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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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Karun roongta

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  • Karun roongta
  • 2 Reviews
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"A beautiful place with civic sense and administration" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Everybody in east should travel to Gangtok from UP to Border in Burma to know how a well ruined state work. When most of us know only Jammed, potholes road, Civic indecipline. Gangtok is an exception, the trafiic is well mamged, so is the parking and the people are generous and humble. The place lies on the souther edge of Himalayas. Is beautiful with gardens, monastery temples etc. Must visit for anybody
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Ashish Shukla

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  • Ashish Shukla
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 188 photos
  • 42 Reviews
  •  37 helpful votes
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"Sikkim - The queen of hills in North East"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Gangtok local sight seeing, Tsomongo Lake, Nathula Pass and Baba Mandir in Sikkim. It was not advisable to go Sikkim in such a weather of July 2nd week as it rains too much. The weather was awesome as there were clouds on the mountain, but the problem was that, it rained heavily. The views of mountain were not visible on most of the time, but still the mausam was awesome and we had a great time there.
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Mahboob ali Pathan

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  • Mahboob ali Pathan
  • Lives in Bikaner
  • 7 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1370 readers

"Wow Sikkim"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Gangtok is pride of India not only in Natural Beauty but also in its cleanness, rules obeyed city, honesty, superior quality of Roads, devoted person about their duties like Police, Municipality and others. People of India should take lesson from Sikkim. Sightseeing is marvel specially Nathula Pass, Tsomgo lake, Rumtek Monastery Waterfall's, Ropeway and Many More. I love Sikkim and will come back soon.
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Debraj  Dutta

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  • Debraj Dutta
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 29 photos
  • 5 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  4367 readers

"Gangtok, the Himalayan beauty."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Silkkim is one of the best Hill stations for holidays. Silkkim can be visited anytime except Mansoon season of the year. If you want to experience snowfall then January to March is the best time. The beauty of Silkkim is amazing. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and it is one of the cleanest city in India. So be careful littering in the public place if you tin Sikkim. In this context be aware that smoking in public is completely ban in Sikkim. If you are caught shell out heavily for fine.
The culture of the city Gangtok is modern and cosmopolitan. M. God Marg in the city is the main Avenue c for shopping. The road is very nice. Sikkimese people are friendly and helpful. You will get plenty of Taxis everywhere in Gangtok.
If you are roaming any streets of Gangtok fir shopping you will see woolen garments are being sold by the local people. These are quite reasonable in price.
Gangtok is well connected through road. Nearest airport is Bagdogra which is 4hrs by road from Gangtok. New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station.
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Ajay Amin

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  • Ajay Amin
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 3 Reviews
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"Very nice place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Sikkim has eye catching sceneries. Gangtok is really nice place for natural beauty lover. Hills & valley, Kanchanjanga view, greenery, water falls, sunrise, variety of flowers, natural neat and clean environment, ice and fog, kind people, adventure and of course hot tea are some attractions. One must visit this state.
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Arvind sharma

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  • Arvind sharma
  • 4 Reviews
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"Great place in terms of cleanliness and traffic rules"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I liked most Banjhakri falls, cleanness in city, people driving in proper lane and following parking rules which helped to avoid traffic jam in small roads of a city in hilly area. Child will like Red panda in Zoo. Rest points of local sightseeing are average or like other hill station. In evening roaming and shopping on Mall Road is also a good experience.
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Biswajit Das

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  • Biswajit Das
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 2 Reviews
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"Awesome place for summer"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I 1st went there to Darjeeling, stayed there for 2days then we reserved a car and went to Gangtok. After that we went to nathula(China border), tsmani lake and baba mandir at the hill top for that we had to reserve the car a day before for the permit for going to China border. Enjoyed the yak ride, snows around the mountain.
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Sandeepan sadhukhan

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  • Sandeepan sadhukhan
  • 6 Reviews
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"Good Destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Gangtok is a beautiful hill town and the capital of north-eastern state of Sikkim. This is one place which many tourists like to combine along with a visit to Darjeeling. In fact the combined trip of Darjeeling-Gangtok is a common recipe when people think about visiting this part of the country. This is mainly because of the proximity of the two places as well as easy access. And while in Gangtok, tourists visit several other places including the wonderland of Yumthang valley in north Sikkim, and Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass in East Sikkim, Pelling in west Sikkim etc.

Gangtok is located at an altitude of 5, 410 ft in East-Sikkim. Distance from NJP (the nearest major railway station) is 126 km, from Bagdogra airport 124 km, from Siliguri 114 km and from Darjeeling 98 km. Private and shared taxi services are available in plenty between Gangtok and these places.
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Kiran Poojary

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  • Kiran Poojary
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews
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"Hilly region, with cold climate"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
People are honest and supportive, climate is good, scenic view. Roads, traffic discipline is good. Zoo is good, rope way is good, we had to wait in queue for nearly 90 mins. Staff not proper for rope way, one trip of ropeway takes 15- 20 mins and max 24 passenger. On your route to tsomgo lake and baba mandir excellent climate and scenic view. Due to heavy pollution of vehicle air quality is worst, we had eye sensation problems, breathing problems and smell of burnt fuel is worst experience, what about our next generation.
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Tvsr Murthy

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  • Tvsr Murthy
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 3 Reviews
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"Best Place to visit in North-East"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Sikkim, a perfect holiday destination is also called Switzerland of north-east. Gangtok, capital of the state is also a capital of tourist places. One who is a nature lover will surely try to visit place. M G Marg is the highlight of the Gangtok. It is a well planned clean and green city.
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