Gangtok Tourism
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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
Gangtok, the land of monasteries, is also the largest town of Sikkim. Situated in the Shivalik Hills and lying at an altitude of 1437 m, it’s an important Buddhist Pilgrimage Centre. Gangtok gained religious significance among the Buddhists after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in the latter part of the 19th century.

History of Gangtok

It was an important trade centre between the British and Tibet during the 19th century. Gangtok was made the capital of Sikkim in 1894 by Thutob Namgyal, who was a monarch under the British Rule. When India gained independence in 1947, Sikkim chose to be an independent monarchy and Gangtok continued to be its capital.

However, in 1975, after a period of strife and struggle, Sikkim was finally made an Indian state and Gangtok was made its official capital. The city suffered a major setback in its trade relations with Tibet after the Nathu La Pass was closed following the Sino-Indian war of 1962. However, the Pass has been opened in 2006, and Gangtok has again started functioning as a major trade point between India and Tibet.

People & Culture of Gangtok

The town has people from different ethnicities. The presence of Buddhists, Chinese, Tibetans as well as Hindus gives Gangtok a colourful ambience and every festival is celebrated here with the same fervour. Some of the popularly celebrated festivals are Losum and Losar, among others.

Most of the economy of Gangtok depends on tourism. A large part of the population of the town is employed in the tourism sector. Of late, eco-tourism has picked up in the region with tourists being offered the opportunity of trekking, rafting as well as mountaineering. Apart from the tourism industry, cottage industries form the other major portion of Gangtok’s economy which deals in watch making, handicrafts and local alcohol processing.

Things to do in Gangtok

Gangtok is full of gompas, stupas, parks and gardens. Some of the major attractions in and around Gangtok are the Rumtek Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery, Tashiding Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Nathu La Pass, Hanuman Tok etc. Visitors who want to explore Gangtok and its surroundings but do not want to do the planning themselves can opt for the several Gangtok holiday packages available.

Food & Shopping in Gangtok

Sikkimese food is a mix of Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian cuisine with rice being the staple. Some of the local delicacies of Gangtok are ningro (fern rings), shisnu (nettle soup), phing (glass noodles) and churpi (yak cheese) cooked with a lot of chillies. Apart from these, momos are available round the corner. There are a lot of restaurants, eateries and fast-food joints in Gangtok.

Gangtok is full of souvenir and curio shops. One of the best areas for shopping is the road near Lal Bazar which not only has many shops but prices are also cheaper by 30-40% than the shops on M.G. Road. The Sikkim Handloom and Handicraft Emporium sells masks, wall hangings, carpets, leather goods and Tibetan, Bhutia and Lepcha dresses. Other items that are popularly bought include thankas, silk paintings, prayer wheels, Tibetan jewellery etc. 

Travelling to Gangtok

Gangtok is connected to other parts of the country via an all-weather highway. The easiest way to reach Gangtok is by shared jeep from Siliguri, in West Bengal, which takes around 4˝ - 5 hours. Shared jeeps, the best way to move around in Gangtok, can also be availed from New Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

Buses run by the state carrier, Sikkim Nationalised Transport, terminate at the SNT Bus Stand on Paljor Stadium Road. Non-SNT buses stop at the Private Bus Stand, off NH-31A, below Deorali.

The nearest airport to the place is the Bagdogra Airport (124 km away) in the town of Siliguri, West Bengal. Bagdogra Airport is connected to Guwahati, Kolkata and Delhi with Kolkata and Delhi airports having international connections as well. Taxis are available from the airport to reach Gangtok. These cost around INR2000.

There is a helicopter service also which is run by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation from Bagdogra to Gangtok, once a day. The cost for this is approximately INR2200 but baggage allowance is limited to 10 kg.

Gangtok does not have a railway station, the closest one being at New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal, nearly 150 km away. The station has train services from all parts of the country with some of the prominent ones being Bangalore, Guwahati, Kolkata, Hyderabad, New Delhi etc.

Travelling within Gangtok

SNT buses and private buses are available for travelling within Gangtok. SNT buses can be boarded from the SNT bus stand located on Paljor Stadium Road. For places such as Pelling, Yuksom and Tashiding, buses depart at 7 am and 12:30 pm from the SNT bus stop. An hourly service is also available for places like Ravangla, Namchi, Jorethang and Geyzing.

Taxis and shared jeeps are also available, usually at MG Marg and Lal Market. Taxis are not metered so it is best to negotiate the fare before boarding.

Accommodation options in Gangtok

Accommodation options in Gangtok range from budget hotels and mid-range hotels to deluxe hotels and luxury hotels. Tourists looking for budget accommodation can head towards Mall Road, Namnang Road and MG Marg. Paljor Stadium Road is where most of the heritage hotels are located.

Those looking for Gangtok luxury hotels can head towards places like MG Road, Paljor Stadium Road, P.S. Road, MG Marg and NH-31 A. Mid-range accommodation options are available on Church Road, MG Marg and Tibet Road.

