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Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in this world

- Gustave Flaubert

There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it.

- Charles Dudley Warner

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.

- Anais Nin

I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.

- Caskie Stinnett

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.

- Moslih Eddin Saadi

Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.

- Lawrence Block

One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.

- Edith

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.

- Samuel Johnson

He who would travel happily must travel light.

- Antoine de St. Exupery

To travel is to a journey into yourself

- Danny Kaye

Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by.

- Robert Frost

I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.

- Mary Anne Radmacher

It's been a huge blessing, being able to travel and have a great life

- Seann William Scott

One way to get the most out of life, is to look at it as an adventure

- William Feather

Wherever you go, go with all your heart

- Confucius

Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

- Ibn Battuta

Investment in travel is an investment in yourself.

- Matthew Karsten

Life is a trip. Plan your next vacation.

- Matthew Fryer

My Favourite thing is to go where I have never been

- Diane Arbus

Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.

- Zoey Sayward

In both business and personal life, I've always found that travel inspires me more than anything else I do

- Ivanka Trump

Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen

- Benjamin Disraeli

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.

- Susan Sontag

Once a year, go someplace you've never been before

- Dalai Lama

To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.

- Freya Stark

I enjoy the preparatory elements of travel - packing my bags and choosing my outfits - but my favourite part is getting there

- Dominic Monaghan

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

- Shirley MacLaine

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page

- St Augustine

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

- Anonymous

It is not down in any map; true places never are.

- Herman Melville

SWITZERLAND OF THE EAST

For a while now Gangtok has been a favored destination for vacationers in search of peace and tranquility. Nestled amongst the verdant Shivalik Hill ranges, this quaint little city enjoys mild, temperate climes all year through. Perhaps it's because the world's third tallest peak Kanchenjunga lies to the east of the city.


In 1840, Gangtok, then a hamlet, came into its own with the establishment of the Enchey Monastery. You can catch stunning views of the mighty Kanchenjunga from here. Come January and this ancient monastery comes alive with the famed mask dance called the 'Cham'. In fact, Gangtok is dotted with monasteries and is a center for Buddhism, its teachings and culture. It's one of the cleanest cities in the world, well organized and maintained – the reason why it's called the Switzerland of the East.

If you plan to visit Gangtok in December, remember to visit the Palace of the Chogyal (Monarch) which is open to the public during the Pang Lhabsol festival.

Gangtok is an experience you won't forget soon. You will love the simplicity of life at a leisurely pace. For the curious traveler, the winding side alleys of this hillside city hide some unexpected gems. On the outskirts lie dense forests of poplar, birch, oak, and elm, as well as evergreen, coniferous trees of the wet alpine zone. Orchids are quite common. You could spot several rare varieties at flower shows in the city. Bamboos are also abundant. What's also abundantly visible is the simple charm of a city that is one with nature.

Gangtok's popular tourist seasons are March to late May and October to mid December.


FACT FILE

  • Area: 25 sq.kms
  • Altitude: 1,437 m above sea level
  • State: Sikkim
  • Distance from nearby towns/ cities: New Jalpaiguri – 148 kms, Bagdogra – 124 kms
  • Take away: The cute doll key-chains, pretty wall hangings or a figurine. Sikkim is famous for its fruit processing and tea aside from the local handicraft. Passion fruit Squash, Alpine Cheese, Temi Tea & Maha Gurudev Tea are some of the local products.
  • Rainfall: 325 cm per annum.

TRAVEL ANECDOTES

  • Changu Lake or Tsomgo Lake
  • Thangka : the tradittional hand painted religious scroll of sikkim
  • Bakthang waterfalls : A shutterbug's delight
  • Barking deer the Omnivorous deer fou found in gangtok
  • Chhurpi : The flavour of himalays
  • Rumtek Monastery : Home to the world's rarest tibetan buddhist scriptures
  • Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary : A hub of rare plants and trees
  • Leopard cat : Small is beautiful
  • Red Panda: the Endangered state animal of sikkim
  • Thukpa the famous noodle soup Gangtok

#1. Changu Lake or Tsomgo Lake, 40 km east of Gangtok, remains frozen through most of the year. The lake's waters are free of ice only during summer. The lake is associated with many myths and legends and is revered by the Sikkimese as sacred. According to a local legend, Buddhist monks could forecast the future by studying the colour of water in the lake.

