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Gangtok

The Paradise on Hill top

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  • General Information

    District: East Sikkim, State: Sikkim, India
    Area: 0
    Languages Spoken: Nepali, English, Hindi, Bhutia (Sikkimese), Bhutia (Tibetan), Lepcha, Limboo
    Long Distance Code: +91-3592
    Importance: Capital city of the state of Sikkim and famous for Rhodendrons
    Best Time to Visit: March to July
  • Description

    The physical presence of this charming little town is aptly described in the local language form where the city derives its name from. It means on the hill top, and that's what the city is! Gangtok is perched high on a mountain which was supposedly flattened to build a monastery and eventually the city around it. The charming city carries an aura of mysticism with prayer flags fluttering with the wind and the sound of Buddhist prayers and bells echoing within the mountains. Adding to the charm are the flowers those bloom on the roadside and the locals of this place, naive and smiling, both give a sense of a grand welcome to this small city. <br />Abundant in natural beauty, Gangtok seems to have all the shades in green peeping through every leaf and forest. The tea gardens and the snow capped mountains add to the beauty. Gangtok is famous for its exotic and colorful flowers particularly Rhododendron, Orchids and Blue Poppies. Gangtok has a very spectacular setting and offers excellent views of the entire Kanchandzonga range from various points in its vicinity. The third largest mountain of the world, the Kanchandzonga, is considered as the guarding deity by the people of Sikkim and Gangtok. They worship and offer prayers to their deity who not only guards their borders but also provides the life like water apart from the picturesque scenario. <br />The Capital of Sikkim emerges through the clouds in the shadow of the mighty Kanchandzonga and offers a lot to see and enjoy for a travel enthusiast. It was ruled by the Chongyals till the 1975, until it merged with the Indian sub-continent as the 22nd state of India. The footmarks of the regality are still evident in the capital where they reside and normal public does not have access to it.<br />Lamas with their play wheels, colorful festivals, Tsechu dance, the Monasteries, the flowers and the natural beauty; all draw visitors to this place. But the view of the majestic Kanchandzonga takes the cake and memories of which calls you back and again to visit the small town.
  • Location

