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Gangtok

The headquarters of the East: Sikkim

14.2/5(784 Ratings)

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

Flower Show Museum

Ankush Sunkale
8th May 17

Changu Lake

Changu Lake  Video Review

Tsomgo Lake

Padmanava Chatterjee
22nd Dec 17

Must visit temple

Must visit temple  Video Review

Hanuman Tok

Ankush Sunkale
9th May 17

Nice stupa - 60 years old

Nice stupa - 60 years old  Video Review

Do-Drul Chorten Stupa

Ankush Sunkale
8th May 17

Surprising spa opposite seven sisters

Surprising spa opposite seven sisters  Video Review

Seven Sister Waterfalls

Aiban Lyngdoh
4th Jun 18

Witness the connection of waterfalls

Witness the connection of waterfalls  Video Review

Seven Sister Waterfalls

Aiban Lyngdoh
4th Jun 18

Must visit place to know Tibetan culture

Must visit place to know Tibetan culture  Video Review

Namgyal Institute Of Tibetology

Ankush Sunkale
9th May 17

Nice view of peaks

Nice view of peaks  Video Review

Tashi View Point

Ankush Sunkale
9th May 17

Ganesh Temple in Gangtok

Ganesh Temple in Gangtok  Video Review

Ganesh Tok

Ankush Sunkale
9th May 17

The spiritual Mandir of Sikkim

The spiritual Mandir of Sikkim  Video Review

Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

Padmanava Chatterjee
22nd Dec 17

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Reviews (784)

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

Vinod kumar yadav

Vinod kumar yadav5.0/5

2 reviews

Heaven of the east

I along with my family (wife and two kids) visited Gangtok, Namchi, Darjeeling and Kalimpong from 2nd April to 8 April. It was one of the most memorable visit of my life. Though I have traveled almost India but this was really unique. The nature at its best supplemented with awesome people make it most memorable . Before travelling I was busy so could not make any pre-visit preparation and was very apprehensive about visit as was travelling with small kids. Fortunately I got a drivers Mob. No (Anmol-08101216161) referred by some traveler while writing his review. I just spoken to him over Mobile and he assured me a hassle free visit. After pick up from Bagdogra Airport to dropping back he became as my family member and resolved all the issue professionally with full credibility and keeping my interest at top. I would recommend at least consult over Mobile if you are in doubt. He himself is your driver guide and a well wisher who will become your family member at last . Apart from sikkim I found Namchi and Ravangla the best. Temi Tea Garden, Lamhatta and Mirik were the best. My suggestion is if you are coming to Sikkim please incude Kalimpong also in your list. Darjeeling disappointed me a lot and I shifted same day back to Kalimpong and the idea was not bad. Please ensure carrying woolens for Nathula visit as weather their is highly not predictable. Though you get sufficient required clothing's on hire. Nathula/ China Border is close on Monday and Tuesday please also keep in mind while planning your journey. One more thing try to stay away from MG Marg if you are not much interested in shopping. Would also like to suggest that please reach Bagdogra Airport while returning well in advance as it takes very much time in security clearance.

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Somir Dhanki

Somir Dhanki5.0/5

1 review

Gangtok should be in everyones Travel List.

Scenic beauty, Clean city, Organic food, Disciplined traffic, Beautifull Temples, Good People behaviour these are some of the outcomes of the tour from Gangtok or Sikkimese villages for any travellers.

Gangtok is 120 Kms from New Jalpaiguri Railway station. And connected only thru roadway currently and takes around 4 to 6hrs travel. Broad guage railway line is being built Upto Rangpo now in 1st phase and will extend Upto Gangtok in 2nd phase probably by 2021.

Shared Taxi / Sumo are available and cost just Rs.350 per seat. Personalized taxi will cost you anything around Rs.3500 to 4500 one side trip from Siliguri / New Jalpaiguri.

From Darjeeling it will take around 4 to 5 hrs for nearly 100km route. Shared Taxi will cost Rs.250 per seat and personal vehicle will cost around Rs.3000.

All types of budget hotels to high end hotels are available in Gangtok and other places in Sikkim. Resorts are fewer. Costing around Rs.2500 for good budget hotels. And Rs.4500 to 8000 for good 3 to 4 star hotels. These are average Rates around the year. You will face traffic jams in morning and evening hours. So early travel is recommended in city areas.

Religious tour are mostly in South and East Sikkim. Adventure tour can be taken in North and West Sikkim. Or if just for Relaxing, Gangtok provides all.
In snowy areas NathuLa pass, Lachen - Lachung - rented Jackets, Gumboots are available.
Minimumt 3 nights stay is recommended. Whole of Sikkim tour will take minimum 7 nights.

Guided tour and packages are available in most hotels and in other market places. Do checkout the fixed rates for travelling tourists spots thru Taxis. Package tours are expensive. If possible, share the vehicle with others for tours. The hotel people or Driver can arrange for it.

