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Best Gangtok Travel Videos

Gangtok, tucked in the eastern Himalayan range in the Indian state of Sikkim, is a tribute to different ethnicities such as Indian-Nepalis, Lepchas and Bhutia. Nestled beautifully under the shadow of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalaya, Gangtok is the centre of Sikkim's tourism industry. Nonetheless, this beguiling hill station in India leafs some of the eminent pages of the modern Indian history, though its root is still a hole-and-corner. History reveals that Gangtok was once a hermit hamlet until the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840 made it a pilgrimage center. Here is a short footage of the Enchey Monastery from the travelogue of India Video.

Enchey Monastery

Later in the early 20th century Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between India and China en route Nathula and Jelepla passes. After the Sino-Indian War in 1962, the Silk Route was sealed from trading business but later in the year 2006 Nathula Pass was opened refueling the economic boom and fetching thousands of tourists from different parts of the world. The Nathula Pass, which is approximately 60 kms up from the capital town, Gangtok, is one of the highest motorable roads in India that is located at an altitude of 4310mts. En route the mystic clouds covering the windy road, drive to Nathu La is one of the best experiences in life time. The below Gangtok travel video from the lens of Sumanta Bose offers a jaw-breaking view of the vicinity that is bedded with thick snow.

Nathu La Pass

That’s truly a beauty but here is the paradise. On your way to Nathu La Pass you will come across one of the highest lakes in the world located at an altitude of 17,800 feet, the Gurudongmar Lake. The captivating snowcapped hill tops amid the crystal blue lake is an absolute bliss to eyes. The Gurudongmar Lake provides one of the source streams of the Teesta River. From the lens India Tourism let us enjoy the breathtaking hues of the Gurudongmar Lake and its vicinage.

Gurudongmar Lake

Gangtok flourished as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery. Approximately 24 kms from Gangtok, the Rumtek Monastery, which was originally built in the 16th century, is one of the popular places to visit in Gangtok. It was rebuilt in the year 1959 when the 16th Karmapa arrived in Sikkim. Here is an amazing Gangtok travel video of the Rumtek Monastery from the mini cam of India Video.

Rumtek Monastery

Close to the Rumtek Monastery, located on the national highway, the Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino is one of the best hotels in Gangtok that offers its guests 5 star amenities and is equipped with 65 rooms that are divided into eight categories- Suite Rooms, Family Rooms, Premium Rooms, Premium Cottages, Villa, Imperial Villa and Grand Villa. There is an in house multi cuisine restaurant named Orchid offering Indian, Pan Asian and Continental cuisines to the guests. Check out our video on Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino below.

Mayfair Spa Resort and Casino

Well… Gangtok is widely known for its diverse culture. The town is a fusion of ethnicity and modernity that can be framed from its fairs and festivals. Apart from the major religious festivals of Diwali, Christmas, Dusshera and Holi… the Devil Dance during the Losar (New Year) festival by the Tibetans and Maghe sankranti and Ram Navami by the Nepalis are the major sprays of local festive colours. Nonetheless a patch of its culture also echoes with the indigenous Nepali beats. It’s an amalgamation of western rock beat and Nepali lyrics. Moreover the local culture also portrays a traditional art gallery. Let’s check out one of the best Gangtok travel videos below that offers a glimpse of Gangtok culture.

A Festival in Gangtok

Food… another unique feature of Gangtok culture, which is totally different from the major Indian cuisine but has influenced the whole nation to savor. The popular food is Momo , nowadays you can obviously get it from different corners of India but yes… the taste varies. Wai-wai, which is a kind of snack preparation, is also a major food in Gangtok. Lastly, Thupka that is served in soup form is also a popular cuisine. Well… don’t forget Chhang! When it’s Feni in Goa, then it’s Chhang in Gangtok… a local beer that is served in bamboo tankards. Nonetheless… Alcohol is cheap and hence you have the full right to fuddle. From the taste buds of Mark Wiens let’s now pamper some unique Tibetan cuisine.

Gangtok Cuisine

Coming back to the natural hues of Gangtok, Ganesh Tok is one of the popular sights. It is approximately 7 kms from Gangtok and offers a bird’s eye view of the Gangtok city and the far fetched Kanchenjunga Range. Let’s check the one of the Gangtok travel videos of the breathtaking view from Ganesh Tok.

Ganesh Tok

Now let’s capture the glimpse of the colourful MG Road in Gangtok. It is the most happening place in the hill station that is arrayed with hotels, restaurants and pubs. It is a major commercial center not only in Gangtok but to entire North Sikkim.

M.G. Road, Gangtok

Before we get back to our day to day life… let’s have an entire view of the Gangtok city from the Rope way ride or Cable car. The ropeway ride has three terminal stations and you can choose to start your ride any of the convenient points in Tashiling, Namnang or Deorali.

Ropeway Ride, Gangtok

So… drive to Gangtok is a common way to reach. But the choice is yours… the helicopter ride could be one of your eternal dreams. So why not you make your dream to come true? The service is available from the Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok and it takes approximately 40 mins offering a breathtaking view of the Sikkim Himalaya and the windy Teesta River.

Helicopter Ride: From Bagdogra to Gangtok

By Swairik Das

Quick Info

  • Attractions

    Hill Station
  • Altitude

    1437 m
  • STD Code

    03592
  • Best Season

    October - March, March - June
  • State/Code

    /737101
  • LANGUAGES

    Nepali, Sikkimese, Bhutia, Lepcha, Hindi, English, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar