Day 2: Gangtok Sightseeing (fullday)
Today, have breakfast and leave for sightseeing tour to Gangtok. Some of the important places of interest we take you to are- Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms Emporium, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (stupa), Enchey monastery, White hall, Flower Show, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Tashi View point and Banjhakri falls.
Directorate of handicrafts and handlooms Emporium is one among the best places to shop in the state of Sikkim. The center has a wide collection of beautiful thangka paintings, wooden masks, traditional hats and caps, stuffed dolls, embroidered products, carpets, handlooms and cane and bamboo work. The center is also a training center for those who want to learn about handicraft.
Other attractions-Do Drul Chorten, a magnificent stupa put up by the head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhist, Trullshi Rinpoche. It is the biggest stupa in Sikkim and is home to a complete set of Dorjee Phurba, Kangyur relics (holy books) and other religious objects. There are 108 prayer wheels around the stupa, which are turned to read the mantra ‘Om Mane Padmane Hum’ engraved on it.
Surrounded by tall pine trees all around, Enchey Monastery is believed to be constructed on a land blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo (a tantric master). The monastery is highly revered and inside the monastery you can see some shells that are considered auspicious Buddhist symbols. Listed among the most important temples to visit in Sikkim is Ganesh Tok, at an altitude up to 6500 ft. The main deity presiding inside the temple is of Lord Ganesha. The temple is not only visited to seek blessings, but also to enjoy the surrounding and the scenic views from the hill top. In-addition, if it is a clear day then you can also have a fascinating view of Kanchenjunga (the third highest peak).
Adore the spectacular views of Kanchenjunga (on a clear day) and rising sun from Tashi view point. In case, if you want to have an unforgettable experience of these notable peaks and gorgeous surrounding, then you need to head here before 5am.
Later, in the evening either you can relax or stroll around the local bazaars of the place. Some of the important that you should definitely buy during your trip to Gangtok are handicrafts, locally made artifacts, shimmering jewelries, Tibetan carpets, alpine cheese, black cardamom, Sikkim tea and other traditional outfits.