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It was a last minute planned trip and this was the first time we were going anywhere in the North-east. Besides, rains were about to hit the region and we had heard of the torrential rains in this region. Apprehensions about the trip were, therefore, quite high. But Gangtok turned out to be a surprise.

We have been to most hill stations of North India but Gangtok was different. Clean streets, disciplined traffic, unique vegetation, beautiful flowers, huge mountains, gurgling streams, roaring rivers, floating clouds and mist was all that could make your heart jump with joy.

We had an encounter with the beauty of the place when we started our journey from the Bagdogra Airport towards Gangtok in a taxi. Apart from this, a helicopter ride is the only other way to get to Gangtok. We planned the trip at the last minute, otherwise we could have booked a helicopter ride too. But then the road journey is also something you cannot afford to miss.

It was raining, but more like a drizzle than the torrential rains which we expected. The rains added to the surreal beauty of the place. We were riding through the clouds as it was misty all around. An atmosphere of sheer charm.

The first place we visited was Banjhakri. A small place well-organised around a waterfall and streams. It is a place worth spending some time. Next, we went for the Gondola ride. Although we managed to just peer through the breaks in the floating clouds from time to time at the beautiful Gangtok below, it was a fantastic experience.

The next point we visited was the Tashi View Point situated at the highest point in Gangtok. The view of the mountains from there was exquisite, although we could not see the Kanchenjunga because of the clouds.

The next day we set out for Lachung which is situated at a height of around 15000 feet. It was drizzling all the way. The ride was rough, highly adventurous and at some point even dangerous. But a wonderful experience as we rode along huge and menacing mountains with roads completely damaged due to landslides and crossed several huge waterfalls with water rushing down ferociously. The Teesta river flowed along with roaring waters. Although, it is dangerous during the rains but you would miss several waterfalls if you come here during the dry seasons. But do not insist to go beyond a point if you get news of landslides or you might get stuck for long period of time. We also decided to turn back once we got such news. We had a wonderful ride so far and going beyond could be dangerous.

The next day we tried to book a helicopter ride but we were told the rides were closed due to maintenance for two days. It is something one must try out.

The mall in Gangtok is a truly nice place to hang out. We had exotic food at Baker's Cafe and some finger-licking non-vegetarian stuff at Khan Chacha's Biryani. The food at Parivar Restaurant was also good. We shopped for umbrellas and tea.

It was a wonderful and a memorable trip.
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Sanjeet Mohapatra
  • Sanjeet Mohapatra
  • Lives in Cuttack
  • 1 Review

"Fantabulous" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Visitors' paradise. A must visit to Nathula pass, zero point is the best. Momos are a treat to enjoy here.
Travelling around took maximum time, so paying a visit to the market was a miss. Give a visit in the month of March. The main thing is that this time will allow you to visit all the places which you wish give a visit.I agree that traveling takes a toll on your body but trust me friends its worth the pain. Another vital thing is that you should have a light lunch or dinner throughout the outing. Its mandatory to carry your Id proofs as they will not allow you till the china border and Changu lake without that.
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Shrawan Lohia
  • Shrawan Lohia
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"Amazing place to getaway" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was an awesome place for those who love peace. Places to visit are Tsangu Lake, MG Road, Hanuman Tok, Ganesh Tok, Harbhajan Baba Mandir, Tashi View Point and Nathula Border. You'll love the tall glasses full of tea. You'll be busy enjoying sights. Don't forget to take some warm clothes.
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Avik Ghosh
  • Avik Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews

"A cool place to visit during summers" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was a nice place to spend summer vacation. The atmosphere at Gangtok was good and healthy. All sightseeing places were good. At some places, local tasty foods and momos were available. The stay in Gangtok was quite relaxing. It's a nice city with nice people. I enjoyed a lot with my friends. It's been a year now but the memories are still fresh in my mind. The best time to visit is in the month of January and February .
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Pramod sharma
  • Pramod sharma
  • Lives in Kolhapur
  • 3 Reviews

"A clean city with beautiful places" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Gangtok is a very clean city. We saw all nearby places including travel in rope way. The visit to Nathula Border of India-China was an excellent place, having very pleasant climate and temperature around 5 degree celsius. The Hanuman and Ganesh Tonk was another beautiful location of Gangtok. Overall, a very good place.
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Kushal kumar
  • Kushal kumar
  • 4 Reviews

