Gangtok

About Gangtok

The eastern state of Sikkim lies couched in between the borders of Nepal and Bhutan. Gangtok became the capital of the state in the 19th century as well as lies to the south of the area of East Sikkim. It is a sloping town and also spreads down the western side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul River. The entire Kanchenjunga range can be viewed from the town and, as a matter of fact, it is venerated as a local deity. It is at a distance of 721 kilometres from Calcutta, 584 km from Patna, 140 km from Darjeeling and also 589 kilometres from Guwahati. The town experiences a lot of rainfall throughout the year and temperatures are mild.

Places Around Gangtok

Located at a distance of 24 kilometres from Gangtok is Rumtek Gompa, which is a rich monastery and home of the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. It is a very popular website and also enthusiasts usually flock to it throughout the year. Situated at a range of 35 km in the direction of the northeast of Gangtok is the Tsongo or Changu Lake. Specials permits are needed to visit this picturesque location.

Fairs & Festivals

Several festivals are celebrated in Gangtok and its adjacent areas.

The Buddhist festival of Bumchu is held in the Tashiding Gompa during January.

The celebration of Chaam is kept in Enchey Gompa during January-February and also is marked by dancing.

Kagyat Dance is a mask dance held every month at Gangtok, Pemayangtse and Phodong.

Losar marks the Tibetan New Year and is celebrated during February-March at Pemayangtse and Rumtek.

Tse Chu is a Buddhist dance kept in May at Rumtek.

Saga Dawa, held in Gangtok during May, and also Drukpa Teshi, celebrated statewide during July, mark Buddha's first teaching.

Phang Lhabsol is a mask dancing celebrated statewide throughout August.

Dasain, celebrated statewide during September-October, is noted by present exchanging and animal sacrifice.

Best Time to Visit Gangtok

The very best time to visit Gangtok remains in the months of October to mid-December and March to May. The views of the Himalayan peaks and also Mt Kanchenjunga can be plainly seen in between October to December. During the months March and May rare Himalayan blossoms and specifically Rhododendron are in blossom. Summers are not harsh but only days of cozy sunshine as well as clear days. January and February means snow in the higher elevations and visiting much of the traveler places are not possible, as roads remains to be closed. June to September brings hefty rainfalls making travelling harmful as a result of landslides. The best time to visit Gangtok depends on your reason to visit, make plans accordingly. Summers are good for honeymoon, sightseeing, adventures and relaxation. Snow lovers appreciate the cold months.