Gangtok Tourism

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.

Gangtok is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Guwahati.

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Akshay Badkar

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  • Akshay Badkar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 9 Reviews
  •  44 readers

"The cleanest capital city in India!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Gangtok is the capital city of the Indian state of Sikkim. This city is known for its amazing cleanliness standards, mountain views, food, and obviously MG Marg. MG Marg is the most popular Street in the city lined with shops and restaurants. Vehicles are not allowed on this street and tourists can walk and enjoy the street at its best.
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Debashis roy

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  • Debashis roy
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 3 Reviews
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"Gangtok, one of the cleanest hill station of India" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Gangtok, which is about a 3 hours drive from Siliguri is a picturesque hill station of India. It's the first organic state of India. People living in this state are very hard working and honest. I just loved this hill station.
I would like to visit this hill station once a year.
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  • Yphan
  • 2 Reviews
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"Amazing Gangtok"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It has a mixture of beauty, nature, adventure, etc .. Adviseable to visit in early summers which will give you less visitors and enjoy the nature and privacy. Nathula Pass is one of the best place to visit when you are in Gangtok along with orchid flower exhibition and adventure sport like paragliding and river rafting.
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Shubham prajapati

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  • Shubham prajapati
  • 4 Reviews
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"Best place I have ever seen"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Great place ... Very peaceful ..
Great location
Very close to Main market and Mall road
Rooms are very well maintained
Breakfast and dinner is awesome
They have a lot of options in veg and non veg both.
Road connecting hotel to the main road is very steep and narrow.
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Bharati Bhattacharya

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  • Bharati Bhattacharya
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 38 photos
  • 43 Reviews
  •  73 helpful votes
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"One of the most beautiful & romantic destinations!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Been to Gangtok & nearby this February.
This place is an absolute bliss, One of the best romantic destinations of India. It might not be very popular place like Shimla & Manali, but trust me, no one will regret once they visit Gangtok. The people around are very friendly & helpful in nature; and the place is not very commercialized like other hill stations.
A walk around the M. G road during evening will remove your stress. Eat variety of Momos, Thukpa, rolls, etc, shop from local shops or brand stores (though few), or just roam around, evenings are bliss on M. G Road.
Almost all restaurants are around. The thing we liked most about restaurants there is that most of them have the option of live karoake, open to all.
Book cab or hire buses and in a day you can cover the local places like Nathula Pass, changu lake & yak ride, Hanuman tok, ganesh tok, baba harbhajan temple, beautiful falls & viewpoints,
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  • Sridhar
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  6831 readers

"Good central junction"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is really a good place to visit. Even though there are not many places to see in the city, this is a central location to visit other places around it like Lachung, peling, natula etc.
Even in the city the market square is just great similar to any european city with clean tiled pavements, beautiful landscaping etc. Vehicles are banned in that stretch.
The city roads are quiet narrow just enough to allow one vehicle (almost). Hence during peak timings wider and bigger vehicles are not allowed in the city. But the city traffic is highly disciplined (one of the best I have seen) - they obey traffic rules 100%, absolutely no honking, etc. There are quiet a good number of good hotels and the people are very friendly.
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Hems Shah

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  • Hems Shah
  • Lives in Vapi
  • 5 Reviews
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"Heart of sikkim"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Gangtok is a nice city, and the centre of all places in sikkim, well planned city, people's of Gangtok are very good in manners and they are honest, our armyforce centre is their, nice places in Gangtok to visit, the heart of Gangtok is mg market, but taxi drivers are very bed so please do taxi from your hotel management
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Arpita karmakar

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  • Arpita karmakar
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"Seeking Sikkim"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I loved the state and the state capital.
Very friendly people and eager to help.
Our trip to Tsongmo Lake and Nathula was overwhelming. We were lucky to have a sunny day and enjoyed the beauty of the Himalayas to it's gorgeous grandeur.
While way back we were mesmerized by the whispering hills and the floating clouds all over creating a mystery by self.
City was quite clean and most of the city dwellers were conscious about cleanliness which is praiseworthy.
Other spots like Hanuman Tak and Ban Jhakri Falls needs special mention.
Indian army deserves special salutations from all of us for putting up such an amazing show at Nathula and other significant places.
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Manish m mistry

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  • Manish m mistry
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Not so good"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
People are not cooperative. All commitment are false. And making fool to the tourists families. No proper foo ding as it's a hill station and all states people visits so they should improve the food for all type people. Only momos and Maggi is not the meal for all people's
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Arpita chowdhury

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  • Arpita chowdhury
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"Awsomeness overfilled"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
As the Welcome board says 'The place where Nature meets'. It's a mesmerizing place which can heal all your pains. Very beautiful city with beautiful and friendly people all around you.
Here, in local sightseeing, you must never miss the Banjhakri Falls and try to find out about the story behind it as it's pretty cool and interesting. The local drivers might know about it. Second best place is the The Orchid Sanctuary, then Rumtek Monastery and finally Tashi View Point. These are must visit according to me. You must try out Paragliding if you are an adventure seeker. As everyone know Nathula pass is something for which people visit Gangtok. The walk from the entrance till the border is just amazing and memorable. You can play with snow here if you visit before third week of May. I visited in the 2nd week and could see all snow and experienced a little snowfall too. Amazing! For Nathula it's better to book in advance yet it's the 'Luck'. Tsomgo lake was beautiful with little snow around it. Also shopping or just roaming around the M. G Marg road is amazing making you feel like you are in some abroad place.
Yak ride is costly though you can get a picture of yours over it just at Rs. 50. Paragliding in Arithang area is amazing. If you have high budget igh flight will be amazing. Gangtok Ropeway is not much of fun and is very costly too. Rs. 55 per ride. Total Rs. 110 for going and coming and nothing much to see.
I traveled from Hyderabad through train 'SC GHY Exp' a. K. A Guwahati express and it was very late when I reached still I found many taxis to travel to my Hotel. My stay was for 3 days over there. The total trip coasted me around 29k, from Secundrabad to Gangtok; including all travelling, meals and accommodation. But once you reach Gangtok you can roam around in just 12k to 14k. 8k for the Nathula trip along with Baba Mnadir and Changu Lake (Private/ Reserved vehicles) and 4k or 6k for local sightseeing and other activities.
I'll be uploading my trip video in youtube soon. It's a long one, 1h 18min video. Give it a watch if you want !!!
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