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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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Praveen

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  • Praveen
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Overall, nice place to see" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Gangtok is very nice place to visit especially during summer to chill. MG Marg is a famous landmark at Gangtok. Well-planned, clean green city. Traffic rules are very good. All other Indian city needs to learn & follow from the Gangtok. Polythene free areas. Overall, nice place to see.
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Debasish Bhadra

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Dazzling Gangtok" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Since being a mountain lover, I have been to the Himalayas almost every year, from Pahalgam to Darjeeling, Kedarnath to Chitkul. But I have never ever touched the soil of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, our neighbouring state. So this year (October, 2014) I decided to visit Gangtok along with my wife and son. Getting down from Teesta Torsa ex at NJP, we found lots of share jeeps awaiting us. You don't require to reserve a car which may cost you around Rs 2000. We booked all four seats at the middle of a share jeep for three of us at Rs 150 pp. It took about 4 and half hours to reach Gangtok. Don't forget to have lunch at Rangpo with desi chicken curry and rice.

At Gangtok we stayed at Hotel Orchid, excellently located between National Highway and M G Marg. I got the information of the hotel from HolidayIQ and I am really indebted to them for that. The room was excellent with sufficient water, the staff were well-behaved and very helpful and the food was delicious. You have to spend Rs 1500 for an excellent view room with all possible amenities. Mt Kanchenjunga was visible from our room. Since we reached within 7 am, we booked a car (arranged by the hotel) for the city sightseeing @ Rs 1400 which covered every spot including Rumtek Monastery. Discuss with the driver to cover the monastery before the tour, generally they try to make it a separate tour as it is situated 12 km away from the city.

Do not forget to visit the permanent flower exhibition pavilion that displays a host of alpine flowers and orchids. Rumtek Monastery and the Tibetan Institute were also worth visiting. You could have a bird's eye view of Gangtok city and the Tista river from Ganesh Tak. Never forget to book the ticket of tomorrow's Tsomgo-Nathula-Baba Mandir tour at Rs 750 pp. You can't go there by yourself, you have to go with any travel agency. Don't worry, your hotel will arrange everything. Remember you have to submit three photocopies of your ID card, everyone has to do so.

Anyway, Next day at 7 am we started for Nathula pass in a Mahindra jeep along with some other passengers. The road was so so, somewhere damaged too. But the beauty of the nature around was incomparable. There were a few fountains beside the road. After two hours treeline began vanishing because Nathula's altitude is 14000 ft. The weather was extremely cold, so arrange for heavy warm clothes. Also use Cocoa-30 which will protect you from altitude sickness like headache, vomiting, head-reeling, breathing trouble, etc. We got snowfall there. Tibet is over the fence, the international border. Then we headed for Baba Mandir, built in the memory of Late martyr Colonel Harbhajan Singh. The rumour goes that till date he guards the border and keeps a stern watch on the activities of the Chinese soldiers.

Our next destination was Tsomgo lake. At 14000 ft such a vast water body is really awesome. Its beauty is breathtaking. The lake is surrounded by a chain of mountains. In winter the water of the lake freezes. By the way, you have to have your lunch here with maggi noodles only. No rice or anything else is available. One can have the taste of yak-riding beside the lake. We came back half an hour before the evening.

Next day, as usual, we walked through the clean and green city and went to visit the Paljor Stadium where Baichung Bhutia, former Indian captain had been nourished. In the evening we strolled through the M G Marg, beautifully decorated with plants and flowers. It is the shopping centre of Gangtok too. You may buy windcheaters, gloves, sweaters etc (don't forget to bargain! ). No vehicle is allowed in this road. There is a Bengali restaurant named "Dada-Boudir Hotel" towards the east. The dishes were delicious. There is a market called Lal Market towards south, but not reliable. Anyway, next morning after having our lunch, we left the hotel to catch the share jeep. The jeep stand was just in front of the hotel. But we had to pay Rs 200 pp, god knows why. We reached NJP at 3.30, whereas our train was due at 5.25 pm.
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Nayeem Ali

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"Clean and decent city" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Clean and good city. Cooperative people except the migrants from other state. Especially Drivers.

Beautiful city. Nearby good places to see and stay. Take your time, don't hurry. Liked the food there.

Visit the zoo for some endangered species.

