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Best Places to Visit in Thimphu City of 2017

  • 01 Changangkha Lhakhang

    Changangkha Lhakhang
    Image Credit : Changangkha Lhakhang
    Perched on top of a ridge above Thimphu, Changangkha Lhakhang is the oldest temple in Thimphu. The temple was built in 12th century and houses the central statue of Chenrizig, a manifestation of Avolokitesawara with eleven heads and thousand arms.

    It offers a stunning view of the surrounding Thimphu valley from the top. The structure is a fine example of Bhutanese faith, tradition and architecture. There are a number of black and golden coloured prayer wheels in the temple. The prayer book in this temple is larger than other Bhutanese manuscripts.



    Highlights
    : In the evening, this place offers an opportunity of witnessing the spectacular sight of setting sun on the city. Drop by the paper workshop on the way to temple to view the process of making papers.

    Location
    : Located in Thimpu, it is just 10 minutes drive from the main market.

    Timing
    : 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM

    Prices
    : N/A


  • 02 The Folk Heritage Museum

    The Folk Heritage Museum
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    Established in 2001, The Folk Heritage Museum is a three-storey timber building that looks like a traditional farmhouse and seems like it has been furnished about a century ago. It provides the tourists, an insight into the Bhutanese lifestyle and material culture.

    For the ones who are keen to have a glimpse of interesting rural life of Bhutan, this place is probably the best for them to visit.This almost living museum is included in the guided tour and has many interesting facts that one might love to be familiar with.


    Highlights
    : Brokpa yak-hair spider hats, antique noodle express leopard skin bags and the restaurants serving Bhutanese cuisine.

    Located in: Pedzoe, Lam in Thimphu, Bhutan, it opens from 9:00 am to 4:45 pm (Monday to Friday) and 10:00 am to 1 pm (Saturday and Sunday).

    Price
    : It costs Nu 25 for SAARC nationals and Nu 150 for adults.


    Top Things To Do in The Folk Heritage Museum

  • 03 Deer Park

    Deer Park
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    Deer Park of Thimphu is a Center for Art and Contemplation. It was established in the year 2007 under the auspices of Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche.

    Highlights: The park commemorates the revered event in Sarnath, India. During this event, Buddha turned the Dharna wheel for the benefit of all the sentiment beings. This name helps one reflect on the meaningful significance of all the precious teachings as well as acts which are a reminder of the spirit of compassion and openness in which these are presented.

    Location: Deer Park is located in Genyen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan.

    Pricing: All the Deer Park events are free and open for all who come here with a sincere interest of exploring the sacred path shown by Buddha.


  • 04 Clock Tower Square

    Clock Tower Square
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    Clock Tower Square is a famous landmark in the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. The tower has total of four clocks one on each side and has some interesting and beautiful artistic carvings and paintings.

    There are dragons which are crafted by hands, truly depicting the Bhutan as Land of Thunder Dragon. Intricate flower designs add to the beauty of the tower. The structure is a splendid example of the country’s find architecture, traditions and artwork. Small three storied buildings surround the structure with shops and restaurants.



    Highlight
    : Spend some time on the square to watch and admire the life of Bhutanese people. Savour the cuisines served at food joints nearby. Concerts keep happening in the square and if you are lucky, you will get to enjoy one.

    Location
    : The tower is located below Norzin Lam in the centre of the national capital of Bhutan, Thimphu.

    Timing
    : N/A

    Price
    : N/A


    Top Things To Do in Clock Tower Square

  • 05 Choki Traditional Art School

    Choki Traditional Art School
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    This is no ordinary school, but this institute teaches under privileged children from different background and age. The school was established by Dasho Choki Dorji in memory of the 4th King of Bhutan. The school teaches skills like weaving (ThagZo), Sculpting (Jinzo), Lhadri (Painting), Carving (Pap) and embroidery (Tshem Zo). Bhutan nurtures its culture and heritage with care and passion.

    Choki Art School is an example of this kingdom’s fine tradition. The dedication and harmony the school management portrays is worth praising. The school runs mainly on donation and the education, food and lodging are free.



