Darjeeling to Gangtok - A Detailed Travel Guide
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Darjeeling to Gangtok Guide

Darjeeling to Gangtok is a beautiful experience in itself! The drive winds through stunning tea gardens and wide, swaying fields that Darjeeling is acclaimed for. Gangtok is a beautiful, quaint little town buried in the mountainous hearts of Sikkim, and one of its best kept secrets. Also have a Look at 6 Days Honeymoon Tour Package which offers amazing experience.

The town, although quite small, has endless things to offer - adventure, solitude, tranquility, respite - you name it. No matter how long your trip is, you will never disappointed, for such is the inexhaustible beauty of the town.You can Book North Sikkim Tour Package which give you a Real Taste of Hills

Home to the highest mountain in India, the magnificent Mt. Kanchendzonga, Gangtok attracts herds of trekkers and adventure enthusiasts every year to admire and gape at its towering beauty. If you were looking for a pocket friendly tour of Sikkim then we have a Budget Sikkim Tour Package (Flat 17% Off).

One of the most famous trekking trails in India, the trial to Goechala, is also housed in Gangtok. Home to a plethora of monasteries and temples, Gangtok has just the right balance of adventure, culture and spirituality to offer.

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  • All tourists are required to present a negative RT-PCR test report.
  • A travel card, which will be issued by the Sikkim government.
  • Travel cards are available on Sikkim government’s web portal. Also, offline travel cards will also be issued at tourism centers across the state.
  • To enter Sikkim from Rangpo or Melli check post, one has to compulsorily procure travel cards.
  • Travel cards can be generated from online portals within minutes and will have stay and travel details. 
  • The travel card will have one main member who will receive an OTP to register. Around 10-15 people can enter the state under one travel card, however each one of them needs to provide a COVID-19 negative certificate.
  • Masks are mandatory while out in public places
  • Complete lockdown to be experienced from 6th May to 15th May.
  • All social distance norms to be followed when out in public
  • All markets, malls, parks, places of worship, except those in containment zones, are open.
  • Installation of Arogya Setu app is mandatory for travel. 
  • Thermal screening to be conducted for all passengers at airports and railway stations.

Symptomatic travellers will have to stay in institutional quarantine for 7 days.

Flights

Flights are functional to Pakyong Airport, Gangtok from all the major airports like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Jaipur etc. This airport is well-connected to all other destinations in Sikkim through railways and roads.

Trains

All local trains are functional to and from different cities in Sikkim.

Local Transport

Local transport including buses and taxis is functional across the state.

The government of Sikkim has taken several steps to curb the spread of Covid-19 while allowing travellers and tourists to visit the state. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Sikkim to undergo 10 day long lockdown Updated: 06 May 2021

A 10 days long complete lockdown to be imposed in Sikkim from 6th May

RAT testing to be done on state borders Updated: 06 May 2021

Sikkim government has decided to conduct Rapid Antigen Test(RAT) at state borders for incoming tourists.

A negative RT-PCR test is mandatory for the travellers to enter sikkim Updated: 06 May 2021

All the tourists will have to present a negative covid-19 report to enter Sikkim. 

Sikkim Tourism launches “Visit Sikkim”to attract the global crowd in 2022 Updated: 12 Feb 2021

Sikkim chief minister P.S. Tamang said his government would promote 2022 as “Visit Sikkim” year to revive the tourism industry ailing under the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

How to Reach From Darjeeling to Gangtok

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Darjeeling to Gangtok by Bus

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If you’re travelling from Darjeeling to Gangtok by road, you can opt for a private or shared cab, or state run buses. The drive is typically about 4 - 5 hours long, and quite scenic.


It is preferable to board a Sikkim state registered vehicle, which takes you directly to Gangtok, rather than a Bengal state registered vehicle, which drops you off at Deorali. From Deorali, you must board a Sikkim state registered vehicle to reach Gangtok.

Bus and taxi fares start from around as low as INR 200, and may go upto INR 3,000.

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By Train

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The nearest rail head to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), which is located roughly at a distance of 120 km from Gangtok.

New Jalpaiguri is well connected to the major cities of India like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore, while the frequency of trains is also decent. 

From the station, you can board a bus, private taxi ro shared cab to take you to Gangtok.

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Darjeeling to Gangtok by Air

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The nearest airport to Gangtok is Bagdogra (IXB), located about 125 km away. A good number of flights ply between Bagdogra and other major cities of the country like Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata.

