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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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Utpal dave

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  • Utpal dave
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  81 readers

"Awesome place to explore" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Gangtok is an awesome place to explore. I was there for 15 days but I need more time to spent there. Each and every place is neat and clean and Nature is on High level awesome. Beautiful weather, roads and mountains. Best for honeymoon. Gangtok visit you again soon..
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Babulal

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Heavens like feeling" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
Weather was cosy. Drizzlings will excite you rather than irritate you here. Carry one umbrella along to enjoy the rains too. Get a cable car ride to have a birds eye view of Gangtok city. Visit Ganesh Tok for splendid view of the city. Tchongo lake and Nathula pass visit is a must. Do carry warm clothes for Nathula as we felt 4 degrees on 14 Sept up there. Indo China border was a treat to experience. Rumtek monastery and Banjhakri waterfalls are beautiful points to visit. A walk along M G Marg mall will make you speechless when you come across the cleanliness and warmth of the place. People are co operative and honest. If you need more views of the city, take the helicopter ride. Booking done from counter at M G Marg only.
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Arijit D'eb

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  • Arijit D'eb
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  441 readers

"When Nature meets our Soul Nature" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited first time this month, it was a certain trip. After reaching Gangtok I was just surprised not just by the natural view, by the nature people have there. You will feel you are in abroad. So clean city and very safe for women. Transportation is quite good, you will find cab for short tour with quite reasonable rates. MG Marge the Market was just awesome for time spending. You can sit over there for long without feeling bore.
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Ashish chauhan

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  • Ashish chauhan
  • 2 Reviews
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"Beautiful and scenic nature present in Gangtok" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Most wonderful place in India. Small place like a haven that is Gangtok. If you never go there you need to go Gangtok. There are many things to enjoy but I want to mention some important place in Gangtok that you should to go and enjoy there.
China broder another place that you need to go when you go Gangtok.
Lake, some lake are like fellowers on a place in Gangtok so should watch every Lake.
Temple are most important visiting place in Gangtok. So also list to watch or visit those temple.
Some botanical garden also there so you also plan out to find them and enjoy it.
Sikkim is very good state and Gangtok it's capital so don't miss it to visit every place in Gangtok.
Any time of the year you can go for visit Gangtok but oct to jan is the best time to enjoy there.
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Karun roongta

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  • Karun roongta
  • 2 Reviews
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"A beautiful place with civic sense and administration"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Everybody in east should travel to Gangtok from UP to Border in Burma to know how a well ruined state work. When most of us know only Jammed, potholes road, Civic indecipline. Gangtok is an exception, the trafiic is well mamged, so is the parking and the people are generous and humble. The place lies on the souther edge of Himalayas. Is beautiful with gardens, monastery temples etc. Must visit for anybody
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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Sikkim - The queen of hills in North East"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Gangtok local sight seeing, Tsomongo Lake, Nathula Pass and Baba Mandir in Sikkim. It was not advisable to go Sikkim in such a weather of July 2nd week as it rains too much. The weather was awesome as there were clouds on the mountain, but the problem was that, it rained heavily. The views of mountain were not visible on most of the time, but still the mausam was awesome and we had a great time there.
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Mahboob ali Pathan

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  • Mahboob ali Pathan
  • Lives in Bikaner
  • 7 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Wow Sikkim"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gangtok is pride of India not only in Natural Beauty but also in its cleanness, rules obeyed city, honesty, superior quality of Roads, devoted person about their duties like Police, Municipality and others. People of India should take lesson from Sikkim. Sightseeing is marvel specially Nathula Pass, Tsomgo lake, Rumtek Monastery Waterfall's, Ropeway and Many More. I love Sikkim and will come back soon.
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Debraj  Dutta

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  • Debraj Dutta
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Gangtok, the Himalayan beauty."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Silkkim is one of the best Hill stations for holidays. Silkkim can be visited anytime except Mansoon season of the year. If you want to experience snowfall then January to March is the best time. The beauty of Silkkim is amazing. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and it is one of the cleanest city in India. So be careful littering in the public place if you tin Sikkim. In this context be aware that smoking in public is completely ban in Sikkim. If you are caught shell out heavily for fine.
The culture of the city Gangtok is modern and cosmopolitan. M. God Marg in the city is the main Avenue c for shopping. The road is very nice. Sikkimese people are friendly and helpful. You will get plenty of Taxis everywhere in Gangtok.
If you are roaming any streets of Gangtok fir shopping you will see woolen garments are being sold by the local people. These are quite reasonable in price.
Gangtok is well connected through road. Nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 4hrs by road from Gangtok. New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station.
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Ajay Amin

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

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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