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10 best places to visit in Gangtok

Christina Daniels
By Christina Daniels
| 17 Jan 2024 02:05 PM
10 best places to visit in Gangtok

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and has more than a few wonderful places to visit. The Rumtek monastery is one of the most famous monasteries in India. The Tsongmo lake and ruins of Rabdentse are also scenic delights

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1. Tsongmo Lake

1. Tsongmo Lake
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Situated at an elevation of 12,313 ft and around 40 km from the Gangtok, Tsongmo Lake is an ethereally beautiful glacial lake. The lake is also known as Lakes Nature.

2. Rumtek monastery

2. Rumtek monastery
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The biggest monastery in Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery is the settle of the Karmapa Lama, the third highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism.
 

3. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve

3. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve
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Home to musk deer, snow leopard and Himalayan tahr; the Khangchendzonga biosphere reserve is located in Sikkim in North East India and spread around 850sq km of land.
 

4.  Rabdentse

4. Rabdentse
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Rabdentse was the erstwhile royal capital of Sikkim. About 107 km west of Gangtok, the town was first established in 1670 by Chadok Namgyal after shifting the primary cultural history.

5. Pemayangtse Monastery

5. Pemayangtse Monastery
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Pemayangtse Monastery is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim. Popular for this monastery, Pemayangtse is situated about 107 km west of Gangtok which is situated at an of elevation of 5840 ft.

6. Deorali Orchid Sanctuary

6. Deorali Orchid Sanctuary
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Deorali Orchid Sanctuary in Sikkim is well known for its rare and widespread collection of orchids. The remarkable attribute of the sanctuary is the fact that the orchids in the sanctuary create a very blissful environment.

7. Yumthang Valley

7. Yumthang Valley
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Yumthang valley is a gorgeous, picturesque grazing meadow bounded by mountains in the north Sikkim district of Sikkim in India. It is situated at an elevation of 3,564 metres.
 

8. The Himalayan Zoological Park

8. The Himalayan Zoological Park
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The Himalayan Zoological Park is only one of its kind zoo, which occupies an entire hill. Located at an elevation ranging from 6,500 ft to 8000 ft, the park covers 230 hectare of land and have all ieties and species of animals and birds.

9. Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Gardens

9. Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Gardens
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The Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Gardens and Institute Of Research, renamed after of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru located near Rumtek monastery in Sikkim, houses many species of orchds and ious others are present here and create a new level of environment.
 

10. The Thakurbari Temple and The Ganesh Tok 

10. The Thakurbari Temple and The Ganesh Tok 
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Located on MG Marg in Gangtok, Thakurbari Temple is the most popular and oldest temple in the city. Built in 1935 by Sir Thutop Namgyal. Also the Ganesh Tok is a temple dedicated to Ganesha. The temple is famous among tourist. People visit the temple to offer prayers.

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Author Bio

Christina Daniels
Story teller, backpacker, shutterbug
Christina Daniels is a storyteller, cinema writer, backpacker and photographer. She is also the author of the bestselling book “I’ll Do It My Way: The Incredible Journey of Aamir Khan.” A traveler who has journeyed across four continents, Christina is also the host of an Airbnb experience in Bangalore.
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