Gangtok being a hilly region experiences cool weather throughout the year
- The capital of Sikkim is an exotic destination which is known for its picturesque environs as well as ancient Buddhist monasteries.
The best time for a visit is from February to May and September to November.
The mountain state of Sikkim is known for its immense natural beauty that lay hidden in its umpteen enchanting hill stations. Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is an exotic destination which is known for its picturesque environs as well as ancient Buddhist monasteries. With changing times Gangtok has also developed a cosmopolitan flavour and today besides retaining its old world charm, welcomes its visitors with contemporaneity in the form of well built roads, a maze of flyovers, modern markets, modern buildings, discotheques and more.
Climate & Best time to Visit
Gangtok being a hilly region experiences cool weather throughout the year. The temperature rarely exceeds 30 degrees celcius in summers while it remains below 10 degrees for most part of the winters. While the place can be visited any time of the year, the best time for a visit is from February to May and September to November.
Tourist Attractions in Gangtok
Just 3 km from Gangtok, this 200 years old monastery looks as exotic as the legend associated with its founder. The monastery was built by Lama Druptop Karpo, a proficient tantric master who was known for his tantric powers including that of flying. The walls of the monastery are decorated with murals of gods and Buddhist leaders. January is the time of Chaam, a masked dance festival celebrated over a period of two days.
Nam Nam View Point
A gentle walk from the Sikkim press will take you up to the Nam Nam View point which affords a beautiful view of the surroundings and the Tsomgo forest. The place is ideal as a picnic spot.
Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology
The research institute is a treasure house of ancient Tibetan manuscripts, some dating back hundreds of years. Consisting of other rare objects of art, the institute has today become an important centre for learning Buddhist principles and philosophy.
The serene lake is situated at a distance of 40 km from Gangtok at an altitude of 3780 mts above sea level. The surroundings of the lake are filled with a variety of flowering plant and tree species while a few animals are also found. The lake freezes during the winters, presenting a beautiful sight.
Things to Do
Gangtok is famous for its handicrafts items including embroidered carpets, curries, carved wooden items, hand bags, woolen clothing etc. Beautiful showpieces made of bamboo are also worth appreciation. The major shopping areas at the city are the Naya Bazaar, Old Bazaar and Lal Market.
By Air : The nearest airport is situated at Bagdogra, just 124 km from Gangtok. Regular buses are easily available from Bagdogra to reach Gangtok. Indian Airlines operates regular flights from Delhi to Bagdogra (except Wednesday and Sunday) which leave Delhi at 10:00 AM and arrive Bagdogra after a journey of around 2 hours.
By Rail : Siliguri (1143 km) and New Jalpaiguri (125 km) are the nearest railheads which connect the area with other major Indian cities. Buses and hired taxis are again the available means for getting to Gangtok from there. A major daily train between Delhi and Siliguri is the Mahananda Exp. (Dep. 6:40, Arr. 14:00) while those between Delhi and New Jalpaiguri include the North East Exp., Brahmaputra Mail, Mahananda Exp and Avadh Assam Exp.
By Road : Gangtok is well connected to other cities in the region including Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and other cities in Sikkim. State transport buses provide regular services to and from Gangtok.