Gangtok: ‘lofty hills’ of the Himalayas

Tucked away in the lap of the Himalayas, Gangtok is a beautiful mix of culture and diversity. The gripping scenes here are adorned by irresistible natural beauty, charming diversity and exotic wildlife, making this region one of the most sought after places for tourists in recent times.

Follow this photo story for an enchanting virtual experience of this serene north-eastern city!

1) Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim located at an altitude of 12,310 feet. The name Tsomgo means ‘Source of water’.

2) Tathagata Tsal

Constructed only in 2013, this is relatively new park in Gangtok houses a Buddha statue which is as tall as 130-foot. Do make sure you visit the Buddha temple here, depicting the life of the monk from the Jataka stories.

3) Flower exhibition centre

An absolute delight to the eyes, this tropical nursery conducts a flower show every year around March when the orchids are in full bloom.

4) Nathu La Pass

Ornamented by the Chomolhari peaks of Bhutan on the east, Nathu La Pass is the famed silk route that had been used by Indians and Tibetans to exchange goods during earlier days.

5) Tashi Viewpoint

Visiting the Tashi Viewpoint is a must for people who’d like to see sweeping views of Mount Kanchenjunga standing atop a beautiful park situated just 8 kms away from Gangtok town.

6) Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

It is a world renowned institute dedicated to the study and research of Tibetan language and culture.

7) Pemayangtse Monastery

The word Pemayangtse refers to ‘Perfect Sublime Lotus’ and is a famous tourist attraction. One of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim, here you can witness the ancient manuscripts and scriptures in halls, pillars and wood work.

8) Khecheopalri Lake

Considered holy by both Buddhist and Hindu followers, the common belief here says that if someone prays and sprinkles the water on oneself, their wishes are likely to come true.

9) Yumthang Valley

Probably the most picturesque place in all of Sikkim, the Yumthang Valley is located at an altitude of 11,800 ft.

10) MG Marg

A visit to Gangtok without going to MG Marg will always remain incomplete. It’s a long stretch of open malls, cafes, restaurants and local shops with a carnival-like atmosphere.

Impossible to resist its beauty, isn’t it? Plan your trip ASAP!