One who loves mountains, snowy treks and lush green landscapes, then Gangtok is a sure shot to fulfill the zest inside. The capital of the State of Sikkim, Gangtokis located at an altitude of 5500 feet above sea level. It falls under the geographical range of eastern Himalya. The mesmerizing view of snowy mountains, cloudy peaks is the magic of Gangtok that hypnotizes every tourist. The glimpse of Khangchendzonga from Gangtok is breathtaking. The name Gangtok itself means ‘lofty hill’. A land of different ethnicities such as Nepali, Lepchas and Bhutia became a popular pilgrimage for the followers of Buddhism after emergence of the Enchey Monastery.
Several tourist spots are at an accessible distance from Gangtok. Khangchendzonga National Park and Biosphere Reserve is the 3rd highest peak in the world. The Himalayan Zoological Park, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, with many glaciers and diversity of unique species of flora and fauna, are worth visiting places.
The glacial Tsomgo Lake is another eye-catching site for tourists. You may spot the ingenious brahminy ducks there. Saramsa Garden, established in 1922 is a great picnic and recreation spot located at a distance of 14 kilometers from Gangtok via Pakyong Road. The breathtaking and awe inspiring views of the Himalayas can be seen through Ganesh Tok and Tashi view point. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is another amazing spot to amuse yourself with so many varieties of the flowers. The picturesque landscape with the Yumthang River flowing through itwill give you heavenly feeling.
The nearest airport to Gangtok is about 124 kilometres away in Bagdogra, West Bengal. New Jalpaiguri Railway station can get you to Gangtok which is at about 148 kilometres away from the capital city of Sikkim.