We arranged a family tour for 9 days to visit to Sikkim in 2013. We went there in October. The best time to visit Sikkim is summer months(March to May). Winters are very cold here. It is best to avoid monsoons(June to August). October is also a good time to visit Sikkim. First we went to visit Gangtok.
We went from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri by train. Then we hired a car to reach Gangtok.
Gangtok is the largest town and capital of Sikkim. It is situated at the above sea level at the height of 5,500 ft. It is populated with different ethnicity groups- Indian Gorkhas, Bhutiyas and Lepchas.
Gangtok offers stunning view of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak of the world.
Our hotel in Gangtok was near M.G. Marg.
GANGTOK SIGHT SEEING:
The day started with a visit to Rumtek Monastery. We had taken a car for the sight seeing.
It is located 24 km away from Gangtok. It is one of the sacred pilgrimage centers for Buddhists. Rumtek is the largest monastery in Sikkim. It was built in 1740 and rebuilt in 1979. The main structure of the building is made in accordance with the traditional designs of Tibetan monasteries. Interiors are covered with murals, frescoes,traditional Tibetan architecture, sculptures and paintings. There is a shrine hall in the main building which is decorated in a traditional manner with a religious text, silk banners and a 10 foot statue of Gautam Buddha.
DO-DRUL CHORTEN STUPA
After visiting Rumtek monastery we went to visit Do-drul Chorten stupa. Around the stupa are 108 prayer wheels. It is a must visit place in Gangtok.
NAMGYAL INSTITUTE OF TIBETOLOGY
Namgyal institute of Tibetology is a museum in Gangtok, Sikkim, named after the 11th chogyal of Sikkim, Sir Tashi Namgyal. It is a world renowned institute doing its research on Tibetan language and culture. The museum has the unique collection of statues, coins, masks, Tibetan art work and object.
It is opened to public from 10 am till 4 pm(Monday to Saturday). It is closed on every Sunday and public holidays. Entry fee is RS 10 per person. Photography is not allowed inside the museum.
O.D.C. GONJANG MONASTERY
It is located about 6 km away from the heart of Gangtok town near Tashi view point.
Situated at a height of 6500 meters above sea level. It offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan range.
Bagdogra airport is the nearest airport to Gangtok and connects Sikkim by air. Local taxis are available from Bagdogra airport to Gangtok. Bagdogra airport is connected to all major cities of India, like Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai and Chennai.
Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri. It receives trains from major cities such as Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and many more.