A Mystical Extravaganza ... Mesmerizing, breathtaking, words could probably run down in silent whispers when you find yourself facing the mighty world's 3rd highest Mt. Kanchendzonga right from your hotel room window. This mystical wonderland gently tucked in the footh . . . .

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Darjeeling, the enchanting town, also known as the "Queen of Hills" lies nestled in the grandeur of the snow-capped mountains and lush green tea gardens. A holiday resort during the British rule, this town still exudes its past grandeur, charm and majesty, attracting a lot of visitors.

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Situated in the Eastern Himalayas, this beautiful state of Sikkim is sandwiched between the kingdom of Nepal in the West and Bhutan in the East, Tibet in the North and the state of West Bengal in the South. With an area of 7,300 sq. kms.

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The name 'Bhutan' appears to derive from the Sanskrit 'Bhotant' meaning 'the end of Tibet' or from 'Bhu-uttan' meaning 'high land'. Though known as Bhutan to the outside world, the Bhutanese themselves refer to their country as Druk Yul or the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

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State : Sikkim, in the north eastern state of India.
Best time to Travel : March to late May, October to Mid-December.
Summer : Max- 21°C, Min - 13°C;
Winter : Max -13°C, Min - 0.48°C; Rainfall : 325 cm per annum.
Location : Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is 148 km from New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, its neighbouring state.


Know Gangtok in Sikkim

Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim has emerged into the mainstream travel destination of the Tourism Industry, with more and more tourist coming to this little Himalayan state every year. Sitting on the lap of the majestic Himalaya, Gangtok in Sikkim has developed into a cosmopolitan delicacy where old-world charm and hospitality exist along with the modern age of Information Technology. One can find a harmonious blend of diverse culture and religion in Sikkim Gangtok. The people of Gangtok have a strong bonding with their age-old traditions and customs. Despite of these, Gangtok is definitely not behind the rest of the world in terms of urbanisation - broad roads, flyovers, posh markets, state-of-art hospital, educational institutes, fast food outlets, discotheques, and all other modern amenities that the heart can desire for.

Perched at an altitude of 5,500 feet above sea level, Gangtok in the East has a population of about 50,000. Places that are a must be in any tourist's itinerary include:

The Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre
About 45 minutes drive from Gangtok along the beautiful countryside atmosphere will bring you to Rumtek. Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre is the most important seat of Kagyukpa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The Centre houses some of the world's most important religious scriptures and rare objects.
The Government Institute of Cottage Industry
The government institute of Cottage industry, a premier government institute for promoting authentic Sikkimese arts and crafts where beautifully designed carpets and hand carved Choktses is up for sale.
Research Institute of Tibetology
Research Institute of Tibetology, the internationally acclaimed center for Tibetan studies and research, it houses a vast collection of rare Buddhist books. There are over 200 Buddhist icons and manuscripts written in gold.
The Enchey Monastery
The entry to this 200-year-old monastery premise is lined up beautiful prayer wheels amidst a silent and peaceful environment. Enchey Monastery is an important seat of the Nyingmapa order, the Enchey Monastery meaning the Solitary temple, was originally built with the solace that no other construction would be allowed near it.
The Do-Drul Chorten
The Do-Drul Chorten was built by the by late Trulsi Rimpoche in 1945-46. It is one of the most important and biggest stupa found in Sikkim and is surrounded by 108 prayer wheels.
Flower Show
The Department of Tourism hosts an annual flower show at the ridge park, where one can see a spectrum of colorful orchids and other rare varieties of flowers.
The Lingdum Monastery (Ranka Monastery)
Ranka Monastery, which is situated on the Rumtek - Ranka - Gangtok road at Lingdum; about 45 minutes drive from Gangtok. The Lingdum Monastery is the seat of Zurmang Charwang Rimpoche. The present Gharwang Rimpoche is the12th successive incarnation of this lineage. Also known as Pal Zurmang Kagyud Monastery/ Lingdum Monastery and is been established in 2000.
Nehru Botanical Garden
The Nehru Botanical Garden is located half-a-kilometer away from the Rumtek monastery. It is the home to well tend tropical and temperate plants and trees with huge greenhouse containing many species of orchids.
Tashi View Point:
It offers a breathtaking view of the Mt. Khanchenjunga and its ranges. Recommended for an early morning visit to witness sunrise amidst the majestic peaks sipping a hot coffee.
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