Weekend Getaways From GangtokThe Capital town of Gangtok is already a beautiful tourist place in itself. Everyday could be a weekend in this beautiful place. There are equally beautiful places near Gangtok where one can spend have a good time with friends and family. Chungthang, Yumthang, Pakyong, Namchi, Ravangla, Rinchenpong are some of the exceptionally beautiful places near Gangtok and ideal weekend destinations.
NamchiNamchi is a tourist hotspot is Sikkim known for its picturesque location and vast stretches of beautiful valleys. Situated at a distance of 75 kms from Gangtok, Namchi is an ideal place to spend one's weekend from Gangtok. There are many Buddhist monasteries in Namchi. The other tourist places you can visit in Namchi are the Namchi Monastery, the Rolong Monastery, Doling Gompa, the Ngadak Monastery, Tendong Hill, Samdruptse Hill and the Rock Garden.
How to reach Namchi from Gangtok
Namchi is situated at a distance of 75 kms from Gangtok. It takes 1 hour 24 minutes to reach Namchi from Gangtok. You can hire cabs and cars from Gangtok to reach Namchi.
Ravangla located near Gangtok, is known for possessing tremendous scenic beauty. It is like a nature's paradise with thick forested hills and beautiful tea gardens. Once in Ravangla do visit Borong and Ralong hot springs, the Buddha park, Kewzing village and Temi tea garden. From the hill tops in Ravangla you can also have breathtaking views of the peaks of Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Pandim and Mount Sinialchu. And also you can trek through the thick forested hills of Ravangla.
How to reach Ravangla from Gangtok
Ravangla is situated at a distance of 68 kms from Gangtok. It takes 1 hour 16 minutes to reach Ravangla from Gangtok. You can hire cabs and cars from Gangtok to reach Ravangla.
Rinchengpong is a wonderful spot to spend one's weekend from Gangtok. Located amidst thick forests and mountaineous and green surroundings, Rinchengpong is an ideal place for trekking. There are also viewpoints from where the Kanchenjunga ranges could be seen. Apart from that you can also visit Rinchenpong Monastery, Maggi Dara and the Rabindra Smriti Van.
How to reach Rinchengpo from Gangtok
Rinchengpo is situated at a distance of 104 kms from Gangtok. It takes 2 hours 7 minutes to reach Rinchengpo from Gangtok. You can hire cabs and cars from Gangtok to reach Rinchengpo.
This picturesque place is located at a distance of 99 kms from Gangtok. Chungthang has a rich biodiversity of a large variety of orchids, plants and wildlife. It lies at an altitude of 5600 feet. According to legends Chungthang was the meeting place of Guru Rimpoche and Lepcha chieftain Thekung Tek. The valley starting from Chungthang has been believed to be blessed by Guru Rimpoche. Places worth a visit in Chungthang are a rock on which, according to legend, Guru Padmasambhava rested and imprinted his footmark. There is a small opening on the rock which remains filled with water and there is vast stretch of lands where paddy is cultivated.
How to reach Chungthang from Gangtok
Chunthang is situated at a distance of 99 kms from Gangtok. It takes 2 hour 23 minutes to reach Chungthang from Gangtok. Car and cab and car services are available on a daily basis from Gangtok to Chungthang.
Located at a height of 11800 feet, Yumthang is popularly known as ‘valley of flowers’. Yumthang is located at a distance of 72 kms from Gangtok and is a paradise for nature lovers. The place and the valley give scenes and glimpses of beautiful picturesque mountains and sky in the horizon. Nature lovers would be thrilled to see the mountains filled with Rhododendrons and Primula flowers flowering in their best during the spring season. Also visit the hot spring on the right side of the Yumthang River. Tourists can enjoy trekking by the side of the hot spring. Other hot springs are Yumey-Sarndongon and the Sebu-Chu River.
How to reach Yumthang from Gangtok
Yumthang is situated at a distance of 72 kms from Gangtok. It takes 1 hour 28 minutes to reach Yumthang from Gangtok. Car and cab and car services are available on a daily basis from Gangtok to Yumthang.
Situated at the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of 5577 feet Pakyong is another beautiful place near Gangtok known for its serene beauty. The region is mainly hilly so tourists will have a good time here in Pakyong. Once in Pakyong one can visit Research Centre of Orchids, Pacheykhani cave, Shivalaya temple, Changey monastery, Karthok monastery, Devi mandir, Monk’s retreat centre, Jhandi Dara trekking among others. Tourists can visit villages like Namcheypong, Raigaon, Pachey, Samsing, Dugalakha, Karthok known for their splendid scenic beauty.
How to reach Pakyong from Gangtok
Pakyong is situated at a distance of 33 kms from Gangtok. It takes 45 minutes to reach Pakyong from Gangtok. Cab and car services are available on a daily basis from Gangtok to Pakyong.