Gangtok

Sikkim is the least populated state in India. However, this small place has 11 official languages. Sikkim and its capital Gangtok can be ideally visited between March and May. 

We at Companion Travels serve you with our best packages and activities to make your visit worth the imagination and effort. The tour will leave one with fond memories of life and love.

Monuments:

Ranka Monastery: Situated in the middle of a jungle, the monastery reflects traditional Tibetan architecture style. The place has a very calming vibe and a serene atmosphere. The mountain range is a sight to behold. 

Enchey Monastery: It is a small but beautiful monastery located below the Tashi Viewpoint. It is the oldest monastery and holds historic significance. It’s within the city so it’s easier to visit.

Hanuman Tok: It is a very well maintained temple and presents a stunning view of the Kanchenjunga Range. It is under the control of the Indian Army and as per the legends, it is from this point that Hanuman procured the Sanjivini Booti.

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology: It is a small museum, established with the main aim of promoting scholastic and cultural research. This place has an amazing collection of Buddhist scrolls, statues, weapons and things used in rituals. History buffs must visit this informative place.

Do Drul Chorten Stupa: It is a small stupa and monastery in the middle of Gangtok. It is a bit of a steep climb up to the base of the stupa, however, the calm and serenity one experiences on reaching the point wash away all the tiredness. 

Gonjang Monastery, Phensang Monastery, and Tsuk La Khang Monastery: Gonjang Monastery is on the way to Tashi View Point and Hanuman Tok. It is a beautiful monastery painted in red, blue and golden, and has a huge statue of Buddha inside. Phensang Monastery is a spiritually enriching location in Gangtok and must be visited. Tsuk La Khang Monastery is an influential monastery and definitely worth a visit.

Natural Places:

Owing to its location the whole of Gangtok is enriched with natural beauty, however, there are places that are especially blessed and are flocked by tourists in large numbers. One must visit Nathula Pass which is the Indo-China border and is known for its scenic beauty. From Tashi View Point one can have a spectacular view of the Gangtok city and on a clear day that of the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range. It is a must-visit place where tourists can relax with a cup of coffee. Palzor Stadium, a football stadium is literally a stadium in the skies. It is the headquarters of the United Sikkim Football Club and must be visited by the football enthusiasts. Flower Exhibition Centre is another place that must be visited for its sheer beauty. A great place to get into a photography mood and let the senses get overwhelmed by the color and the aroma. 

Food:

Sikkim is famous for its delicious food, during the month of December Sikkim Tourism Department organizes Gangtok Food and Cultural Festival to promote the cuisines of Sikkim. When at Gangtok one should definitely try the traditional yummy momos and Thukpa which is a Tibetan style noodles. Kinema Curry, a fermented soybean dish should be tried with roti or rice. One can choose from a vast variety of soup; namely Gundruk and Sinki soup, Thenthuk, Chhurpi, etc. Sel Roti is another dish that one should definitely try.

Activities:

Adventure enthusiasts have a lot of options to entertain themselves in Gangtok, from Yak safari to mountain biking, they have it all. Cable car ride gives a glorious view of the city and makes the trip memorable. One can also go for river rafting in the Teesta River. Paragliding is one of the activities that has become immensely popular given that it boasts of heavenly views of the glorious Himalayas. A small picnic at Seven Sisters Waterfall can make your day even more beautiful. A ride to Tsongmo Lake can be particularly exciting given its elevated location. 

Shopping:

MG Road is the main commercial area of Gangtok. Markets like Lal Bazaar, New Market and Old Market are also quite popular. When at Gangtok one must take back home,  beautiful Tibetan carpets, Sikkim tea, semi-precious stones, and silver jewelry, thangkas, black cardamom, Sikkimese cup, Buddhist figurines, wall hangings, hand-carved wooden tables, hand-woven jackets, alpine cheese, and fresh bamboo shoots.