Little congested. It's ok for shopping.
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Arun kumar gurung .

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  • Arun kumar gurung .
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Relished every moment" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I liked the Gangtok city, it was so neat and refreshing. We relished our every moment of stay at Gangtok. Although, we had to skip visiting Nathula Pass, due to heavy snowfall, even though we enjoyed watching the beautiful hills. We intend to visit Gangtok in near future too.
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Mumtaz Nabiuddin

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"One of the must visit place in North East" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
India's North East region is very beautiful, you will find nice views of hills, waterfalls and valleys. The region has big impact of being very close to Himalayan mountains.

Gangtok is one of the must visit destinations in the region as it has lot of beauty to amaze you. I am sharing my experience which I had while in Gangtok.

Date : 12-Jun, We, a group of 4 friends started from Kolkata by Train at 23:00 and reached NJP by 08:20 next day. The overnight journey was delightful especially if you wake up in Kishanganj Area. We reached NJP and after having breakfast near station we looked for package and we bagged a good deal after negotiating with the dealer. The deal included drop to Gangtok, Stay at hotel and food at the hotel.

Within 30 mins of booking, a cab was assigned and we started our journey by road now. While our way to gangtok, we had enjoyed a lot with the scenic beauty and had to stop at many places for photo shoot session.

We reached Gangtok in afternoon and after reaching hotel, we had a quick shower and after food we went to local market.

Next morning was delight as it rained from 06:00 to 09:30 so we had our breakfast and left for sightseeing. During sightseeing we went to monastery, waterfalls, rocks, temples and many other points from where we had amazing view.

In evening one MUST visit MG Road, we walked to MG Road, the walk was memorable because we were walking in FOG. On reaching MG Road, we had good time in having snacks and shopping you can go down the hill nearly 40-50 steps just checking out shops.

There is also arrangement for live band which you will enjoy as a lot of people will be enjoying. The place has been dedicated for this purpose so no vehicle is allowed in this area. You will feel like you are not Indian because the level of cleanliness this city maintains and people are very helpful.

While returning we went to see a football stadium which is located so high that it's foggy in evening.

I recommend visiting this place at least once in your life.
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Harsha Anjanappa

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"Classic romantic place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
If you have more than 2 weeks of time and really want to be out of pollution free place then pack up to North Sikkim - Gangtok city.

Magnificent mountain view scenery from the capital city. Connection to all wonderful places like lachung, nathula pass, zero point valley and many more. Never miss momos. This is the best and safe place. People are very cooperative. Must visit this place.
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Visalakshi Arumugham

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"Lovely tok" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Gangtok, the capital of the smallest state, Sikkim is a lovely and beautiful hill station. It is worth travelling all the way from Chennai to experience the freshness and natural ecosystem prevailing in an unpolluted hill station. The park, waterfalls, the ruins of palace of erstwhile kingdom, MG road shopping experience are all my sweet memories to cherish even after a year. The style and charm of shops in MG road resembles a road in England. Nice exercise climbing up and down the narrow streets, the wonderful manoeuvring of vehicles by all in a narrow hill road was amazing and really Worth appreciation.
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Abhishek Dhirahi

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"A modern natural beauty" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Gangtok is a kind of city where you would like to spend all your life. It is very well-organized city unlike Darjeeling. Local transport and connectivity is superb. Here you will find everything from temples to monastery to shopping hubs to bars to restaurants and what not. A modern natural beauty.
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Ishita Jain

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  • Ishita Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Summer retreat"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
A perfect break if you want to escape from the scorching summers of the North. I advise you to stay in namchi and Lachung. Both the places are worth exploring. Chardham is the best temple I have ever seen in my entire life. Clean, beautiful and we'll maintained. The place will wanna make you come back again. Of course weather plays an important part of you are visiting Sikkim. Luckily during my entire 7 day stay weather was on our side which made the trip even more pleasant.
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Prianka

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  • Prianka
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Awesome destination"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Gangtok is a beautiful city to visit with lots of colourful flowers all around. There are many Buddhist monasteries that one can visit. My favourite visit was to flower exhibition in gangtok that place is really filled with so many beautiful flowers that you just don't want to leave. Ganesh tok and tashi view point offers good views of the city. A refreshing place to be in.
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