20 BEST Places to Visit near Gangtok - 2020
Best places to visit near Gangtok includes Nathula Pass, Tsongmo Lake, Yuksom, Zuluk, Lachung, Pelling and many such other beautiful places. You can book our 6 Days Taste of the Hills Tour to experience some of them.

The traveller in you will never fall short of words to describe the places to visit near Gangtok – that’s how enchanting the exotic capital of Sikkim is. Be it the views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga or the Sikkim Valley of Flowers, there are plenty of places nestled near Gangtok in the Himalayas for you to visit which will enthral you with their beauty and charm in the mountains.

Gangtok is a feisty city, and so are the places around Gangtok, which leave no stone unturned to satisfy the traveller in you with their exquisite cuisine and rich culture. Be it the Peyamangtse Monastery or the Nathu La Pass, the places around Gangtok offer an ideal blend of serenity and spirituality,stay in the resorts in Gangtok allowing you to explore the land of Sikkim. Visit the enthralling Indo-China border at Nathu La and feel the once-in-a-lifetime adrenaline rush as the soldiers guard their borders in extreme conditions.

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Here are the best places to visit near Gangtok:


01

Tsongmo Lake

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Tsongmo Lake

Also known as Changu Lake, the popular Tsongmo Lake is located at a whopping altitude of 12,400 feet in the Himalayas, creating a tranquil atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. The lake freezes during the winters until April-May, making it one of the most ideal places around Gangtok for adventure enthusiasts to visit. The sight of the pristine lake waters against the backdrop of majestic mountains is unmissable. Each season in Gangtok is unique as the place has everything a traveler wants to see.


Distance from Gangtok: 40 km

Location:
Jawaharlal Nehru Road, 40 km from Gangtok in East Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
The lake welcomes tourists round the year, but the month of October is the most visitable. If you are a snow enthusiast, visit the lake during the winter months.


There are many amazing tourist places in Gangtok and visiting them is a wonderful adventure that will leave you with a treasure trove of precious memories that last forever.

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03

Namchi

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Namchi

Namchi is one of the best places around Gangtok if you want to take a cultural trip of Sikkim. Explore popular tourist attractions such as Namchi Rock Garden, Samdruptse Monastery, Char Dham and Namchi Helipad on your visit to Namchi. The place is also popular for its famous food festival which is held every year as a key attraction of Namchi fiesta.  

Distance from Gangtok:
80 km

Location:
South Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit: March to May and September to November. Many festivals are held in Namchi in the month of October; make sure you experience them on your visit to get a cultural tour of the place!


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04

Yuksom

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Yuksom

Yuksom is the gateway to the most popular treks in Sikkim, and the village itself offers a lot of places like Norbugang Park, Tashi Tenka, Dubdi Gompa and Kathok Wodsalin Gompa for the tourists to explore.  If you are the kind of traveller who likes to explore a place on foot, you are certain to fall in love with the natural beauty of Yuksom village. The pleasant weather, tourist attractions and ancient charm of the village make it one of the most visited places around Gangtok.

Distance from Gangtok:
123 km

Location:
Geyzing Subdivision, North Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
March to June

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05

Nathula Pass

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Nathula Pass

Popular as one of the highest motorable roads in the world, the Nathula Pass is a significant mountain pass as it connects India with China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. Ideal for adventure enthusiasts, Nathula Pass is visited by many bikers and hikers who wish to challenge themselves and test their own mettle at the whopping altitude and in extreme temperatures. Drive to the high-altitude pass to witness the majestic glory of the tall mountains of Sikkim.

Distance from Gangtok: 56 km

Location: Old Sikkim Route

Timings: Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit: If you are a snow enthusiast, visit Nathula Pass during the winters with proper garments. The temperature remains pleasant at 10 degree Celsius between April and mid-June and October-November as the month of November is the most ideal. 

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Zuluk

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Zuluk

Located at an undefeatable altitude of over 10,000 feet, Zuluk serves as an ideal offbeat destination for travellers seeking self-discovery and exploration in antiquated places. Surrounded by virgin wild forests, Zuluk is one of the best places around Gangtok which allow you a “me-time” while traveling.

With fewer people around, enjoy the quaintness Zuluk has to offer along with the mesmerizing views of the sunrise over the might Mt Kanchenjunga and its allied peaks from the Thambi View Point.

Distance from Gangtok:
91 km

Location:
The hamlet is located on the rugged terrain of lower Himalayas in East Sikkim.

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
The months of August and September offer the best climate and views on your visit to Zuluk.

