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Gangtok Tourism

Gangtok Info

  • State: Sikkim
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1437 m
  • Pincode: 737101
  • District: East Sikkim
  • Language: Hindi,Nepali
  • STD code: 03592
  • Weather: Summer 10 to 28°C, Winter -5 to 16°C

History of Gangtok

The capital of Sikkim state is nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas at an elevation of 1,650 m. Recorded history dates back to the early 18th century when it just a small village. By the mid-19th century, it became a centre of pilgrimage for Buddhist monks. It was an important stopover point on the famous Silk Route connecting to various countries in Europe, West Asia, and North Africa. In 1975, the Sikkim monarchy came to an end and it merged with the India Union.

People and Culture of Gangtok

A majority of the population of Gangtok is ethnic Nepalese settlers who came here during the British reign. The natives are Lepchas while the Bhutias of Tibetan ancestry are also found in substantial numbers. There is a sizeable population of immigrants from other parts of India such as the Marwaris, Biharis, and Bengalis who have settled here in search of employment.

Hinduism and Buddhism are the most practiced religions while Christianity too has a good number of followers. A small Muslim community also lives here. Nepali, English, Hindi, Tibetan, and Lepcha are some of the languages spoken here.

Things to Do in Gangtok

Known as the ‘land of monasteries’ there are quite a few other things to do in Gangtok. The Himalayan Zoological Park is a fun place for families, kids, and wildlife lovers. It is the first park of its kind in the northeastern part of the country and is home to various animals like the Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, and Himalayan Civet. Another of the Gangtok attractions is the holy Tsomgo Lake which is situated on the highway to Nathula. There is a temple of Lord Shiva near this glacial lake.

The Seven Sister Waterfalls is on the list of spectacular Gangtok tourist places to see where you can click some great photographs. It is also one among the many lovely picnic spots in Gangtok. Rumtek Monastery, Hanuman Tok, Enchey Monastery, and Yumthang valley are some other places to visit in Gangtok.

Food and Shopping in Gangtok

After a Gangtok tour, be sure to take a break from all the travelling to sample some ‘momos’ or steamed dumplings that come with vegetarian and non-vegetarian fillings. Thupka or soupy noodles is yet another local dish that visitors on a trip to Gangtok enjoy. Shah Phaley, Gack-ko soup, Churpee, Chhang, Fakthu, and Gyathuk are some other delicacies you might want to try.

The main market for tourists on Gangtok sightseeing is M G Marg with shops lining either side of the road. Porcelain cups with unique Sikkimese designs, metal jewellery, Lepcha weaves, wood carvings, handcrafted home décor items, bags, and dresses are all available here. Lal Bazaar is another of Gangtok places to visit if you love shopping.

Accommodation in Gangtok

As regards how to reach Gangtok, cabs and buses are the easiest means of transport. The closest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri which is about 124 km away. The nearest airport is Bagdogra in Siliguri. A helicopter service links Gangtok to Bagdogra, but the there are only a limited number of flights which can be inconvenient to those arriving for sightseeing in Gangtok. There are plenty of resorts in Gangtok offering comfortable accommodation to visitors. Many are conveniently located near places to see in Gangtok.


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Shibabrata choudhury

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  • Shibabrata choudhury
  • 3 Reviews
  •  913 readers

"Place to visit for sure" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is a place, which is affordable for all types of tourists. It is economic and at the same time luxurious hotels are also available. If you are a nature lover, or love adventure tourism, or you want to see the simplicity of the people, please visit Gangtok. Cleanliness is in the blood of all citizens. Lovely place.
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Gangadhar Heralgi

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  • Gangadhar Heralgi
  • Lives in Bijapur
  • 4 Reviews
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"Awesome place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Gangtok and its nearby places are a wonderful adventure or leisure trip. You need to find a travel agent and book your further trips to YumThang valley, zero point, or other places like Nathula. You may not get enough snow in December, you may have to plan for March for snow in YumThang. Zero point will always have snow.
Nathula road has been redone completely and is amazing visit. YumThung and zero points will make the trip worth it !!
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Suman Jha