    Location
    : Thimpu

    Highlights
    : you can observe how the handicrafts are being made; the students there act like guides and tours with you around the institute. It also has an authentic gift shop, where art products made by the students are sold.

    Working hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 8:30 – 4:30pm (Saturdays)


    Top Things To Do in Choki Traditional Art School

  • 06 Trashichhoedzong

    Trashichhoedzong
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    First built in 1216 AD by Lama Gyalwa Lhanangpa, Trashichhoe dzong is above Thimphu where Dechen Phodrang now stands. This splendid city is on the west bank of the Wang Chhu and fits perfectly into valley providing the city both monastic weights as well as splendor. It hosts the biggest annual bash of the city and the sight is next to a carnival spreading colorful festivities all around.

    The outer structure is two-storey and has three-storey towers at the four corners bulging out over the walls and covered by golden red roofs that present a view that is worth watching. Beautiful gardens and well-maintained lawns surround the impressively large structure.



    Highlights
    : It is the venue for famous Buddhist celebration and

    Open
    s From: 5-6pm, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday and till 5pm in the winter season and is located in Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.


    Top Things To Do in Trashichhoedzong

  • 07 Handicrafts Market

    Handicrafts Market
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    The handicrafts market of Thimphu is also known as the Authentic Bhutanese Crafts Bazaar. The shops crafted from bamboo are lined neatly in row at a mile’s stretch, selling colourful and beautiful authentic handicraft of Bhutan. There are almost hundred shops in the market selling various souvenirs, authentic handcrafted apparels, bags, masks and many more items.

    The shopkeepers mostly are Bhutanese women who welcome you with a warm smile. The products are all procured from the local villages. The market aims to preserve the Bhutanese culture and promote their traditions and handicrafts.. It is a market where you can spend hours in shopping.



    Highlights
    : Look for beautiful attires with embroidery, souvenirs like carved wooden items, scroll painting, decorative items woven from bamboos, and beautiful jewellery made of gold, silver and precious stones.

    Location
    : The market is located at the centre of Thimphu below Norzin Lam.

    Timing
    : N/A

    Price
    : N/A


    Top Things To Do in Handicrafts Market

  • 08 Duer Hot Springs Trek

    Duer Hot Springs Trek
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    One of the most challenging treks in the land of Bhutan is the Duer Hot Springs trek, which partially cross roads with Snowman trek which is ideally the most difficult trekking track in the whole world. Duer Hot Springs is the destination of this trek which has a breathtaking beauty worth the grueling challenges on the trail. Ranging from 3000 meters to 4700 meters, the track moves through multiple difficulties, steep heights and low descents.

    However after this bone breaking challenge the sight of Duer Hot springs is indeed a reward. Apart from this on the trail one can see beautiful landscapes forested regions with prominent hemlock, maple and juniper trees.


    Highlights
    : Hot Springs

    Duration
    : 4 days trekking tour.

    Best Season: March - April, October to November


    Top Things To Do in Duer Hot Springs Trek

  • 09 Weekend Market

    Weekend Market
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    With stalls on both the sides of the Wang Chhu river, the Weekend Market hails vendors from all over the region who start arriving here on Thursday or Friday and remain till Sunday night which is why it has been popularly named as Weekend Market. There is a wide variety of fatty pork, dried fish, and homemade soft cheese.

    Not only can this, but also during the winter months, shoppers even pick up a leg of Yak. Seasonal fruits like Jackfruit, curly fem fronds called nakey or bananas are available as well. Also, look out for the cereals like tsampa, red rice and ground roasted barley in the cereal segment.



    Highlights
    : Incense area, filled with different aromatic raw ingredients, pink cubes of saffron used to flavor the holy water used in the pilgrims. It is one of the famous markets of Thimphu, Bhutan and opens on Saturdays and Sundays.


  • 10 National Library

    National Library
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    National Library of Bhutan or NLB was established in 1967 and possesses a wide collection of 6100 Bhutanese and Tibetan books, xylographs and manuscripts as well as 9000 printing boards and wooden printing blocks for religious books. It has one of the largest holdings of Buddhist Literature in the entire world.

