Ranka is small town situated 14 km towards the west of the capital city of Sikkim-Gangtok. Situated on the ravines and more than 5000 ft. above the sea level, it has rich lush forests. In the evenings one can see a panoramic view of Gangtok city from here. It still stands out as an unexplored, quite and cool place in the entire country. The cloud cover on top of the mountains is an ideal ambience for a romantic holiday.
Places to stay
The best place to stay in Ranka is the Khangchezdonga Tourism Complex (Tariff-Rs 3750) which has been built by the tourism department of Sikkim.
The major language of Ranka is Nepali. Sikkimese and Lepcha are also spoken in few nearby areas. Other languages also include English and Hindi.
Most major festivals celebrated by the citizens of Ranka are Drupka Treshi (when Buddha preached his first sermon), Losar which is the Tibetan New Year in the month of February, Bumchu, where the pot of the holy water is opened by the Lamas in the monastery among many other festivals.
Places of Interest
The major places of interest in Ranka are the Lingdum Monastery and the Banjakhri Falls. Also, the capital city of Gangtok is only 14 km away, which is a must visit place as well.
How to Get There
The closest airport to Ranka is the Bagdogra Airport which is 138 km away.
The closest station to Ranka is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station which is 120 km away.
The Sikkim Nationalized Transport is the only bus operator on the tour of Ranka which provides regular bus services. The buses also ply to New Jalpaiguri and Gangtok. You can resort to online bus ticket reservation through TicketGoose.com to get to more than 4,000 destinations across India.