In the lofty altitudes of the Himalayan range, the wind carries the soft verse of chanting monks. During summer when the snow melts, their mantras linger in the air and drift down verdant valleys where the city of Gangtok cascades the steeply tiered slopes.
Known as ‘land of the monasteries,’ the Sikkim State capital and surrounding area is littered with some of the finest monasteries in the country that are as visually splendid as they are nourishing for the soul. Teetering Enchey, the impressive 16th-century Rumtek and Do Drul Chorten with its gold-topped stupa and striking encirclement of 108 prayer wheels, are three of the most popular monasteries for Buddhist pilgrims.
Even the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology mimics a magnificent Tibetan palace, a wonderful place to reflect upon a huge collection of masks, Buddhist scriptures and tapestries. Contrast can be found in the city’s beating heart, the pedestrianised and almost European-style MG Road, full of restaurants and shops perfect for coffees and momo dumplings.
Some of the best hotels in the area are strategically positioned for both tranquillity and proximity to the most fascinating monasteries. A destination expert can help you choose where to rest your head.
Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Malcolm, who's travelled extensively in India. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember.
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