouds - Gangtok, the capital city of the Sikkim can also give you a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The pristine hill station nestled in mountains and clouds is also a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The mesmerising prismatic beauty and the beautiful winding hill roads are even more breathtaking if seen from a bird’s eye view in a cable car.
The name meaning hill-top, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. With everything in just the right amount from a blend of cultural identities to urbanisation, Gangtok is a breathing and dynamic bit of paradise of the northeast. It has an amazing view of mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Also like everything around it, Gangtok is abundant in natural beauty and has various natural attractions such as the Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint and more. Other places to visit include the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery, etc. Also, river Teesta is one of the best spots for white water rafting in North East India.
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Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is one of the most alluring places to visit. It's a beautiful place and I have a special attachment to this place because this is where I first tried Momos and absolutely fell in love! Gangtok is just the best place to go if you're looking to escape reality and just want some good weather, delicious delicacies of food, awesome shopping places and great scenic views. Places I went to and would definitely recommend were the gorgeous and serene Tsomgo Lake, the Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve with it's vast flora and fauna, Banjhakri Falls which was just completely breathing, and definitely the beautifully lit MG road for the amazing street shopping and food.
The whole of North East is a treat to the eyes and soul, but this quaint little city tops the list. The clean and maintained streets of MG Marg, with little Tibetan shops lining both sides of it, the Buddhist monasteries that have an unmatched serenity, the flower show, the zoo, the Ganesh and Hanuman Tok which are great view points as well, the wondrous waterfalls and of course, the Tsomgo Lake are the highlights of the city. My visit to Gangtok consisted of touring all the above mentioned places. Of monasteries, I visited Rumtek monastery which is one of the oldest and Enchey monastery which provides some really picturesque views.
Gangtok is the best city I have seen in India till now, the cleanliness and simplicity of people there is just impeccable, and you can't stop yourself falling in love with it. Hotels are also beautiful and staff they have at hotels are so professional and welcoming that they present you gifts when you check-in and checkout. Also, you can enjoy Paragliding in Gangtok it's just a few km from the city.
The capital of Sikkim and base for exploring other parts of Sikkim. One of the cleanest places in India. Availability of good food and music in pubs and restaurants. Good weather with spectacular views all around. Culture and heritage. Pilgrim site for Buddhists.
Slightly difficult to access as the nearest airport and railway station are around 4 hours away.
Newly-wed couples, trekking enthusiasts, people seeking a break from city life, nature lovers.