A short escape to Gangtok

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The little Sikkim’s modern capital, Gangtok, is layered along a precipitous mountain ridge, descending the hillside in steep tiers. Other than a few minor sights, there are countless viewpoints with panoramas that encompass plunging green valleys and, if weather favours, glimpses of Kangchenjunga on the distant skyline.

Gangtok is a pleasing destination and makes for a nice vacation to a hill town. A short trip can be planned to explore the place inside out.

The city is connected via road, rail and air route to many major cities. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, 124 kms / 4 hrs from Gangtok.

The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri, 148 kms / 5-6 hrs away.

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The serene Rumtek Monastery
The serene Rumtek Monastery
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In Gangtok

Proceed for the full day guided tour to Gangtok, visit Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok & Tashi Viewpoint, later drive for rest of the seven points – Rumtek Monastery or Jhakri Water Falls, Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms (Closed on Sunday), Cable Car, Research Institute of Tibetology (Closed on Sunday), Do-Dul-Chorten (Stupar), Botanical Garden & flower show.

The buzzing market area
The buzzing market area
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Shopping: Lal Bazaar, the city-centre market area, is a perversely fascinating place to wander and the first stop when you’re looking for day-to-day essentials. It’s most interesting for the range of local vegetables on the ground floor. Shop for some gift items at Handicrafts & Handloom Emporium which sells art and craft material.

Nightlife: Tara Complex houses several ephemeral bars and clubs that attract Gangtok’s youth crowd to DJ nights, gigs and assorted party events. The main current incarnation is Arthur’s Blur, along with Homeground (sports bar/club), Lee’s Lounge and Bantawa (live bands). Apart from Tara Complex, one can also head to Downtown, The Square and Tashi Delek Hotel to enjoy nightlife.

The Tsomgo is a pretty mountain lake
The Tsomgo is a pretty mountain lake
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Gangtok – Tsomgo Lake – Gangtok (40 Kms/2 Hrs)

Proceed for day excursion to Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir at the height of 12400 ft / 3780 Mts with an average depth of 50 ft. The cool water of the lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around.

Top Tip: Pack essentials and leave space to bring back memories.