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Gangtok

The headquarters of the East: Sikkim

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Gangtok Tourism

Gangtok is famous for

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim state and is nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas. 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 and is home to various animals like the Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf, and Himalayan Civet. Another major attraction is the holy Tsomgo Lake situated on the highway to Nathula.

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Beauty of flowers - must see

Beauty of flowers - must see  Video Review
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Flower Show Museum

Ankush Sunkale
8th May 17

Changu Lake

Changu Lake  Video Review
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Tsomgo Lake

Padmanava Chatterjee
22nd Dec 17

Must visit temple

Must visit temple  Video Review
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Hanuman Tok

Ankush Sunkale
9th May 17

Nice stupa - 60 years old

Nice stupa - 60 years old  Video Review
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Do-Drul Chorten Stupa

Ankush Sunkale
8th May 17

Surprising spa opposite seven sisters

Surprising spa opposite seven sisters  Video Review
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Seven Sister Waterfalls

Aiban Lyngdoh
4th Jun 18

Witness the connection of waterfalls

Witness the connection of waterfalls  Video Review
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Seven Sister Waterfalls

Aiban Lyngdoh
4th Jun 18

Must visit place to know Tibetan culture

Must visit place to know Tibetan culture  Video Review
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Namgyal Institute Of Tibetology

Ankush Sunkale
9th May 17

Nice view of peaks

Nice view of peaks  Video Review
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Tashi View Point

Ankush Sunkale
9th May 17

Ganesh Temple in Gangtok

Ganesh Temple in Gangtok  Video Review
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Ganesh Tok

Ankush Sunkale
9th May 17

The spiritual Mandir of Sikkim

The spiritual Mandir of Sikkim  Video Review
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Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

Padmanava Chatterjee
22nd Dec 17

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Reasons to go to Gangtok

1Kanchendzonga National Park: For an exclusive safari to spot the red pandas
Kanchendzonga National Park: For an exclusive safari to spot the red pandas

HolidayIQ reviewer Piyush Jain says, "The National Park visit in Gangtok was over at around 4 pm. We were amazed by the number of red pandas that we saw here. We hardly could find any other animal and all that we saw were red pandas. It was amazing to see the conservation effort of the sanctuary to save these species who are on the verge of extinction." 

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2Mount K2 - Kanchenjunga
Mount K2 - Kanchenjunga

HolidayIQ Traveller Kavita Rao from Bangalore shares, “The sight of this mountain peak towering above the other Himalayan peaks is a sight for the Gods. When you see this, specially from Hanuman Tok in Gangtok or Tiger Hill in Darjeeling and that too at sunrise one wonders why we question the existence of God. It is feast for our eyes. Pick the right time and place to view this mind boggling natural attraction.”

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3Attain Nirvana at Saga Dawa festival in Gangtok
Attain Nirvana at Saga Dawa festival in Gangtok

On the day Mahayana Buddhist visit monastery and light butter lamps. Join the procession of the monks to Tsuk-La-Khang Monastery or just chant Holy Scriptures. Celebrate  frenzy of colors with the momentous events of Buddha’s life!

When : 15th June

Pritam Mandal: Several activities based on Buddhist ideology can be done including the rotation on stambh, holy chanting, lightening the candles.

Stay in a real Sikkimese farm and cook authentic Sikkimese dishes: Kewzing Village Home Stay.

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4Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok
Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok

The water in this lake has been accumulated from the melting snow on the mountains located nearby. The river Lungtze Chu originates from this lake, which meets Rangpo-chu down its course. According to the history, the colour of water of this lake was studied by Lamas so as to forecast about the future. They believed, if the water had a dark tinge, it indicated an year full of trouble and unrest in the state.

HolidayIQ Traveller Kavita says, "This is a must see while in Gangtok. Best left to the travel desk people to organise everything from permit to taxi and sightseeing on the way. Very scenic drive on roads not very good but being maintained as best as possible. You need a whole day to see the other sights on the way and visit the lake and return. The lake is spectacular and the rare atmosphere makes one a little light headed but an exhilarating experience."

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5The chilly winds of
The chilly winds of

If you're tired of the usual hill stations, you can always head to Gangtok where you'll get to see some of the cleanest and the most beautiful lakes in India like Lake Tsongmo. apart from a distinct culture that will make you want to live there permanently.

HolidayIQ reviewer Neha says, "I went for my honeymoon to Gangtok. Gandhi Marg and a romantic walk in the wintry night are just awesome. Lachung Lachen is beautiful and Nathula Pass with snow is a beauty to watch. All in all, beauty at its best and the ambience very romantic."

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Reviews (789)

"With marvellous view of 'Shivalik Range' of Himalayas, fill your mind with peace & energy."

Amit jain

Amit jain5.0/5

1 review

Gangtok

Very nice weather. We visited chardham in Namchi. Also Rumket mònastery and Changu lake near Gangtok are very enjoyable place . Food and Shopping: food very good in M. G. Road. I don't do shopping as its always costly in Tourist place. Highlight of the trip: view from hotel window in the morning. Velley view Superb. River of cloud. Snow kanchunjunga mountain.

Arpit aggarwal

Arpit aggarwal5.0/5

1 review

Gangtok

Sightseeing was awesome. I wish I could stay more. The weather was cold. We made a bonfire . Food and Shopping: Several good items are there for shopping and food was awesome . Everything was available in the Gangtok market . Highlight of the trip: The highlight of the trip was char dham temple and zero point
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Recommended Duration in Gangtok

Number of days to spend in Gangtok as recommended by our travellers.

1 day

1.2%

2 days

3.7%

3 days

27.2%

4 days

48.1%

5+ days

14.8%

Gangtok Overview

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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Gangtok, Sikkim

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In way of baba mandir
Gangtok, Sikkim

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