The MG Market is the main market location in Gangtok. Not big but yet most of the upmarket things are available. Other market like Lal Bazar and Kanchenjunga shopping plaza for daily essential are nearby to MG Market.

The view of Mount Kanchenjunga (only top peak part) is visible from most of the Gangtok city region.

Good restaurants and bakery shops are available. Try Snow Lion Restaurant at Hotel Tibet little ahead of MG Market near SNT bus stand. Awesome Authentic Tibetan and local cuisine. Including some north Indian dishes too. Most of the dishes were near perfect for what it should be. But be there earliest by 8.30pm. Dragon Wok for Chinese food and OSM for North Indian food, Tashi Dalek - The Square with Open Air Restaurant in MG Road are good options for food. Baker's Cafe and Baking Magic at MG Road were good for Cakes and milkshakes. Worth trying it.
The food costs are like any other city in the country.

The market closes by 9pm.

Gangtok will surely leave good impact on you.

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Som Pal

Som Pal5.0/5

1 review

Peradise of Nort East India . Gangtok SIKKIM

I named Switzerland of India . Most clean natural environment fabulous mountain with free Air . Give extra relief eyes and mind. Must try Tibetian Momo . . Some info:. Sikkim is a state in northeast India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape that includes India’s highest mountain, 8, 586m Kangchenjunga. Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse, which dates to the early 1700s.

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Ajit singh

Ajit singh5.0/5

2 reviews

Awesome experience Sikkim tour.

It has been memorable experience visiting Sikkim. One advise if you going to visit Narula pass which at 4400 metre above sea level then please don't take small kids below age of 5 year due to low oxygen, high altitude sickness and also carry plastic bag for vomiting as many people vomit at high altitudes. Journey to Nathula pass is mesmerizing with beautiful scenery.
  • Awesome experience Sikkim tour.
  • Awesome experience Sikkim tour.
  • Awesome experience Sikkim tour.
  • Awesome experience Sikkim tour.
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Kirit chowdhury

Kirit chowdhury5.0/5

2 reviews

For travellers who loves to visit places of high altitude

A place where you can visit cold desert like gurudangmar and at the same time a serene place like changu with lots of snows you can visit nathula and the valley yumthang. A single visit of seven to eight days one can experience all the above mentioned places. So to me it is like a traveller's paradise . Apart from this visit the ruins of the palace, rabden ruins then the famous monastaries and lovely falls adds to the beauty. Whatmore do you want.

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Ivy chatterjee

Ivy chatterjee4.3/5

2 reviews

Gangtok

You can visit Chhangu lake, baba temple and nathula pass just in the same day and chhangu lake is just 40 km away from Gangtok. If any one visit this place in February or march then he can see frozen chhangu lake which is a visual retreat . From Gangtok north sikkim can be visited in 3 days. Visiting north sikkim can be a life time experience as gurudongmar lake is situated at the height of 17250feet. The lake. Is very beautiful.

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Siddharth srivastava

Siddharth srivastava5.0/5

3 reviews

Must visit mid April to Mid May.

Cheap and best place to enjoy the scenario of snows covering hills. ⛄. Books tickets on MMT & plan your tour with contact of Hotels Travel agent. Veg thupka, Momos, noodles, grills are having the amazing taste. Good sight scenes, People natures are quiet, Polite and warm welcoming.

Minal vaidya

Minal vaidya4.3/5

5 reviews

Good sightseeing

Very nice place for tourists. Flowers show is amazing, Hanuman toak is very good and peaceful place, kanchanjanga waterfall is very good and memorable, but the most beautiful place is tosmon lake. I would like to come again at here with my family. Tashi view point is that place from we can view all the city.

Raju

Raju3.6/5

2 reviews

Lovely stay

Gangtok as hilly reagion is good for stay. Weather is pretty good in the month of may as average temp remains between 16-18 degrees. Only draw back was in the month of may-june rainy season starts and spoils your day but rain is not regular. Nathula and jhaungr lake is pretty good covered with snow and temp remains below minsu degree. Overall experience was really good. Good destination for couples and families tour. Rental cars are bit expensive at those places. People are really good there they respect their tourists and doesn't cheat them. Hotel experience was also good they also treat their tourist with all their best of services. If you have visited Darjeeling then you will find very similar to Gangtok.

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Nawal kishor Toppo

Nawal kishor Toppo5.0/5

2 reviews

Gurudongmar lake

Heaven on earth. I visited during the first weekend of March 2018. The lake was totally frozen. I was lucky to see all the snow capped peacks near the lake with the sun shining above all. What a great moment I had! The road leading towards the lake from Lachen is also fantastically beautiful. Since the weather was clear I could see all the snow capped peaks in their full glory.

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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Awesome experience Sikkim tour.

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