Gangtok is one among the most beautiful cities in North East India. Located in Sikkim, Gangtok takes you to a different world with its stretches of snow-capped peaks, rivers and lush green valleys. Tucked in the Himalayan region, the place is also a great trekking destination.
The city of Gangtok is known for its rich culture and heritage. Being one of the major centres of Buddhism in India, it is one among the most visited spiritual centres of North East India. Let us take a trip to some of the best places to visit in Gangtok.
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Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple
Located between Jelepla Pass and Nathula Pass, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple is one of the famous pilgrimage centres of the region. The temple was built and is maintained by the Indian Army. It is dedicated to Harbhajan Singh, a sepoy in the 23rd Regiment, who went missing during the Indo-China War in 1962 and was later found dead. The shrine is believed to have wish-fulfilling powers.
Do Drul Chorten
Do Drul Chorten is a stupa in Gangtok which was built in 1945 by Trulshik Rinpoche, the head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism. This huge stupa is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels called Mani Lhakor and you can find several holy books and other religious relics inside the structure. It is believed that the stupa was built to drive away evil spirits from the place.
Enchey Monastery is one of the most popular monasteries in Sikkim. Built on the ridge of a hill above Gangtok, the monastery is believed to have been blessed by a tantric master Druptob Karpo, the saint who had the power to fly, and is said to have resided and passed away in the monastery. The three deities worshipped here are Buddha, Guru Padmasambhava and Loki Sharia.
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Teesta is a river that flows through several places in Sikkim, and is an ideal destination for white water rafting in Sikkim. Several towns near Gangtok like Melli offer group water rafting facilities to tourists. It is a great place for nature and adventure lovers.
How To Reach Gangtok
Gangtok can be reached from various destinations in India by road, rail and air. Click for more details.