Bagdogra airport is also well connected to neighboring countries like Bhutan. From Bagdogra airport, you can board a state run bus or a private or shared cab to reach Gangtok. The journey takes about 4 - 5 hours.

Alternatively, from Bagdogra, you can also opt to take a helicopter ride right up to Gangtok, which takes you about 20 minutes. This facility is maintained by the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation.

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Darjeeling to Gangtok Route Map

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Gangtok is located almost north of Darjeeling. If you’re planning to reach Gangtok by car, bus, or bike, here is a detailed route map to follow from Bagdogra, the nearest airport to Darjeeling

-> Head north on NH27, and towards NH327
-> Turn Right at Panchmukhi Air & Train Ambulance Services Pvt. Ltf, and stay on NH27.
-> From the Shiv Mandir, continue driving on NH10.
-> Turn left at the Traffic Point on stay on NH10. Drive past Hotel Avanti on your left.
-> Turn right at Shambhavi Collection Ranipool Bazaar
-> Turn right 
-> Turn right
-> Turn left at Royal Public School
-> Take a sharp left
-> Turn left onto Santujit Rai Road
-> Take another sharp left
-> Turn left
->Continue onto Bhusuk Road

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Best Time to Visit Gangtok

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Summer Season

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Summers in Gangtok begin from May and last up to the first week of July. The weather is not very hot, but rather quite warm and pleasant with temperatures not surpassing a maximum of 28 degrees Celsius.

Gangtok also makes for the perfect getaway in summers, especially for those seeking respite from the scorching heat of the cities. During summers, the western and northern parts of Sikkim are the most visited, as they are usually inaccessible during winters.

With nights being considerably cooler than days, Gangtok is one of the best places to visit during summers. Golden sunlight and warm mountain breeze welcome you.

Min. temp: 12 degrees celsius

Max. temp: 28 degrees celsius

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Winter Season

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Winters in Gangtok begin from October and extend up to March. The weather is very cold, with extreme temperatures which range from 3 to 8 degrees Celsius on average.

There is also a high possibility of snowfall during winters, which means you're in for some great snow adventures! The weather is quite chilly, but pleasant enough, with a light dose of warm sunlight during daytime. If you want to see some festivals in Gangtok, count on the winter season.

Min. temp: 0-2 degrees celsius

Max. temp: 7-8 degrees celsius
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Monsoon Season

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Monsoon season in Gangtok begins from July, and lasts upto September. Although the monsoon weather is nice and pleasant, it is a dangerous season to visit Gangtok as it is prone of heavy rainfall and subsequent landslides.

You can expect several routes to be blocked due to landslides, delaying your journey by hours. With average temperatures ranging from 12 to 24 degrees, there is a slight chill in the atmosphere during and after rains.

If you're okay with the hassles and delays though, there's much beauty in Gangtok to be unveiled during monsoons. A word of caution: Stay constantly updated with the weather forecast to avoid any accidents.

Min. temp: 12 degrees celsius

Max. temp: 24 degrees celsius

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Things to Carry

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Considering the high altitude and extreme winters of Gangtok, the importance of packing wisely and sufficiently cannot be overstated. Weather you're planning to do some trek in Gangtok, or just travelling there, here is an extensive list of things you should undoubtedly pack with you.

Clothes
Sweater (2 if travelling in winters)
Cotton T-shirts
Pants 
Fleece jacket / Woollen layer
Sun cap
Balaclava
Muffler / scarf
Poncho
Windcheater 
Cotton Socks 
Woollen socks for night
High ankle trekking shoes
Anti-glare sunglasses 
Neck Warmer (winters)
Down feather / hollofil jacket (winters)
A pair of thermal shirt and pants (for night; winter)
A pair of woollen gloves (winters)
Napkins; handkerchiefs 

Pro tip - Instead of taking a single bulky jacket, consider layering to stay effectively warmer. That way, when you feel too warm, you can take off one outer layer, and still be warm enough. If, on the other hand, you have just one single jacket, you will feel cold as soon as you take it off. 