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  • Suman Jha
  • Lives in Ranchi
  • 1 Review
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"Must visit !!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Gangtok is a popular place with tourists heading on treks, though the facilities do not reflect the number of international visitors. However, efforts are being made by the government to improve the conditions. Gangtok could easily be one of the cleanest cities you've ever come across. Highly organised and beautifully maintained, it used to be the Switzerland of the east, now it looks like it was sold to cement and construction companies, alcohol stores are plentiful with plenty of clientele from the locals. Tourists are of paramount importance, hence rules have been laid in order to prevent tourists from being cheated. Cab fares are mostly fixed for such a reason. See full information about beautiful Gangtok sightseeing itinerary. Gangtok is a really nice place to unwind. There are quite a few places for vegetarians to eat, since it is mostly dominated by Buddhist culture. The city resembles the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Devoid of large stores and book shops, this place is a nice break from typical city lives. The city is a fascinating place to spend a few nights, the winding side alleys hide some unexpected gems, and the main street (MG Marg) is pedestrianized and a pleasant place to take a stroll.
The city sleeps by 9pm mostly, except for a few pubs which are open till 11pm.
Beware that Sikkim has banned all forms of tobacco. It is illegal to smoke anywhere in Sikkim or buy/sell cigarettes. Gangtok also has strictly enforced traffic and littering laws among others. The Club Mahindra Royal Demazong is a great place for relaxing in Gangtok the of nature. Facing the legendary Chola range and surrounded by lush green valley with amazing views.
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Jasbeer Singh

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  • Jasbeer Singh
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  1611 readers

"City of mountaines"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Sikkim the treasure of northeast India ... It's a place full of beautiful places like mountains, streams, & people. Sikkim is the best place to spend your weekend with your friends and family and while visiting the place you should at least once try the traditional dish THUKPA. It's definitely a costly city but you can get Petrol & Wine cheap.
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Ripudaman shekhawat

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  • Ripudaman shekhawat
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Nice stay in nice city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Most beautiful capital in all Indian states:
Hilly location, cool breeze all the time, thick forest beautiful view of Kanchenjunga makes is a heaven on earth.
Well connected to plains with good broad roads makes entry to city easy. I reached there from Bagdogra in just 4 hrs
Although not much of human made buildings to visit but plenty of natural beauty like water falls mountains forest valley s. But rumtek monastery seems to be single exception which is the second largest monastery in India.
Plenty of good hotels to stay in. Easy taxi access. Nice classy markets to shop in. Ropeway to see scenery. Good cooperative people.
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Nikhil Rapolu

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  • Nikhil Rapolu
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 14 Reviews
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"Wonderful clean and green city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. I visited this Gangtok two year ago. In Gangtok very people follow traffic rules and very person keeps a hand in development of Sikkim and everyone can enjoy the Sikkim
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Sanjay verma

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  • Sanjay verma
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"Superb Sikkim"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a awesome and wonderful place. Everyone should try to visit atleast once to feel the warmth of people and place. Each and every place or spot was worth visiting. People are also very nice and friendly. We enjoyed thoroughly each and every moment we stayed there. I would strongly recommend people to visit Sikkim to enjoy the beauty of nature.
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Ramesh Sahu

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  • Ramesh Sahu
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 1 Review
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"Hotel Sikkim Continental"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
View from the hotel was very mesmerising.
The hotel staff were very polite and the hospitality was superb. All the facilities were properly working. The food supplied in the hotel was very homely. Our stay in the hotel was a memorable one. A must stay for all tourists.
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Sandipan

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  • Sandipan
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"Raw nature & it's beautiful orientation."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Sikkim's capital Gangtok is one of the best tourist destination throughout the nation, for his beauty, adventure & budget friendly reasons. When I visited M G Marg I feel that it was a foreign location. Such a clean & well organized market in North East India. The side seeing was amazing. Most interesting thing is the locals are very simple and friendly for helping the each other also for the tourist angel.
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Gaurav tyagi

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  • Gaurav tyagi
  • 7 Reviews
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"Very Good and enjoyed good services from make my trip in genuine prices."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
My whole family enjoyed this tour very much we felt relaxed during this tour, make my trip provided good hotels in genuine and affordable prices range. One more thing if possible should be added I. E local conveyance. If make my trip will arrange this than it will be very much reliable and comfortable as local driver many times try to make fool.
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