Gangtok is the capital of the Mountainous range of the North Indian State of Sikkim. For those who love mountains, it is ideal to make a tour to Gangtok, which lies 5500 feet above the sea level. The Himalayas range gives such a spectacular view that it will surely leave you mesmerised. The city has all amenities to offer to its tourists. The hotels are available in all range of prices, having all modern services and facilities. It has various popular places of eateries to enjoy a delicious meal.
The town of Gangtok remained an unknown hamlet, until the Enchey Monastry was established in 1840. It was only during the British rule in India that Gangtok became prevalent. By the nineteenth century the reigning emperor or ‘chogyal’ of Sikkim shifted his capital to Gangtok. After India attained its independence, Sikkim remained an independant monarchy. In 1975, the monarchy rule was withdrawn and Sikkim became a State of India, andGangtok became its capital.
Things to do
These are the top things you mustdowhen on the trip to Gangtok to experiencetruly enthralling views and amazing activities to make your trip memorable:
- 1. Cable ride over the Gangtok city:
This is a one kilometre zig-zag ride on a cable car ropeway which can carry upto 24 passengers at a time. There are no seats on the cars, and hence you need to stand and enjoy the amazing view. The ticket price includes two way farefrom Deorali to Tashling and vice versa.
Timings: 9.30 am to 4:30 pm
Ticket price: INR 110 for an adult
INR 70 for a kid below 6 years of age
Video Camera charges: INR 100
- 2. Yak Safari
This is the most unique experience you can have only at Gangtok. The joyous ride moves through the craggy terrain showcasing the beauty of Sikkim. It is an unforgettable experience. The popular trails are at the Dzongri area and Tsomgo lake.
- 3. Mountain biking and trekking
It is a treat to all trekkers and mountain bikers. This will surely pump up your heart and getyour adrenaline rushing. The complete activity takes from four days to a maximum of 15 days. The trails for trekking are carved out in a way to bring you the best of the forests, monasteries, rivers, waterfalls, and biodiversity of Gangtok.
The most pouplar trekking and mountain biking routes are:
Charges: They depend on the route and the number of days. The starting cost is INR 8000 per person. It can go up to INR 15000 per person.
- 4. Paragliding
Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas at Gangtok. We are not born with two wings to fly, but paragliding will give us wingto experience the fun of flying. You need not be a pro to take this fun-filled ride, a certified pilot accompanies the enthusiastic tourists and takes care of the flight and navigation.
Charges: The charges vary from operators- it can be between INR 2000 to 500
Places to see
There are many places to see and enjoy the splendid view sitting at 5500 feet above the sea level.
- 1. Spell bounded viewing experience of Sunset
Enjoy the view of the sun capped mountain ranges, from the Tashi View point. Tashi lies about 8 KM from Gangtok. From the road level you need to climb steep stairs to reach the circular viewing area which accommodates around 20 people at a time. There is no entry fee. You only need to pay INR 10 to get a closer view of the peaks with binoculars and telescopes.
- 2. Sightseeing tour of Gangtok
Sitting at 5500 feet above the sea level offers an out of the world experience, and a treat to the eyes. The city is extraordinary in its own way. Plan a day tour to these tourists’ attractions:
- Hanuman Tok- This lies at an altitude of 7200 ft, and at a distance of 11km from the town of Gangtok. It offers a breathtaking view of the Kanchenjunga range. It is claimed that Lord Hanuman took rest at this place on his way to Lanka.
- Tsomgo Lake- It is a glacial lake, in the East Sikkim region and lies somewhere 40 Km far from the Gangtok city. It is covered with majestic mountains from all sides.
- Nathu La Pass- It lies at an altitude of 4300 m and acts as one of the 3 links between India and China. It requires a full day trip from Gangtok to visit Nathula. It gives you a glimpse of the Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border.
So if you are looking for some adventurous trip to the north-east India, then you must avail tourism services of Hillpeaktours to experience the out-of-the-world tour to Gangtok.