Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is an incomparable hill resort of northeast regions of India and it is doubtlessly one of the most frequently visited places in India. Gangtok is situated on the ridge of a hillock at an altitude of 1,700 metre.
It is very widely known and esteemed for its scenic beauty and striking views of the mount Kanchenjunga, 3rd highest peak in the world. The hill resort is about 110 km from Siliguri and it is very well linked with other important places of this region.
With various cultures and religions thriving in perfect concord, Gangtok has proved that 'unity in diversity' exists in Sikkim. Sikkimeses possess firm bonding with their antique customs and traditions. Gangtok is emphatically not behind the rest of the places in the world in terms of modernization and urbanization. The town has broad roads, discothèques, educational institutes, fast-food centres, flyovers, posh markets, state-of-art hospital, and all other advanced and modern comforts that the heart can want for.
The important destinations present around Gangtok are Darjeeling (94 km), Dzongri, Kalimpong (80 km), Nathula (56 km), Pelling (125 km), Ravangla, Siliguri (110 km), Yuksom, and Yumthang.
So many hotels are available in Gangtok. Some of the super deluxe hotels, which offer wonderful boarding and lodging facility, are Hotel Norkhil, Orange Village, and Hotel Royal Plaza. Soft woolen aprons in summer, warm aprons in winter, and a handy umbrella would be very useful to the visitors.
by Madhav Srinivasan on Dec 07, 2011
Hailed as one of the most important and historical festivals from the Buddhist clan, Bumchu is celebrated in the state of Sikkim. This festival is a very important and intricate celebration for the Buddhists present in the state.
by Shwetha on Aug 20, 2010
With monsoons gone by the breezy cold days headed our way, this is the best time to head to hills and enjoy the green canopy and crisp mountain air left behind by the monsoon showers...
Travel within city
The city of Gangtok is one of the prime tourist destinations in India, and is a bustling place that is active throughout the year. Gangtok has a lot of places of interest, and you should make sure that your commute around the city is easy for you to visit all the important places conveniently.
Taxis are a convenient mode of transport in Gangtok. These are also the safest mode of transport and the most preferred mode of transport in the city of Gangtok. You can opt for a taxi ride to any destination within Gangtok, and the charges involved are normally around Rs 100 to 200, depending on the distance covered.
You can also opt for buses to travel around the city of Gangtok. Buses in Gangtok are run by the local government and these SNT buses are taken up by a majority of the population. This is because traveling through a bus is a very economical mode of travel. Bus fares in Gangtok will vary from Rs 3 to 5, depending on the overall distance covered.
Shared Jeep/Mini Bus
You can also opt for shared jeeps or minibuses in order to travel around the city of Gangtok. This is also a cheap mode of transport in the local region. The taxis and jeeps in Gangtok do not run on meter and drivers will normally quote a flat rate. Fares for shares jeeps will be around Rs 20 to 30.
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