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COVID-19 : GANGTOK is in Red Zone
Last Updated: 19 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to GANGTOK?

Entry is restricted in Gangtok from all states. Although, inter district movement within the city is allowed on weekdays.

  • Wearing a mask and following social distancing is mandatory for all, in public spaces.
  • Entry is restricted from all states in India for leisure travel
  • For entry to residents of Gangtok, an e-pass will be required for entry which can be obtained from their official website.
  • Small vehicles can carry only 3 passengers
  • For inter and intra district movement, vehicles having numbers ending with an odd digit can only run on odd dates and vehicles having numbers ending with even digits can only run on even dates. This does not apply to two-wheelers
  • Two-wheelers must only have one person
  • All shops, malls and markets are openRead more

Entry to travellers coming from other states is restricted.

Flights

Pakyong Airport in Gangtok is not yet functional.

Local Transport

Local transport in Gangtok is functional including taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you to follow all guidelines issued by the Sikkim governement and travel to the state only when deemed safe and the borders reopen.

Inter and intra district movement of people allowed on weekdays Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Inter and intra district movement is being allowed across Sikkim on weekdays with the odd-even stipulation. This does not apply to containment zones.Read more.

Hotels in Gangtok stand closed for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

As the inter-state movement in Sikkim is still restricted, hotels and resorts in Gangtok still stand closed for travellers.

Pakyong Airport of Gangtok stands closed for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Pakyong Airport in Gangtok stands closed for all travellers as of now. no flights are functional to Gangtok.

Inter state movement restricted in Gangtok Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Entry into Gangtok for lesiure travel is barred as of now and is only allowed to its residents with an e-pass which can be obtained from the official website of Sikkim.

Activities to Do in Gangtok

Go For River Rafting, Try Paragliding, Goecha La Trek, Cycling on Silk Route, Enjoy at Seven Sisters Waterfall, Visit Nathu La Pass, Visit Tsomgo Lake, and many more.

Tourism is a huge thing in Gangtok because there is a lot to see and things to do in Gangtok which you can enjoy immensely. Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is a city that’s known for its beauty and wonderful weather. With the view of the majestic Kanchenjunga and the surrounding mountains, the city offers comfort to your eyes and your mind. The traditional society, influenced by an old and colorful culture, adds to the magnificent charm of Gangtok. This is one of the reasons why travelers from all over the country and abroad visit this travel destination in huge numbers every year.

From adventure to sightseeing, there are lots of activities to do in Gangtok which every tourist dreams of. There is a very gentle presence of city life in Gangtok, which allows you to find all the necessary things you need, from modern shops to hospitals. They have good roads and a great transportation system. Your trip to Gangtok will most definitely be comforting as well as enjoyable. Gangtok means hilltop, which is apt because that’s exactly where the city is located. This makes this capital city of Sikkim one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. This Northeast paradise is sure to captivate all of your senses.

Gangtok is surrounded by the River Teesta, beautiful mountains, forests, and a brilliant sky. If you are looking for a tourist destination that’s known for variety then Gangtok is where you must be. With so much to do in there, the city won’t disappoint you.

Here are some of the best things to do in Gangtok trip:

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Goecha La Trek

Goecha La Trek

This is amongst romantic treks in the Himalayas where you actually romance the high mountains, valleys and resplendent atmospheric conditions! The ecosystem including the culture of the people here, is a sharp contrast to what you see in the rest of the country.

You are enchanted unceasingly as you walk through the forests bestowed with Rhododendron trees that reverberate divine pristine-ness. Be it walking through the vast Dzongri and Thansing meadows or enjoy beautiful sights of the Samiti Lake, there is a blooming feeling of ecstasy when you are here. All along you are looked upon by the Kanchejunga and Pandim ranges. The trekking sojourn through such an enchanting land is inexplicably surreal and magical to say the least!

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Go For River Rafting

Go For River Rafting
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Teesta River is the most important river in not only Gangtok but the entire state of Sikkim. The river has a long stretch, and some areas of it offer the best opportunity for rafting. Because of the variety of swirls and turns, caused by the ever-changing terrains, Teesta is perfect for both experienced and new rafters. There are some areas that are challenging when there are also portions where you can raft peacefully. All the patches on the river, where rafting is possible, you can find professional rafting organizers. They provide you with the raft, the safety jackets, and experts rafters who will guide you during the session.  

