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Monday, March 23, 2015

Gangtok A Hill Top


Gangtok is the Capital of Sikkim .This city is located on the hills of Shivalik at a height of 5600 feet. It is surrounded by the beautiful hills of Himalayas.

This was the main starting point for traders who used to communicate between Tibet and India for their business. Because of the trade between these two countries business has increased and many different types of religions have come together. This place is bordered by china which is occupied by Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and the Indian state West Bengal. The people are mainly addressed as Nepalese,Bhutia,Tibetan or Lepcha. The main language of the people living here is Nepali. They also speak Hindi and English. Different types of religions are found here like the Christians, Hindus, Buddhist and Muslims. Though the people belong to different religions, there is a strong bonding and unity among the people. The people here are very helpful and down to earth.

The winter sets in the month of November and ends in February. Here all the lakes are frozen during these months. If anyone wants to experience the snow fall can come in this season. The other seasons are very pleasant.

Gangtok is also a TOURIST destination. If you want to enjoy the view of the town and the valley from the height, cable zig back ropeway is available which is very thrilling. There is a beautiful point called the GANESH TOK, from there we can see Mt.Khang-chen-Dzon and Mt.Siniolchu which is just over the horizon and the snow peak is a beauty. The mountain Kanchenjunga is the third tallest mountain of the world. Then comes the HANUMAN TOK which is a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman situated right on top of the hill. Many tourists pay a visit to this temple. The construction of Enchey Monastery in 1894 became the famous Buddhist pilgrimage. The Chorten Monastery and Enchey Monastery is a renowned Monastery. Tashi view point is also another beautiful tourist spot.

Apart from tourist destination different ADVENTURES such as trekking, hand gliding, mountain biking and white water rafting is enjoyed here. There are also colourful gardens and wild life sanctuaries. Something here is very rare that is the Yak ride. Especially around the Tsomgo Lake. This ride is not available in any of the city. The Yaks are looked after by the Sherpa’s.

There are many CASINOS in this place which are open throughout the night especially for the tourist who wants to enjoy the night life and also be entertained with lots of games.

Don’t miss out on the SHOPPING. Different types of articles which are unique are sold out here like the Sikkim stamp, woollen carpets, wooden carved tables and wall hangings. Traditional items like the thangkas or religious scrolls and choksees are also available.

For some mouth watering dishes. Momo’s a kind of dumplings stuffed with chicken or pork is available here. Noodles especially Thukpa which is served as a soup is quiet famous here. The Titanic Park on the MG Marg is quite famous for having its annual food festival and culture festival, which is organised by the Sikkim Tourism Department in the month of December every year. During this time they enjoy by having various types of music and dance performance to entertain the visitors.

The main FESTIVALS at Gangtok are Diwali, Christmas, Dusshera and Holi, Sankranti and Ram Navami are some of the Nepali festivals.

To get there, Rail, Road and Airways are well connected.

Jaipaiguri is the nearest railway station.

Bagdogra is the nearest airport.

To go by road the state transport buses are available from Silliguri to Gangtok.

If you want to spend your leisure time by relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty then come and experience the calm and quiet hill station at Gangtok.

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