Toiletries
Sunscreen (preferably SPF 40+)
Moisturiser
Lip balm
Light towel
Toilet paper roll
Dry tissues (avoid wet wipes as they're not biodegradable)
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Hand sanitiser 
Plastic bags to store your used clothes in

Miscellaneous
Reusable water bottles
A portable oxygen cylinder (if you're visiting places like Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass, as they're on a very high altitude)
Torch (when travelling in the night, a torch will come in handy)
A medicine / first aid kit 
Diuretic tablets like Diamox (to prevent altitude sickness)
Crocin (fever)
Avomine (motion sickness)
Avil (allergies)
Combiflam (painkiller)
Norflox TZ (diarrhea)
Digene (acidity)
Crepe bandage 
Gauze
Band aid
Cotton
ORS
Antiseptic cream
Moov (sprains)
Antifungal powder
Meftal Spas (period cramps)
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Travel Tips

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Gangtok, lodged atop a beautiful mountain cocooned amidst the majestic Himalayas, is the heart of Sikkim. It’s geographical and cultural boundaries seem to blur with those of Nepal and Tibet, making it seem like another country altogether.

Since Gangtok is a whole new experience, there are a handful of things one must take care of and remember while travelling to Gangtok. Here are some of those tips which might help make your experience a lot smoother. 

1. The nearest railway station to Gangtok, like Darjeeling, is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), which is connectedly fairly well to major Indian cities, and very well with Kolkata and New Delhi. 
2. From New Jalpaiguri, you can easily get a shared or hired cab to drive you to Gangtok. Alternatively, you can go to Siliguri for more options. 
3. A jeep from Darjeeling to Gangtok will typically require 4 - 5 hours to drive and cost you about INR 200 per person.
4. You can also board a bus from Siliguri to drive you to Gangtok, but a jeep or shared cab might be more comfortable. 
5. Since Gangtok is a fairly small town, you can go to local places and markets easily on foot. 
6. If you’re visiting places around Gangtok, then you can find plenty of shared jeeps take you, which is convenient as well as quite inexpensive. 
7. You can find a jeep stand just beside the Police Headquarters and Domino's Pizza. 
8. If shopping is on your mind, there’s nothing better than the good old, classic MG Marg in Gangtok. The streets are quite lively, yet not noisy. From souvenirs, fashion items, accessories to famous food joints, MG Marg is everything you need.
9. Tsomgo Lake and Nathula Pass are two of the most beautiful places to visit in and around Gangtok, but considering the extreme high altitude of these places, it is highly advisable to carry a portable oxygen cylinder to keep the chances of Acute Mountain Sickness, otherwise known as altitude sickness, at bay.
10. Considering that Gangtok is a fairly remote town, you may have fluctuating mobile reception. 

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Places to Visit in Gangtok

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Nathula Pass

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The Nathula Pass is one of the oldest and most popular mountain passes of India, and an offshoot of the legendary Old Silk Route itself. Perched at a mind-blowing altitude of 14,140 ft., this route was originally an ancient trade route between India and Tibet.

Flanked by the beauty of the looming Chomolhari peaks of Bhutan, a clear sky day opens a window far and wide into Bhutan, and the sinuous trails of Chumbi Valley, right beyond the Indo-China border.

You should also pay a visit to the world’s highest ATM at Thengu, which falls on the way to Nathula. A word of caution - considering the extreme altitude, it is advisable to carry portable oxygen cylinders to battle altitude sickness.

Timings: Open on all days except Monday and Tuesday

Entry Fee: The permit fee is about INR 200 per person.

Location: East of Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

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Tsongmo Lake

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Locally known as ‘Changu Lake’, Tsomgo, perched atop 12,310 ft. in the heart of Sikkim is a beautiful glacial lake that falls enroute Nathula pass. One of the most frequented sites in Sikkim, the lake waters carry stellar reflections of the neighbouring Himalayan peaks, adding a magical appeal to the already mesmerising setting.

The trail to Lake Tsomgo was once a treacherous climb, but now can be accessed via well a maintained motorable road. The drive up to the lake, however, is still a challenge. Another spot to visit while heading to Tsomgo Lake is the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, which is home to several exotic flora and fauna.

Location: East of Sikkim, Near Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

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MG Road

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MG Marg in Gangtok is the most iconic attraction when it comes to shopping in Gangtok. The place has gone through massive transformation over the years, and has become the most frequented shopping destination in Gangtok, lined with exquisite shops, cafes, restaurants and street vendors.

Gangtok Food and Culture Festival, the most popular annual event is also held at MG Marg during the month of December. If you want shopping with some peace, quiet and zero pollution, MG Marg is the place to hit.

Also, it a welcome change from the busy, bustling city streets that one must navigate while shopping.It is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.

Timings: 08:00 AM to 07:00 PM, everyday except Tuesdays.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Location: MG Marg, Gangtok

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Rumtek Monastery

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Housed in the Rumtek district of Sikkim, Rumtek Monastery is one of the grandest and most popular ones in Sikkim. 