Once you decide if you are comfortable with small waves or if you would like to challenge the larger ones, you can get a ticket and go on to the crazy adventure. Adults and kids can equally enjoy river rafting in Gangtok. It starts from a small beach area that is also perfect for a family picnic. You can then get dressed in the jacket and helmet, and get on the raft.

Location: Triveni, near Teesta Bazar.

Price: Rs. 900 per person.

Timing: December to June is the best time for rafting there.


From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors


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Try Paragliding

Try Paragliding

Among all the Things To Do in Gangtok, one of the most thrilling ones surely is paragliding. It’s becoming the most popular adventure activity in Gangtok, and quite rightly so. Imagine you have wings and you are flying over a breathtaking landscape of snow covered mountains, rivers, meadows, and forests. That’s exactly what you get when you are paragliding in Gangtok. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy paragliding in Gangtok either. The operation centres have trained paraglide pilots who will accompany you on the ride and control the flight for you. All you have to do is relax and enjoy the stunning view.

The ride is not suitable for people who weight over 90 kg or physically unfit to take off and land. Those are the two times when you have to follow the instructions of your pilot and do the work. However, it’s quite simple once you know what to do. You can either opt for the medium flight where you paraglide at an altitude of 1400 m, or you can take the high flight that takes you up to 2000 m.

Location: Baliman Dara.

Price: Rs. 4500 for high altitude fly and Rs. 2500 for medium altitude fly per person.

Timing: May to October.

Gangtok Tour offers a visit to a number of Buddhist monasteries, the most notable being the Enchey monastery, and stupas which have made Gangtok an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination
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Cycling on Silk Route

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Cycling on Silk Route

This is surely one of the Activities to do in Gangtok that the adventure lovers can go crazy for. The Kanchenjunga and the Himalayan ranges will accompany you through the entire trip, which surely is one aspect that makes this cycling trip unavoidable. The Silk Route journey is organized by many tour operators who will provide you with the required cycle, helmet, and other gears that you need. They organize the trip which includes camping and sightseeing. It starts from Sillery Gaon. You can reach there by car from the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. There are famous spots like Rishikhola, Zuluk, Nathang Valley, and more where you can take a break.

There will be experts present with you during the trip who arrange for all the require permits and help you with technical understanding of long-distance cycling. Make sure that you carry your water, food, and necessary medicines that you may require during the trip. If you are planning to go on the cycling trip on Silk Route then it’s advised that you practice cycling before your trip. This will prepare you to enjoy the tour in good health.

Location: Old Silk Route, East Sikkim.

Price: Rs. 20,800 per person.

Timing: It takes 7 days.


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Enjoy at Seven Sisters Waterfall

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Enjoy at Seven Sisters Waterfall
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One of the must Things To Do in Gangtok is to visit the gorgeous Seven Sisters Waterfall. As the name suggests, there are seven waterfalls of different sizes that flow side by side. The scene is spectacularly mesmerizing. During the monsoons, all the seven waterfalls come to life and fiercely come down from the mountain and create huge waves below. This dangerous phenomenon is one sight that you must not miss on your trip to Gangtok. This has made the place a popular destination for tourists and locals alike, especially the ones with a camera. It absolutely is a thing to capture.

The seven waterfalls rushing down through the forest covered mountains create a perfect harmony and you can spend hours looking at them. The destination is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the view. As the sun starts to set down, the long shadows of the mountains and the orange sky reflect on the Seven Sisters Waterfall, making them even more magical. You can arrange a small picnic with your family and friends to spend a lovely day surrounded by nature.

Location: National Highway, 32 km from Gangtok.

Price: Free.

Timing: May to July is the best time when the waterfalls are in their full glory.


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Visit Nathu La Pass

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Visit Nathu La Pass

If you are thinking about adventurous Things To Do in Gangtok then a trip to the famous Nathu La Pass can surely be the best thing to do for you. Located at a height of 14150 feet, the Nathu La Pass used to be a passage to the Silk Route when it was operational. The area offers a stunning view of the white mountains, and the journey itself is an adventure to remember. The India-China border is only a few feet from the Nathu La Pass and you can see the soldiers of both the countries guarding the border. You can visit the Sherathang Market and cloud-covered Kupup on your trip.

