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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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Rapolu Nikhil

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  • Rapolu Nikhil
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 11 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
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"Wonderful clean and green city" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Gangtok is the capital of the mountainous northern Indian state of Sikkim. Established as a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the 1840s, the city became capital of an independent monarchy after British rule ended, but joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist center and a base for hikers organizing permits and transport for treks through Sikkim’s Himalayan mountain ranges. I visited this Gangtok two year ago. In Gangtok very people follow traffic rules and very person keeps a hand in development of Sikkim and everyone can enjoy the Sikkim
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Sanjay verma

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  • Sanjay verma
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"Superb Sikkim" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It's a awesome and wonderful place. Everyone should try to visit atleast once to feel the warmth of people and place. Each and every place or spot was worth visiting. People are also very nice and friendly. We enjoyed thoroughly each and every moment we stayed there. I would strongly recommend people to visit Sikkim to enjoy the beauty of nature.
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Ramesh Sahu

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  • Ramesh Sahu
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
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"Hotel Sikkim Continental" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
View from the hotel was very mesmerising.
The hotel staff were very polite and the hospitality was superb. All the facilities were properly working. The food supplied in the hotel was very homely. Our stay in the hotel was a memorable one. A must stay for all tourists.
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Sandipan

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  • Sandipan
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"Raw nature & it's beautiful orientation."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Sikkim's capital Gangtok is one of the best tourist destination throughout the nation, for his beauty, adventure & budget friendly reasons. When I visited M G Marg I feel that it was a foreign location. Such a clean & well organized market in North East India. The side seeing was amazing. Most interesting thing is the locals are very simple and friendly for helping the each other also for the tourist angel.
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Gaurav tyagi

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  • Gaurav tyagi
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"Very Good and enjoyed good services from make my trip in genuine prices."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
My whole family enjoyed this tour very much we felt relaxed during this tour, make my trip provided good hotels in genuine and affordable prices range. One more thing if possible should be added I. E local conveyance. If make my trip will arrange this than it will be very much reliable and comfortable as local driver many times try to make fool.
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Malaya Panda

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  • Malaya Panda
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"Nice visit to east"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Overall the visit was satisfactory. But faced problem due to receipt of tour package at new Jalpaiguri (world tourism), who took additional money but did not assisted or even attended my phone calls when I was at Gangtok. I had arranged my trip to nathula at my own. Tour agencies located near njp station are frauds. Do not take any help from them. There are sufficient service providers, vehicles and will be no problem. No need of taking package from the entry point. They are exploiting tourists. Govt should give attention to this issue. The unregistered agencies should be closed.
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Prateek vijay

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  • Prateek vijay
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"Gangtok: a must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If you want to visit most clean sophisticated and beautiful hill station of India then Gangtok stands second to none. A place full of warmth(of its people) and natural beauty with clean roads and streets. The most striking feature is the manner and discipline in which the city is being administered by Sikkim Government. Other cities including hill stations could take a leaf out of the way how Gangtok works. Most important tourist spots are Nathula pass, Tsongo lake(dont forget to take YAK ride), Baba mandir(Lt Indian Army soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh's shrine). As far as local spots are concerned Ridge park, M G marg are must visit places. Best time to go march to may and whole of october. I can't wait to revisit Gangtok and God knows how many times.
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Sumanta Chatterjee

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  • Sumanta Chatterjee
  • Lives in Durgapur
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"Sikkim. The land where sky meet with earth."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gangtok ... The most happening hill station, Sikkim is the poster boy of "Swachh Bharat".
If you want to visit next to any hill station which give you some extra life then you can try Sikkim.
You can reach to Gangtok the capital of sikkim from NJP railway station or nearest bagdogra airport.
Site scening of Gangtok include Rumtek monestry, Flower show, Ropeway, Hanuman tok, Ganesh tok, jagri falls & many more. Hotel available from standrd to luxury as per your need. MG Marg is the sh oping destination for you at Gangtok. Next day you can proceed for Lachung, youngtham vally, Zero point. Package available with room & food for this tour. 7 hours drive to Lachung, night hault at Lachung hotel then early morning you reach to Youmthang vally, for zero point driver charge extra for the trip. After visiting zero poing, youmthang valley, (santuary of rodendron will blossm during March, april only) you bck to hotel for lunch then aftr lunch at 8 or 9 pm you bck to Gangtok.
Next day visit Changu lake, Baba mandir, Nathula border. Whole day trip but you bck to Gangtok around 6pm. So rest of the evening you may spare at MG marg.
For above said both the tour you must carry 4 passport size photo, 4 photo copy of epic or any other recognised ID proof. For child carry photo & photo copy of Birth cirtificate. Another must have thing during these both tour are Camfer & popcorn, these two things can hlp you when you feel lees oxygen.
Next day to processed to namchi, there you visit char dhaam, sai mandir, sandupchi, temi tea garden then aftr lunch visit Rabangla budhdha park. Aftr then you reach to Pelling at late evening. Night stay at Pelling then early morning take a glimpse of kanchanjangha during sunrise near helipad, aftr breakfast go for khechipuri lake, 1 & half hour drive from Pelling, enroute visit kanchanjangha falls, then visit singsore bridge the 2nd highest hanging bridge of asia. Then you bck to NJP or Bagdogra through Nayabazar route.
There are so many other point also but am describe you 6nights, 7 days plan.
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Sumanta Chatterjee

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"Sikkim. The land where sky meet with earth."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Gangtok ... The most happening hill station, Sikkim is the poster boy of "Swachh Bharat".
If you want to visit next to any hill station which give you some extra life then you can try Sikkim.
You can reach to Gangtok the capital of sikkim from NJP railway station or nearest bagdogra airport.
Site scening of Gangtok include Rumtek monestry, Flower show, Ropeway, Hanuman tok, Ganesh tok, jagri falls & many more. Hotel available from standrd to luxury as per your need. MG Marg is the sh oping destination for you at Gangtok. Next day you can proceed for Lachung, youngtham vally, Zero point. Package available with room & food for this tour. 7 hours drive to Lachung, night hault at Lachung hotel then early morning you reach to Youmthang vally, for zero point driver charge extra for the trip. After visiting zero poing, youmthang valley, (santuary of rodendron will blossm during March, april only) you bck to hotel for lunch then aftr lunch at 8 or 9 pm you bck to Gangtok.
Next day visit Changu lake, Baba mandir, Nathula border. Whole day trip but you bck to Gangtok around 6pm. So rest of the evening you may spare at MG marg.
For above said both the tour you must carry 4 passport size photo, 4 photo copy of epic or any other recognised ID proof. For child carry photo & photo copy of Birth cirtificate. Another must have thing during these both tour are Camfer & popcorn, these two things can hlp you when you feel lees oxygen.
Next day to processed to namchi, there you visit char dhaam, sai mandir, sandupchi, temi tea garden then aftr lunch visit Rabangla budhdha park. Aftr then you reach to Pelling at late evening. Night stay at Pelling then early morning take a glimpse of kanchanjangha during sunrise near helipad, aftr breakfast go for khechipuri lake, 1 & half hour drive from Pelling, enroute visit kanchanjangha falls, then visit singsore bridge the 2nd highest hanging bridge of asia. Then you bck to NJP or Bagdogra through Nayabazar route.
There are so many other point also but am describe you 6nights, 7 days plan.
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Utpal Dave

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  • Utpal Dave
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Awesome place to explore"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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