    The quaint little capital city of this tiny state is the only town which has a touch of modernization. Situated at the altitude of 5840 feet above the sea level this place is wet and cool round the year. Guarded by the majestic Kanchandzonga range and flooded with species of Orchids as it natural vegetation, Gangtok is one of the most beautiful places in India.<br /><b>Climate:</b> Nestled amongst the beautiful Himalayan Mountains, no doubt Gangtok experiences cold weather round the year. The summers are pleasant with abundant sunshine and pretty flowers blooming all around with massive waterfalls leaping down every nook and corner. Although winters are very harsh in this city, the monsoons are continuous, even during the peak winter seasons. So the best climate to enjoy the beauty is either March to May or October and November.
The Namgyal Institute of TibetologyThe most prestigious of its kinds in India, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is about 1.5 km from the main town of Gangtok. Housed in a beautiful building, built in the traditional Tibetan style, with murals, decorated columns and a wonderful smell of beeswax polish from the creaky wooden floor, the Institute was built in 1958 with the main motto to promote Tibetan studies and Buddhist philosophy. It houses a rare collection of prized objects of Buddhist importance. It has a rare collection of 30,000 books, Tantric documents, rare manuscripts written in gold on the bark of a poisonous tree, antique Thankas and 200 icons, all prized objects of art for the Buddhist world. Moreover, it also houses relics of monks, samples of Lepcha scripts, masks and sacred objects like Kapali, a bowl made from a human skull, and the carku, a flute made from a thigh bone. \r\nThe Institute has won both national and international acclaim and the scholars from all over the world come here to study.
The Government Institute of HandicraftsThe main aim to establish this institute was to promote and keep alive the local traditional handicrafts. It has some exquisite items and also very exclusive handicrafts pertaining to the local tradition. Not only one can view the best of the handicrafts of Sikkim here but also can buy them as their souvenirs.
The Deer ParkThe deer park is an attraction not only for the rare Musk deer and the Himalayan spotted deer that one can see here, but also the beautiful view that this park gives of the mountains and the tea estates.
The Saramasa GardenA place where one can see at its full bloom! The flowers and the orchids bloom with all the possible colours and shapes. The garden is home to Sikkim's exotic orchids and other tropical temperate plants. An excellent leisure spot one can not miss out on. A delight for the eyes with a bed of flowers laid down is certainly mesmerizing. A shower of colours that one can not even imagine takes the shape of flowers to sooth the eyes!!
Tashi View PointIt hardly takes fifteen minutes drive from the centre of Sikkim to reach and have a breathtaking view of the majestic mountain, the Kanchandzonga. If the skies are clear and it is early in the morning then one can also site the Mount Siniolchu from here.
The Himalayan Zoological ParkThis huge park has species of wild animals that are not found elsewhere in India. The snow-leopards, the red Pandas and the deer can be spotted in semi natural habitat with rich natural surroundings.
The Lal BazaarSunday is the day for a weekly market that comes alive in the capital city called the Lal bazaar. The specialty is that various ethnic groups from different villages gather here to sell their goods. People from various villages come hereto buy these goods. The marketplace rings to a cacophony of sound-the babble of ethnic tongues, various prayers and other things. But truly an event not to be missed when one can see the whole of Sikkim together.
Excursions of Gangtok1. Tsomgo Lake: \r\nAround 40 kms from Gangtok is the famous Tsomgo Lake. The serene lake situated at an altitude of 3,780 meters means Source of lake in Bhutia language. It is 15 meters deep and about 1 km. long. This oval shaped lake remains frozen during winters and between May to August various kinds of flowers bloom alongside the lake. It is also the ideal habitat of the Red panda.\r\n\r\n2. Nathula:\r\nThe attraction of Nathula is the Nathula pass at an altitude of 14,200 feet virtually on the borders of Tibet. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world with natural surroundings on the way to keep one busy.
Do Drul Chorten StupaThe Do-Drul Chorten was built by the Venerable Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. Arguably the most popular Stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) in Sikkim, Do Drul Chorten is located at a short walking distance from the Research Institute of Tibetology and atop a hillock. It is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels on which Buddhist mantras are engraved. The monks and tourists swirl the wheels, which is equivalent to completing 108 beads of recital. The gold plated steeple atop the Chorten is what Do Drul is famous for. The deity enshrined on top of the Chorten or Stupa is known as Dorjee Phurpa or Vajra Kilaya. The Stupa is surrounded by Chorten Lakhang, where there are two huge statues of Guru Rimpoche (Guru Padmasambhava).

Timings: 8 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Rumtek MonasteryThe most famous Monastery of Sikkim is around 24 kms from Gangtok, the capital of the State. Colloquially known as the Rumtek Dharma Chakra, it is the seat of the Kagyu order one of the major Tibetan Buddhist sects. It was constructed by His Holiness, the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1960 and is believed to be a replica of the original Kagyurpa Monastery in Tsurphu, Tibet. The Monastery houses some of the world's most unique religious scriptures, manuscripts and religious art objects. At fifteen minutes walking distance is the old Rumtek monastery which was originally built in 1730 by the ninth Karmapa but was destroyed by fire and had to be reconstructed to the present state. Another attraction of this Monastery is the Tsechu dance that is organized in the month of June every year.

Timings: 9 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Enchey MonasterySituated on a beautiful hilltop near Gangtok TV Tower is this magnificent Nyingmapa Monastery of Enchey Sangag Rabtenling. It's famous for its Chines Pagoda style design. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism.
Although a subordinate to the Pemyangtse monastery, Enchey monastery is also an important seat of the Nyigma order. Hardly three kms from Gangtok this is a 200 year old monastery and is blessed by Lama Drubtop Karpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying.
Enchey Monastery today is a home to around 90 monks belonging to the Nyingma sect. It houses a number of images of Gods, Goddesses and religious objects.

