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Gangtok takes you on a rollercoaster ride amidst clouds. This summer haven is the capital and the largest town of Sikkim. Gangtok’s concrete-block buildings, snaky lanes, countless viewpoints, emerald valleys, and glimpses of Khangchendzonga make it an ideal place to let loose. Here you can spot some beautiful tiny monasteries underlining Tibetan cultures sprawling here.

Here are the top places to visit in Gangtok:

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake is at a convenient distance of two-hour drive from Gangtok. The lake is around a kilometre-long and 50 metres deep and looks stunning with its surrounding lush emerald landscapes. Travellers flock here for day picnics where they enjoy blissful sights of flora and enjoy local food at nearby food stalls.

Do Drul Chorten

The most popular stupa, Do Drul Chorten is a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine built in 1945. The most astonishing features of the shrine are its 108 prayer wheels with Buddhist mantras engraved on them. It is believed that swirling the wheels is equal to completing 108 beads of recital.

Rumtek Monastery

Around 25 kilometres in the east of Gangtok rests the very beautiful Rumtek Monastery. It stands at a height of 5,800 feet and remains the biggest monastery in Sikkim. The monastery has a golden stupa with tokens of the 16th Karmapa and some other Buddhist artefacts.

Nathu La Pass

No traveller visiting Gangtok ever miss a chance to gaze the world from the very stunning Nathu La Pass, the second highest mountain pass. Most trekkers start their journey to the pass at the break of dawn and reach here at dusk when the morning sun shines bright. During the journey you will encounter the Jhakri Waterfalls and an eye-catching glacial lake named Changu (Tsomgo Lake).

Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok welcomes you during your journey to Nathu La at 7,200 feet. It is managed by the Indian Army and treats you with splendid views of Gangtok and the nearby verdant hills. The temple has great religious significance.

MG Road

Located in the very heart of Gangtok, MG Road is a major shopping hub that brims with shops, restaurants, and hotels. It is like an open square where travellers can enjoy leisurely strolls while relishing local cultures and pleasant weather.

Himalayan Zoological Park

The Himalayan Zoological Park is a beautiful forest reserve overlooking the imposing Khangchendzonga range. It is spread over an area of 230 hectares with an aim to protect rare and endangered species, including Red Panda and Snow Leopard. The zoological park is a peaceful escape amidst nature.

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