(i) How to get there (ii) What to see (iii) Where to stay (iv) Cuisine (v) Flora (vi) Scenic view (vii) Time of the year to visit (viii) Importance.
Gangtok: the Bounteous Gift of Nature
(i) How to get there: Nearest Railway Station
-New Jalpaiguri (117 km)
-Bagdogra (124 km)
(ii) What to see: Lingdum Monastery (murals and statues); Himalayan Zoological Park (home to Red Panda, Snow Leopard and Barking Deer); Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit Manuscripts); Nam Nang view point, stroll on M.G. Road; bird watching in the morning.
(iii) Where to stay: Ideal to arrange a stay with a local person to enjoy the trip fully.
(iv) Cuisine: Thukpa with aloo-chura is fantastic; Niguru with churpi and Gundruk with sinki are also worth trying. Don’t forget to treat yourself with a cup of Temi tea.
(v) Flora: Abundance of rhododendron (the state tree), dendrobium the (the state flower), orchids, pines and eucalyptus.
(vi) Scenic view: On a sunny day, one can watch Kanchenjunga with all its glory.
(vii) Time of the year to visit: March- May or September – November
(viii) Importance: one of the three ecological hotspots in the country.