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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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Balaram Saha
  • Balaram Saha
  • 5 Reviews

"Awesome Experiance" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Its was a amazing trip with college friends after a long time. Nice place to spend 3 to 4 days. Cold weather, nice people, nice food. Many places to visit nearby, also can go to Darjeeling, peling, lachung etc. Its well to spent two full days in Gangtok & then 2 days in lachung & Yaathum. Its a good to plan your travel in advance. Its a very memorable & enjoyable trip altogether.
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Srinivasa Srinivasa
  • Srinivasa Srinivasa
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Good Hill station for newly wed" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Gangtok has just the perfect blend of nature and modernity, simple yet charmingly adequate. Steep and narrow serpentine roads add to the charm. Unpredictable weather is however a put off as most tourist spots are controlled by the state of climate on that day. Its better to go hoping for the best but be ready for the worst.
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Anand Goel
  • Anand Goel
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews

"A place one must visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Gangtok is a nice place to enjoy your holidays with your family and friends. It is a very clean city and weather is super cool. Not very costly and hotels are also cheap. As I am a vegetarian, I didn't have any problem to get vegetarian food. The m. G. Road market is full of variety shops for tourists and based on superb lighting in the evening. In one word I can say that it is not less than "heaven", we have seen many monasteries under the cities which proves the buddhist pride and honour. Many places to visit for. River rafting is also a good experience for one who wants to enjoy and adventure.
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Shreyansh Goel
  • Shreyansh Goel
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 6 Reviews

"Gangtok - a valley to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Gangtok is a mesmerising place. To reach Gangtok you have to board a plane till Bagdogra and then you can book a taxi till Gangtok. The best part of it is that the moment mountains start you will see a river going by your side which will go till you reach the city. There is point where you can do rafting in that river which is the best fun sport. The city is also too good and has many places to visit.
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Rajdeep Paul
  • Rajdeep Paul
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Good place to visit and relax" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Very beautiful place, just like heaven. I will go there every year. You can stay there with your family and friends. The people of Gangtok are also very nice, friendly and Cooperative. I visit Ranka Monastery, Tsomgo Lake, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Banjhakri Falls, Palzor Stadium.
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Debrina ray
  • Debrina ray
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 5 Reviews

"A trip with loads of fun" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Twenty years back I had visited Gangtok. Again when I visited recently, this time I just love the clean city, mall is beautifully decorated with lovely flowers, plastic banned and Sikkim is now a no smoking state, road side shops are also not using plastic, no pollution any where, awesome food with momo and pork. MG Road is a very busy road with many restaurants.
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Ashutosh Gupta
  • Ashutosh Gupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Amazing Sikkim, friendly people, good place for adventure" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Sikkim is amazing place to be Gangtok is very clean and people are very friendly. One can go for rafting, paragliding, trekking, sight seeing etc. Drive to Nathula pass via Tsangu lake was amazing although roads are not good. Nathula pass freezing and Tsangu lake was so quiet and calm, evenings at MG Marg is very good with lot of eating options.
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Jaikishor Gautam
  • Jaikishor Gautam
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 Review

"Must visit destination to feel the touch of nature's beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Beautiful sound of the temple bells, chirping birds in solace and the feeling of being in lap of mother nature is still with me which I witnessed in Gangtok. All the places you see in Gangtok deserves visit. I loved Thukpa, a Tibetan-style noodles mixed in soup, and flavored further with vegetables or minced food. It is much savored by both tourists and locals alike and is available in all the prominent eateries of the town. The Denzong Inn, located on the Lall Bazaar Road, has a restaurant inside which serves awesome Thukpas(Denzong Cinema Chowk). I will recommend to visit the place again and again, at least once in life.
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Hd Desai
  • Hd Desai
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 2 Reviews

"A wonderful place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
-Usually Sikkim features subtropical highland climate so atmosphere wise its perfect as you might have dry weather, experienced monsoon or slight snowfall.

-Its the center of Tibetan Buddhist culture so if you are keen about knowing the culture of Buddhist and would like to visit several monasteries, religious educational institutions its a perfect place for you.

- The wow location is "Tsomgo Lake", Hanuman Tok, NAMCHI Sikkim Shiva Temple, Himalayan Zoological Park, Cholamu Lake, Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve, nathu la. These are fantastic place to visit

-I insist everyone include these places into their itinerary. You can find really mesmerizing and breathtaking scenes, even you can plan tracking and exploring activities. If you really love the nature, please only then visit this splendid places.

-Try to carry some eatable stuff with you as all the above mentioned places are bit far so its good to carry. The best thing to try is momo there.

-I advise everyone to carry a garbage bag so that you can avoid throwing rubbish there around to keep this beautiful place alive.

-MG road is one of the main shopping center and cultural activity streets located in Gangtok, you can spend there a day shopping. If you are looking for cheaper stuff to buy and if you are good at bargaining go to local market you can get stuff in very cheap rates.

-Good to visit in APR-MAY and SEPT-DEC.
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Hemmanroy Thaker
  • Hemmanroy Thaker
  • Lives in Surat
  • 11 Reviews

"A mind blowing experience"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A mind blowing and a life time experience. Enjoyed the tour. Gandhiji was right when he travelled the length & breadth of India in order to know and understand the people, culture, etc. Experience the same while passing through Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, West Bengal and Sikkim. Sikkim was the best place so far visited by me.
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