Located about 23 km away from Gangtok, it belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists in Sikkim. One of it’s most striking features is the unmistakable resemblance to Tibet’s magnificent Tsurphu Monastery.

The monastery also offers some of the most jaw-dropping views in all of Gangtok, with several bordering mountains rising up to greet you. From the entry gate, you must embark on a half kilometre’s uphill hike to reach the monastery, which spans four stories and overlooks the settlement of Gangtok. Also known as Dharma Chakra Centre, the monastery is an experience to cherish.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

Location: Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim 737135

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Ban Jhakri Falls

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Situated inside a beautiful dense forest about 10 km away from the main town of Gangtok, Banjhakri Waterfall is one of the most popular tourist and picnic spots in Gangtok.

Falling enroute Ranka Monastery, the waterfall plummets down from a height of 40 meters, with a reverberating road. The name ‘Ban Jhakri’ literally means ‘healer of the forest, adopted from a myth that speaks of a man that dwells in the forest rocks, keeping evil at bay.

A man made lake guards the bottom of the lake, at the centre of which is a beautiful dragon statue. The park is grounded well in Shaman culture and tradition, which doubles the fascination.

Timings: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM everyday.

Entry Fee: INR 50 per person

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

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Ganesh Tok

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Sitting 6 km away from the famous Tashi View Point, Ganesh Tok is a lovely little temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha, built by Shri Appa B. Pant. On a clear sky day, the majestic Mt. Kanchendzonga looms right outside the temple to greet you.

Surrounded by lush forest valleys and mountains, the temple is a window to the sprawling beauty of the entire town go Gangtok. In fact, Ganesh Tok is such a famous spot that you will find that countless of those viral Instagram photos have been shot from this spot.

Timings: 06:00 AM to 07:00 PM
Entry Fee: No entry fee
Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103
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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

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Amongst some of the finest research centres in the field of Tibetan history and language, the Namgyal institute of Tibetology sits amidst verdant forests of oak and birch, at a distance of 2 km from Gangtok.

The sprawling edifice features a grand museum, preserving some of the rarest and oldest artefacts, manuscripts, coins and statues. Several of these manuscripts are inked in Tibetan, Chinese as well as Sanskrit.

A magnificent library also graces the interiors of the building, stocked well with a diverse range of books on Tibet history, culture and mountains.

Timings: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM, from Monday to Saturday.

Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

Location: Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

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Enchey Monastery

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A beautiful 200 years old Buddhist monastery lying in the folds of Gangtok, Enchey Monastery was formerly owned by Lama Dhrupthob Karpo.

The building features the classic Chinese Pagoda design, luring in thousands of tourists and architecture enthusiasts every year.The large hall carries several portraits of Gods and Goddesses, along with a few ancient Tantric Mantras and carvings.

During the reign of Sidkeong Tulku, around 1909, the monastery was renovated with striking touches of the Chinese architectural styles. The monastery is also home to about 90 monks!

Timings: 06:00 AM to 04:00 PM everyday.

Entry Fee: No entry fee

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Kanchenjunga

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One of the most magnificent views in Gangtok is the mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga and the surrounding Kanchendzonga Range.

The much sought after Himalayan trek to Goechala, near the base camp of Mt. Kanchendzonga also stems from Gangtok, winding through the lush beauty of Kanchendzonga National Park.

Running through verdant and expansive meadows lined with rhododendrons, amongst several other floral species, the trek opens up to stunning vistas of the Himalayan beats and its neighbours.The trail begins from Yuksom, and climbs up to Goechala within 10 days.

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Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

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Resting atop a dizzying altitude of 13,123 ft., Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, also known as Baba Mandir, is flanked by the Nathula on one side and Jelepla on the other.

Dedicated to the great army soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh, the temple is one of the most popular tourists spots in Sikkim, attracting several devotees and pilgrims every year.

Post his death while on army duty, his spirit is said to be wandering the mountains in constant vigil, warning on duty soldiers against attacks.

Location: Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, East Sikkim, Sikkim 737131

Timings: The temple timings are 08:00 AM to 02:30 PM, everyday

Entry Fee: No entry fee is charged to visitors

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Do Drul Chorten

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Reigning atop a lovely, lush hillock, Do Drul Chorten is one of the most popular stupas in Sikkim, and sits in close proximity to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.

The dwelling place of the stupa i.e. the hillock, was believed to have been haunted by evil spirits before it was actually built. The natives had believed that the haunted hill caused the deaths of several tourists that visited it.

