While there are many hills stations in India, there is something uniquely different about Gangtok. This is among the few places, which when visited, will surely call for an extended stay. Situated at the foothills of the Shivalik range, Gangtok is sure to leave you enchanted with its majestic beauty. If you still haven’t discovered this stunning hill station, here are four reasons to visit it ASAP:
Temples and Monasteries
Gangtok is a blend of temples and monasteries. Located on a small hill, Ganesh Tok is believed to be one of the holiest shrines around here. Head to the biggest as well as the most isolated monastery of Sikkim, Rumtek or the Dharmachakra Centre. There is a magnificent golden stupa that has been enshrined here, it houses beautiful paintings and statues. Visit the place, be a part of the prayers, and stoke your spiritual side.
You can also enjoy a beautiful view of K2 (Mount Kanchenjunga) and its neighbouring valleys. Visit the beautiful Tsomgo Lake which is not just a sacred place for many but also an absolute treat to the eyes. Head to the Nathula Pass that was once the famous Silk Route via which items such as gold and silk were traded. Travelling to Nathula Pass is an adventurous journey as it is certainly one of the most spectacular hill roads in the world.
If you want to enjoy one of the best Sikkimese foods, it is here in Gangtok. Titillate your taste buds with delicious ‘gundruk’, ‘momos’, ‘thukpas’, ‘Sinki’ and lots more. Sip over an invigorating cup of coffee at the Café Fiction, or try out one of the bakery items at Baker’s Café. You can also enjoy freshly brewed beer at the famous ‘Hit Beer’ whose owner is the popular Sikkimese actor, Danny Denzongpa.
There are several good resorts in Gangtok, one of the must-visit is the Club Mahindra resort. Open exclusively to the Club Mahindra members, it is an ideal place to unwind after a long day well-spent touring around. You can scour through the numerous Club Mahindra reviews to know about the experiences of members.