    It has a dedicated collection and promotes religious and cultural heritage of Bhutan in the form of ancient printed resources related to history, religion, traditions, and culture of Bhutan.



    Highlights
    : The building is two-storied with staff accommodations, administrative offices along with technical equipments like computers, microfilm section, separate room for wooden books and much more.

    Located in: 
    Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan.

    Open from :
    9:30 am to 5:00 pm (Monday to Friday) in March to October and 9:30 am to 4:00 pm in November to February and remains closed on government holidays and weekends. It is a complete representation of Buddha.


    Top Things To Do in National Library

  • 11 Thimphu Chorten

    Thimphu Chorten
    Image Credit : Thimphu Chorten
    Memorial Chorten is one of the most important religious places for Bhutanese people where they worship daily. Throughout the day people walk round the perimeter of the Chorten as a holy ritual. Built in 1974, it is an outstanding illustration of Buddhist culture and architecture.

    The whitewashed structure is crowned by a golden spire and is carved with intricate patterns. The spire emanates with the golden glow with the first ray of morning sunlight. The Chorten houses detailed paintings and numerous Buddha statutes.



    Highlights
    : On going inside the Chorten, you can climb to the top to go out on the third floor terrace which is quite a tranquil place.

    Best time to visit
     : The Chorten is in the morning with the golden spire glowing in the sun rays.

    Location
    : The Chorten is located on Doeboom Lam in Thimphu near the Indian Military Hospital.

    Timing
    : 07:00 am - 09:00 am

    Price
    : N/A


    Top Things To Do in Thimphu Chorten

  • 12 National Folk Heritage Museum

    National Folk Heritage Museum
    Image Credit : National Folk Heritage Museum
    If you want see a glimpse of Bhutanese traditional lifestyle, their values and heritage, Folk Heritage Museum is the ideal place for you. The museum was established in 2001 and is set in a 3 storied timber and rammed earth building which still hold its authenticity. The museum artefacts transforms seasonally. Every time you visit, you will get to see something unique and new.



    Highlights
    : Demo of different practices such as Markhu Tsene (oil extraction), Ara Kayne brewing, Zaw Ngowni, Tham Dhungi (pounding and roasting rice) and lot more. Ambience takes you back to 150 years old Bhutanese life with millet, paddy and wheat fields surroundings, vegetable gardens and 100 years old Kitchen.

    Location
    : Thimp

    Price
    : Others- nu 150 and SAARC nationals – nu 25 Working hours: weekdays – 10:30 am to 4:30 pm; Saturdays – 10:30 am to 1 pm; Sundays: 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

    Extra info
    : Lunch and dinner buffet provided for group of 5 and more


    Top Things To Do in National Folk Heritage Museum

  • 13 Druk Path Trek

    Druk Path Trek
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    Trek amidst the dazzling natural landscape with snowy mountains, lush valleys, dense forests of fir, blue pine and rhododendrons, long stretches of pastureland and clear blue lakes on Druk Path trek in Bhutan. It is a six day trek which lets you spend adventurous time in the lap of the abundant nature. The trek connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu and offers the glorious view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed mountain peak. Experience the unique culture and ancient architecture of Bhutan on your way with visits to sleepy hamlets and ancient monasteries and temples.

     

    Location
    : The journey starts from Paro, the historical valley, and ends at Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.

    Best Time
    : The best time to take this excursion is between March-June and September-November.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for six day trek is 135,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy to Moderate.


  • 14 Trashi Chhoe Dzong

    Trashi Chhoe Dzong
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    Trashi Chhoe Dzong is a fortress and a Buddhist monastery that lies on the northern edge of the city of Thimphu in Bhutan.

    Highlights: Trashi Chhoe Dzong has long been the seat of the Dharma Raja or the Druk Desi who happens to be the head of Bhutan’s civil government. It has been amalgamated with the kingship ever since the creation of the monarchy in the year 1907. The principal structure of the white washed building is two storied. Further, the three storied towers on all the four corners is towered by the triple-tiered golden roofs. It also has a central tower or UTSE.

    Location: Trashi Chhoe Dzong is located in Chhagchhen Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Timings: Open 24 hours.

