Day 3: Darjeeling- Gangtok (sightseeing) (96.5 km- 2 hrs 30 minutes)
Today, get an assisted transfer from Darjeeling to Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim state. Placed at an elevation of 1600 meters above the sea level, Gangtok is known for its monasteries, abundant scenic beauty and a pleasant climate. One of the most popular destinations in north-east India, Gangtok has a number of viewpoints to treat enjoy mesmerizing views of the landscape. The hill town boasts of housing several varieties of butterflies, Orchids and Rhododendron. As you reach, check-into the hotel. Later, leave for sightseeing. Visit the popular tourist attractions of Gangtok including Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom, Research Institute of Tibetology, Do Drul Chorten (Stupa), Enchey Monastery, White Hall and Flower Show.
Possibly Sikkim’s biggest stupa, Do Drul Chorten was built on a hillock in 1945 by Late Truslshi Rimpoche, the head of Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The golden -colored dome is the most striking feature of this structure. 2 huge statues of Guru Rinpoche (Guru Padmasambhava) look stunning. In the complex, one can spot lamas doing their prayers.
Enchey Monastery, founded way back in the year 1909, is a splendid place of worship. As the monastery is perched on a hill, it offers a nice view of Mt Kanchenjunga. Popular for its Chinese—Pagoda like design, the gompa’s inside walls are decorated with images of deities. Lord Buddha and Guru Padmasambhava are worshipped here. The complex also has a monastery.
There is a permanent flower show at Flower Exhibition Center situated near Ride Park and White Hall. Entry fee is INR 10 per head and children below 5 years are free. The exhibition area is a small green house with various kinds of colorful flowers like orchids, roses, gerberas, carnations, celosia etc, on display (according to season). Do not miss clicking photographs here.
If time permits, you can visit the Mall road in the evening. Stay overnight in Gangtok.