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Fast Facts Himalayas|
Rivers of Himalayas
(Jammu & Kashmir),
Wildlife of Himalayas
and principal town of Sikkim is a growing resort full of taxis, tourists and
hotels. Spread on a ridge at 1870m, it has four to five roads running almost
parallel to each other. It used to be a typical beautiful Himalayan town a few
years ago. Now it is being spoiled by traders and builders. Box-Like hotels,
houses and shopping centres are coming up without any consideration towards
aesthetics or hill architecture. The hill resort of Gangtok is a popular travel
destination in India. A tour of the hill resort of Gangtok reveals that the
Himalayas in the backdrop of the town. The entire Kangchenjunga Range is
worshipped as a local deity. The unspoilt natural beauty of Gangtok and its
peaceful Chortens / Stupas offer a truly unique traveling experience in India.
One of the
tour sites of Gangtok is the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. It was built in
1958 and is a research center for Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan culture. Besides
being a museum of traditional and old artifacts, tourists can also buy Buddhist
religious books and other objects of craft. Gangtok also offers the Orchid
Sanctuary, which is the home of some 500 varieties of orchids to the travelers.
- Gangtok is indeed a treasure trove for its tourists. Besides curios you may
pick up bronze and silver jewelry, turquoise, coral jewelry and beads easily
from Gangtok. For the food freaks Gangtok offers the dried fish, yak's cheese (churpi),
and yeast for making the local beer (tomba).
offers several options for gift items and souvenirs. You may take your pick from
carpets, handloom fabrics, thangka paintings and wooden objects.
Adventure Sport - For the adventure tourist Gangtok is the place to be
at. While at the hill resort of Gangtok you may indulge in adventure activities
like trekking, white-water rafting, hang gliding, yak safari, and mountain
biking. Gangtok offers interesting treks to the Pemayangtse, Khechopalri, Yuksam,
Tsokha, Dzongri, Thangshing, Zemathang, Chaurigang, Tashiding, Varsey, Yangang,
Rabongla, Sang and Sikip. The state tourism department of Sikkim has been
promoting the adventure tourism potential of Gangtok.
Festivals - Gangtok culture and their festivals are truly enjoyable and
memorable. There Fairs and festivals celebrated in Gangtok add to the charm of
the hill resort. The Tashiding Gompa hosts the annual Buddhist festival of
Bumchu in January. During January-February the dancing festival of Chaam is held
in Enchey Gompa. The monthly mask dance of Kagyat is another attraction in the
hill resort. Saga Dawa is held in Gangtok during May, and Drukpa Teshi is
celebrated throughout Sikkim during July mark Buddha's first teaching.
Information About Travel - All foreigners intending to visit Gangtok can
obtain 14 days Restricted Area Permit (RAP), endorsed in their India visa from
the Indian mission abroad. Tourists may also obtain the permit from the Deputy
Director, Sikkim Tourist Information Center in Delhi or from the Assistant
Director, Sikkim tourist Information Center in Siliguri.
Tour Packages Sikkim /
Hotels in Sikkim
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