    Pricing: Entry is free.


    Top Things To Do in Trashi Chhoe Dzong

  • 15 Thimphu Tshechu Festival

    Thimphu Tshechu Festival
    Image Credit : Thimphu Tshechu Festival
    Thimphy Tshechu is one of the oldest and most popular festivals of Bhutan. Celebrated for 3 days, this festival first got introduced Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay in 1867 which later suffered some changes by the third Bhutan king in 1950. Usually celebrated in Tendrel Thang, in front of Tashichhoedzong this is a festival which is attained by masses of people from all parts of the country. Even the farmers take a break from their farming life and join hands to worship night and day and play rituals to invoke God.

    During this festival Cham dancers perform and provide great details about Buddhism and marks the right way towards honest living and blissful life. It is believed that these dance performances increases good luck and removes misfortune. It is also a social gathering for the people of Bhutan where they celebrate with fine clothes, jewellery and good cuisine



    Festival time
    : In the month of October


  • 16 Jomolhari Mountain Festival

    Jomolhari Mountain Festival
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    Celebrated for two days, Jamolhari Mountain Festival is one of the most exquisite things that you will ever get to see. The magnificent theme and the amazing people define the soul of this festival which is celebrated at the heels of Mt. Jomolhari. This festival is pretty important for the local communities living around this area. There are a number of amazing shows but one in particular will surely overwhelm you.

    It is called the snow leopard show. The show aims at making people aware of the declining numbers of snow leopards, which used to be a very common sight at one time. During the festival, you will see the locals clad in colourful traditional dresses. They do the traditional folk dance on the folk songs. The show is something you will never forget your entire life.

     

    Location
    : At the base of the Jamohhar Mountain.

    Timing
    : Usually during the day

    Price
    : Part of the package


  • 17 Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory

    Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
    Image Credit : Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory
    Making use of the traditional methods of producing paper, The Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory manufactures the most authentic and the best quality Bhutanese paper, which is popularly known as Deh-sho. The raw material used here for making paper is the bark of two species of trees i.e. the Daphne tree as well as the Dhekap tree.

    Another interesting fact to know is that the entire process making this handmade paper is done with ancient traditional procedures that are being practiced since ages. The visitors have an advantage to try their hand on the paper making craft and make some paper of their own. Other than Bhutanese paper, this factory also produces greeting cards and stationery.



    Highlights
    : This factory also produces lampshades, cards, watermark paper, envelopes, and calendars, all made from the traditional Bhutanese paper and is located in Khuju Lam, Thimphu.

    Open from:
    8:30am to 5pm, Monday-Saturday.


  • 18 Jomolhari Trek

    Jomolhari Trek
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    Jomolhari Trek is the longer version of the Jomolhari loop trekking route that put up the trekkers against marvelous heights, unfathomable valleys, and challenging trekking routes. It also offers the trekkers to experience the breathtaking view of Himalayan Mountains, flourishing valleys, lush green yak pasturelands, lakes, rivers, dense forests and fruit orchards and the spectacular views of Mountain Jichu Drakey, Tshering Gang and Jho Drakey await you. It provides a superb opportunity to experience Bhutanese village life closely and marvel at the ancient architecture.



    Location
    : Starting from Paro the trek passes through Sharna Zampa, Thangthangkha, Jangothang, and Linghsi from where the route diverge from Laya Gasa Trek to reach Shodu, Barshong, Dolam Kencho, Doden to reach Thimphu.

    Best Time
    : The best time is from March to May and September to November.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for the 9 day trek is 300,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Moderately difficult.


  • 19 Jomolhari Loop Trek

    Jomolhari Loop Trek
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    The shortest of Jomolhari trekking route, Jomolhari loop lets the trekkers experience the diverse beauty of the Bhutanese landscape, flora and fauna even for beginners. This short trek is one of the most popular trek routes in Bhutan, and gives you an opportunity to see the majestic beauty of Mt Jomolhari without having to take the difficult and longer path.

