Once a vital transit route for traders travelling between India and Tibet, it is a busy business centre and presents a stimulating mixture of cultures and communities. Gangtok may be a cosmopolitan city that offers a holidaymaker with all the potential amenities from Hotels, range of eateries serving culinary delights, night clubs, café joints and pool parlours. MG Road is the most famous street of Gangtok that forms the ideal spot to sit back and relax. For a birds’ eye view, take a ride on the bi-cable Zig-back tramway. On a clear day, the ride offers excellent views of Khangchendzonga. Once you get off at the Tashiling Secretariat, enjoy a walk to the Ridge Park and soak within its stunning surroundings.
Ganest Tok situated on a ridge at a distance of seven km from Gangtok offers an ideal bird-eye view of Gangtok. From this spot, you can view Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga and Mt. Siniolchu looming over the horizon. Hanuman Tok Temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is set atop an altitude of 7200 feet and at a distance of nine kilometres uphill from Gangtok that offers a blissfully calm and quiet site to sit and rejuvenate spiritually. Adjacent is Lukshyama, the royal incineration ground dotted with chortens and stupas. Here is where the mortal remains of the erstwhile royal house members of Sikkim are incinerated. The Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology homes a treasure of Brobdingnagian assortment of rare Tibetan, Lepcha and Indic manuscripts, including rare statues and Thankas. It features over two hundred Buddhist icons and different prized objects of art – a display just ideal for historians and history enthusiasts.