When the great Guru Padmasambhava also known as Guru Rinpoche had passed by this hill, he blessed the place, cleansing it of all evil. Thus was born the legendary Do Drul Chorten in 1945. Carrying a magnificent golden dome, the place is visible from nearly all spots in Gangtok.


Timings: 08:00 AM to 06:00 PM everyday.

Entry Fee: No entry fee.

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737101

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Flower Exhibition Centre

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A stunning greenhouse centre, the Flower Exhibition Centre in Gangtok is a popular haunt amongst botany and nature lovers. The seemingly endless stretch of lush greenery is a soothing treat for the mind, body and soul. 

The famous Sikkim Flower Show is also hosted here annually during the month of March, when several botanists, nature and plant lovers flock to Gangtok in herds to witness it. During March, the beautiful orchids are in full bloom, their beauty almost unparalleled. It is a colourful festival to attend.


Timings: 09:00 AM to 05:15 PM

Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

Location: Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim 737111

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Flower Exhibition Centre

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A stunning greenhouse centre, the Flower Exhibition Centre in Gangtok is a popular haunt amongst botany and nature lovers. The seemingly endless stretch of lush greenery is a soothing treat for the mind, body and soul. 

The famous Sikkim Flower Show is also hosted here annually during the month of March, when several botanists, nature and plant lovers flock to Gangtok in herds to witness it. During March, the beautiful orchids are in full bloom, their beauty almost unparalleled. It is a colourful festival to attend.


Timings: 09:00 AM to 05:15 PM

Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

Location: Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim 737111

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Tashi View Point

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One of the most favourite spots amongst locals and tourists is the beautiful Tashi View Point. It is a window to incredible views of the majestic Kanchendzonga Range along with the mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga.

The best time to visit Tashi View Point is at dawn, right before sunrise. The breaking of the day’s first sun rays on the snow capped peaks bathes everything in a soothing golden hue, and is an experience to cherish.

The beautiful neighbouring peaks also keep changing colours throughout the day, from orange to yellow to pink. It’s advisable to carry a pair of binoculars to make the most of this phenomenal view.

Timings:  05:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737107

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Hanuman Tok

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Installed as a tribute to the Hindu God Hanuman, Hanuman Tok is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Sikkim. Lord Hanuman, the name sake of the temple, is believed to have graced this place with his presence during his journey back to Lanka with the legendary mountain of Sanjeevani.

The temple is looked after and maintained by the Indian Army. Steeped in Hindu mythology, the atmosphere of the temple is filled by calming melodies and music, making you feel right at home.

The majestic Mt. Kanchendzonga can also be seen rising outside the temple to greet you

