Very appealing, charmingly peaceful and wreathed in the mists – Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim gives you a fabulous landscape of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a removed horizon. The flawless slope station settled in mountains and mists is additionally a base for a mess of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The entrancing kaleidoscopic excellence and the lovely winding slope streets are significantly progressively amazing whenever seen from 10,000 feet in a link vehicle.
The significance of the name – Gangtok is slope top. Which is why city is said to be one of the loveliest slope stations in the nation. With everything in the perfect melange, from a mix of social characters to rapid urbanization, Gangtok is a breathing and dynamic piece of heaven of the upper east. It has an astounding perspective of Mount Kanchenjunga, the 3rd most noteworthy mountain top on the planet. Additionally, like everything around it, Gangtok leaves everyone speechless because of its magnificence and has ample of attractions. For example, the Tsongmo Lake, Banjhakri Falls or the Tashi View Point make for a ravishing sight. Other spots to adore include the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten, Rumtek Monastery, and so forth. Furthermore, the Teesta stream is the perfect spot for a peaceful boating day in the North-East India.
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If you want to witness the magnificence of nature, then Gangtok is the place for you. The city is beautifully adorned with stunning landscapes and soaring snowy mountains that add to its beauty. While visiting the place one can easily experience that culture and ethnicity that this destination speaks of. The city is no less than a wonder with ample amount of views waiting to be adored.
Nathula Pass: The icy wonderland situated at the India-Nepal border is one of the most picturesque places in the Indian Peninsula. The pass is on an altitude of 14,440 ft above sea level, Nathula pass forms a major corridor between India and Tibet. Huge mountains capped with snow form an elegant landscape difficult to describe in words. The place also has epic history attached to it as this was the route for trade in the ancient era. Although a permit is required to visit the area, trust us it will be worth all the effort.
Tsomgo Lake: In Bhutanese, “Tso” means “Lake” and on the other hand, “Mgo ” means “head” which literally means, “source of water”. The water source of the lake is the snow-capped mountains. Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake that is known for its colour-changing waters and it is one of the most picturesque places in Gangtok. The best time to visit this serene lake is in May as it has religious significance amongst the people of Gangtok. Another popular belief amongst the locals is that the monks predict the future after scrutinizing the water of the Lake. During winters, Tsomgo Lake freezes whereas, during the monsoons, the lake gets filled with water. Besides this, Tsomgo Lake’s water is covered with pretty and vivid flowers during summer or mid-May that make for a picturesque scenery.
Yumthang Valley: If there’s a list of places that can be named as “Heaven on Earth” or “Paradise on Earth”, this valley will surely top the list. The valley is a home to the best views of nature with aesthetic rows of flowers that adorn your views which are no less than some scene straight out of a Bollywood movie. Step into the Yumthang valley if you have a thing for flora and love exploring the goodness of Nature.
Enchey Monastery: The Monastery was established in 1909 above Gangtok. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The monastery was built around the small crossroads of Gangtok and became a religious centre. In view of this legend, the religious significance of Enchey Monastery is deeply engraved in every household of Gangtok. It is also believed that these powerful deities always fulfill the wishes of the devotees.
MG Marg: If you are a shopaholic too, this place is tailor-made for you. MG Marg is an all-inclusive place for all your shopping desires. It has an array of shops and restaurants that too amidst the clean surroundings and the authentic culture of Sikkim. There are numerous sculptures in the market namely Statue of Unity which depicts peace, harmony & love and also a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. The market is adorned with pretty Victorian lamps and benches to admire the beauty.
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Dumplings: From the street-food stalls to the chic restaurants, Dumplings are one of the most famous dishes of Gangtok and even Sikkim. Dumplings originated in Tibet and are famous amongst all foodaholics. Commonly known as Momos are twisted and experimented with various stuffing. A special spicy dip is made up of red chillies and garlic to be served with the delicious dumplings. You can find them in the streets and even in authentic Sikkim restaurants.
Thukpa: Thukpa is another popular dish served in Gangtok and is also of the Tibetan origin. It is hot soup served with soft noodles and vegetables or chicken pieces. Thukpa is something that you are bound to fall in love with even if you haven’t tried Tibetan cuisine before. Tibetan food is available throughout India but when you nosh some Tibetan delicacies served in Gangtok you will surely forget the rest. The vegetables used in the Thukpa are mainly grown in Gangtok itself which ensures purity. Thukpa is also available in various flavours which are definitely worth a try. The locals mainly like the authentic Thukpa which has the basic herbs and spices in it.
Sha Phaley: Sounds interesting, right? The next Gangtok food dish on the list will make you drool for sure! Meat, bread and deep-fried are the three heavenly elements which get properly blended together and create a lip-smacking dish called the Sha Phaley. Being one of the most famous local delicacies in Gangtok, Sha Phaley is something that you must add to your list already. A Tibetan dish prepared by stuffing the bread with seasoned beef and freshly chopped cabbage, Sha Phaley will surely leave you hungry for more. The stuffed bread is deep-fried and then served with special dips which add to the taste of it. There are different variations of the dish with cottage cheese and tofu for you to savour. All you gotta do is head over to Gangtok and taste this marvellous dish!
Thentuk: It is yet another delicious soup which is again a Tibetan delicacy is also counted amongst the most popular street in Gangtok. It can be made with chicken, meat, wheat or veggies. Thentuk can be easily found in the menus of all Gangtok restaurants, so make sure you don’t miss it while exploring Gangtok!
Sel Roti: Once you are done with experimenting all the best street foods of Gangtok, you should try your hands on a sweet delight too, that is, Sel Roti. It is a Nepalese dish and is a sweet bread. It is commonly prepared at the time of local festivals, it is a token of love and care for the people of Gangtok!