Every year special prayers are held at the monastery, on the18th, 19th day of the 12th lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, corresponding to the dates during January, February each year. The Chaam or the religious masked dance is performed here every year in January.

Timings: 6 A.M. - 4 P.M.
Phodang MonasteryPhodang Monastery, located in the town of Phodang, some 28 km north of Gangtok, is counted amongst the six most important monasteries of Sikkim. Although it was first constructed by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal in the first half of the eighteenth century, the structure has been rebuilt and is today one of the most beautiful monasteries in Sikkim. The walls of the monastery are adorned with beautiful murals, paintings, and frescos.
The main festival of the monastery, Loosang, is celebrated on the 28th and 29th day of the 10th Tibetan month (around December). The festival sees the performances of the religious dances known as Chaams along with feasting and archery contests.
Currently, the Phodong Monastery is a major tourist attraction of Sikkim, and houses around 260 monks of the Kagyu lineage.
Essence of North East

Essence of North East
(9 Days / 8 Nights)

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Essence of North East / PI-029 (9 Days / 8 Nights)
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Land in the Country''s largest city -Kolkata, one of the most populous in the World. Onto Darjeeling from where one can watch the sunrise over Mount Everest from tiger hill, the legendary Darjeeling teas are cultivated here and Toy train is a memorable experience. Sikkim is the paradise placed in the Himalayas. Cocooned for centuries by the great mountains, its forests have over 500 verities of orchids. Sitting pretty on the erstwhile trade route between India and Tibet, Kalimpong has a diverse and rich heritage coming from the various people that inhabited it. It offers the visitor a glimpse into the rich cultures of the Bhutanese, the Nepalese, the Tibetans and the Lepchas.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Kolkata
Day 2 : Kolkata - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Day 3 : Darjeeling
Day 4 : Darjeeling - Gangtok
Day 5 : Gangtok
Day 6 : Gangtok - Kalimpong
Day 7 : Kalimpong
Day 8 : Kalimpong-Bagdogra-Kolkata
Day 9 : Kolkata
Himalayan Odyessey

Himalayan Odyessey
(12 Days / 11 Nights)

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Himalayan Odyessey / PI-0118 (12 Days / 11 Nights)
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Himalayas, as a tourist destination offering as a much a cultural attraction as it is a trekking destination. There are villages located across the hilly slopes where the life is laid back and relaxed. There are several picturesque views waiting for you right in the region that will make your holiday all the more memorable and exciting.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi-Darjeeling
Day 3 : Darjeeling
Day 4 : Darjeeling-Gangtok
Day 5 : Gangtok
Day 6 : Gangtok-Phuentsholing
Day 7 : Phuentsholing-Thimphu
Day 8 : Thimphu
Day 9 : Thimphu - Punakha
Day 10 : Punakha - Paro
Day 11 : Paro
Day 12 : Paro
Gangtey Trek -Bhutan

Gangtey Trek -Bhutan
(8 Days / 7 Nights)

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Gangtey Trek -Bhutan / PI-0188 (8 Days / 7 Nights)
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This trek is to the beautiful Phobjikha valley (3,000m), one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan, which lies in the mountains east of Wangduephodrang. After crossing over the pass, you soon come to the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies in a few kilometers down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the chosen winter home of rare black necked cranes, who migrate here annually from the Tibetan plateau. This moderate trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha, passing through meadows and fields, then forests of juniper, magnolia and rhododendrons in full bloom in April. It is one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Thimphu - Gangtok
Day 3 : Gangtok-Gogona
Day 4 : Gogona - Khotokha
Day 5 : Khotokha - Chazam - Wangduephodrang
Day 6 : Punakha - Wangduephodrang - Thimphu
Day 7 : Thimphu - Paro
Day 8 : Paro
Birding Tour

Birding Tour
(14 Days / 13 Nights)