Because of its height, the Nathu La Pass has a lower level of Oxygen. Don’t let that stop you from enjoying Gangtok Adventure Activities as you can easily carry a small Oxygen cylinder with you. Apart from a Protected Area Permit, issued by the Sikkim Tourism Department, you will also need to carry an ID proof and two passport size photos with you. You won’t be allowed to enter the Nathu La Pass without them.

Location: 52 km from Gangtok.

Price: Protected Area Permit costs Rs. 200 per person.

Timing: 8 AM to 9 AM, Wednesday to Sunday.


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Visit Tsomgo Lake

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Visit Tsomgo Lake
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Located in East Sikkim at an elevation of 3,780m, the Tsomgo Lake is also called ‘Changku Lake’. Associated with numerous myths and beliefs, this alluring lake is situated on the Gangtok Nathu La Highway and within the close proximity to the Chinese border.

During winters or summers, the climatic conditions prevailing around this stunning reservoir varies from chilly to moderate. Stunning views of the nearby snow-capped mountains, reflections of the loft clouds on the clear blue water surface and the alluring views of the surroundings make this lake a spectacular sight in Gangtok.

However, due to its close proximity with the Indo-China International Border, the non-Indian nationals might have to take special permissions in order to visit this lake.

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Enjoy Yak Safari

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A yak safari is one of the most tranquil Activities to do in Gangtok when you visit the Changu Lake, also known as the Tsomgo Lake. The lake is 40 km drive from the Gangtok town. The area has a market at one side and snow cover mountains on the other sides. Yak safari undoubtedly is a unique experience that you surely must not miss. These calm and gently animals are covered in long hair to protect them from the cold areas they are found in. The Yaks here are decorated with colourful rugs and ribbons tied to their horns. Every Yak has a trainer who will control the animal when you are riding it.

Experiencing the beautiful mountains and the lake from the back of a Yak is surely something that you will never forget. You can rent a Yak from the market area and go on the safari tour of a lifetime.  

Location: Tsomgo Lake, located about 40 km from Gangtok.

Price: Riding a Yak to the bridge costs 40, to the viewpoint 80, to the village 100, and all the way to Kemang costs 250. Taking a photo will cost you Rs. 10.

Timing: Winter season is the best time.


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Go For Cable Ride

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Go For Cable Ride

Riding the 24-passengers-carrying cable cars is one of the things in Gangtok that you must take part in. This double cable ropeway is the perfect place to see the city from. It offers a wonderful view of the valleys below. During the tourist season, the cable cars are always fully booked and there’s always a long queue waiting to ride it. So, if you want to fully enjoy the ride then make sure that you are one of the first people to enter the car. The entire ride is 1 km long with three stations. You can get a ticket from any of these and then get on the cable car.

You can get down on any of the three stations too, Deorali, Namnang, and Tashiling. However, it’s recommended that you take the whole two-way ride. The ticket price already includes it and you will get two completely different views on the journey. That surely is the best way to get value for your money.

Location: Deorali in Gangtok is the lowest point to ride the cable car.

Price: It costs Rs. 110 per adult, Rs. 70 per kid below 6 years, and free for kids below 3 years.

Timing: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM every day.


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Mountain Biking

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Mountain Biking
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Biking on a rugged terrain with all-encompassing scenery in the backdrop is a surreal experience! Gangtok offers some of the most scenic biking trails in the world. On a biking sojourn in this hill city, witness the beauty of the landscape, exquisiteness of the flora and fauna, lush green hills and the quaint villages. Experience and embrace the natural beauty of Gangtok, stop by and click photographs and wave at the locals whose heartwarming smiles make your journey worth!

Ride past cardamom fields and smell the fragrance. Get breathtaking views of the city from the mountain ridges. Refresh yourself with the crystal clear mountain streams. Bike unaffected and free-spirited through deodar and pine forests. Become one with nature and let your abundant energies manifest itself through this exciting outdoor activity on your Gangtok trip.

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Helicopter Ride in Sikkim

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Helicopter Ride in Sikkim

A helicopter ride in Sikkim is an opportunity to get an aerial view of the Himalayan ranges and amongst the top things to do in Gangtok. It is a time to feast your eyes on the grandeur of this place. Be spellbound by the high-rise mountains, valleys, rivers and forests as you see them from the sky. See the Gangtok town and get a comprehensive eagle’s eye view of its landscape. You can also go on helicopter rides over the monasteries and explore their spirituality and devotion.

