Gangtok Tourism
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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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Ashish singh

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"An awesome experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
We saw baba mandir both old and new temple. It is situated at 1400 ft height from sea level. We do yak riding at tosmong lake. We did photography wearing local dresses. We also visited tibetan temple. We did shopping in local market.
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Kishor rajyaguru

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"A place for nature lover" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Nature lover and peace seeker people have to visit over here in May - June and if you are able to bare cold winter is also advisable.

There are many interesting places to visit which may fulfill demands of all types of moods and minds. Bodh monasteries, zero point, lachung and lachen, gurudongmar lake mirik lake, khecheopalri lake are awesome.

Shopping is quite costly comparative to Darjeeling. I would like to advice people don't stay longer in Darjeeling spare more time to Gangtok.
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Pradeep

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"Lovely scenic place to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Good experience having lots of relaxed time. We found good restaurants. Lovely scenic place to visit. The driver was very good & cooperative with all family members. Taking us to the best location & guided us properly for the best ever safety journey.
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Prashant Jain

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"A snowy place" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its a beautiful place in East India!!! Sikkim is state of hills and mountain. I really enjoyed visiting this place. This is was the first time I experienced snow and snow covered mountain. It was really nice to visit places like pelling, yumthang and more!!!!
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Shekhar  Pandey

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"A nice city to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We had visited various places in Gangtok. We appreciate the cleanliness in the city as well as visiting places, no language problem observed. We visited local sites like Tshangu lake, BABA mandir, rumtak monastery, flowershow etc. During interaction with hotel staff was quite appreciable, they cooperated very well, the location of hotel is beautiful, administration body of SIKKIM government is doing very well, operating staff is very cooperative. The people are very humble and supportive in their behaviour towards visitors. We enjoyed the stay at Gangtok.
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Sourav Sharma

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"Paisa Wasool : Clean, cool and scenic environment!" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you're tired of daily hectic work schedule and looking for a clam and green place to relax and get rejuvenated, then Gangtok is the perfect place.

With its cool weather and natural scenic beauty, Gangtok gives you all thing you yearned for your heart and soul recharge! Places like Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok and Rumtek Monastery give you spiritual recharge, while Tashi View Point, Bulbulay and Jhakri Falls will mesmerize you by their scenic beauty.

The relaxing MG Marg is always there for an evening walk with your loved ones and the steamed momos in the chilly weather is a delight.

Don't hesitate anymore, Gangtok is calling.
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Sudeshu Shivam

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"The best place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Flight from Kolkata to Bagdogra then from Bagdogra airport take taxi to Gangtok which takes around 2 and half hours. Hotels were in budget but if you want to enjoy more with casinos stay at mayfair resort. Mg road for shopping and foods. Mharo bhasha gahr is best to enjoy Nepali food which is fully organic. Lal bazar for street side foods and shopping was good.
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Abhisek Maji

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"Nice place specially for couples" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Such a nice place specially for couples and romance. The hills always touch our hearts. Top neat and clean tour places in India. All places are amazing. No words to explain. Thanks a lot. Well I can say you will always enjoy it, no doubt in it.
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Sushil Gupta

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"Mind blowing experience & 4 day stay was felt short to discover the place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Mind blowing, superb, fantastic are few words, trying to explain the tranquil beauty of the place. A neat and clean well-developed place. Though travelling from Bagdogra airport was tiring as ignorantly we took a sharing armada. Better taken an Alto. Central place MG ROAD is simply a different place compared to Mall roads at other hill stations. Rains were on a daily basis. Good food available. Visiting Nathulapass was hectic yet worth worth worth. Avoid sharing. Be prepared for the extreme cold weather there. Gesture by both sides army's is pleasing. Many lakes at high altitude are worth visit. No cheating. A 4 days visit was felt short.
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"Beautiful city in the heart of nature" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's a beautiful city in the heart of nature. Kanchenjunga world's third tallest peak is visible from Gangtok. It looks snow white in winter. We see Nepalese and Tibetan people there. Although it's difficult to understand their language but still we made friends with them. Very kind and friendly people, they use to serve us Tea which was bit salty ( Kashmiri kahwa kind of drink). It has natural scenic beauties like mountains, valley, hillside in steep tiers. One feels as if one has reached a different world, quiet and calm away from noise and traffic that we usually see in big cities. An excellent place for vacation and it's a safe city no law and order problem. Locals are good. Hotels and restaurants are not too expensive, easily affordable.
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