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Gangtok, Sikkim

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Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, one of India’s smallest states. It is renowned for its picturesque settings and breathtaking views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third-highest peak in the world, which is situated in the eastern Himalayas. A popular tourist destination, it draws thrill-seekers to its well-laid trekking trails and opportunities for mountain biking, hiking, paragliding, and river rafting. In addition to being a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site, it is also a prime destination for shoppers.

Nearby Places to See

Enchey Monastery
The Enchey Monastery is located on a hilltop outside of Gangtok. The monastic complex, which is a colourful spectacle surrounded by rolling greens, is named “Enchey,” which means a solitary temple. Deities worshipped here include Guru Padmasambhava, Loketeswara, and Lord Buddha. At the moment, about 90 monks live in this peaceful monastery. Guests are welcome to come and meditate in peace amidst beautiful scenery.
Hanuman Temple
Hanuman Tok is a well-known temple close to the city that is dedicated to the worship of Lord Hanuman. The temple is located at a height of 2,195 metres, approximately 11 kilometres from Gangtok on the Nathu La Pass road. The hilltop is tranquil and serene, making it one of the best locations to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The temple’s circular design, which is unique to Sikkim, is also a point of interest from an architectural standpoint.
Thakur Bari Temple
It is a colourful and beautiful temple with attractive architecture. It was constructed in 1935 and renovated multiple times in later years. It stands out for its five attractive towers.
Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre
His Holiness Gyalma Karmapa XVI, the leader of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism, resides at the Rumtek Monastery, also known as the Dharma Chakra Center, which is located on a hilltop about 20 kilometres from Gangtok. It is the largest monastery in Sikkim. It was constructed in the sixteenth century, and it showcases the finest Tibetan architecture in addition to unique Buddhist artwork. Beautiful murals, statues, and ancient thangkas (Buddhist paintings on fabric) adorn the enormous prayer hall inside the monastery.
Phodong Monastery
Phodong Monastery, at an altitude of 4,500 feet, is one of the six most important monasteries in Sikkim. It offers a picturesque view of deep valleys and towering mountains. Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal, then-ruler of Sikkim, built the monastery in the 18th century. It is a part of the Karma Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, housing beautiful paintings and murals. Currently, there are about 260 monks who reside close to the monastery and regularly offer prayers as part of their daily routine. At present, it is rated to be one of the most mesmerising monasteries in Sikkim.