the new, of modern structures and ancient Buddhist monuments,
of bustling commercial centers and quiet monasteries radiating
an aura of spirituality. Gangtok is also famed for its wonderful
orchids and every spring, an orchid festival and flower show is
held to celebrate this exotic bloom.
The list of attractions in Gangtok is endless. The small town
itself is a beautiful place to move around. It houses sites like
the most important stupa of Sikkim, the Do Drul Chorten,
the solitary temple or the Enchey Monastery,
the marvellous collection of orchids in the Orchid Sanctuary
and the picturesque Tashi Ling that provides an astounding view
of the Kanchenjunga range. The Namgyal Institute of Research and
the Tsuk la Khang, a depository of a large collection
of scriptures and the principal place of worship for the local
Buddhists, are some of the other places that are worth visiting.
Gangtok has a number of interesting sites that
you can include in your excursion. Some of the destinations are
related to the Buddhist religion while others are simply picturesque,
deserving an admiring look. However, the Rumtek Monastery, which
is the largest monastery of its kind in Sikkim and the Phodong
Monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries in the region,
needs a mention here.
All good things in life come in small packets
and Gangtok is the perfect illustration. Be it the rich flora,
the beautiful people, or the serene Buddhist monasteries, this
small town, occupies an important position in the itinerary of
tourists in search of tranquility from the humdrum of modern life.