The best helicopter trip would be the one over the Valley of Flowers. There could be some rules pertaining to photography; as per the Ministry of Defense, photography may not be allowed in some regions. However, despite of such restrictions, a helicopter ride is a must while visiting the salubrious hill city in Sikkim.

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Visit Rumtek Monastery

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Visit Rumtek Monastery

Also called the Dharmachakra Centre, the Rumtek Monastery is a renowned place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Built in the 16th century, this monastery is perched atop a hill from here you get a panoramic view of the city while on your Gangtok trip.

Being the largest monasteries in this region, people visit this place for its surroundings and picturesque views as well. A small path meanders from the monastery and passes through terrace rice fields. You can follow this path to witness sloshing streams and rare plants that make up a unique ecosystem. The monastery is surrounded by mountains, streams and forests. It is perfectly nestled amidst such enchanting beauty to make your visit to this place a memorable one.

The aforementioned are some of the many things to do in Gangtok. Bestowed with numerous avenues for recreation and adventure, this capital city of Sikkim has its own glory and charm. Be it the sprawling meadows to the sunset views from cliffs, everything about Gangtok are cradled by nature’s finest attributes. 

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View Sunset At Tashi Viewpoint

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View Sunset At Tashi Viewpoint
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If you have ever wanted to view the Kanchenjunga mountain range from a close distance, then the Tashi Viewpoint is the ideal spot for you! Located only a few miles away from the main city, it can easily reached. Also, one of the most sought after destinations for the nature photographers and admirers, the mystique appeal of the viewpoint is a must for everyone.

Mostly swarmed during the early hours of the day, the rays of the rising sun creates a magical charm around the point. Illuminating the ambience with the golden sunrays, it offers the panoramic views of the Khanchendzonga and Siniolchu peaks. Circular in shape, it allows four people at a time and a visit to this viewpoint is one of the surreal things to do in Gangtok.

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Hang Gliding

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Hang Gliding

If you are looking for Things To Do in Gangtok then you should consider hang gliding. Imagine yourself as a bird, floating over the beautiful snowy Himalayan Range with colourful town and valleys below. If that interests you then hang gliding is something that you will most definitely enjoy. This adventure sport is one of the newest additions to the adventure sporting culture of Gangtok. It’s much like paragliding but in its case, you hold on to a bar attached to the wings and hang by it. However, you will, of course, be strapped to the top of the bar with a belt for safety purposes.

The hang gliding points offer the necessary gears you need to participate in the activity. You can also rent a GoPro camera for an extra Rs. 1000 to record your entire flight. It surely will be a great memory to keep forever. If you have done hang gliding before and can manage it well then opt for a solo flight. However, for the first timers, there are piloted flights available which are safer.  

Location: Yumthang and Jorethang.

Price: Rs. 2500 per person. Video recording will cost you extra.

Timing: Mid May to October, early morning to afternoon.


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Discover Lal Bazaar

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Discover Lal Bazaar

Lal Bazaar is an open market area in Gangtok that is known for great variety of stores and products it offers. The market was established in 1956 and has only grown is proportion since. The place is always filled with the locals and the tourists. This creates a wonderfully vibrant atmosphere. This is something that must be experienced by every traveler for its uniqueness. However, that’s only the half of it. Lal Bazaar is also a perfect place to shop if you enjoy bargaining. The locals come here to shop for vegetables mostly but you should be looking for the different varieties of cheeses found here. Cheese made of Yak’s milk is particularly unique about this market.

Although the market is now named the Kanchenjunga Shopping Complex, the locals still recognize it by its original one. There are stores where you can find traditional items such as pottery, flags, knives, and more. Even if you don’t have anything to buy, visit Lal Bazaar for experiencing the local lifestyle.  

Location: Vishal Gaon, Gangtok.

Price: Varies from shop to shop and product to product.

Timing: It’s open all year long. However, Sundays are the best days to visit to experience a vibrant atmosphere.


