Gangtok a town covered by clouds is the capital city of Sikkim and is found on a ridge raised at a height of 5500 feet. From Gangtok you will be able to have a clear view of the Khangchendzonga. Gongtok offers an ideal travel opportunity through the state. The town used to be a transit point for traders who used to travel between Tibet and India. Currently the town remains very busy as an administrative and also business center. Town is an interesting melting pot of diverse cultures and communities.
Tourists in Gangtok will find the town to be very cosmopolitan and they will not be short of amenities here. You will find hotels readily available in Gangtok in a range of prices, there are also several restaurants offering all manner of cuisine from any part of the world. Another remarkable feature of Gangtok is the fact that you will find Shopping complexes, cyber cafes, night clubs and pool parlors for tourists and visitors here.
Gangtok is a town with diverse cultures with good streets such as the MG Street which is an ideal place for people to rest in. The Merg Street of Gangtok is India’s first litter and spit free zone and you will not find any vehicle there because they are not allowed. You can sit and relax at the Titanic park or opt to sit at the number of benches that are stretched across a mall. The mall there is lined with shops on both sides of the road so that you will find shopping a real leisure here.
The annual Gangtok Food and cultural festival that is normally held in December every year is held in the MG Street. The festival features Sikkims multi-cultural cuisine together with music and dance performances and it is a carnival that usually attracts a large number of locals and tourists each year.
If you want to have a bird’s view of the whole of Gangtok town you will have to take a ride on a bi-cable Zig-back ropeway. It is a one kilometer ride from Deorali to Tashiling secretariat and it will cost you about 30 Indian Rupees. Every cabin can carry up to seven passengers at one given time and you should not worry for your safety as the ropeway is fitted with a fully computerized safety mechanism that meets international standards. Having this ride on a day of clear weather will give you the opportunity to have a great view of Khangchendonga range, an entire view of the town and also the view of the valley. On arrival at Tashiling secretariat you will walk to the Ridge Park and have you engrossed in the elegant surroundings and then also get to visit the Flower festival that is held below the Park.
Another place to you can get a great view of Gangtok town and all its surrounding is GanestTok that is located on a ridge 7 kilometers away from Gangtok. From GanestTok you will be able to have the entire view of the town of Gangtok. You will also be able to see Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga and Mt. Siniolchu in the horizon. There is a cafeteria here that serves hot tea, coffee and snacks. Viewing Gangtok town from GanestTok is fun and you will see snow peaks that will offer you a panoramic view of the town of Gangtok.
A temple that is dedicated to the Lord Hanuman that is called Hanuman Tok is situated at an altitude of 72,000 feet. The temple is about nine kilometers uphill from Gangtok town. The best thing with the location of the temple is that it is completely free from the pollution that is always associated with city life. From The temple you will be able to see a clear view of the peaks surrounding Mount Khangchendzonga, some portions of Gangtok town, and you will also get a bird’s eye view of the Selep water works, which supplies drinking water to Gangtok. Just next the area is Lukshyama, the royal cremation ground having stupas and chortens where the mortal remains of the rest of the royal family members of Sikkim are cremated.
There is also the Namgyal research institute of Tibetology which is considered to be one of the most prestigious research institutes of its kind in the world. The institute has a big collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit Manuscripts Statues and rare Thankas used in Buddhist liturgy. The institute also has a museum over 200 Buddhist icons and several other prized objects of art. Currently the institute is a renowned worldwide center for the study of Buddhist philosophy and religion. The establishment of the institute in 1958 was intended to help in the promotion of serious study and research on Buddhism.