Gangtok , 6000 Ft ~ 7000 Ft, East Sikkim, Tourism Sikkim

Gangtok is the Capital of Sikkim, before letting my viewer know about places of interest in and around Gangtok, i would like to tell you the brief history of Sikkim and what is Sikkim and Gangtok about. Sikkim (/ˈsɪkɪm/) is a state in northeastern India. It borders Tibet in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south. Sikkim is also located close to India’s Siliguri Corridor near Bangladesh. Sikkim is the least populous and second smallest among the Indian states. A part of the Eastern Himalaya, Sikkim is notable for its biodiversity, including alpine and subtropical climates, as well as being a host to Kangchenjunga, the highest peak in India and third highest on Earth. Sikkim’s capital and largest city is Gangtok. Almost 35% of the state is covered by the Khangchendzonga National Park. The Kingdom of Sikkim was founded by the Namgyal dynasty in the 17th century. It was ruled by a Buddhist priest-king known as the Chogyal. It became a princely state of British India in 1890. After 1947, Sikkim continued its protectorate status with the Republic of India. It enjoyed the highest literacy rate and per capita income among Himalayan states. In 1973, anti-royalist riots took place in front of the Chogyal’s palace. In 1975, the monarchy was deposed by the people. A referendum in 1975 led to Sikkim joining India as its 22nd state. Modern Sikkim is a multiethnic and multilingual Indian state. The official languages of the state are English, Nepali, Sikkimese and Lepcha. Additional official languages include Gurung, Limbu, Magar, Mukhia, Newari, Rai, Sherpa and Tamang for the purpose of preservation of culture and tradition in the state. English is taught in schools and used in government documents. The predominant religions are Hinduism and Vajrayana Buddhism. Sikkim’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture and tourism, and as of 2014 the state had the third-smallest GDP among Indian states, although it is also among the fastest-growing.

” ‘Places you must visit in gangtok’ !”

Gangtok Ropeway

There are many places of interest in Gangtok, it take you around 8 to 10 hours (generally you start around 10am in the morning and ends by 4pm to 5pm in the evening, in short we can call as Gangtok Full day Sight-seeing or City tour)  almost full day to cover these places, we can see 10 to 12 interesting places in and around Gangtok,  some of the key highlights are :-

The Places that can be covered in Gangtok Full Day Sightseeing.

1. BanJhakri Waterfall

Banjhakri Water Falls

2. Chorten Stupa

3. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

4. Gangtok Ropeway

5. Gangtok Handloom and Handicraft

6. Tashi View Point

Chorten Stupa

7. Bakthang Waterfalls

8. Gonzang Monastery

9. Ganesh Tok

10. Flower Show ( Plant Conservatory)

There are some place which may not be included into your Gangtok city tour itinerary you can talk to your tour operator or driver to show these additional places if time permits you.

11. Hanuman Tok

Rumtek Monastery – World Dharma Center

12. Enchey Monastery

13. Rumtek Monastery ( World Dharma Chakra Center)

We will talk more about Gangtok in our next section

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