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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.
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.
vehicles provided i.e, Xylo were comfortable enough to make the journey through non existent roads bearable. hotels had all standard facilities.our driver was very compliant. Mr.Deep really coordinated well. package was money's worth. few travellers reached bagdogra at 3pm. Overall tour was enjoyable and exciting as well. advice - On the way to Gurudongmar Lake try coffee jalebi momos at Gaigaon Check post one the highest army check post. have dosa at Thangu valley at the world's highest dosa point. try thukpas ,momos, wai wai all your way. try imli candies buy different kinds of tea from Lal Market Or M. G.Marg black tea, white tea, flavoured green teas (lemon, tulsi, ginger) , chamomile tea, rose tea. Temi tea is a good brand marketed by Govt of Sikkim. Buy Buddhist prayer flags available starting from rs. 20 only . they consider it good omen to receive these flags as a gift.
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.
20 February 2021
Excellent
A complete year of no travels or moving owing to the lockdown left me feeling highly depressed. It is then that me and my friends quickly planned a trip that would include the total Silk route. Staying in Kolkata this is the closest destination we could travel. But, after a lot of deliberations as to who will arrange the trip we thought of giving Thrillophilia a try. And, we are so glad we did. We were greeted and had the warmest welcome on arrival at the Bagdogra airport before one of Thrillophilia’s representatives transferred us to the pristine Sillery gaon. No wonder the hamlet is called New Darjeeling as the place looks like heaven with the tall pine trees and offers uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga mountain. We stayed at a plush guesthouse with well-washed linens and clean washrooms. Later, we left for Aritar, spent a night there and after a wholesome breakfast, proceeded to Zuluk to spend a happening evening. At a remote place such as Zuluk Thrillophilia ensured we stayed at a comfy hotel. If you have the silk route in mind and desire to experience the Tibetan culture at its best then this 6 day trip to some of the most gorgeous locations of Lampokhari lake, Reshikola, Kupup lake, Jelep La pass, Tukla Valley and several more, will woo you beyond measure.

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  1. What are the best things to do in Gangtok?

    1. Paragliding: If you and your partner share a mutual love for adventures, then you must try paragliding. The feeling of flying over the alluring meadows, snow-capped mountains, and dense forests is bound to give you a boost of adrenaline. 

    2. Yak Safari: Experiencing the unique Yak Safari with your partner will give you some new memories. You can admire the magnificent glory of nature around and be amused by how the yaks are decorated.

    3. Helicopter Ride: Helicopter ride offers you the perfect opportunity to serenade your partner high up in the skies surrounded by the ethereal beauty of nature. The aerial vision of the Himalayan ranges, meadows, valleys, and rivers is bound to leave you both breathless.  

    4. Cable Ride: You can spend some cozy moments with your partner while opting for the cable ride. The picturesque view of nature around while holding your partner close will give you some unforgettable memories. 
  2. What are the adventure things to do in Gangtok?

    1. River Rafting: Teesta River in Gangtok provides the perfect opportunity to experience river rafting, regardless if you are a beginner or pro. The adrenaline rush you get trying to balance the raft amidst the waves is something that cannot be replaced.  

    2. Trekking: The glorious sight that awaits you as you trek across Goech La is unparalleled. The vibrant Rhododendron, alluring meadows, the glorious Samiti Lake, and the enchanting Pandim and Kanchenjunga ranges are worth the grunts.

    3. Mountain Biking: Admiring the picturesque beauty of nature while biking on uneven terrain is as satisfying as it is challenging. If you are both a nature lover and an adventure junkie, this is something that will enthrall you greatly. 

    4. Hang gliding: If you are an adventure fanatic, then you must not miss the most recent addition of adventurous activity in Gangtok – hand gliding. The feeling you get when you are literally flying is indescribable.
  3. What are the most popular things to do in Gangtok with kids?

    Cable-Car Ride: This is a double cable ropeway, starting in Deorali and taking you all the way to Tashiling while offering spectacular views of the Gangtok landscape. The cable car vessel can accommodate 24 passengers for a 1-kilometre long ride, and 3 stops to get off on the way.

    Yak Safari: Available in different parts of Gangtok and the rest of Sikkim, Yak Safari is an exclusive experience that you cannot have anywhere else in the country. Sitting on the hump of the majestic mountain animal, you get to explore the many places in Gangtok at a relaxed and slow pace.

    Experience Nathula Pass: This is a roadway pass that connects Sikkim and Tibet. Nathula, situated at about 4300 meters of height is one of the three such passages that connect China and India. Historically it was also a part of the renowned Silk Route and is now an exhilarating attraction in Gangtok.

