Gangtok, a beautiful city in Sikkim offers spectacular sight of the Kanchenjunga ranges to the tourists to enjoy. Well known places of tourist interest in Gangtok are:
7. Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple -
Image - wikipediaBaba Harbhajan Singh Temple, popularly known as Baba Mandir is situated at a height of 13,123 ft in the Indian state of Sikkim. Baba Mandir is located around 52 km away from Gangtok. It is believed that Baba Harbhajan has been guarding the international boundary of India and china from last three decades. Even army men of china have confirmed that they had seen a man riding a horse and patrolling the border all alone.
Entry fee: Free
6. Himalayan Zoological Park -Image - allwonders Himalayan Zoological Park was established in 1958 to conserve and study Himalayan fauna. Located in a forested and rocky area, the park contains various species including clouded leopards, Himalayan bears, Tibetan wolves and red pandas. The zoo and its snow leopard–breeding centre are homes to the endangered snow leopards.
Timings: 9.00AM-4.00PM daily except Thursday Entry fee: Rs.25 per adult (Indians);Rs.50 per adult (international tourists) and Rs. 10 per child
5. Bakthang Waterfalls -Image - aksharonline Bakthang Waterfalls also known as Tashi View Point is a picturesque destination in Gangtok. Surrounded by clean atmosphere, it is an attractive place for people seeking leisure, peace and tranquility. Tourists seeking some adventure can enjoy sports like Flying Fox here and can get their pictures clicked in Sikkim dress. Bakthang Waterfalls offers a wonderful sight of both the Kanchenjunga snow peaks and Gangtok Town. Rainy season is the best time to visit Bakthang Waterfalls. Entry fee: Free
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4. Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok -Image - buzzoop Rumtek Monastery popularly known as Dharmachakra Centre is situated around 23 km away from Gangtok. This monastery offers amazing sight of the whole Gangtok city. Fine architecture of this monastery looks like the original Tsurphu monastery located in Tibet. It has several rare Buddhist art work on the walls of the monastery and 1001 small golden Buddhas. Timings: 6.00 AM-6.00PM Entry fee: Rs. 10 per person
3. Nathula Pass, Gangtok -
Image - mayfairhotelsNathula Pass in Himalayas connects Indian state Sikkim with China. This highly motor able road is richly surrounded by the alpine flora. Tourists are allowed to go near the international border from where they can see Chinese soldiers on the other side of the barbed wire. Nathula pass remains open for Indians from Wednesday to Sunday. Visitors need to get permit from Tourism and Civil Aviation Department to visit this place. Photography is strictly prohibited here. Entry fee: Permit fee is Rs. 200 per person.
2. Hanuman Tok -Image - wkitravel Hanuman Tok, a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is a well known tourist attraction in Gangtok. Located at a height of 7,200 ft, Hanuman Tok is well known for its serene ambiance and offers splendid sight of the Kanchenjunga range. Indian army is responsible for the maintenance of this temple. Timings: 6.00 AM-7.00 PM daily Entry fee: Free
1. Tsomgo Lake -
Image - wikipediaLocated at an elevation of 12,400 ft, the beautiful Tsomgo Lake is a must see place when you are in Gangtok. This lake gets its water from the melting snow of the mountains surrounding it. Located at a distance of 32 km from Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake looks different in different seasons. It remains frozen in the winters while in the spring season; the abundance of flowers around the lake adds colors to this beautiful lake. Since Tsomgo Lake is situated in the restricted region therefore tourists need permit from police to visit this place.
Entry fee: Free
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