Gangtok – Hillside Sojourn
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Gangtok – Hillside Sojourn

Kolkata : India | Jul 16, 2012 at 1:20 AM PDT
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Rumtek Monastery Buddhism Gangtok India

Gangtok is a fresh holiday destination, adorned with rich natural beauty, like the cool and unpolluted air, snow capped mountains, dense forest cover, undulating landscape and much more. Such is the beauty of the region that it has been bestowed with the epithet ‘Switzerland of the East’. Gangtok is a true paradise for both adventure lovers and tourists looking to relax and rejuvenate in the lap of nature. The region has some strict tourist friendly rules laid down to ensure a pleasant stay for the tourists, adding to that the warm and friendly attitude of the local people just contribute to the entire experience of holidaying in this hilly destination.

Gangtok tucked away in the Shivalik Hills of the eastern Himalayan range is the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim and also it’s Capital. The city is not only the hub economy and tourism but, also the centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning and as such the city is home to several monasteries, educational institutions and centres for Tibetology. Tourism being one of the major economic factors of the region, the local Government has laid down strict guidelines which restrain touts from harassing tourists, thus making the city a complete tourist friendly zone.

The exact meaning of the name ‘Gangtok’ though not known, it is popularly believed to be ‘hill top’. This hill side destination is a hub of adventure sports activities in India drawing in large number of crowds from all parts of the world. Along with the adventure sports activities, there are also quite a few interesting tourist attractions present in the city like the Do-drul Chorten, a stupa complex, MG Marg, Dodrupchen Monastery and the Enchey monastery among others. Along with sightseeing tourists can also explore the charming little shops adorning the local markets.

Some of the adventure sports activities offered in Gangtok includes trekking, hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, rappelling, Para sailing, hang gliding, white water rafting, canoeing and much more. There are also plenty of accommodation options offered in the region ranging from the high-end Resorts in Gangtok and hotels to the economy and budget hotels catering to the lodging needs of the multitude of travelers visiting the region.

Gangtok is also well connected to various quarters of the country by means of air, rail and roadways. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport, while the nearest rail head is the NJP railway station.

For more information on hotels in Gangtok and popular Gangtok holiday Packages visit HolidayIQ.

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A Buddhist monk walks past rubble at Enchey Monastery in Gangtok
A Buddhist monk walks past rubble at Enchey Monastery in Gangtok
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