Friday, April 16, 2010
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.
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.
Climate: 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.
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
Gangtok Tourist Attractions:
The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
The 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. The Institute has won both national and international acclaim and the scholars from all over the world come here to study.
The Government Institute of Handicrafts
The 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 Park
The 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 Garden
A 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!!
The Himalayan Zoological Park
This 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
Total Rooms : 92
Star Category : 4
Amidst such lush green hilly terrains, a breathtaking topography and misty mountains, is situated The Royal Plaza at Gangtok, the Capital of Sikkim. This luxury hotel is ideally located above a river valley with a view of paddy fields, forested slopes and snow capped mountain peaks. It is one of its kind in all of Sikkim and the North East India. The Royal Plaza aptly complements this exotic locale.
Total Rooms : 46
Star Category : 4
Hotel is centrally located in the heart Gangtok with a magnificent view of the Sikkim Himalayas and hotel offers best servicess Foreign Currency Exchange, Travel Counter, Safe Deposit,Doctor on Call,Room Services,Laundry & Dry Clean Services,Postal Service.
Total Rooms : 30
Star Category : 3
Sonam Palgey has its origin rooted in the Royal Heritage of Sikkim. Elephant Mansion was built for royal guests during the coronation of Sikkim's last King Palden Thondup Namgyal in 1963. The name "Elephant Mansion" is derived from it's being the largest structure of its time, with a snout like facade.
Total Rooms : 17
Star Category : 3
Hotel Golden Heights is situated in the heart of Gangtok town and it is the place to stay if you wish to be at the hub of it all. We invite you to our hotel for a memorable & comfortable stay in Gangtok.