Gangtok is one of the most popular tourist destinations which is located in the Himalayan state of Sikkim. Its a heaven for trekkers, hikers, and rock climbers. The name 'Gangtok' was originated from a Tibetan word which means 'hillside'.
Gangtok tour packages from Kolkata is a retreat of spectacular and natural beauty with its wonderful snow-capped mountain peaks, dark green deep and dense forest wrapped, calm and soothing lakes and garden of flowers. If you are planning to travel North Sikkim and Gangtok Balakatours will help you to design a great itinerary and tour plan.
Gangtok is well connected to most of the metropolitan cities of West Bengal. The nearest airport is situated in Siliguri, you can get plenty of flights to different cities like Kolkata and Delhi. Buses are also available from Kolkata to Siliguri. The Transport facility in Gangtok is really good.
Visiting Spots In Gangtok
Gangtok tour packages from Kolkata depends mostly on the city's scenic beauty and its vicinity to the breathtakingly beautiful Himalayas Mountain ranges. In Gangtok, you will find many Buddhist Monasteries especially the Enchey Monastery and the Rumtek Monastery. The Orchid sanctuary in Gangtok is another popular attraction for the immense beauty it possesses. It feels like a paradise of blossomed orchids. Tashding is another must visit the place where you can get the magnificent view of Kanchenjunga Peak. You should also visit Banjhakri Falls which is encircled by gardens and beautiful structures. There are many other places also in our North Sikkim and Gangtok tour packages where we will take you such as.
2. Tsomgo Lake
3. Himalayan Zoological Park
4. Hanuman Tok
5. Flower garden and many more
While traveling Gangtok, you shouldn't miss roaming around the nearby markets. The popular places are the Old Market, the New Market, and the Lal Market. You can buy handcrafted materials like thangkas, religious items and woolen clothes etc. Tibetan jewelry is also very popular item here.
Special local dishes of Gangtok
Gangtok offers some amazing local dishes. A good way to enjoy the street food is by having hot steamed Momos filled with different types of stuff like chicken, vegetables etc. It's served with red chili sauce and delicious soup.
Thukpa is a type of noodle which is inspired by Tibetian food culture. Vegetables and minced foods make this dish yummy. It is fully enjoyed by travelers and local public and is available at almost all the places in the town.
Gundruk is another tasty local food item that is made by drying and decomposing the leaves of the mustard oil or cauliflower plant and then cooked and mixed with tomatoes and onions. Sinki is also a popular food item and it's just made up of tap roots only. It usually tastes little sour and consumed as an appetizer.
The culture of Gangtok
Gangtok is a perfect Himalayan tourist destination where Indian and Sikkimese are living together. You can get a totally unique taste and culture in this place. Most of the people here practice Buddhism. The city people celebrate several local festivals along with other major religious festivals of Dashain, Tihar, Christmas, Holi etc. In our Gangtok tour packages from Kolkata, you'll also get the chance to experience the vibrant culture of Gangtok.
The shopping experience at Gangtok
Always remember to visit the amazing markets while traveling to Gangtok. Mall road area and Lal market are the best for a delightful shopping experience. You can get here various handcrafted items including thangkas, religious scrolls and beautiful wooden structures at a very reasonable price. Tourist can get Tibetan handicrafts and jewelry, jackets, exotic tea from the nearby shops.
Ropeway is one of the most popular attractions of Gangtok which is 1000 meters above the ground. This ropeway covers the area between the main Secretariat Deer Park, Sikkim Legislative Assembly & the Tibetology at Deorali. Riding the ropeway will give you an everlasting experience. Gangtok has all the adventurous charms. You can enjoy Bird’s Eye View from Ropeway, Yak Safari to the Pristine Tsongmo Lake. The adventure lovers can also enjoy more daring activities like River Rafting in Teesta, Paragliding etc.
Climate of Gangtok
Gangtok has usually a mild temperate all over the year. The temperature ranges from a maximum of 22 °C in summer to an average minimum of 2 °C in winter. During spring and autumn, the weather remains sunny and mild. Due to its elevation, Gangtok is often filled with fog during the monsoon and winter.
Gangtok can be visited throughout the year, however, the temperature in December-February can go below freezing point while summers have an ideal weather. The only season you have to be careful about is the monsoon because that time heavy rainfall can happen. You can choose Gangtok tour package from Kolkata any time according to your preferences.
Day 1: Reach NJP and proceed to Gangtok. Night stay at Gangtok.
Day 2: Visit north Sikkim. Night stay at Lachen.
Day 3: Visit Gurudongmar lake. Night stay at Lachung.
Day 4: Visit Yumthang valley and back to Gangtok. Night stay at Gangtok.
Day 5: Visit Gangtok local sightseeing. Night stay at Gangtok.
- Tashi viewpoint
- Hanuman Tok
- Ganesh tok
- Flower garden
- Roomtek monestry
Day 6: Visit Tsomgo lake, Baba mandir and Nathula pass Night stay at Gangtok.
Day 7 : Gangtok to NJP drop.