When you are in Gangtok, you will certainly want to visit the youth hub of the town! This is the heartland of Sikkim. All the youngsters roam around the place along with their friends and partners and have a chilled time altogether. Lots of shops and cafes are there. If you are a shopaholic, this is like heaven for you. You can roam around, shop to your heart’s content and of course you can chill with your friends at one of these cafes. 9, Ine native and Bakers cafe are two of the most popular joints in this place. If you have an evening in your hand, you should definitely spend it at one of these places. You can enjoy some authentic Sikkimese, Tibetan and Indian cuisine at these places. Just grab a corner seat and watch the beautiful valley beside you. Sipping some hot chocolate, tea or coffee will help you cope with the cold outside. If you can take up challenges, get yourself a bowl of ice cream and enjoy the chill. You can get all sorts of woolen things here. You can walk around the streets to enjoy horn free and pollution free atmosphere.
Visiting Gangtok is synonymous to visiting Khangchendzonga. This is the third highest peak of the world and the best view of this magnanimous and gigantic mountain range is available only in Gangtok. It is also called ‘the sleeping Buddha.’ It is said that if you are not lucky, you are not going to get the full view of this mountain range. Once it was considered as the highest peak in the world before Mt. Everest was summit. From Tashi view point, you will get the best view of this amazing and beautiful piece of creation. If you are visiting Gangtok, you need to reach one of these viewpoints and don’t forget to bring your camera along with you. You will certainly want to capture the most amazing moment of your life. You are certainly going to enjoy your visit to this wonderful place. It is said that the first time encounter with Khangchendzonga will always stay with you and the second time you won’t be able to feel that again!
Rumtek is one of the most talked about monasteries in Sikkim. The monastery was built by the Kagyu sect Buddhists. They started residing in Tibet in the 12th century and built this monastery in the 16th century. The construction and the colours are beautifully curated. The maintenance of the monastery is done regularly and can be easily visible to the spectators. The area around Rumtek is also very beautiful, you are going to get a beautiful view of Kanchendzonga from this place if the sky is clear. Rumtek also houses scripts and Tankhas of ancient age. If you are interested in Buddhist texts and religion, this monastery will certainly attract you. For those people who are having research projects going on buddhist texts would certainly going to love this place. You can come here and spend the whole day talking with monks, going through scripts to learn the details and nooks of this monastery. You are going to get assisted by all means.
If you are taking a ride till Nathu La Pass, you will need to stop by this picturesque lake. Tsomgo or Changu lake is one of the most beautiful glacial lakes in India. The water is turquoise blue and it looks magnificent. You just need to spend some time by it. Small shops are everywhere. You can grab a plate of hot maggi or a plate of momo here. Sip in some coffee and watch the beautiful backdrop of this lake surrounded with snowcap mountain ranges. During winters, Changu gets covered with a layer of snow. Travelers love to board on the animal and take snaps with it. So if you have the same desire in your heart, you can also go for the same. Make sure you choose a calm yak and follow the instructions of the owner and then board on it. Spring is the most pleasant and wonderful time to visit uphill. If you are planning a trip to Tsomgo, choose this particular time for your trip.
This is one of the oldest and well-known silk routes. Chinese merchants used to visit India through this corridor. This is one of the mountainpasses between India and China. Nathula is situated at 14, 450 ft height. The area is beautiful and covered with snow throughout the year. As the height is quite much, you may experience some breathing problems. Elderly and children may feel nauseous, so keeping adequate medicines ins tock is recommended. It’s around 55-56 km away from Gangtok and you can reach there via cars and bikes. The roads are really not safe due to snow. So it’s better for you to take a car to this place. As this is the restricted zone and throughout the year, this place stay at high alerts, you need special permission to visit this land. Cars are escorted by military jeeps or cars while visiting Nathula. So remember, you need to have a pass to see the pass! Make sure you search all the details for your convenience before you set out for your journey.