Day 6: Gangtok sightseeing
The sixth day of the itinerary is for visiting the popular attractions of Gangtok, after morning breakfast Visit to Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery, White Hall, Flower Show, Ganesh Tok- a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, placed on a small hill on the Gangtok-Nathula Road, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Banjhakri Falls, one of the finest falls close to Gangtok, place amidst a lush green well-maintained Shamanistic- themed park.
One of Sikkim’s most renowned temples, Hanuman Tok is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The temple complex is well taken care of by the Indian Army. As the temple is placed on high altitudes, the complex offers wonderful opportunities for photography as the views of the peaks are stunning from here.
Probably the biggest stupa of Sikkim, Do Drul Chorten is located on a hill. This sacred spot was built in the year 1945 by Late Truslshi Rimpoche, the head of Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The golden-colored dome is the highlight of the structure. You can spot lamas engrossed in their prayers.
Founded in the year 1909, Enchey Monastery is one of the Gangtok’s most popular Gompas. Placed on a hill, the monastery offers exciting views of Mt Kanchenjunga. The structure of the monastery is inspired from a Chinese Pagoda and the images of deities adorn the inner walls. Spot the statues of Guru Rinpoche and Lord Buddha, who are worshipped here.
If you are a nature lover, do visit the permanent flower show held at the Flower Exhibition Center, another popular attraction. The floral exhibition site is near Ride Park and White Hall, and is a place where you must not miss clicking photographs. This exhibition area has a green house effect and consists of a vast variety of floral species such as celosia, gerberas, roses, orchids and more.
During the night hours, you can visit the discotheques in Gangtok. Stay overnight.