Gangtok Tour Plan – Sikkim Trip
If you are planning to visit Gangtok city in Sikkim, you are actually planning a trip to one of the favorite and most visited hill stations in India. Gangtok being a small city located at an altitude of around 5,400 ft can easily compete with other hill stations across the globe in regard to scenic beauty all around. Gangtok is one of the cleanest cities you would come across. The Sikkim Govt. has well maintained the city and designed it beautifully to attract tourists from across the globe. The economy of Sikkim is mainly supported by tourism and that is why the government of Sikkim is very strict on serving the tourists the best way it can. The state of Sikkim is mainly dominated by Buddhist culture and you would come across people who are best in hospitality.
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Gangtok is a popular destination among tourists heading to explore the beauty of Sikkim. There are many places of interest in Sikkim which can be visited via Gangtok. Gangtok being the capital city and the administrative headquarter of Sikkim it is a very busy city. There are several tourist destinations and places of interest in and around the city. There are many superb monasteries in and around the city with great heritage value. Rumtek Monastery and Enchey Monastery are the best ones and must visited places in Gangtok city. One can go for a day trip to sightseeing the places of interest in Gangtok city. Some of the major tourist destinations in other parts of Sikkim are well connected with Gangtok.
How to reach Gangtok
Gangtok in hills is well connected with plains of Bengal. Gangtok can be reached by road from Siliguri/Bagdogra/NJP. There is helicopter service to from Bagdogra airport.
BY Bus: There is regular bus service to Gangtok from Siliguri terminus operated by SNT (Sikkim National Transport).
By Car: There are prepaid taxi booths outside NJP staion and Bagdogra airport. One can also avail shared jeeps from Siliguri taxi stand.
BY Air: One can avail the helicopter service available.
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Gangtok via Silk Route From East Sikkim
Gangtok is also reachable via the famous old Silk route in east Sikkim. If you are visiting east Sikkim, I suggest you to make the journey along the Silk route. It is really worth making the journey. The scenic view all around is just amazing. One can directly visit Gangtok from Lingtam, Zuluk, Nathang Valley or Zuluk in east Sikkim. The route covers places of interest like Old and New Baba Mandir, Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass along with other must visit destinations in east Sikkim.
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Gangtok is also linked from Pelling and Darjeeling in Bengal. There are regular taxi services from both places to Gangtok city.
Gangtok Hotels & Resorts – Staying in Gangtok
Most of the hotels in Gangtok are in and around MG Marg, the main market place. MG Marg is the heart of the city, always crowded with tourists from various parts of the globe. Local people also visit the place to spend some quality time there. One can stay in MG Marg area if he likes to be near the market place.
But, if you like to spend time in a place which is serene and tranquil in nature, I would suggest taking your hotel at Development Area. This place is located at 30 min walk from MG Marg but very less crowded and the scenic beauty there is much more visible than any hotel in MG Marg. Each time I visit Gangtok, I check in the same hotel at Development Area. I love being in the push back chair with a cup of coffee in hand and viewing the gigantic Mt.Kanchenjungha and surrounding hills from the hotel room or balcony. Taxis are readily available, if one doesn’t want to walk, he can avail the local taxis. A taxi takes Rs 30 for a drop to MG Marg and one taxi accommodates 4 persons at a time.
Gangtok Sightseeing & Places of Interest
When you are in Gangtok, you must sightseeing the places of interest in and around Gangtok city. The must visit places in Gangtok are:
- Rumtek Monastery
- Enchey Monastery
- Ranka Monastery
- Do-Drul Chorten
One can visit other tourist destinations too like:
- Ganesh Tok
- Honuman Tok
- Tashi View Point
- Botanical Garden
- Assembly House
- Saramsa Garden
- Bakthang Waterfall
I suggest you to have a joy ride in the rope-way. A ropeway ride over the hills with all structures below you is a fantastic experience. You can get a taxi to the ropeway stand.
MG Marg – The Heart of the City
MG Marg in Gangtok is the most happening place to hang out with family and friends and it is the heart of the city. There are hundreds of hotels and restaurants in and around MG Marg. There are high end brands, liquor shops, eateries etc. on either side of the road. Who want to stay near the market place, I suggest taking hotel by MG Marg. The place looks superb from evening to night. There are sitting arrangements for tourists; the fountains with lighting add more beauty at night. Being at the place you never know when time is passed by.
Tourists mainly go for excursions and trips in day time and they return by evening. So MG Marg is the place where one can spend the evening in Gangtok. MG Marg is very popular for shopping too. Woolen cloths and jackets are highly recommended if you opt for shopping.
Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass – Day Trip from Gangtok
I suggest spending one day in Gangtok to visit Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass. This is a day trip from Gangtok and these are must visit places from Gangtok. These three destinations remain inaccessible from late January to March because the places receive heavy snowfall. Roads get blocked by snowfall and the road becomes risky for visitors. If you are visiting these places in December and early January, make an alternative plan too in case the road remains closed for a sudden snowfall and road block. Actually weather on hills at such heights can not be predicted. Nathula Pass remains closed for visitors on Monday and Tuesday, so make your plan accordingly. One must have permit to visit Nathula Pass. 2 passport size photographs and identity proofs are required to obtain permits. I do not suggest you to go for obtaining permits rather your tour manager or hotel manager can arrange permit. The hotel manager or the tour operator can arrange for shared vehicles. Exclusive vehicles are readily available.
North Sikkim Package Tour From Gangtok
There are 2 types of package tours to north Sikkim from Gangtok, i.e. 1 night – 2 days and 2 nights – 3 days tour. If one wishes to explore all the places of interest in north Sikkim, the second trip, i.e. 2 nights – 3 days trip is suggested to all travelers in Gangtok. The itinerary for north Sikkim trip is as follows:
Day 1: Transfer to Lachen, check in hotel, O/N stay at Lachen
Day 2: Excursion to Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake, transfer to Lachung, O/N stay at Lachung
Day 3: Excursion to Yumthang Valley and Zero Point, transfer to Gangtok
A place named Katao can be made on the day when you visit Gurudongmar Lake but for this the driver of the vehicle should be paid some extra money. Apart from this there should not be any restrictions from Army. Katao is not included in north Sikkim package but on request the driver can manage it if accessible.
Gangtok To Pelling
Pelling is another beautiful tourist destination in west Sikkim. It is a separate stay and the best way to visit Peling is via Namchi. If you take this route, you can sightseeing the places of interest en-route. The tourist destinations on this route from Gangtok to Pelling via Namchi are Temi tea garden, Samdruptse and Char Dham. These are must visit destinations though many tourists do not takes this route. It is hard to get shared vehicles in this route though the tour operator or hotel manager can arrange one. An exclusive vehicle is readily available from Gangtok.
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