Gangtok means hill top and is fondly viewed as floating on clouds as it is located at an altitude of 5000 feet. This largest city in the state of Sikkim offers to tackle views of the Himalayan peaks.
October to December is the best period to visit Gangtok if you desire to have a clear view of the snowclad mountains.
If you're calling is to participate in cultural activities and festivals, then March to May is the time to visit Gangtok. Gangtok has an abundant supply of comfortable, super deluxe lodgings.
Historically it was an important town for the traders travelling between India and Tibet. Over the last few centuries, Gangtok has become home to a mixed ethnic population such as Bhutias, Nepalese, Lepchas.
For today's tourist apart from the stunning beauty of the Himalayas, there is an abundance of ancient temples/pagodas in this region. The primary religion of this region is Tibetan Buddhism.
A great body of the Tibetan work is preserved at the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. It's museum is chock-a-block with exquisite Tibetan religious art and iconography.
Apart from the monsoon months, Gangtok enjoys splendid climate.
Some of the popular places to visit in Gangtok are Kalimpong, Nathu La, Pelling, Siliguri, Rumtek Monastery, Yuksom and Darjeeling
This area is a feast to the eyes of monuments appreciator. The range of monuments and attractions are like the incredible monasteries of Fo-Brang, Zong Dog, Thongsha and Tharpa Choling, colonial bungalows showcasing the riches of British raj, arts and crafts centers as well as places of religious importance.
Adding more value to your visit to this town is the opportunity of looking at panoramic views of the peaks of Kanjenjunga, Paunhari, Siniolchu, Chola, Gymochen.
Jalep La is another delightfully charming location in this neighbourhood.
Beautifully located between the north Eastern Himalayas and the Dooar region in West Bengal Siliguri is the door to lovely attractions like Darjeeling, Dooars, Kalimpong, and Gangtok.
As Siliguri has been able to upgrade and keep itself in sync with the modern times, the accommodation and the shopping experience in Siliguri is much sought after.
Lush green landscape surrounds this beautiful monastery. For most part of the year, the weather here is beautiful. It is an important destination for the Tibetan Buddhists. It is about 24 km from Gangtok.
The 16th Gyawla Karmapa who is the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism resides here. The Karmapa has built a beautiful temple complex within the precincts of the monastery.
Nathu-La, 55 km from Gangtok, has now become a famous tourist destination. This is a mountain pass that connects India and China. The extended ancient silk route had Nathu-La (14,000 feet) on its map and today is one of the three trading borders between India and China.
The landscape has varied vegetation. The view of the adjacent valleys and mountains is spectacular. Mostly you can only spot the nomadic Tibetan tribes grazing their animals.