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Birding Tour / PI-0253 (14 Days / 13 Nights)
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Despite its small size, about 770 species of birds have been recorded in Bhutan and the kingdom is recognized as 221 global endemic bird areas. This may be because of an extraordinary range of habitats within the country from some of the Himalaya’s most extensive and least disturbed tropical forests to cool broad leaved and towering evergreen forests of fir, hemlock and spruce.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Paro
Day 2 : Paro
Day 3 : Paro - Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu - Punakha - Wangduephodrang
Day 5 : Punakha- Gangtok
Day 6 : Gangtok- Trongsa
Day 7 : Trongsa - Bumthang
Day 8 : Bumthang - Ura
Day 9 : Ura - Limithang
Day 10 : Limithang-Mongar-Trashigang
Day 11 : Trashigang - Mongar
Day 12 : Mongar - Bumthang
Day 13 : Bumthang - Thimphu
Day 14 : Thimphu-Paro
Eastern India Sikkim and Bhutan

Eastern India Sikkim and Bhutan
(13 Days / 12 Nights)

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Eastern India Sikkim and Bhutan / PI-027 (13 Days / 12 Nights)
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This tour takes you to the lands of splendour and wonder. From the largest city of India, Kolkata, to the nature''s paradise of Sikkim, full of blooming orchids and flowing rivers to the verdant greenery till the eyes can reach of Bhutan. Bhutan is also known as the world''s last remaining Himalayan kingdom. Visiting the spectacular Paro and Thimpu valley reach back to Kolkata from where an extension to Bhubaneshwar Konark with an ancient world heritage site of the beautiful Sun temple and the seren beach of Puri can be undertaken.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Kolkata
Day 2 : Kolkata
Day 3 : Kolkata - Paro
Day 4 : Paro - Thimphu
Day 5 : Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu - Dooars
Day 7 : Dooars - Gangtok
Day 8 : Gangtok
Day 9 : Gangtok - Darjeeling
Day 10 : Darjeeling
Day 11 : Darjeeling - Kalimpong
Day 12 : Kalimpong
Day 13 : Kalimpong - Kolkata
Northeast Splendour

Northeast Splendour
(15 Days / 14 Nights)

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Northeast Splendour / PI-0284 (15 Days / 14 Nights)
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Pristine rhododendron forests, Majestic Tea gardens, unpolluted air, old monasteries and majestic views of of the east ridge of Kanchanjunga and to add, The unique culture of local residents - all is there while you are on following Trekking mission:

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi - Bagdogra - Gangtok
Day 2 : Gangtok
Day 3 : Gangtok - Khandong
Day 4 : Khandong - Tarku
Day 5 : Tarku - Rabongola
Day 6 : Rabongola - Legship
Day 7 : Legship - Pemayangtse
Day 8 : Pemayangtse - Yuksom
Day 9 : Yuksom - Bakhim
Day 10 : Bakhim - Dzongri
Day 11 : Dzongri
Day 12 : Dzongri - Yuksom
Day 13 : Yuksom - Darjeeling
Day 14 : Darjeeling
Day 15 : Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Delhi
Jeep Tour

Jeep Tour
(15 Days / 14 Nights)