The region enjoys mild temperature conditions with the maximum temperature not going beyond 22-25° Celsius throughout the year. This is characterised by the presence of temperate as well as deciduous forests of birch and oak in the region.
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Kshitij  Deopa
  • Kshitij Deopa
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"A place of spiritual beauty" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
The buses are available from Siliguri bus station which is on walk-able distance from the Siliguri railway station. The fare till Gangtok is Rs 160. You must have identity card because the officials ask for it at the entrance gate to Sikkim. The place is entirely different from rest of India. The hotels charges are minimum Rs 1000. The evening view of Kanchenjunga mountain from the city, the MG road, city view from the rapeway, rumtek monastery banjhakri falls can be visited in a day with many other places. The taxi drivers have their destination packages like in dharamsala and mcleodganj for Rs 1800. You need an extra day to Nathula pass. The minimum charges are 10 rs for nearby points. Place is safe and the people are very helpful. You can enjoy sikkimese alcohol, pork momos, beef kabab at reasonable rates. You will never get tired watching the view outside as there are rivers, waterfall and cute sikkimese people outside. Happy journey..!!
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Pawan talukdar
  • Pawan talukdar
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 1 Review

"A place to have good fun" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Gangtok is the best place for holidays. There are many more sight seen here as like Ganesh Tok, waterfalls, monasteries, flower park etc. Paragliding is the good adventure here. The city is very clean. Mahatma Gandhi Marg ( MG MARG) is the best place in gangtok.
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Joy Pal
  • Joy Pal
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 3 Reviews

"Must visit all place, very interesting" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
First of all maintain rules of Sikkim Govt. Avoid drinking alcohol on the time travel. Every point is so beautiful. Yumthang valley is like Switzerland. Gurdomber lake is heaven's lake. Now Gangtok is new looks is parasailing. Please try this adventure, you may try water rafting. Gangtok have some good trek routes.
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Neete Guptha
  • Neete Guptha
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing place and people also tasty food" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Gangtok is a beautiful place with not an extreme climate. It was pleasant with one sweater in the evenings. The air is crisp and fresh. The people are polite and dont cheat. November was a very good time as the weather was clear most of the time. The peaks of Kanchenjunga could be seen clearly. Food is not very expensive there. Very tasty rolls and momos at the roll house at MG mar. Good vegetarian food masala restaurant. Bakers square one can sip good coffee and have pastries, view is good from there. Sightseeing takes away the time. A walking tour is recommended.
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Rupesh Khakhar
  • Rupesh Khakhar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 25 Reviews

"Nice people and clean place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This is the one of the best location to visit for holiday. You can understand and feel cleanness and culture of local persons. Enjoy local food, visit many good places and market to buy good special things of Sikkim. Must visit once this place with almost 4 to 5 days time to cover all the main place and points of visit.
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Monica Jolly
  • Monica Jolly
  • Lives in Adoor
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  • 3 Reviews

"Perfect relaxing place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The main attraction is the sunrise, kanchenchunga and the himalayan range. All along green mountains and also snow clad nathula and the ashram, tea gardens, paragliding. I like walking along the Gangtok, it was relaxing. Rumtek monastery and also other monasteries is a great feeling also
all along the travel part was very comfortable.
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Devnath adhikari
  • Devnath adhikari
  • Lives in Siliguri
  • 3 Reviews

"Adventurous place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is truly a travelling place as well as business place too. Traveler those who love adventure they should visit this place. From here You can also go to Changulek, Baba Mandir, Nathula. In Gangtok M G Marg, Hanuman Tak also very famous. Food are very delicious like Shel roti, Aloo Dam etc. Best time to visit here is May to July.
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Satyanu Chatterjee
  • Satyanu Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Gangtok the city of mountains"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Gangtok is a very attractive when you are really interested in mountains, landscape, culture and adventures. I have been there in the month of October, 2014. I had a bad experience in the hotel I booked. The rooms were not good as well as the service. They showed me nice pic of hotel at their shop but when we reached there the scene was opposite.

Beside that I really got warm welcome in Gangtok from other people. We visited Tsongmo lake & Baba Mandir on the first day. After that we visited Lachung. Both of the experience were very memorable, the only nightmares were the roads in Sikkim. I shall advise all the travelers visiting these places that please book good & hardy cars during your trip.
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Debabrata Das
  • Debabrata Das
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"An attractive city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Snow, hill are most attraction in this tour. if you want to play snow then you take a trip to baba mandir and nathula. Local foods are momo, noodles. Mg market is very beautiful. Blankets and jackets are very good. November to May is the best time to visit Gangtok.
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Subrato  Dey
  • Subrato Dey
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  • Lives in Jabalpur
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  • 3 Reviews

"Visit for Snow Covered hills and Experience the Warmth of Natives,Culture and Food"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The Climate is very different that from our plain land. Tough Weather and chilled atmosphere are adverse to our life. We experienced a Grand Tour of Gangtok, Sikkim. Food was delicious and Tasty. My Photographer Personality worked fine,here !!We would like to visit again,in future !! MG Road is a Great attraction for Tourists !! I Will suggest for "Package Tour" from a Recognized Travel and Tour Agency !! This will minimise the UNFORESEEN problems and FEAR being New There !! Thanks to RC TRAVELS !!
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