Timings: 07:00 AM to 09:00 PM everyday

Entry Fee: No entry fee

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

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20 November 2018
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About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
Excellent
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
16 October 2015
Excellent
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Excellent
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
This was my first paragliding experience and I was so thrilled and scared both at the same time. This March I was going to Gangtok and came to know about the paragliding activity there and booked the same with Thrillophilia and made the most of the thrills and spills of Paragliding. After heading to the paragliding spot in Ranka at Gangtok. I was accompanied by a trained pilot throughout the entire activity when we soared at a height of 1300- 2200 meters. The best thing about Thrillophilia is that it not only gives you an option to choose between medium and high fly but regardless of the package you choose, the ride from the landing site to the take-off point is all included. I chose the high fly package where I and my certified pilot rose at a height of 2200 meters, marveling at nature’s beauty underneath. After this paragliding trip, I must say that this has been my best so far, given the whole safety protocols that Thrillophilia adhered to besides arranging a trip to the Ranka monastery. Thus, I recommend Thrillophilia with all my heart, for such out-of-the-box experiences!
26 January 2021
Excellent
Who does not dream of a farmhouse stay amidst the rolling Himalayan Mountains and an emerald green forest? Yes, I am no different because I have craved for such an experience all my life and I am extremely glad that Thrillophilia came on board to grant all that I desired. My 2 days one night experiential stay at a Farmhouse in Gangtok not just let me have a perfect getaway but so much more. I learnt about terrace farming, plucked ripe fruits from the trees, enjoyed picnics along the streams, and tried my hands on organic farming. I still miss my bedroom in the homestay that had a skylight right above the bed to let me stargaze endlessly. Thank you Thrillophilia for such a splendid experience!
19 January 2021
Superb
A tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling was always on my mind having heard so much about the Yumthang (valley of flowers), the Batasia loop and the mighty tiger hill to catch a scenic sunrise. As a solo traveler I decided to book with Thrillophilia for a 8-day trip to set forth a Sikkim Darjeeling tour that would include all these places. I am extremely elated I did as the teams ensured hassle free travel in air-conditioned vehicles besides stays and dinner at the most hygienic hotels. I am back at Pune after the trip in March but I feel I am back with a piece of Tibet and North Bengal in my heart. I still cherish going to this picturesque hamlet of Chungthang, the stunning Kanchenjunga National Park, and the pristine Gurudongmar Lake. I have absolutely loved my stopover at Kyongnosla and a visit to the Baba Harbhajan dham besides of course the scenic sunrise at Tiger hill, and candlelight dinner at the most unexpected locations. Thanks a ton Thrillophilia for the most wholesome experience there could be!
17 February 2021
Excellent
My partner got hold of a Thrillophilia voucher for a Sikkim homestay that initially I was not that keen on using. However, I went ahead and set off for this Traveler’s paradise homestay for 2 days and one night. And, I am so glad I did because it was one of the nicest stay experiences. Our homestay was perched on a hilltop’s edge and offered sweeping views of the Himalayan foothills, the snowy Nathula peaks, and the snaking Teesta River. A special thanks to thrillophilia for giving tripping a whole new spin as we could go for forest picnics, nature walks, and practice angling at the Kaleej Khola. To this day, I keep telling my partner as to how we need another trip soonish. Only, to try the roast chicken with thumba, under a starlit sky of the Traveler’s paradise homestay, with the chilling mountain wind for company.
09 February 2021
Excellent
Every year me and my 4 friends plan a trek to some of the treacherous places. This year was no different, especially after a long spell of staying and working from home. We went ahead with the idea but this time we booked with Thrillophilia for a luxurious camping experience. And, trust me when I say this, we had a spectacular trekking experience from the minute we arrived in Darjeeling. We had an adventurous drive to Yuksom, trespassing the Teesta river. We continued uphill and crossed the Legship bridge only to reach a Yuksom hotel where Thrillophilia had booked our stays. The minute I checked in we could not believe we could get such a place for just a day of our stay as the hotel was clean, with staff ensuring sanitization at every cost. I was amazed at how it was arranged- overnight staying in tents, camps and huts even at remote locations of Tshoka, Samiti lake, Thangshing, and Dzongri. We did share out tents but an expert team ensured safety by having a first-aid-kit in hand at all times. A big thanks to Thrillophilia for arranging all the necessary permits and managing the entry fee at places required. Totally recommend Thrillophilia if you desire a mix of sightseeing, camping, trekking and not just hiking!

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  1. What is the best time to visit Gangtok?

    The best time to visit Gangtok is in the autumn and spring season. The autumn season extends to September and October, and the spring season encompasses March, April, May, and June. The weather is pleasant, and you can view the ethereal beauty of nature when it is in its full glory.
  2. What are the best places to visit in Darjeeling to Gangtok trip?

    1. Kanchenjunga: The surreal beauty encasing the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga is enough to mesmerize you. The snow-capped peaks, lush meadows, and the overall panoramic beauty around are bound to make you revisit this place again and again.

    2. Tashi Viewpoint: Offering ethereal views of the lofty Kanchendzonga Range and the majestic Mount Kanchendzonga, this beautiful viewpoint is absolutely magical. You can watch the magnificent sunrises or the hypnotizing sunsets from here.

    3. Nathu La Pass: At an altitude of about 14,140 feet, Nathu La Pass is a link between Sikkim and the China-Tibet Autonomous Region. The grandeur of nature that can be witnessed here is simply magnificent and is bound to leave you speechless. 

    4. Enchey Monastery: Previously in possession of Lama Dhrupthob Karpo, this 200 years old monastery, now serves as a home to almost 90 monks. The stunning Chinese style architecture that can be found in this monastery will leave you stunned.
  3. How many days are enough for Gangtok?

    2 days are quite enough for exploring the picturesque beauty of Gangtok. But, you can extend it for one or two more days if you are interested in taking part in the various adventurous activities available, or if you want to soak in the tranquility that this magnificent town offers.
  4. How can I go from Darjeeling to Gangtok?

    You can travel from Darjeeling to Gangtok via road, train, and air. You can board the Sikkim state registered vehicles. But, if you want to go by train, then you have to get down at the New Jalpaiguri railway station and book a cab. If you want to travel by flight, then you have to stop at the Bagdogra airport and then take a cab.

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