    Safari at Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve: This alpine biosphere is one of the biggest in the region that expands in Nepal and Tibet. Located near Gangtok, the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve is home to 34 species and types of flora, fauna, microorganisms and more. There are forests, agriculture, husbandry and more worth seeing here.  

    Prayers at Tsuk La Khang Monastery: Gangtok is home to hundreds of ma+onasteris and among them, Tsuk La Khang is one of the most important. This historic place of worship of the Buddhist faith is situated in the Royal Palace, overlooking mountains and other sceneries. You can pay a visit here with your loved ones and seek the blessings of the divine.
  4. How many days are enough for Gangtok?

    A trip consisting of a minimum of 3 days. In this duration, one can enjoy the beauty of the Sikkim landscape, visit the many places of interest, go shopping and explore the things to do in Gangtok at much ease.

    Besides, if you have more time to spare, then a longer stay of around 5 to 7 days is ideal to see the nearby places from Gangtok.
  5. What are the most popular things to do in Gangtok with family?

    Trek to Goecha La: Enclosed by the snow-clad Himalayan Mountains, the Goecha La trek is one of the best Gangtok things to do with your family. A scenic route, it takes you across altitudinal villages, forests, lakes and other natural attractions in the region.

    Cable-Car Ride: Running along with the city, a ropeway cable car ride is among the best Gangtok things to do. Located in Deorali, the cable car is 1 kilometre long and has 3 major stops. You can board the capsule and enjoy the enthralling views of the entire place from the top.

    Cycling on the Silk Route: Starting in Sillery Gaon, a cycling tour along the Silk Route in the region is one of the best things to do in Gangtok. There are many different excursions available that you can take on with your family for a scenic and fun ride.

    Helicopter Ride: Many service providers arrange for aviation tours of the city. One can book a helicopter ride in Gangtok to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the stunning outlook, making it one of the best things to do in Gangtok with family.

    Shopping at Lal Bazaar: Shopping is one of the best things to do in Gangtok and there is no better place than Lal Bazaar to indulge in a good splurge. There are tens and hundreds of shops and stalls lined on either side of the street, selling local products and souvenirs. After making your purchases, you can also try out the street food here.
  6. Which are some famous things to buy from Gangtok?

    Here is a list of the top things to buy from Gangtok during your trip:

    - Tibetian Carpets
    - Semiprecious Stone and Silver Jewellery
    - Thangkas
    - Apparels - hand woven, Sikkimese embroidery and other handworks
    - Hand Carved Wooden Decoration and Items
    - Tea
    - Prayer Flags and Buddha Figurines
    - Sikkimese Liqueur
    - Masks
    - Traditional Sikkimese Handicrafts
    - Eatables - Cheese, Pickles etc.
  7. Which are some famous treks in Gangtok?

    Here is a list of all the top treks to add to you Gangtok things-to-do list:

    - Yuksom - Dzongri Trek
    - Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek
    - Goechala Trek
    - Tinjure Trek
    - Green Lake Trek
  8. Which are the best places to visit in Gangtok?

    Nathula Pass: At a height of 4310 metres, Nathula Pass is a mountainous road that connects Sikkim and Tibet. Once it was a part of the much larger Silk Route, it is now a prominent place to enjoy the altitude vistas near Gangtok.

    Tsomgo Lake: Nestled between mountains, at a vertiginous height of 12400 ft, Tsomgo Lake is a prized possession of the Sikkim territory in Gangtok. The scenic grandeur of this place and the path along the way are one of the most popular places for tourist visits.

    Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple: On the way to Nathula Pass in Gangtok, the Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, also called Baba Mandir is a shrine dedicated to Harbhajan Singh, a valiant war martyr who fought for the country on the border and sacrificed their life.

    Rumtek Monastery: One of the most important places in Gangtok, the Rumtek Monastery is a place of worship and centre for many Buddhist rites. Situated atop a hill near Gangtok, this establishment belongs to the Kagyu Buddhist Sect and has a shrine temple, meditation centre, among other elements filled with murals, sculptures and hymns in the vicinity.

    Himalayan Zoological Park: Situated at an altitude of 1780 metres in Bulbulay, near Gangtok, the Himalayan Zoological Park is the place where you can witness the immaculate biodiversity of the Sikkim province. Enjoying the views of the snowy Kanchenjunga Peak while on a safari of the park is one of the best things to do in Gangtok.

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