Gangtok

Gangtok

Gangtok

Gangtok the capital of Sikkim is situated at a height of 5,500ft. The present capital was shifted from Tumlong in 1894 by Chogyal Thutob Namgyal and is today the centre for political, commercial, religious and cultural activities of the Sikkimese people. Gangtok offers the tourists all modern amenities for pleasure and comfort. There are a good number of luxurious and moderate hotels including modern shopping complexes, cyber cafes etc.

As per the 2001 provisional census, the population of the town is around 29,162. The temperature ranges from 13 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius in summer and between 7 degrees and 14 degrees Celsius in winter.

Flower exhibitions organized regularly at the Flower Show Venue near the White Hall complex is another attraction for the tourists.

GENERAL INFORMATION :

Altitude : 5,500 ft
Population : 29162 (Provisional Census 2001)
Temperature : Summer: Max 20 degrees C Min 13 degrees C
Winter : Max 14degrees C Min 7 degrees C
Rainfall : 325 cm per annum
Clothing : Summer Light Woollens
Winter Heavy Woollens
Language : Nepalese, Hindi, English

STD/AREA CODE : 03592

ACCESS AND COMMUNICATION :

Air : The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, which is about 124 km away.Indian Airlines and Jet Airways have direct flights from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati.

Rail : The nearest railway stations are at Siliguri 124 km away and New Jalpaiguri at about 120 km. New Jalpaiguri is directly connected by rail to all important towns and cities in India.

Road : Gangtok is well connected by a network of roads with all important cities and towns. Some of the road distances in kilometre are as follows:

Gangtok to :

Darjeeling-100
Kalimpong-75
Pelling-117
Yoksam-124
Yumthang-145
Tsongo Lake- 34
Phodong-37
Nathula-51
Siliguri-114
Guwahati-589
Kolkata- 720
Shillong- 669

LOCAL TRANSPORT :

The Sikkim Nationalised Transport (S.N.T) plies regular bus services between Gangtok and Siliguri and within Sikkim. Private bus/taxi and jeep services are also available on regular basis.

IN AND AROUND GANGTOK :

Institute of Tibetology : This is a premiere institute in the world and its museum has the rare collection of antiques like statues, thangkas etc. The library too has a stock of rare books and documents on Buddhism. Around 30 thousand volumes mostly xylograph documents, translation of the original teachings of Lord Buddha and treaties by distinguished scholars can be found in this library.

Deer Park : Located adjacent to the Secretariat, it is also known as Rustomji Park. The park has a big open enclosure in which different types of deer and some animals native to Sikkim have been kept in this park.

The White Hall : Situated on a ridge, this Hall was built in 1932 in memory of the first Political Officer of Sikkim, Claude White. It is a two-storied structure and has a typical British architecture. There is an Officers’ Club and a badminton court in the Hall.

Enchey Monastery : An important monastery of the Nyingma Order, the monastery commands a panoramic view of the mighty Kanchendzonga range. There is also a small hermitage here built by Lama Druptob Karpo. Later during the reign of Sidekeong Tulku, a monastery was built in the shape of a Chinese pagoda.

Tashi View Point : Around 8 km from Gangtok, Tashi viewpoint is an interesting spot to view Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt. Siniolchu.

Himalayan Zoological Park : Also known as Bulbuley, the park covers an area of 205 hectares. Wildlife that can be seen in the park are, the red panda, barking deer, bears etc.

Do-drul Chorten (Stupa) : Built in 1945 by the venerable Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, the Chorten has 108 prayer wheels and a good collection of holy books and other religious objects.

Institute of Cottage Industries : This institute was established in 1957 to promote the manufacture and sale of local handicrafts, carpets and furniture.

Ganesh Tok : It is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, which is built on a hillock at an altitude of 6500 ft. A panoramic view of Gangtok and Raj Bhavan can be seen from here.

CONDUCTED TOURS :

The Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation operates Local Sight Seeing tours, Package Tours and Sight Seeing Tours by Helicopter to some important tourist destinations of the State. For bookings and enquiries please contact:

New Delhi : Officer on Special Duty (Tourism), Sikkim House, 14 Panchsheel Marg, Ph – (011) 26115346

Kolkata : Officer on Special Duty, (Tourism), Sikkim House, 4/1, Middleton Street,Ph – (033) 22815328

Siliguri : Dy. Secretary (Tourism), SNT Complex, Hill Cart Road, Ph – (0353)2 432646

LOCAL SIGHTSEEING IN GANGTOK :

1. Handlooms and Handicraft Centre, Tibetology Research Centre, Orchid Sanctuary and Enchey Monastery.
2. Orchidarium and Dharmachakra Centre (Rumtek Monastery)
3. Changu Lake.

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PACKAGE TOURS :

Gangtok Package Tour (3 Nights / 4 Days)

Day Particulars

1. Pick up from Bagdogra Airport by helicopter to Gangtok. Stay at a luxury hotel at Gangtok.
2. Visit to Tsomga Lake and Nathula Pass.
3. Local Sightseeing.
4. Departure for Bagdogra Airport by Helicopter.

Pemayangste Package Tour (4 Nights / 5 Days)

Day Particulars

1. Pick up from Bagdogra Airport/Siliguri. Stay at Hotel Mt. Pandim.
2. Sightseeing: Rabdantse-Sangachoeling-Pemayangste.
3. Sightseeing: Yuksom- Khecheopalri Lake- Norbugang-Dubdi.
4. Sightseeing: Darap-Rimbi Waterfall-Singshore Bridge.
5. Departure for Bagdogra Airport/Siliguri.

SIGHTSEEING BY HELICOPTER

SHS (Sikkim Helicopter Service) conducts special mountain flights to West Sikkim, Yumthang, Khangchendzonga and Gangtok as follows:

1.West Sikkim flight route: Gangtok-Singtam-Geyzing-Yuksom-Dikchu- Gangtok. (60 min)
2.Yumthang flight route:Gangtok-Mangan-Chungthang-Lachung-Yumthang-Gangtok (70 min)
3.Khangchen-Dzonga flight route: Gangtok-Mangan-Chungthang- Lachen- Zemu Glacier-Green Lake-Lachen-Gangtok. (90 min)
4.Gangtok flight route: Gangtok-Gangtok

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