Posted by : Sandeep May 16, 2013
Gangtok, the popular tourists place, is the capital city of Indian state of Sikkim. Elevated at the height of 1437m, Gangtok is a popular hill town of the state. The town is blend of different culture as the People living there consist of Tibetans, Nepalese, and people of Sikkim. Surrounded by fascinating higher hills of Himalayan range, and gifted with pleasant weather, Gangtok has become the most important tourist place for the state. It has also become the learning and cultural center of Tibetan Buddhism with a number of monasteries and Buddhist educational institutions. A full day city tour sightseeing and activities give you a taste of the local.
Places of interest:The city of Gangtok houses many places of inters in and around it.
Himalayan zoological park :The zoo is nearly 6 km away from the town. It's a good opportunity to see some of Himalayan animals that live at high elevations. Such as Black Beer, Snow Leopard, Barking Deer, Red Pandas, Civet Cat and Spotted Deer. The Zoo is open from 9am to 4pm daily (except Thursday).
Nathula:It is another place of interest just 56 km away from Gangtok. It is situated at about 14200ft and adorned with numerous alpine trees. It is very beautiful and calm place to relax. Founded by the Lama Lhatsun Chempo, Pemayangtse Monastery is situated at the top of the hill and offers its tourist amazing natural sights of nearby hill of Himalayan range.
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Khecheopalri Lake:Situated in the eastern part of the Sikkim Khecheopalri Lake is regarded as one of the most revered lake by Hindu and Buddhists as well. The lake is surrounded by the sense forest. Elevated at the height of 10300ft Menam Hill offers its tourists fascinating views of Kanchenjunga peaks.
Ganesh Tok :Located on a small hillock on Nathula Gangto road, Ganesh Tok is a temple of Lord Ganesha, one of the Hindu Gods. Enchey Monastery, Do-drul Chorten is beautiful and large Stupa, a kind of religious structure, built in 1945. Enchey Monastery and Dodrupchen Monasteries are other places of interest in Gangtok.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology :
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is another place worth visit in Gangtok. It houses beautiful collection of artifacts and manuscripts related with Tibetan Buddhism.