The headquarters of the East: Sikkim

14.2/5(774 Ratings)

Gangtok Tourism

Gangtok is famous for

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim state and is nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas. 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 and is home to various animals like the Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, and Himalayan Civet. Another major attraction is the holy Tsomgo Lake situated on the highway to Nathula.

Reviews (774)

"With marvellous view of 'Shivalik Range' of Himalayas, fill your mind with peace & energy."

Nawal kishor Toppo5.0/5

2 reviews

Gurudongmar lake

Heaven on earth. I visited during the first weekend of March 2018. The lake was totally frozen. I was lucky to see all the snow capped peacks near the lake with the sun shining above all. What a great moment I had! The road leading towards the lake from Lachen is also fantastically beautiful. Since the weather was clear I could see all the snow capped peaks in their full glory.

Anuj saxena3.6/5

4 reviews

Amazing destination

November december offers clear view of kanchenjungha from Gangtok. Place offers clean roads, good climate and is very safe from all aspects. All Destinations have parking facility. Local Tours are available. Jhakri falls is one of the best place if you want to spend 4-5 hours. Adventure activities are available there. Ganesh tok and hanuman tok are very nice temples. Zoological park of Gangtok is very well maintained and animals are healthy and well fed. Flower exhibition was not very good. No information about flowers is available. Institute of tibetology is amazing. Museum is must visit place if you want to gain knowledge of buddhism and really want to know about monastery. Other than that rope way you can try. Tashi view point offers amazing view in november and december as view is clear. MG road is very happening place and you can enjoy some good food there also can do ahoppings. Items are bit costly there also the prices are fixed so no or very less bargaining. Overall it is a nice place. Nights are cold and even days are cold so carry jackets and extra sweaters and caps

Read More

Gangtok Video Reviews

Beauty of flowers - must see

Changu Lake

Must visit temple

Nice stupa - 60 years old

Must visit place to know Tibetan culture

Nice view of peaks

Ganesh Temple in Gangtok

The spiritual Mandir of Sikkim

Good view point

Half of the video

I am heading to Gangtok

Gangtok Overview

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.

Gangtok Gurus

The coveted 'Guru' status is reserved for travellers contributing maximum reviews and photos for Gangtok on HolidayIQ. Add Gangtok reviews and photos and you might see your name here!