Reasons why Sikkim should be your next travel destination
The Himalayan state of Sikkim is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Lonely Planet Magazine featured it as the number one region to visit in 2017. Capital Gangtok is one of the cleanest cities in India; and which offers much more to the adventurous traveller. It became the capital of Sikkim in 1894, and since then, has become a centre for learning Tibetan Buddhism.
Gangtok is a must-visit city in the tiny Himalayan paradise. Adorned with an old-world charm, the quaint city will make you feel at home with the warm hospitality of its people and their contemporary way of life.
If you plan on visiting Sikkim, do not forget to add these to your list of things to do:
#Explore MG Marg and its vicinity: Immerse your taste buds in various local delicacies found in restaurants and eateries across the centre of the city. The nearly 1.5-kilometre stretch also offers shops which sell local handicrafts, including authentic Thangka paintings.
#Enjoy a helicopter ride in Gangtok: Nothing compares to the majestic view of the mountains. Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation offers helicopter rides in and around the capital, which can be uniquely memorable to view the sacred Mount Kangchenjunga.
#Visit the viewpoints: Gangtok is dotted with several breathtakingly spectacular view points. Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok and Tashi viewpoint are must-visits. You can also opt for cable car rides in different locations of the capital city.
#Experience Buddhism in the monasteries: Buddhism has played a frontal role in the city’s development as a centre for Buddhist learning. The city is home to several picturesque monasteries, including the historic Enchey monastery. The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is unmissable for its extensive collection of rare Buddhist manuscripts, literature and other artefacts.
#Escape to the neighbouring villages: Do not forget to explore the city’s neighbouring areas. These places offer a rare insight into the Sikkim way of life. The neighbouring Ranka, Rumtek, Saramsa, Bhusuk and Rey villages are the places to visit in rural Sikkim. Try not to miss out on a visit to the famous Rumtek Monastery - the international headquarters of the Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
#Slip away into the awesome nightlife: Gangtok has the safest and the most happening nightlife in India. It is the only city in India with 24X7 inland casinos. For those longing to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, there are also tree and tent houses offered by select clubs and resorts away from Gangtok.