    Cover an altitude difference of 2500 meters to witness the changing scenery from dense forests, to stretches of pasturelands, sleepy hamlets, valleys dotted with ancient Bhutanese architecture in the backdrop of pristine mountain peaks.

     

    Location
    : Arrive at Paro and traverse the trek that passes through Sharna Zampa, Thangthangkha, Jangothang, Soi Yaktsa, Thombu Shong to reach back to Paro.

    Best Time
    : The best time is from April to May and September to November.

    Approx Price
    : The approximate price per person for the 8 day trek is 250,000 BTN.

    Difficulty Level
    : Easy


  • 20 The National Memorial Chorten

    The National Memorial Chorten
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    The National Memorial Chorten is a Memorial Stupa of Thimphu which is also known as the Thimphu Chorten. It is a stupa located on the Doeboom Lam in the southern-central end of the city.

    Highlights: The National Memorial Chorten is a stupa that was built in the year 1974 to honor the third Druk Gyalpo, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is one of the quintessential landmarks of the city given its golden bells and spires. Regarded as the most visible religious landmark in Bhutan, it is a must visit for all. Highlights:

    Location: The National Memorial Chorten is located in Chhoten Lam in Thimphu, Bhutan.

    Timings: You can visit the place from dawn to dusk everyday.

    Pricing: Entry to the National Memorial Chorten is free.


  • Nearby Getaways from Thimphu City
  • 01 Guwahati

    The gateway to the northeast and the largest and most cosmopolitan city in the region, Guwahati serves as the starting block for the other seven sisters locations . This featureless city – a prosaic heap of glass and concrete for the most part – is a blend of old and new sights but there are a scattering of interesting temples to explore, when it comes to tourist places in Guwahati. Walk its back alleys and old quarters to  click some timeless picture and you will be able to salvage a generous amount of local flavour that lingers amid its suburban sprawl of ponds, palm trees, small single-storey traditional houses and old colonial-era mansions.It is located on the south bank of the river Brahmaputra and is the largest city of Assam and Northeast. The place has many ancient temples and is also known as the ‘city of temples’ in Northeast India. The temple is dedicated to goddess Kamakhya an incarnation of Sati. It is on Nilachal hill, says the Shiva Purana, which the yoni or creative organ of Sati fell when Vishnu, in a bid to save the world from the Shiva’s tandava nritya or dance of destruction, cut her dead body into 51 pieces with his sudarshan chakra. Other ancient temples located in the city are Navagraha temple, Umananda temple which is tucked on an island on the river Brahmaputra, Balaji Temple; you can also visit the state Zoo.

     

    The British legacy is still visible in the architecture and food habits of the population. The place serves as the starting block to getaways like Meghalaya, Kaziranga National Park, Kohima, Imphal, Tawang, Mawlynnong, Bhalukpong, Dirang, Bomdila, Tezpur etc.  Northeast is a hidden treasure of India and if you really want to explore the best of India then do not miss this region with exceptional vistas, phenomenal cultural differences in each state and a the unaltered Himalayas with some of the highest peaks in the world. The tourist places in Guwahati are indeed is a place for every traveling soul to visit once.

  • 02 Paro

    Paro, also called as Dzongka, is a town located in the Paro Valley of Bhutan. It is a town of historic importance with many sacred religious sites and historical buildings. Situated in the only carbon negative country in the world, there is no doubt that you are going to get a sheer experience of nature’s serenity at its best.

    A trip to Paro is one of the most unforgettable experiences you will ever have, because it is not like other tourist and sight-seeing destinations, which are jam-packed with crowd. Paro is a place where you will get to be away from the hustle and bustle of the city and over-crowd and you will cherish every moment spent here, in the most tranquil atmosphere you will ever experience.

    Located in the backdrop of a range of mountains and nestling in the lap of one of the best landscape views in the world, Paro is indeed an epitome of heaven on earth. Paro has to offer a lot to different types of travelers. Right from calm atmosphere, fresh weather, adventure trekking routes, water sports, religious sites, rich culture, traditions and vibrant festivals, there is a lot in Paro for every type of vacation seeker.


