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10 Best places to visit in Gangtok

| March 26, 2019 | Adventure

Are you looking for an ideal vacation location? You can choose between some of the best places to visit Gangtok. In this article, we will give you some of the best suggestions on the top destinations to visit in these places. A trip in Gangtok will give you maximum enjoyment irrespective of your needs. The good thing is that you will get all of them at affordable rates. It is one of the best destinations that will give you the value for your money.

1. Namchi

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Namchi is a magnificent Sikkimese city.  It is translated to be the ‘top of the sky’ and it is among the most beautiful regions for visiting near Gangtok that will give you a startling view of the Khangchendzonga range and Ranjit valley. This destination is famous for some few heritage monasteries, a life-size idol of the Guru Padmasambhava, and the pilgrim centers. Devotees like to visit this town year-round because of these attractions. A tour to Namchi will allow you to visit Pelling, Nathula Pass, Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake, explore Yumthang valley, and visit Sikkim. You can also experience tranquillity and peace as you explore wildlife sanctuaries, snow-capped mountains, and Buddhist monasteries.

2. Yuksom

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Yuksom is a meeting place for Lamas. It is the former capital of Sikkim and is among the best places to visit in Sikkim. It is a quaint hamlet that promises pristine serenity and beauty to locals and tourists alike. This hamlet is home for Dubdi Gompa which is the oldest monastery in Sikkim and many more stupas and monasteries. It is a religious hill town that is also a trekking enthusiasts’ heaven and is undeniably among the best places to visit in Gangtok. The location is 38km from Gangtok. The major attractions of the place include the Norbugang Park, the Kathok Wodsalin Gompa monastery, and the royal palace of Tashi Tenka.

3. Tsomgo Lake

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The site is famously known as the sparkling Glacial Lake. It is perched at 2400 feet on the Nathula – Gangtok highway. The other name for Tsomgo lake is Changi Lake and is well known as the most popular and highest Lake in India. It is a glacial Lake that remains fully frozen in the winter and is among the most spectacular sceneries to view in Gangtok. Individuals like to indulge on ice skating and yak rides at this place and like piping hot tea and instant noodles from the neighboring food kiosks. The destination is 38km from Gangtok. The major attractions are Brahminy ducks, Primulas flowers, and yellow and blue poppies.

4. Nathu La Pass

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This place is festooned with stunning scenery. Nathu La pass falls among the highest motorable roads globally and is situated at 14, 450 feet above sea level. It is among the highest visited places in Gangtok. It is a famous corridor that forms part of the historical Silk Route that connects Tibet and India. Nathu La is only open for Indians from Wednesday to Sunday and you have to get an entry permit from the zonal offices of the tourism department in advance. The exhibition center and war memorial of India are the major highlights of Nathu La Pass.

5. Ravangla

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Ravangla is a picture-postcard travel destination. It is snuggled between Maenam and Tendong Hills and overjoys all tourists with the tranquillity of nature, the jaw-dropping beauty of the Himalayas, and peace. The hamlet is adorned with monasteries and aromatic tea estates. This beauty makes it among the best places to visit in Gangtok. The major attractions that you will find here include dark-throated thrush, blue whistling thrush, babblers, and verditer flycatchers.

6. Zuluk

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The place is off-the-wall and unconventional. To get to Zuluk, you use a winding road that has 32 hairpin bends. It is among the best places to visit in Gangtok. Zuluk has a picturesque hamlet which is part of the historical silk route and provides the stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga. One of the most enthralling things is to drive through this route and hence it attracts adventure riders globally. The major attractions are the Nag temple and Thambi viewpoint.

7. Lachung

You can also refer to Lachung as the riverside Hamlett. It is located on an elevation of 8610 feet and is known as the most picturesque village in Sikkim. Lachung is among the best places to visit in Gangtok. Hamlet lies on the river banks and its eternal charm. Pristine landscape, and scenic beauty allures both foreigners and other tourists. The scenic splendor of Lachung makes it a lovely place to visit in October in Gangtok.

8. Pelling

Pelling is one of the best places to visit in Gangtok. The destination is adorned with lush green forests and sparking forests. What makes it one of the best places to visit on Gangtok is the amazing view of the Himalayan ranges together with the Kanchenjunga peak. Pelling will make the jaw to drop in astonishment. It has easy connectivity with the major attractions are mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, and rafting sports.

9. Yumthang

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Yumthang is a gorgeous flowery valley that is near Gangtok. The destination is surrounded by snow-capped valleys and is a natural habitat to rare and exotic species of several wildflowers such as louseworts, primrose, and cobra lilies. It is good to visit this gorgeous valley during the spring and summer seasons if you want the best viewing of the colorful riot of the available flower beds and enjoyable trekking experience.

10. Khecheopalri

Visit this place if you want your wishes to come true. Khecheopalri is a paradise for nature lovers and is the most popular religious place in Gangtok. Tourists, especially Buddhists and Hindus visit the lake all year around and take part in the mass prayer in the 15th full-moon day of the Lunar calendar between February and March. The lake is located amidst dense forests and is crystal free and clear of any particles like leaves. Several people believe and sight that birds that are present in this forest remove all the particles that drop on the water.

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