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Tour Gangtok
 

 

Gangtok Topography

  Total Area 954 sq kms
  Altitude 5,500 ft.
  Temperature Summer:  Max 28°C Min 13.1°C
    Winter : Max 18°C Min 05.3°C
  Population 2,50,000 appx
  Annual Rainfall 3,894 mm
  Best Season March to late May & October to December
  Clothing Summer : Light Wollens
    Winter : Heavy Wollens

 

Gangtok, the "Lofty Hill" capital of Sikkim, lies at an altitude 1600 meters and is occupied on the west side by Ranipool River. Gangtok has a very spectacular setting and offers excellent views of the entire Kanchenjunga range from various points in its vicinity. Sraddling a ridge, Gangtok has a cosmopolitian flavour with a lively mix cultures and has undergone rapid modernization in the last two decades or so. Being the capital of state, Gangtok contains all modern facilities.

There are good schools, a railway out agency, an Indian Airlines Counter, cinema halls, well-equipped hospital, fast food centers and telephone booths for making outstation calls and sending faxes.

The Private Bus Terminus and the Main Taxi Stand are located half a minute walk from the Tourist Information Centre and the main market on the M. G. Marg. The Govt. Buses are run by Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT). The Terminus is located about 5 minutes walk away from the M. G. Marg.

An imposing manmade landmark of Gangtok is the 60ms high TV tower, which overlooks the town and is situated near the Enchey Monastery below Ganesh Tok. The Main market, which has hotels, restaurants, curio, garment, footwear and grocery shops lines the flat M. G. Marg.

Getting in, Around & Away
AIR : Gangtok does not have an airport, but the Bagdogra (124 kms from Gangtok) airfield serves it.

RAIL : The nearest railhead is at NJP, which is 125-km (about 4 hours drive) from Gangtok. NJP is well connected with all major cities of India. Gangtok, railway bookings can be made at the booking counter of the Sikkim nationalized transport terminus.

Road: Most of the major places of North Bengal are connectd with it by the national highway 31A.

The language used for communication is Nepali. However everybody seems to know a smattering of Hindi. Written Official correspondences take place in English.

Indian tourists require no entry permits into Sikkim, except for the restricted areas. Foreign tourists require a special permit, which is easily available at all Indian missions abroad who are authorized to issue a 15-day permit. The same can also be obtained from any of the Sikkim Tourism offices. The tourist officer at the border town of Rangpo is also authorized to issue a 2-day permit to foreign tourists to enable them to enter the state and acquire the full 15-day permit.

 

State Tourism Award 2014

State Tourism Award 2014

Dear Zigmee Thanks for a fabulous time in North Sikkim, highlight of the trip were staying with Chopal and sonam lachenpa in lachen and the journey to Gurudargma (well worth the many hours in the jeep and the cold air). It wasn't hard to imagine just being over the border in

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