The Gangtok City Walk
Gangtok – The Capital of Sikkim, Irreverent, cheerful and pleasantly boisterous, Sikkim’s modern capital is layered along a precipitous mountain ridge, descending the hillside in steep tiers. Viewpoints survey plunging green valleys that remain beautiful even when partly shrouded in mist. If the weather plays ball, look for glimpses of snow-topped Khangchendzonga on the distant skyline.
This downhill walk is designed to explore the city and bring out the rich cultural heritage and show how Gangtok has been able to modernize yet hold its charm.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Mathma Gandhi Statue – MG Marg|
|DURATION||4-5 Hours (6 KM)|
|TYPE||Sikkimese, Cultural, Food, Photography|
Assemble at Mathma Gandhi Statue - MG Marg
Early morning we get meet at the most touristy street of Gangtok – MG Marg, where we are introduced to the city, laded at 5500ft, Gangtok grew as a trade point with Tibet in the 19th century. We discuss some of the achievements of the city had made on a national and international level. From there we take a cab and go to Enchey Monastery.
NOTE: The guest is suggested to have a good breakfast before starting the walk.
Fulfill our wishes at Enchey Monastery
We enter the Enchey Monastery, which was built in 1909 marked Gangtok as an important pilgrimage center. The monastery is said to be blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo – The Flying Monk. Legends also say that Guru Padmasambhava had subdued the spirits of the Khangchendzonga, Yabdean, and Mahākāla (Shiva) here and these powerful deities fulfill the wishes of devotees.
There are a lot of other beautiful stories that are to be explored.
Walk our way down to viewing various places to reach White Hall
We walk our way down, viewing the majestic Kanchendezonga on one side through stairs, on the way we see the VIP colony, Chief Ministers Residence, Tashi Namgyal School and reach White Hall.
Built-in 1932 during the British Empire in memory of Sir John Claude White, the first Political Officer of Sikkim. We understand the role of the British in Sikkim.
Experiencing Flower Show and Ridge Park
Below the Ridge Park is the Flower Exhibition Center which is a greenhouse that holds the annual Orchid show. Inside the show it has amazing collections of flowers of many different types, If you are a flower lover, then this is the place for you. After the show, we walk across the ridge park to where we have beutiful garden to relax.
The Royal Palace of Sikkim
The Royal Palace of Gangtok also known as Tsuklakhang Palace/Chogyal Palace here receded the last king of Sikkim – Chogyal Thondup Palden Namgyal. This is an entire complex consisting of a monastery, school, and the palace. We listen to some of the stories about the royal lineage of Sikkim.
Visit the Tsuglakhang Monastery & Temple
This is the royal chapel where the kings and the royal lineage come for prayers. Large depository of Buddhist scriptures and literature and contains altars which are orated with Buddha, Bodhisattvas and Tantric deities. Tsukhalang Palace which served as a location for coronation, marriages and victory ceremonies among Sikkim royalty.
A view from Nam Nam View Point
Walking our way form the government office we take a shortcut to go directly to Nam Nam Viewpoint, also known as the lovers point and suicide point of Gangtok. it is a narrow ridge pathway, showing some of the beautiful views of Gangtok.
Have a desert at Bakers cafe
We end our tour by a delicious dessert at Bakers cafe. Notice the sign for smokers that says “Quit the habit here” and you’ll have one more reason to fall in love with the Baker’s Cafe. It’s a tiny neat cafe, with a beautiful ambiance. We end our tour here and let you explore the city by yourself.