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Gangtok Sightseeing

 

Gangtok view
A birds eye view of Gangtok from the Bulbulay area. It's around a 7 km drive uphill from the bazaar where you will also find the Ganesh Mandir and the Himalayan Zoological Park.



Enchey Monastery
Enchey Monastery is also located in the periphery of the Ganesh Mandir and Gangtok Zoo and a visit to this temple can be covered as you drive up in the same direction.


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Gangtok Zoo sprawls over a spacious 230 hectares and is remarkably well maintained. Most of the animal species kept there are indigenous to Sikkim. Please be advised that it remains closed to visitors on Thursdays.


Lukshyama Royal Cremation Grounds
Lukshyama, the cremation grounds of Sikkim's royal family is another spot for a spectacular birds eye view of Gangtok, Kanchenjunga, and the valley below. It is also close by the zoo but there is no direct approach - you will have to drive further up taking a detour via the Gangtok-Nathu La highway. Seen here, our guests Anne Louis and Ryohei Segawa who visited Lukshyama.

Anne Louis at Tashi View Point
Tashi View Point, around 8 km. north of Gangtok town is an ideal location for an early sunrise view of the Khangchendzonga range. Pictured here is our guest, Anne Louis Hansen who visited the place one early morning in October 2009.


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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology houses an extensive collection of literature on Tibetan Buddhism and has ongoing research programs in Tibetology. It's museum is open to visitors.


Gangtok Bazaar
Gangtok's main street (MG Marg) has been designated a walking mall since 2009 and now has a pleasant air to it - absolutely no vehicle traffic in the Old Market section and the footpath has an overlay of granite tiles.

 

Day Excursion from Gangtok:


Rumtek
Rumtek Monastery is famous as the headquarters and premier monastery of the Karmapa Kagyu sect of Mahayana Buddhism. When HH, the 16th Karmapa left Tibet in the early 1960's, he built a replica of his original monastery of Tsurpu, here at Rumtek. Rumtek is 24 km. from Gangtok, and takes around an hour to get there.


Tsangu
Tsangu Lake, alt. 13,800 ft. is 38 km. from Gangtok towards the road to Nathu La. This is where visitors go to frolic in the snow even as late as in the month of May sometimes. Till April, its quite likely to snow in this area.

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