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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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Ishita Jain

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  • Ishita Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Summer retreat" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 days 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" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week 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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Narendra Pal

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  •  5 helpful votes
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"A place with scenic beauty" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Gangtok is very good for scenic beauty. Kanchenjunga are viewing from every where if weather is clear. Gangtok is very clean city.

Peoples are very honest and calm. Here momos is famous. Tibetan culture and sculpture is available everywhere.

Snow is available in Tsomgo and Nathula pass 3-4 hours from here. Water falls and monasteries are very nice here.

And wine is low cost here.
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Harvinder Singh

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  • Harvinder Singh
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"Disciplined people and cleanliness everywhere" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Trip to North sikkim was wonderful experience. Places like Gurudongmar lake and Yumthang valley were simply marvellous. Out of the world experience.

Lachen and Lachung were small hamlets on way for night stay. It was breathtaking scenery out there. Snow clad mountains, crystal clear river water, lush green jungles and huge waterfalls everywhere.

Disciplined people and cleanliness everywhere.
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Deepak Yadav

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  • Deepak Yadav
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"Hidden jewel of Indian" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Gangtok is one of the few cool places in India which satisfies your desire of traveling abroad. The overall feel, the culture, the atmosphere, the people of Gangtok and Sikkim is such that for a moment u think that u r in European territory. On one hand you have pubs and casinos there and on the other you have world famous monasteries. Gangtok is a place you can go alone or with friends or with family. It has everything for everyone. So, go to Gangtok and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of chong po lake, nathula pass, lachung and dozens of such places.
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Shakuntala Pathak

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"A good destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We reached Gangtok on 10th March 2016, went to Hotel Pratigya did not like it, shifted to hotel Sikkim retreat with clear balcony view of Kanchenjunga, that evening we spent visiting travel agents on MG marg, on 11th we had planned for nathula, 12th-14th North Sikkim 15th - local sightseeing and then transfer to pelling 16th-pelling sightseeing and 17th - NJP via namchi and temi tea garden. M.G marg is a pretty nice place vehicles are not allowed, take a walk, have momos or eat rolls at roll house/could 9. You can buy sweaters/Sikkimese fans and small gift items. Sightseeing in Gangtok was a good experience too. We visited ranka monastery, institute of tibetology, a flower exhibition and the banjhakri waterfalls, we did not visit d view points cause after East and North Sikkim those view points are not worth it.
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Aparajita ray

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  • 5 Reviews
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"Beautiful, serene and thrilling!!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The trip to Gangtok and North Sikkim was extremely wonderful and pleasant. Serene scenic beauties and mesmerizing weather makes it relaxing and thrilling. Enjoyed the beautiful springs and nice scenery. Best time to visit is between March to June.
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Anjani kumar Srivastava

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  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Nature's gift" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
The trip to Gangtok and adjoining areas was extremely wonderful and pleasant. Those loving natural beauties find the place a treasure of natural beauty. The best time to visit is April - middle of June. All visitors must bring their id (even children) for getting necessary permission to visit a few places like tsongo lake baba mandir, yumthang etc. Light woolen clothes and inner wears will do.
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Manjeet kaur

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  • Manjeet kaur
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"Best hill station in India" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Sikkim is amongst the most beautiful places in India. People who love mountains should visit it atleast once in their lifetime. We have made it a habit to visit it once every year.

To compare it with others it is very clean and organised as compared to Shimla, Manali and 100 times better than its neighbours such as Darjeeling and Kalimpong.

No other hill station gives you sights and sounds such as this one.

Ample attractions - tsomgo lake, nathula pass, hanuman tok, ganesh tok, do drul chorten, namgyal institute of tibetology, tashi view point, baba mandir, rumtek and other monasteries..

Dont miss to visit banjhakri waterfalls, simply breathtaking, and mg road- simply the best market place adorned with orchids and flowers. You dont need to visit flower show after having visited the MG road market.
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Preetam mohapatra

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"Great, enjoyed to the fullest"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visited:
1- Gangtok
2- Lachen, then Urudongmarlake
3- Lachung, Yumthang Valley
4- Darjeeling

All trip arrangements were done by wetrekkers.
The driver who took us to Lachen Lachung was really a good human being like most of the Hilly people and made the trip even more memorable. We booked a scorpio for Lachen Lachung Visit.

Stayed in Hotel Greendale Gangtok( best hotel), the hotels in Lachen and Lachung are not that good. Once can check for options in net as all provide the same facilities except few like Yarlam resort, Apple orchard. We stayed in little tibet in Darjeeling and did the booking from Makemytrip.
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