About Gangtok

Gangtok is the largest town in the state of Sikkim. It is nestled within higher peaks of the Himalayas and the all year-round mild temperate climate attracts tourists from all over India. Gangtok was a small hamlet until the construction of Enchey Monastery in 1840. The place is a mixed bag of various ethnicities and is a center for Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning.

Why Go There: Natural beauty | History | Climate | Music | Food
Ideal For: Everyone
Things to Bring Back: Handicrafts, woolens, Tibetan Jewelry, Handloom pieces, shawls, wall hanging, teas, bamboo shoot, silver jewellery, jams, juices and liquor
Best Time to Visit: June – September

Also Read: Things to Do in Gangtok

Places to Visit in Gangtok

12. Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok, a Ganesh Temple is a popular tourist spot in Gangtok. It is located at a height of 6,500 meters and offers spectacular views of snowcapped peaks. The balcony and circular view point are two places that offer a splendid background for pictures. There are also several eating joints and souvenir shops where one can spend some time. At a few minutes distance, you can also visit Hanuman Tok.

Distance: 1 km from the city
Time required: 1 hour

11. Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve

Also known as Khangchendzonga National Park, this park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The park includes stunning glaciers like the Zemu glacier and animals like musk deer, snow leopard, Himalayan Tahr etc. Various species of birds, medicinal plants, trees of Oak, Birch, Maple, Willow and more fill the park. Lodging facilities are available at the Range office and with a permit from Wildlife Education and Interpretation Center, you can undertake magnificent treks.

Popular trek routes:

  • Yuksom – Tshoka – Dzongri
  • Bakim – Dzongri – Thangshing – Samuteng – Goechala
  • Dzongri Base Camp – Rathong – Khangerteng
  • Thangshing – Lam Pokhari – Kasturi Orar – Labdang – Tashiding

Distance: 45.9 km from the city
Time required: A day

10. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

A museum and library, this place preserves centuries old Tibetan-Buddhist culture and history. The foundation of this place was laid down by the 14th Dalai Lama himself in 1957. The lush greenery, quaint atmosphere, significant murals and age-old manuscripts charm visitors from all around the globe.

Distance: 1 km from the city
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Timings: 10 AM – 4 PM

9. Namchi

A 135-foot-high statue of Guru Padmasambhava is perched upon the valley in Samdruptse at Namchi. Nachi means top of the sky and with this glorious statue, it stands true to its name. It offers a breathtaking view of Mount Khangchendzonga along with the Rangit Valley.

Distance: 5 km from the city
Time required: 2 hours
Timings: 9 AM – 7 PM

8. Do Drul Chorten

It is one of the most important stupas in Sikkim built in 1945. It has 108 prayer wheels and is engraved with important mantras. It is also filled with Holy books and other religious objects.

Distance: 3 km from the city
Time required: 2 hours
Timings: 8 AM – 6 PM

7. Enchey Monastery

Enchey Monastery was established in 1909 and belongs to the Nyingma order of Buddhism. The place is considered sacred as protecting deities Khangchendzonga and Yabdean are believed to reside here. In January vibrant and colorful “Chaam” or religious masked dance is held at the Monastery.

Distance: 5.9 km from the city
Time required: 2 hours
Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM

6. Reshi Hot Springs

Phur Tsa Tshu or Reshi Tato Pani is believed to have medicinal properties. It is located on the banks of Rangit river and can be visited from December – February. A small monastery and holy cave called “Lho Khandro Sang Phug”, is adjacent to the river. It is also known as the cave of occult fairies.

Distance: 88 km from the city
Time required: 2 hours
Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM

5. Tashi View Point

Tashi view point provides a sight of Mount Sinilochu and Mount Kanchenjunga against the golden hues of the sun. It was built by Tashi Namgyal, king of Sikkim between 1914 and 1963. Presence of cafeteria and sheds make it a popular picnic spot.

Distance: 8 km from the city
Time required: 2 hours

Pro Tip: In case you do not wish to hire taxis and prefer taking a self-driven trip, then you have plethora of options to hire cars from services like Zoomcar.

4. Seven Sister Waterfalls

Seven Sister waterfall is located on the Gangtok- Lachung Highway. Seven different waterfalls fall fiercely out of cliffs surrounded by lush greenery. The thunderous sound and picturesque makes it a popular attraction. Sunsets make an amazing time for some photography sessions.

Distance: 32 km from the city
Time required: 2 hours
Best Time to Visit: May – July

3. Yumthang Valley

This valley is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary and the bloom carpets the valley from late February to mid-June. Rivers, flowers, hot springs and yaks grazing on the meadows make for a beholding sight. The valley is closed between December to March due to heavy snowfall.

Distance: 150 km from the city
Time required: 3 – 4 hours
Best Time to Visit: Late February – Mid June for flowers, September – Late November for snow

2. Nathula Pass

This mountain pass in the Himalayas is part of the ancient Silk Route. It connects Sikkim with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and is 4,310 m above sea level. With necessary permits the Indian side of the border can be visited only by Indian citizens on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The place looks particularly beautiful when laden with snow.

Distance: 56 km from the city
Time required: 3 – 4 hours
Best Time to Visit: May – October and during winters with proper garments

1. Changu/ Tsongmo Lake

Changhu Lake is a glacial lake that freezes during winters. The surface of the lake reflects different colors with different seasons. Buddhist monks would also prognosticate after studying the changing colors of the lake. A permit is required to visit the lake since it is located in a restricted area.

Distance: 39.7 km from the city
Time required: 2 hours
Best Time to Visit: April – September

Other Attractions

Flower Exhibition Center

This place houses flowers from different parts of Sikkim under a single roof with annual flower show which is held from April to May. Unusual species and rare orchids are a treat for the eyes.

Baba Mandir

Erected in honor of an Indian Army soldier and folk hero, Baba Harbhajan Singh.

Himalayan Zoological Park

Himalayan Zoological Park is located near Ganesh Tok and sprawls across an area of 230 hectares. Rare animals, watchtower and views of Mount Khangchendzonga make for an exciting visit.

Rumtek Monastery

Also called the Dharamchakra Center, this is a gompa buit in the 1700’s.

Nearby Places to Visit

  • A trip to Gangtok can usually be combined with Darjeeling
  • Kalimpong is also a beautiful place just 2.5 hours away

How to Reach Gangtok

Flight | Train | Bus

Nearest Airport:
Bagdogra Airport (77 km)

Book Your Flights And Save Money Using: Air Vistara | Yatra
Nearest Railway Station:
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (117 km away)

Nearest Bus Stops: 
Regular bus services ply from Siliguri to Gangtok

Book Your Bus and Save Money Using: Railyatri | Makemytrip Bus

Where to stay in Gangtok

Mayfair Gangtok | The Elgin Norkhill | Kingston Cheuden Boutique Hotel | WelcomHeritage Denzong Regency

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Rent A Car:

If you do not wish to take your car, you can rent one from: Zoomcar | Savaari | Aha Taxis

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