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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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Ajay Amin

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  • Ajay Amin
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
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"Very nice place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Today
Sikkim has eye catching sceneries. Gangtok is really nice place for natural beauty lover. Hills & valley, Kanchanjanga view, greenery, water falls, sunrise, variety of flowers, natural neat and clean environment, ice and fog, kind people, adventure and of course hot tea are some attractions. One must visit this state.
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Arvind sharma

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  • Arvind sharma
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"Great place in terms of cleanliness and traffic rules" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I liked most Banjhakri falls, cleanness in city, people driving in proper lane and following parking rules which helped to avoid traffic jam in small roads of a city in hilly area. Child will like Red panda in Zoo. Rest points of local sightseeing are average or like other hill station. In evening roaming and shopping on Mall Road is also a good experience.
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Biswajit Das

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  • Biswajit Das
  • Lives in Cuttack
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"Awesome place for summer" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I 1st went there to Darjeeling, stayed there for 2days then we reserved a car and went to Gangtok. After that we went to nathula(China border), tsmani lake and baba mandir at the hill top for that we had to reserve the car a day before for the permit for going to China border. Enjoyed the yak ride, snows around the mountain.
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Sandeepan sadhukhan

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  • Sandeepan sadhukhan
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"Good Destination" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Gangtok is a beautiful hill town and the capital of north-eastern state of Sikkim. This is one place which many tourists like to combine along with a visit to Darjeeling. In fact the combined trip of Darjeeling-Gangtok is a common recipe when people think about visiting this part of the country. This is mainly because of the proximity of the two places as well as easy access. And while in Gangtok, tourists visit several other places including the wonderland of Yumthang valley in north Sikkim, and Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass in East Sikkim, Pelling in west Sikkim etc.

Gangtok is located at an altitude of 5, 410 ft in East-Sikkim. Distance from NJP (the nearest major railway station) is 126 km, from Bagdogra airport 124 km, from Siliguri 114 km and from Darjeeling 98 km. Private and shared taxi services are available in plenty between Gangtok and these places.
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Kiran Poojary

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  • Kiran Poojary
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
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"Hilly region, with cold climate" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
People are honest and supportive, climate is good, scenic view. Roads, traffic discipline is good. Zoo is good, rope way is good, we had to wait in queue for nearly 90 mins. Staff not proper for rope way, one trip of ropeway takes 15- 20 mins and max 24 passenger. On your route to tsomgo lake and baba mandir excellent climate and scenic view. Due to heavy pollution of vehicle air quality is worst, we had eye sensation problems, breathing problems and smell of burnt fuel is worst experience, what about our next generation.
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Tvsr Murthy

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  • Tvsr Murthy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Best Place to visit in North-East" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Sikkim, a perfect holiday destination is also called Switzerland of north-east. Gangtok, capital of the state is also a capital of tourist places. One who is a nature lover will surely try to visit place. M G Marg is the highlight of the Gangtok. It is a well planned clean and green city.
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Sunil jain

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"Amazing place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Sikkim is a perfect holiday destination, also known to be the Switzerland of north east. Gangtok, the capital city is also the tourist capital of Sikkim. One who is nature lover will surely try to extend his tour day visiting here. These days the foggy climate with cloud sailing all around. The green lush Kanchanjunga mountains partly surrounded by moving clouds. Lachung is heavenly place. Nathula the way to China border and zero point with snow covered mountains. One should surely not miss this destination.
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Praveen

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  • Praveen
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Overall, nice place to see"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Gangtok is very nice place to visit especially during summer to chill. MG Marg is a famous landmark at Gangtok. Well-planned, clean green city. Traffic rules are very good. All other Indian city needs to learn & follow from the Gangtok. Polythene free areas. Overall, nice place to see.
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Debasish Bhadra

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"Dazzling Gangtok"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Since being a mountain lover, I have been to the Himalayas almost every year, from Pahalgam to Darjeeling, Kedarnath to Chitkul. But I have never ever touched the soil of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, our neighbouring state. So this year (October, 2014) I decided to visit Gangtok along with my wife and son. Getting down from Teesta Torsa ex at NJP, we found lots of share jeeps awaiting us. You don't require to reserve a car which may cost you around Rs 2000. We booked all four seats at the middle of a share jeep for three of us at Rs 150 pp. It took about 4 and half hours to reach Gangtok. Don't forget to have lunch at Rangpo with desi chicken curry and rice.

At Gangtok we stayed at Hotel Orchid, excellently located between National Highway and M G Marg. I got the information of the hotel from HolidayIQ and I am really indebted to them for that. The room was excellent with sufficient water, the staff were well-behaved and very helpful and the food was delicious. You have to spend Rs 1500 for an excellent view room with all possible amenities. Mt Kanchenjunga was visible from our room. Since we reached within 7 am, we booked a car (arranged by the hotel) for the city sightseeing @ Rs 1400 which covered every spot including Rumtek Monastery. Discuss with the driver to cover the monastery before the tour, generally they try to make it a separate tour as it is situated 12 km away from the city.

Do not forget to visit the permanent flower exhibition pavilion that displays a host of alpine flowers and orchids. Rumtek Monastery and the Tibetan Institute were also worth visiting. You could have a bird's eye view of Gangtok city and the Tista river from Ganesh Tak. Never forget to book the ticket of tomorrow's Tsomgo-Nathula-Baba Mandir tour at Rs 750 pp. You can't go there by yourself, you have to go with any travel agency. Don't worry, your hotel will arrange everything. Remember you have to submit three photocopies of your ID card, everyone has to do so.

Anyway, Next day at 7 am we started for Nathula pass in a Mahindra jeep along with some other passengers. The road was so so, somewhere damaged too. But the beauty of the nature around was incomparable. There were a few fountains beside the road. After two hours treeline began vanishing because Nathula's altitude is 14000 ft. The weather was extremely cold, so arrange for heavy warm clothes. Also use Cocoa-30 which will protect you from altitude sickness like headache, vomiting, head-reeling, breathing trouble, etc. We got snowfall there. Tibet is over the fence, the international border. Then we headed for Baba Mandir, built in the memory of Late martyr Colonel Harbhajan Singh. The rumour goes that till date he guards the border and keeps a stern watch on the activities of the Chinese soldiers.

Our next destination was Tsomgo lake. At 14000 ft such a vast water body is really awesome. Its beauty is breathtaking. The lake is surrounded by a chain of mountains. In winter the water of the lake freezes. By the way, you have to have your lunch here with maggi noodles only. No rice or anything else is available. One can have the taste of yak-riding beside the lake. We came back half an hour before the evening.

Next day, as usual, we walked through the clean and green city and went to visit the Paljor Stadium where Baichung Bhutia, former Indian captain had been nourished. In the evening we strolled through the M G Marg, beautifully decorated with plants and flowers. It is the shopping centre of Gangtok too. You may buy windcheaters, gloves, sweaters etc (don't forget to bargain! ). No vehicle is allowed in this road. There is a Bengali restaurant named "Dada-Boudir Hotel" towards the east. The dishes were delicious. There is a market called Lal Market towards south, but not reliable. Anyway, next morning after having our lunch, we left the hotel to catch the share jeep. The jeep stand was just in front of the hotel. But we had to pay Rs 200 pp, god knows why. We reached NJP at 3.30, whereas our train was due at 5.25 pm.
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Nayeem Ali

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"Clean and decent city"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Clean and good city. Cooperative people except the migrants from other state. Especially Drivers.

Beautiful city. Nearby good places to see and stay. Take your time, don't hurry. Liked the food there.

Visit the zoo for some endangered species.

Little congested. It's ok for shopping.
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