  • 03 Darjeeling

    On a summer day, the fragrance of tea leaves lifts off the hills and hover over Darjeeling like a hat and the wonderful things breathes unsaid inside that, like the bent trees, the happy earthworms, the reluctant tea-colored puddles, flowering Rhododendrons and Magnolia plants and the wild garden flowers blooming in different colors of rainbow and a British bungalow growing a fragile façade of greenery for ages amidst a sprawling tea garden. The tourist places in Darjeeling will leave a traveler mesmerized and awed with the beauty that the place offers.And when the heavens’ open up to hammer the water down, the grass looks wet-green and pleased, loose earth shapes off its edges, the washed off dust-green trees smiles afresh and the green countryside glitters in the traces of sunshine.Covered with the dense evergreen forests of Sal and Oak, with ducks and teals creating waves in water, and with rare breeds of orchid spreading colors on a moist soil, Darjeeling, a previous summer capital of India under the British Raj holds the incredible panoramic views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, beautiful colonial architecture including mansions and churches, an influence of diverse cultures in the majestic craft and cuisine, a beautiful women, the taker of the seeds with a yellow scarf on her head and tea-bag on her shoulders, and a vast expanse of Tea estates in its root.

     

    This “Mecca of Tea” with over 80 operational tea gardens spread across acres of land, writes on a foggy day sitting inside a vintage Toy Train from 1880s, a whimsical poem, of what is delightfully read as the "Champagne of tea". The northwest winds visit Darjeeling to tear it full of holes but the new beautiful things come in the first spit of spring on the northwest wind, and the old leaves go, not one lasts but the beauty stays with the new and lasts for eternity. Darjeeling is a beauty that won’t let your heart stop, from beating in ecstasy, and the tourist places in Darjeeling shall always ensure that!

  • 04 Shillong

    An abode of clouds, the rolling hills around the town and the hill station of one of the smallest states of India, Meghalaya. With the best places to visit in Shillong, it is a geography synonymous to heaven, is the painting hung on your drawing-room wall, a collage of memories yet to be lived.

    This prepossessing land is a beauty that floats on high over vales and hills, where the tall pine trees are seen fluttering and dancing in the breeze, and the clouds find a space along the margins of a hill unfolding the enchanting blue sky. The mystique land perched on an escarpment is more than enough to leave your imagination spell-bound.

    Capital city of the state Meghalaya - a perfect blend of old charm and fresh essence, this bliss of solitude carries a number of things like falls, parks, peaks, landscapes and museums to keep a traveler’s head tossing in sprightly dance.

    With the best places to visit in Shillong, this surprising holiday destination will make you forget to stop the shutters of your cam. The god’s honest harvest is ready to find a space among the favorites in your travel diary.

  • 05 Gangtok

    Gangtok, the exotic capital city of Sikkim, is a Buddhist haven. In sync with the Zen philosophy that divinity can only make its way through clear and clean surroundings, Gangtok is an epitome of neatness and is one of the few such places in India. The stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga, only add to the Gangokian environs. Offering the best tourist places in Gangtok, this place is also famous for its distinct cuisine, of which Momos and Kinema, are an excellent example. Gangtok is a city of great food, atmospheric sceneries and beautiful Buddhist monasteries, which include Rumtek and Enchey. It has great potential for sightseeing as well, including the Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo Lake. Gangtok is also a testament to the unique fashion sense of the North East. The folks here are known to have a keen sense of style and have a totally refreshing way of wearing the most casual outfits. Gangtok also has a very folksy and indie live-music sentiment. Finally, the people make the place and it is the helpful and friendly citizens of Gangtok, who are true exemplars of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle.   

    Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage. Mountain views act as the backdrop to holidays in Gangtok, where much of the focus also lies on the monasteries, shrines, and temples of this old center of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage. Local delicacies such as momo (stuffed dumplings) also link Gangtok to Tibet. Use Gangtok as your gateway for exploring the state and beyond, with tour operators offering a number of day excursions and longer trips. To know more about the best tourist places in Gangtok, read below:

  • 06 Siliguri

  • 07 Tawang

  • 08 Lukla

  • 09 Zuluk

  • 10 Alipurduar

  • 11 Sonapur