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Lachung

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Lachung

At an impressive altitude of 8600 feet, Lachung will take your breath away with unparalleled views of surroundings and natural beauty which are preserved in its rawest form. Lachung is one of the most preferred places to visit near Gangtok by offbeat travellers owing to the quietness and charm of the place. The drive from Gangtok to Lachung promises enchanting views all along the scenic route, making your sojourn worth it in every moment spent here.

Distance from Gangtok:
118 km

Location:
Lachung is located in northeast Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
April and May are the best months to visit Lachung. If you are a winter enthusiast, you must explore Lachung in the month of December.

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Chungthang

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Chungthang

At the picturesque confluence of rivers, Lachen and Lachung are the enchanting Chungthang Valley. The small town of Chungthang is also the only gateway to the two most popular tourist destinations in North Sikkim – Lachen and Lachung. Visit the legendary rock in Chungthang, which is believed to be the seat of the revered Guru Rimpoche. The place is inhabited by Lepcha, and the rich flora of Chungthang Valley will enchant you with the natural beauty.

Distance from Gangtok:
81 km

Location:
North Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
Chungthang receives considerable rainfall around the year, but it is desirable to avoid the period between July and September as the place experiences high rainfall.

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09

Pelling

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Pelling

The second most popular place in Sikkim after Gangtok, Pelling is one of the most convenient places to visit near Gangtok for a sojourn in the lap of nature. Pelling is covered in thick forests while exotic wildlife increases the beauty of the place. Explore the beauty of Pelling on foot and visit the Changey and Khangchendzinga Waterfalls for a rejuvenating experience on your trip to Pelling.

Distance from Gangtok: 131 km

Location: 10 km away from district headquarters of Geyzing

Timings: Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit: The place is open throughout the year but best avoided between June and September during the rains.


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Yumthang

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Yumthang

Perched at a height of 11,800 feet, Yumthang is the place to visit, especially for its exquisite flora and fauna, which will impress nature lovers as well as wildlife enthusiasts. If you are a photography enthusiast, prepare yourself to capture the most vibrant frames of your lifetime in Yumthang as the “Sikkim Valley of Flowers” blooms the most colourful flowers like the primula. Dotted with rhododendron forests, Yumthang offers a rich landscape with meadows, gushing streams and waterfalls lining your way on your visit to the lush green valley.

Distance from Gangtok:
127 km

Location:
North Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
April to May

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11

Kabi

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Kabi

On your way to the magnificent Seven Sisters Waterfalls, make a haul at the quaint Kabi Lungchok which reflects the historical and cultural importance in Sikkim. While the natural beauty of the place will enchant you with its rawness, dig further into history and learn about the ancient Lepcha and Bhutia tribes which signed the Treaty of Blood Brotherhood in Kabi.

Distance from Gangtok:
17 km

Location:
17 km north of Gangtok

Timings:
9 AM to 5 PM

Best time/season to visit:
The place remains open to visitors throughout the year, but the months of October and November are the most pleasant.

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12

Ravangla

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Ravangla

With the breathtaking Kanchenjunga as its backdrop, Ravangla offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayas in Sikkim. It is a one-stop shop for everything as it offers interesting sightseeing in the form of Bonn and Ralang monasteries, temples, Kewzing market, and the natural flora. With adventure activities like trekking and camping making their way into Ravangla, the place has emerged as a popular tourist destination in Sikkim.

Distance from Gangtok:
68 km

Location:
South Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
Visit in August and September to witness the Pang Lhabsol festival.

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13

Lachen

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Lachen

Lachen is a small yet highly visited village in North Sikkim. The popular Chopta Valley in Lachen is every photographer’s paradise as snow-clad mountains adorn the camera frames to create a picture-perfect imagery. Other points of tourist interest include Thangu Valley, Lachen Monastery and Gurudogmar Lake.

The panoramic views of the vast landscape will enchant you and make you fall in love with nature as streams and waterfalls in Lachen promise a refreshing sojourn away from your everyday life. As much as it is an ideal destination to experience tranquillity, you can also visit Lachen to experience the adventure as a lot of adventure activities have added wonders to the place.

Distance from Gangtok:
107 km

Location:
North Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
September to May

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14

Darjeeling

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Darjeeling

With dazzling views of Kanchenjunga overlooking the bustling town, Darjeeling is all about tea gardens, orchids, pines and an ideal blend of modern and colonial charm. Any trip to Darjeeling is incomplete without a ride in the UNESCO-recognised Toy Train, which will make time-traveling a reality for you as you explore Darjeeling in the whistling mini train. Watch the mesmerizing sunrise over the untouched hills as Darjeeling works wonders to cater you the best Himalayan views, offering an ideal getaway from your everyday life.