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Jeep Tour / PI-0330 (15 Days / 14 Nights)
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Indulge your wild side into this adventurous journey with this jeep trek that takes you through the beautiful Darjeeling valleys to Gangtok to the picturesque Thimpu and paro. Wind the trip off with the cultural city of Kolkata that is famous for its old world charm and literary ambience.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi-Darjeeling
Day 4 : Darjeeling
Day 5 : Darjeeling - Pelling
Day 6 : Pemayangtse - Martham
Day 7 : Martham - Gangtok
Day 8 : Gangtok
Day 9 : Gangtok - Kalimpong
Day 10 : Kalimpong - Phuntsoling
Day 11 : Phuntsoling - Thimphu
Day 12 : Thimphu - Punakha
Day 13 : Punakha - Paro
Day 14 : Paro - Kolkata
Day 15 : Kolkata
Northern Central and Eastern India with Nepal / PI-035 (16 Days / 15 Nights)
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From the capital of Delhi to the history of Jaipur; from the marvels in marble at Agra to rock hewn temples of Khajuraho; and from the ancient city of Varanasi to the City of Joy Kolkata, along with the beauty of nature that India abounds with... this itinerary presents India in the most fascinating way. The bountiful natural splendours start with Nepal, with breathtaking mountain views, and continue to Sikkim. End the tour with a fascinating blend and fusion of modern with ancient in the India''s largest city, Kolkata. Meanwhile visit the tea gardens and the Ganges with a view of Mount Everest and Kanchandzonga peaks.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi - Jaipur
Day 4 : Jaipur - Agra
Day 5 : Agra - Khajuraho
Day 6 : Khajuraho - Varanasi
Day 7 : Varanasi - Kathmandu
Day 8 : Kathmandu
Day 9 : Kathmandu
Day 10 : Kathmandu - Kolkata
Day 11 : Kolkata
Day 12 : Kolkata - Darjeeling
Day 13 : Darjeeling
Day 14 : Darjeeling - Gangtok
Day 15 : Gangtok
Day 16 : Gangtok - Kolkata
Bhutan Sikkim Tour

Bhutan Sikkim Tour
(18 Days / 17 Nights)

On Request
Bhutan Sikkim Tour / PI-0376 (18 Days / 17 Nights)
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Take this classic tour of Sikkim and the dragon kingdom of Bhutan to experience the history and culture of these East Himalayan kingdoms first hand. Said to have one of the most distinct cultures in the world, the Bhutanese rate their country more on the Global Happiness index rather than Global productivity index. Here centuries old Buddhist monasteries cling to mountain cliffs and rice paddies stair step down steep hillsides.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi - Paro
Day 3 : Paro
Day 4 : Paro-Gangtey
Day 5 : Gangtey-Bhumthang
Day 6 : Bhumthang
Day 7 : Bhumthang-Trongsa
Day 8 : Trongsa-Punakha
Day 9 : Punakha - Thimphu
Day 10 : Thimphu
Day 11 : Thimphu-Phuntsoling
Day 12 : Phuntsoling - Siliguri
Day 13 : Siliguri - Darjeeling
Day 14 : Darjeeling
Day 15 : Darjeeling - Gangtok
Day 16 : Gangtok
Day 17 : Gangtok-Bagdogra-Delhi
Day 18 : Delhi
Golden Triangle & North east Realm

Golden Triangle & North east Realm
(17 Days / 16 Nights)

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Golden Triangle & North east Realm / PI-0391 (17 Days / 16 Nights)
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Losar marks the Tibetan New Year. It is picture perfect time to visit Pemayangtse and Rumtek monasteries. The great fanfare that continues for five days at the monasteries on Losar is worth experiencing. Besides the following itinerary we offer customized tour packages for Losar. As per your requirements we will come up with the best package possible.It was mighty Himalaya, which protected Bhutan from the rest of the world, and left the kingdom blissfully untouched. We invite you to have an affair with the Kingdom of Bhutan; Step into enchantment which is a rare combination of Harmony and Accord, amidst landscape of incredible natural beauty.

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Delhi
Day 2 : Delhi - Agra - Delhi
Day 3 : Delhi - Bagdogra - Darjeeling
Day 4 : Darjeeling - Mirik - Darjeeling
Day 5 : Darjeeling
Day 6 : Pemayangtse - Gangtok
Day 7 : Gangtok - Rumtek - Gangtok
Day 8 : Gangtok
Day 9 : Gangtok - Phuntsoling
Day 10 : Pheuntsoling - Thimphu
Day 11 : Thimphu
Day 12 : Thimphu-Punakha
Day 13 : Punakha - Paro
Day 14 : Paro
Day 15 : Paro - Delhi
Day 16 : Paro - Delhi
Day 17 : Delhi

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