Gangtok rope way is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Gangtok, the state capital of Sikkim. The double way zip back rope-way cable car is functional from December 2003 and currently is a must do activity for tourists of the town. Before we start our journey by the cable car let’s know some chit-chats about Gangtok rope way.
The distance covered by the rope way is 1Km; up and down is 2 Km. The lowest station is at Deorali near Institute of Tibetology and the highest point is at Tashiling below the state secretariat. The total time of this journey (up and down) is of 15 to 20 minutes. One cable car has the capacity of taking 24 passengers at a time.
Timing and ticket Fare
The Gangtok rope-way operates every day from 9.30 in the morning to 4.30 in the afternoon continuously. The ticket charge for an adult is INR. 50 and for a child below 6 years is INR. 30. A video camera will charge INR 50 Extra.
We recently visited Gangtok rope-way and had a lifetime experience there. We started our journey from Deorali station. This is the lowest point as I mentioned above. From the road, a staircase took us to the ticket counter where we stood at the queue to purchase our ticket. There was a waiting room at that floor where we had to wait for our turn for the ride. When our turn came an elevator took us to the cable car station which is at 100 ft above.
Since we traveled at peak time we have to wait for our turn for good 45 minutes. The rope-way car there has no seats and so we all stand inside the car and since we entered first we had got a very good position by the front window.
As soon as the car started from Deorali we had a breathtakingly beautiful view of the town Gangtok below. Truly, it is the bird’s eye view of the town. The car slowly glided through the clouds and we see from above the whole city beneath our feet. As it was a bit cloudy then we couldn’t see the mountain peaks on our way up.
As we were moving down the sky was cleared and we saw a beautiful view of Kanchenjunga snow peaks and the valleys.
We have shot a video of the journey and it is here for you.