Hidden by clouds, Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, is situated atop a narrow hill, at a height of 1676.4 metres. With a majestic view of the Khangchendzonga, the town offers the ideal base for travelling through the state. Once upon a time, it was an important transit point for merchants traveling from Tibet to India and vice-versa. Now it has changed into a busy administrative and business centre. It has an interesting blend of cultures and communities, making it perfect for a one day Gangtok local sightseeing tour.
Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town which has all possible amenities for tourists. Hotels are available according to everyone’s budget. It also has a wide range of eateries serving cuisine for all taste buds. Shopping complexes, souvenir shops, nightclubs and pool parlours are found in plenty.
Exploring this town on your own can be a wee bit hard as without the help of a professional you can easily lose your way. However, with our one day Gangtok private package, you don’t have to worry a thing. A private rental cab will pick you up at an appointed time from your hotel. From then on, we will be taking you to the best places that will make your trip one of the best ones you have ever had.
A Glimpse of One Day Gangtok Local Sightseeing Tour
The best time to visit Gangtok is from March to April, as spring time is the most pleasant here. However, the weather remains relatively comfortable throughout the year and you can plan your vacation whenever convenient. In the one day Gangtok local tour, you will be visiting the following places of interest: MG Marg, Tashi View Point, Nathula Pass, Himalayan Zoological Park, and Mount Katao. All of our private rental cabs are GPS-enabled, air conditioned, luxurious, and driven by professional drivers, hence, your trip will be extremely comfortable and secure.
1. MG Marg
First up on the Gangtok local sightseeing tour is MG Marg which is the main street of Gangtok town. It is a great place to chill and hang out with friends or family. It is India’s first litter and spit-free zone. No vehicular traffic is allowed inside MG marg. You can sit at the Titanic Park or at the various benches stretched across the mall and soak in the carnival-like jovial vibes, all throughout the year.
The Mall is surrounded by shops on both sides of the road which makes shopping easy and extremely pleasurable. It is where the yearly Gangtok Food and Culture festival is held. It happens around the month of December. Along with Sikkim’s multi-cultural cuisine, music and dance performances add to its charm. It is needless to say that this event attracts a large number of natives and tourists alike, every year.
- Must See / Things Do:: Do check out the souvenir shops and Candy-floss stalls for some unique shopping.
2. Tashi View Point
A must visit spot for all nature lovers, the next stop of your Gangtok 1 day tour by private cab is Tashi View point, located just 6 km away from Gangtok. Spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain range and the grandeur of the Siniolchu peak and Mount Kanchenjunga will be enough to woo the nature lover in anyone. You can visit the Labrang Monastery and Phodong Monastery as well, which are not very far from here.
The sunrise and sunset from this viewpoint should not be missed by anyone as the peaks change color during this time. The stairs leading here can easily accommodate about 15-20 people at once.
There is no entry fee. However, you can pay ten INR to get a better and closer view of the peaks through the binoculars and the telescope mounted here.
- Must See / Things Do:: Shops selling trinkets made by indigenous people.
3. Nathula Pass
Till 1962, Nathula Pass was the place through which the famous Silk trade Route between India and Tibet used to operate. Groups of mules were used by the traders to carry silk and gold from one country to another. If the sky is clear, you will be able to see this route winding down the Chumbi valley.
At the eastern horizon lies the magnificent peak of Chomolhari of Bhutan. The Indo-China border is only a few meters away from here, guarded by Indian and Chinese soldiers. A stairway will lead you to the border, and it is one of the most intriguing spots on your one day Gangtok tour. There is a memorial here that was constructed as a tribute to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives while defending the country.
The Indo-Chinese trade market is usually held from 1st June to 30th September annually and from Monday to Thursday every week during this time period. The Indian trade mart is situated at a place called Sherathang which is about 3000 metres below the Nathula pass. It hosts well-developed shopping marts and has one of India’s highest altitude internet Cafes.
Do visit Kupup, which has the second highest golf course in the world. Among other places worth visiting in Kupup, you will also come across the extremely renowned Gnathang Monastery and Gnathang War Memorial. This was built in memory of the British soldiers who died in the war with Tibet in the 1800s.
- Must See / Things Do:: Check out the Nehru stone and don’t forget to take your camera along.
4. Himalayan Zoological Park
Himalayan Zoological Park is a place that will be loved and adored by all wildlife lovers and if you’re travelling with children on the one day Gangtok sightseeing package, this must not be missed at all. The Park was made to preserve wildlife without disturbing or scaring the animals in any way. Its aim was to keep them in their natural habitat. It is located in Bulbulay, at an altitude of 1780 metres and at a distance of approximately 3 km from Gangtok.
The view of Mount Khangchendzonga from this park is breathtaking. It covers an area of 205 hectares. The Park provides a home for a multitude of fauna species, found in the Himalayas, which include Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Himalayan Red Panda, Goral, Himalayan Palm Civet and Crimson-Horned Pheasant. Himalayan Zoological Park is the first wildlife park ever made in Sikkim.
It is basically a modern zoo, where the animals are kept amidst nature and their growth isn’t inhibited in any way. The best time to visit this place is during the months of February, March, April, May, September, and December. It is maintained by the Forests, Environment & Wildlife Management Department which is mainly funded by the Government of Sikkim.
- Must See / Things Do:: Don’t miss out on seeing the Himalayan Black Bear and Snow Leopard Cat.
5. Mount Katao
Located in the northern part of Sikkim, a bit far from Gangtok and only 28 kms from Lachung, Mt. Katao is one among the grandest natural sights you can ever envision in our country. However, you will have to ask for permits from the army so to enter this otherwise prohibited area. This surreal mountain range is one of the most beautiful natural wonders of this planet, hands down.
Mount Katao is also an ideal hotspot for adventure junkies as it facilitates hosting matches of skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and stone grinding. The winter months are best for enjoying skiing and revelling amidst snow covered peaks. The best time to visit Mount Katao are the months of March, April, May and June.
From Mount Katao, you will get a view of the picturesque sight of the snow-white peaks and mid-way to this place you will also encounter an enthralling waterfall. This valley also houses a wide array of flora species such as poppy, primula and rhododendron.
- Must See / Things Do:: Do try out the exhilarating adventure sports.
Hence, your One Day Gangtok Local sightseeing package will be an interesting mix of cultural and natural sights, with a bit of adventure thrown in!