#2. Thangka is an elaborately hand painted religious scroll usually hung in a monastery or a family altar. Thangkas served as important teaching tools depicting the life of the Buddha, various influential lamas and bodhisattvas. Thangka is a global symbol of Buddhism today and an inspiration to designers across the world.

#3. A 20-minute drive from Gangtok town along the 31A National Highway leading to North Sikkim town will lead you to Bakthang waterfalls. It originates from Ratey Chu, the main water source of Gangtok area. The location is completely free from the pollution of city life and is a great place for travellers who want to savour Nature's freshness! Apart from the clear view of Himalayan peaks and Gangtok town, one also gets a bird's eye view of the entire region.

#4. The Indian muntjac, popularly known as barking deer, is an omnivorous deer species feeding on grass, fruits, shoots, seeds, birds' eggs as well as small animals. It gives calls similar to barking, usually upon sensing a predator and hence the name. This unique deer can be sighted at Khangchendzonga National Park, nearly 50 kilometres from Gangtok town.

#5. Chhurpi or Yak Cheese is one of the main ingredients of all Himalayan recipes. There are many well known stores in Gangtok for buying Chhurpi. Made of Yak milk, it comes in two varieties - soft and hard. While soft Chhurpi is used for cooking, hard Chhurpi is used for chewing and keeping one's mouth moist in dry weather.

#6. The Rumtek Monastery, on the outskirts of the Gangtok town, is one of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries. The monastery is the seat of the Kagyu order and houses some of the world's rarest and most sacred Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. Constructed in the 1960s, the building is modelled after a similar monastery in Lhasa, Tibet.

#7. Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary (KAS), 30 km from Gangtok, is rich in varied species of Medicinal plants such as Nilo bikh (Aconitun Ferox), Kutki (Picrorhiza Scrophulariflora) and Jatamasi (Nardostachs Graandiflora). Although small in size, it harbours 14 rare species of the Rhododendron, including Rhododendron niveum, the state tree of Sikkim. KAS is also home to various rare varieties of ground orchids and rare species of birds.

#8. Leopard cat, as the name suggests, is a species of cats which bears striking similarity with leopards. They are solitary in nature and are agile climbers. They rest in trees and, unlike their larger cousins, hunt during night. They can be sighted at the Khangchendzonga National Park, nearly 50 kilometres from Gangtok town.

#9. Red Panda, the state animal of Sikkim, is also known as the Shining Cat or Lesser Panda. In Sikkim it is known by the names Saknam. Its body is reddish orange in colour and has a long bushy tail. This rare variety of panda lives in temperate climates in deciduous and coniferous forests of Sikkim and Arunachal. They usually live in an under-storey of bamboo or hollow trees.

#10. Thukpa is a dish with its origin in Tibetan cuisine. However, it has found its own place in Gangtok with great variations in ingredients and flavour. Originally a non-veg delicacy made with mutton or pork, Thukpa is now available in vegetarian form also. Thukpa is usually accompanied with hot momos and is considered to be a dish best suited for the region's weather.


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WEATHER

Summer Winter

Summer
13°C – 21°C

Winter
0.48°C – 13°C

BEST TIME TO VISIT

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The best time to visit Gangtok is between October and mid-December when clear views of the Himalayan peaks are guaranteed or again between March and May when the flowers are in bloom. January and February means snow in the higher altitudes and visits to many of the tourist spots is not possible, as roads remain closed. June to September brings heavy rains causing landslides that often disrupt communication.

The weather of Gangtok undergoes a rainy season during the months from May to early October. Fog is common in Gangtok during the months starting from the month of May until the month of December. July is the wettest month in Gangtok.

July is the wettest month in Gangtok.

The Tashiding Gompa hosts the annual Buddhist festival of Bumchu in January. During January-February the dancing festival of Chaam is held in Enchey Gompa.

Saga Dawa is held in Gangtok during May, and Drukpa Teshi is celebrated throughout Sikkim during July that mark Buddha's first teaching.

Activities at a glance

  • Trekking

    Trekking

  • Mountain biking

    Mountain biking

  • Night Safari

    Night Safari

  • River Rafting

    River Rafting

  • Hang Gliding

    Hang Gliding


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Sikkim 737101
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