"Beautiful place with cool climate" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Overall, the trip was outstanding and awesome. The local sightseeing was very beautiful. One can enjoy the greenery and natural scenery with a great enjoyment. The climatic conditions were very pleasant and sightseeing at Nathula Pass was very amazing.
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K p dobaria
  • K p dobaria
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  • 7 Reviews

"Good food and affordable accommodation" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Gangtok is a nice and peaceful place for tourists. Well-disciplined people with good traffic sense. It is a neat and clean city. Interesting tourist places in Gangtok. Good food and accommodation available for all class of tourists at an affordable rate.
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Jagdish
  • Jagdish
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Delicious food and great sightseeing places" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The atmosphere at Gangtok was good and healthy. All sightseeing places were good. At some places some local tasty foods and momos were available. Local dresses were available which attracted the people at Ganesh Vihar Tonk Road. Nathula Pass was a good experience too.
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Hasan jawaid Khan
  • Hasan jawaid Khan
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  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 8 Reviews

"An adveturous trip to a wonderful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a last minute planned trip and this was the first time we were going anywhere in the North-east. Besides, rains were about to hit the region and we had heard of the torrential rains in this region. Apprehensions about the trip were, therefore, quite high. But Gangtok turned out to be a surprise.

We have been to most hill stations of North India but Gangtok was different. Clean streets, disciplined traffic, unique vegetation, beautiful flowers, huge mountains, gurgling streams, roaring rivers, floating clouds and mist was all that could make your heart jump with joy.

We had an encounter with the beauty of the place when we started our journey from the Bagdogra Airport towards Gangtok in a taxi. Apart from this, a helicopter ride is the only other way to get to Gangtok. We planned the trip at the last minute, otherwise we could have booked a helicopter ride too. But then the road journey is also something you cannot afford to miss.

It was raining, but more like a drizzle than the torrential rains which we expected. The rains added to the surreal beauty of the place. We were riding through the clouds as it was misty all around. An atmosphere of sheer charm.

The first place we visited was Banjhakri. A small place well-organised around a waterfall and streams. It is a place worth spending some time. Next, we went for the Gondola ride. Although we managed to just peer through the breaks in the floating clouds from time to time at the beautiful Gangtok below, it was a fantastic experience.

The next point we visited was the Tashi View Point situated at the highest point in Gangtok. The view of the mountains from there was exquisite, although we could not see the Kanchenjunga because of the clouds.

The next day we set out for Lachung which is situated at a height of around 15000 feet. It was drizzling all the way. The ride was rough, highly adventurous and at some point even dangerous. But a wonderful experience as we rode along huge and menacing mountains with roads completely damaged due to landslides and crossed several huge waterfalls with water rushing down ferociously. The Teesta river flowed along with roaring waters. Although, it is dangerous during the rains but you would miss several waterfalls if you come here during the dry seasons. But do not insist to go beyond a point if you get news of landslides or you might get stuck for long period of time. We also decided to turn back once we got such news. We had a wonderful ride so far and going beyond could be dangerous.

The next day we tried to book a helicopter ride but we were told the rides were closed due to maintenance for two days. It is something one must try out.

The mall in Gangtok is a truly nice place to hang out. We had exotic food at Baker's Cafe and some finger-licking non-vegetarian stuff at Khan Chacha's Biryani. The food at Parivar Restaurant was also good. We shopped for umbrellas and tea.

It was a wonderful and a memorable trip.
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Harsha Bhatia
  • Harsha Bhatia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews

"Clean and relaxing place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The stay in Gangtok was quite relaxing. It's a nice city with nice people. I enjoyed a lot with my friends. It's been a year now but the memories are still fresh in my mind. A must visit place for everyone. The M G Market was the most cleanest market I had ever seen. Plastic bags are banned in Gangtok. I would love to visit again and recommend it to everyone too.
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Shrawan Lohia
  • Shrawan Lohia
  • 1 Review

"Part of heaven" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Haven't you been there? What are you waiting for, pack your bags if you want to visit and explore heaven in a week's time. The place is awesome. Try to avoid going there during rainy seasons because of the landslides, but it is a wonderful place to visit.
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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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