Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. The city is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and leraning. There are several monasteries, religious educational institutions and centres of Tibetology.
The main tourist attractions here are:
Khangchendzanga Biosphere Reserve: The Biosphere Reserve and National Park got this name from Mount Kanchendzonga, the 3rd highest peak in the world. The park covers an area of 849.5 sq.kms. There are many glaciers found here. The reserve is home to unique species of flora and fauna with around 550 species of native and migratory birds.
Tsomgo Lake: The lake is also known as Changu Lake and is crossed by the Nathu La Pass on the North. There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva here which is a habitat to the brahminy ducks.
Saramsa Garden: The garden has been established in 1922. Saramsa garden is located about 14 kms from Gangtok. This is a great picnic spot in Gangtok.
Ganesh Tok View Point: There is a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Only one person can crawl into the temple at a time. The main attraction here is the view popint. The view point offers the most breathtaking views of the town.
Tashi View Point: This is a circular view point located about 8 kms from Gangtok. Maximum of four people can stand at a time. The spot offers the most eye-catching views of the Kanchenjunga Mountain.
Shingha Rhododendron Sanctuary: This is a Natural Park in Sikkim. There are about 40 species of rhododendron trees here. The best time to visit the Sanctuary is between April and May.
Hanuman Tok: This is a temple complex dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is believed that this is the place where Lord Hanuman rested while carrying the mountain with the “Sanjeevani” herb.
Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary: The wildlife sanctuary covers an area of 31 sq.kms. This is located between Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo Lake. You can find here rare endangered species of flora and fauna.
Nathula Pass: This is one of the highest motorable mountain passes of the World. The pass is open for Indians while a special permit is required for the foreigners to enter the pass.
Himalayan Zoological Park: The Park is located about 3 kms from the city. This Park is mostly pine covered. The entrance of the Park is just opposite Ganesh Tok. This is a good hiking spot but only a very few visitors visit here. The Sikkim Government is planning to install a ropeway here to make the travelers visit to the Park more accessible.
The places to visit in Gangtok are more through these are in the top list of tourist attractions here.
The best time to visit Gangtok is between October and mid-December. The nearest airport to Gangtok is Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri and the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri.
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