Distance from Gangtok:
98 km

Location:
Northern part of West Bengal

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
October to March

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Pemayangtse Monastery

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Pemayangtse Monastery

The monastery will welcome you with warmth and positive vibes with its impressive architecture which reflects solitude in every element. Be it the intricate paintings, statues or other Buddhist artifacts, the art pieces found here an epitome of Buddhist essence. The monastery was founded by Lhatsun Chenpo in 1705, and it is the controlling monastery of Nyigma Order of Tibet Buddhism, making your visit a spiritual and enriching experience.

Distance from Gangtok:
110 km

Location:
It is located 110 km west of Sikkim in Pelling

Timings:
9 AM to 7 PM

Best time/season to visit:
The monastery is open throughout the year, but it is a must-visit place in the months of November and December.

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The Seven Sisters Waterfall

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The Seven Sisters Waterfall

The Seven Sisters Waterfall marks the beauty of nature with its thunderous and gushing flow, especially during and after the rains when the seven streams are in full might. The splendor and beauty of these waterfalls make it one of the most exotic places to visit near Gangtok in terms of scenic beauty and rejuvenating atmosphere.

Take a ropeway ride at the site to enjoy a breathtaking aerial view of the voluminous waterfalls. Visit the tourist sheds built around the waterfalls during the rains to witness the majestic sight of the waterfalls without getting drenched. Carry delicious food to eat along with you and spend an adventurous weekend at the waterfalls.

Distance from Gangtok:
32 km

Location:
The waterfall is located on Gangtok-Lachung National Highway, North Sikkim.

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit: August-October

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17

Rumtek Monastery

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Rumtek Monastery

As a place of religious importance, the Rumtek Monastery is one of the most visited spiritual places to visit near Gangtok which harbors the remnants of the Buddhist culture in the form of large hand painted and intricate wall murals, thankas, silk paintings, and statues. The monastery is a hub of Buddhist knowledge and reflects the virtues of the followers of Buddhism. Enjoy the stupefying views of the Gangtok Valley on the opposite side from the stupa on top of the three-storeyed structure.

Distance from Gangtok:
36 km

Location:
Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre

Timings:
8 am to 6 pm

Best time/season to visit:
The monastery is open throughout the year, but best visited during September and October months for a pleasant climate.

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18

Khecheopalri Lake

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Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake offers the best tranquil experience for offbeat travellers as well as tourists who want to spend a rejuvenating day in the lap of nature. Surrounded by mountains, the lake is one of the most serene places to visit near Gangtok if you are in search of solace. A holy spot for the locals, the lake is frequented in large numbers by both Hindu and Buddhists for its mythical beliefs, allowing you to feel spirituality in the air during your visit.

Distance from Gangtok:
147 km

Location:
Khecheopalri Village, 147 km west of Gangtok

Timings:
8 am to 6 pm

Best time/season to visit:
The lake is open for tourists around the year, but the atmosphere is the best in the month of October when the Chho-Tsho festival is celebrated at the lake.

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Rabdentse

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Rabdentse

Rabdentse is famous for its ruins, which reflect the historic wipeout of the siege of Gurkhas. Visiting Rabtendse is a must if you are looking for places to explore around Gangtok for its magnificent natural scenery and breathtaking views of the gigantic Kanchendzonga Mountain Ranges in West Sikkim. Walk to the nearby Pemayangtse Monastery and experience a spirituality on your excursion to this beautiful place.

Distance from Gangtok: 107 km

Location: Geyzing, close to Pemayangtse Monastery, Pelling, West Sikkim

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM

Best time/season to visit: The place is open throughout the year, but it is best visited between the months of September to May to eliminate chances of rainfall ruining your sojourn.


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20

Magnan

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Magnan

Magnan is a small, quaint village popular amongst offbeat travellers for its natural beauty. Experience the ancient village charm on your stroll in the village. The place has a lot of thrill to offer in the form of paragliding, rock climbing, mountain biking, forest camping and much more, making it one of the most preferred places to visit near Gangtok for adventure enthusiasts. Visit the Labrang Gompa in the vicinity to experience spirituality in the quaintness.

Distance from Gangtok:
65 km

Location:
Mangan is the capital of the district of North Sikkim

Timings:
Open 24 hours

Best time/season to visit:
the place is open throughout the year, but the months of October and November are the most preferable.

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