Gangtok at a height of 4700 ft is on lower Himalayan ranges. It's a dense town with small roads and 5 storey concrete boxes packed next to each other. The hub of the town for tourism is the M G road. It is traffic free in the evenings and has its souvenir shops, cafes and the other tourist nick nacks.
It is an eco friendly city as plastic is banned.The city is doing its best to promote local tourism by having a flower show and handicrafts museum and view points in and around the town.
The place of interest that I would recommend is the Do Drul Chorten where I finally turned the prayer wheels which was a long time wish. The stupa is close to museum of tibetology which has some interesting items on display. Rumtek monastery about 25 kms from the city is also a good place to dive into meditative state.
Gangtok though not an exciting place, is an ideal stopover for the journey to the north and beyond. I hope to return there one day on the way to Gurudongmar lake.
Location: Gangtok, Sikkim,India
Date of travel: March 2012
Tip: Pick up Buddhist chant cd!
Must do: Tibetan pilgrimage
First: Turn prayer wheels
The travel connection:Spirituality in the raw.