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Relaxed, Susegad Experience. Although this was not my first visit to Gangtok, but yes this was my trip. I was free to plan, to choose, to spend and finally I could experience a whole new Gangtok this time. November, being one of the best times to visit Sikkim, the Majestic Mt. Kanchenjunga was visible not only through out the day, but the view of Kanchenjunga on a full moon night sitting in my hotel room and sipping my hot coffee was more than just an experience.
Since I have already visited Sikkim numerous times, this time I decided to explore Gangtok. And I was quite amazed with the variety of local handicraft items. Although most of them were hand made, yet they were so elegant. One must really visit the local market and have a look at the wide variety of the local handicrafts.
Gangtok provides great restaurants and bars for Guests. I would suggest all to visit in "Bakers World" in MG road and try their Blackberry Muffins. For people who wants to relish Pork Momos, or Pork Chilly, Hotel Kytsel opposite the IDBI back would be the best place to be. They serve the best Pork dishes in Gangtok. For veggies, Amarjeet hotel is a good option or Rasoi. People are warm and friendly. And yes don't forget the Rope-way ride. Its simply amazing.

If you want to go for sightseeing and Changu, Babamandir, Nathula the best possible thing would be to contact the hotel front desk. They will provide you the best options. Dont forget to carry 3-4 photos and valid Id proof when u visit Sikkim.

The best possible way to enjoy Gangtok would be take a camera in your hand and simply keep walking where the roads take you. You get chances to explore, to meet new people to know new things and yes also some authentic Sikkimese dishes.

During my trip I learnt a few things about Sikkim that I would like to share with my friends :
1. Sikkim is not that costly unless you are looking for a luxurious tour, except for a few places where shared vehicles are not available. Reaching Gangtok from Siliguri is not very tough. Shared will take around 200 to 250 per head. And reserved vehicles will charge around 2000-2500 depending on availability.
2. Its a myth that cheap rooms are not available on MG Road. No, you get decent rooms right in the MG Road, but yes you need to know to bargain.
3. Always prefer view rooms. Nothing is much better than watching the snow capped Kanchenjunga, sipping you morning tea in your blanket.
4. Beware of local travel agents. Its advisable to have a little idea about the sightseeing points. Local guide books are readily available.
5. Try Chang(local brewed drink) if you get a chance.
6. Come equipped with heavy woolen clothes and jackets if you intend to visit Lachung, Gurudongma, Yumthang, Changu, Nathula.
7. Don't over eat before any journey in the hills. Unless you are not a vivid traveler.
8. If you are an adventure lover, Paragliding is available in Gangtok.
9. Try to stay near MG Marg, if rooms are above ur budget then preferably in Tibet Road, or near Police Headquarters. Avoid Hotels in Development Area.
Lastly, try the variety of pickles which are available in the market..


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Senika
  • Senika
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Play with the snow" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Being hill station its cold, and its a very neat and clean place. One can visit Tsomgo Lake, MG Road and play with snow at Tsomgo Lake. The experience is really awesome. Travellers require to carry original identity and 2 photos because there....... More
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Dubey

"Gangtok is a Fabulous Place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The place is one of the best for tourists. If you are in Gangtok make sure you visit places like Lachung, Changu and Nathula. These are some of the best and popular destinations on the place. You can get good food near MG Road; the place is....... More
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Hiten  Hiten
  • Hiten Hiten
  • 11 Reviews

"Experience in Gangtok was Awesome" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We had visited Tshangu lake, which is at 12,400 feet altitude. It takes 3 hours journey to reach the place. You need to take local taxi to reach at tourist taxi stand and from there, you get Jeeps. The route is very rough. Many of us felt....... More
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Dipesh Patel
  • Dipesh Patel
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Playing with snow at Tsomgo Lake was very enjoyable" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Being hill station its cold, its a very neat and clean place as gutkha is banned in Gangtok. One can visit Tsomgo Lake, MG marg and Namchi. In term of food, there is Hotel Rasoi near to MG marh with veg preferred. Momos are all time....... More
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Tamal Ray
  • Tamal Ray
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Really a cool place to visit!" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was really cool when we went there, 10 degrees at Gangtok and 3 degrees at Lachung. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, we reached Gangtok through Rangpo, which is the gateway of Sikkim. There is a market called "M G Marg", which just looks....... More
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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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