Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is famous for its beautiful natural contours and cosmopolitan culture. Overlooked by the imposing Kanchunjanga, the city is a thriving Buddhists cultural center and base for trekking expedition for tourists. There are many things to do in Gangtok where a tourist can find alluring. Some of them are:-
Being one of the oldest Buddhist centers, Gangtok has many monasteries that stand witness to a flourishing Buddhist culture. Ranka Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim is known for its excellent architecture and aesthetic appeal. Art lovers can find to their delight- a collection of colorful Tibetan paintings. The monastery is open to people of all religions. Evening time in the monastery reverberates with prayers sung in chorus by Buddhists monks which bring peace to the tourists.
Surrounded by four caves in four directions, The Tashiding monastery is nestled on the top of a hill. Tourists can have a splendid view of the river Rathong and Rangit. Holy Buddhist mantras are crafted beautifully on stone plates outside the monastery. Trekkers’ huts are available here for mountain trekkers to rest. It is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists.
Located in the heart of Sikkim, It is one of the prominent Hindu temples in Gangtok. Tourists from across India throng the temple when they visit to Gangtok. It houses all prominent Hindu deities and buzz with activities in festival times. One can have a panoramic view of Mount Kanchanjunga from the temple premises.
Tashi View Point:
Tashi View point offers an amazing view of the snowcapped mount Kanchanjunga and is a favorite place for the tourists. A park on the hilltop accentuates the beauty of the place and affords a magnificent view of Sikkim. The sight of the clouds flirting with the mountain peaks enchants tourists. The sight of sunrise and sunset form the view point is immensely enjoyable.
Himalayan Zoological Park:
Located at a distance of 3 KM from Gangtok, The Himalayan zoological park is a must see for any wildlife enthusiast. Spread over 205 KM in the mountainous terrain, the park is designed to be a natural habitat of the animals living in the area. A wide variety of fauna found in the Himalayas are located here. Many rare species like Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Himalayan Red Panda, Snow Leopard Cat, Goral, Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Black Bear and Crimson-Horned Pheasant. The best time to visit the zoo is from February to May and from Mid-September to December.
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