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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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Vickey rawal

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"Excillent place for couples" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Today
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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Soumyabrata chakraborty

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A place for all hilly attractions" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 days 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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"Gangtok, the discipline town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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Shreyansh Jain

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  • Shreyansh Jain
  • Lives in Jagdalpur
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"Must visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Sreelata Lodh

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  • Sreelata Lodh
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A memorable trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Shibabrata choudhury

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  • Shibabrata choudhury
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"Place to visit for sure"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Gangadhar Heralgi

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  • Gangadhar Heralgi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Awesome place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Suman Jha

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  • Suman Jha
  • Lives in Ranchi
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"Must visit !!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Gangtok is a popular place with tourists heading on treks, though the facilities do not reflect the number of international visitors. However, efforts are being made by the government to improve the conditions. Gangtok could easily be one of the cleanest cities you've ever come across. Highly organised and beautifully maintained, it used to be the Switzerland of the east, now it looks like it was sold to cement and construction companies, alcohol stores are plentiful with plenty of clientele from the locals. Tourists are of paramount importance, hence rules have been laid in order to prevent tourists from being cheated. Cab fares are mostly fixed for such a reason. See full information about beautiful Gangtok sightseeing itinerary. Gangtok is a really nice place to unwind. There are quite a few places for vegetarians to eat, since it is mostly dominated by Buddhist culture. The city resembles the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu. Devoid of large stores and book shops, this place is a nice break from typical city lives. The city is a fascinating place to spend a few nights, the winding side alleys hide some unexpected gems, and the main street (MG Marg) is pedestrianized and a pleasant place to take a stroll.
The city sleeps by 9pm mostly, except for a few pubs which are open till 11pm.
Beware that Sikkim has banned all forms of tobacco. It is illegal to smoke anywhere in Sikkim or buy/sell cigarettes. Gangtok also has strictly enforced traffic and littering laws among others. The Club Mahindra Royal Demazong is a great place for relaxing in Gangtok the of nature. Facing the legendary Chola range and surrounded by lush green valley with amazing views.
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Jasbeer Singh

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"City of mountaines"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Sikkim the treasure of northeast India ... It's a place full of beautiful places like mountains, streams, & people. Sikkim is the best place to spend your weekend with your friends and family and while visiting the place you should at least once try the traditional dish THUKPA. It's definitely a costly city but you can get Petrol & Wine cheap.
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Ripudaman shekhawat

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"Nice stay in nice city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Most beautiful capital in all Indian states:
Hilly location, cool breeze all the time, thick forest beautiful view of Kanchenjunga makes is a heaven on earth.
Well connected to plains with good broad roads makes entry to city easy. I reached there from Bagdogra in just 4 hrs
Although not much of human made buildings to visit but plenty of natural beauty like water falls mountains forest valley s. But rumtek monastery seems to be single exception which is the second largest monastery in India.
Plenty of good hotels to stay in. Easy taxi access. Nice classy markets to shop in. Ropeway to see scenery. Good cooperative people.
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