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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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"It's like heaven" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Gangtok is really a most beautiful place ever I visited. Beautiful mountains full with tress and greenery, beautiful houses constructed downward slope of hills, clean, systematic and really loving. Those who love nature would surely enjoy trip of Gangtok.
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Sagar

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  • Lives in Thane
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"Amazing place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nearest airport is Bagdogra, West Bengal. One of the beautiful place located in Sikkim state. People can visit their like rumtek Buddhist temple, Ganesha tok, Hanuman tok, Baba Harbhajan singh temple and still there are many more. But one should do visit Nathula pass or Zero point its must (india china border).
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  • Lives in Indore
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"Gangtok- A wonderful place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I am writing this review from Gangtok itself. Weather is Rainy and I have enjoyed the same. Today I have visited Hanuman Tonk a top most point of Gangtok. Superb view of valley. High wind area. Ganesh Tonk another peak is a good point. Visited Tashi view point. Monastery's are good but only if you have interest.
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"Excillent place for couples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I just love this place, because its a good place for the people, who love to spent time with their loveones.
This place is very healthy, this gives you a heritage environment in monasteries, mountains, beautiful sceneiories, curvey roads, Snow fall, trees, greenary and lot mores .. So visit that place and spent some wonderful time there.
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A place for all hilly attractions"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I was really happy to visit Sikkim in March. I stayed in Hotel Magpie Boutique and Hotel Ida Dechen Villa in Gangtok. The first one is nearer to MG Mall. If you want to buy something from MG Mall, I must discourage you as all of the items will be much cheaper in your city. Next day you can visit Chhangu, Baba Mandir and Nathula. But it all depends on the permit you are getting on that day. It is a heavenly experience to be in Chhangu where you can do the yak riding also. They are charging 600-1000 INR for a yak depending on time of ride. You will find yourself in a lake surrounding of snow. To book hotels you can have a look in MMT or GOIbibo. If you reserve a car for chhangu, the costing will be 3000-3500 INR approx. If you share your vehicle, then the cost will be 300 INR per head. So, go to Gangtok and explore the beauty of Himalaya.
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Naren das

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  •  10 helpful votes
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"Gangtok, the discipline town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The town is very tidy, clean and discipline. All people are very gentle. The local residents, drivers and businessmen are committed to keep their town clean.
I recommend tourists to enjoy four things in Gangtok though I visited lot of points in Gangtok.
Rope-Way: It is very enjoyable. Only 10/15 minutes ride. Very cheap per head 120. 00.
Tsompo Lake: A must place to be visited.
Nathula Pass: Very nice experience. China border. One should take some suingums for sewing while visiting this place as high altitude 14200 feet.
MG Marc: I have not seen such a tidy, clean and so nicely arranged bazar. One should spend minimum one hour in MG Marg in the evening.
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"Must visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2017
Very peaceful and romantic honeymoon the
Stination. Not loaded with crowd. And natural beauty is all around there. Gangtok is all around covered with pani pahad and peed. Perfect combination of these three make it perfect destination for honeymoon trip.
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A memorable trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2017
 Hi! This is a pleasant experience travelling to gangtak last November '16. Mr. Anmol was there to guide the whole tour. He is young, smart, very responsible guey. All sets were arranged very well with warmth welcome. A smiling face with caring, helpful hands were always there .. A homely atmosphere. A big thank to Mr. Anmol and I would wish to recommend him if any body is going there for a wel planned tour to gangtak. His contact number is 8101216161. You can also mail him to anmol. Sikkim19@gmail. Com. You may contact him for suggestions and guidance for whole sikkim ..
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"Place to visit for sure"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2016
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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"Awesome place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2016
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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