30 Places to Visit in Gangtok 2021, Tourist Places & Attractions
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Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, Rumtek Monastery, Tashi Viewpoint, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, MG marg, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Phodong Monastery, Do Drul Chorten, Ganesh Tok, Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, and many more places.

From Gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring places for visitors. Tourists can also enjoy river rafting in the wild rapids of the Teesta river, rappelling in front of the gorgeous waterfalls, paragliding over the sweeping landscape of Gangtok, and rock climbing over the rugged terrain among other activities. You can book our best seller
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Gangtok is a place that is brimming over with natural wonders of which the Kanchenjunga mountain is the most imposing. This mountain stands tall over the other magnificent peaks of the Sikkim Himalayas and can be glimpsed from most places around Gangtok. With our
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Here are the best places to visit in Gangtok:

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Tsomgo Lake

One of the most important and magnificent places to visit in Gangtok, the Tsomgo Changu Lake is a glacial lake situated 40 kilometres from Gangtok at a height of 12,310 feet. A fairytale lake of breathtaking beauty, Tsomgo Changu should definitely be on your travel itinerary for Gangtok. The icy blue waters of the lake reflecting the grandiose peaks of the Himalayas make for a spectacular sight. The prayer wheels and the small Shiva temple on its shores are a testimony to the sacred nature of the lake in the eyes of the locals.

Spend an entire day at this lake since it is a once in a lifetime experience. Picnicking on its shores will prove to be a memorable delight and it can be augmented with the help of the tea and snack sellers who sell mouth-watering treats near the lake. If you wish to enjoy additional attractions near the lake, a visit to the Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary can be planned alongside.

Location: Tsomgo Lake, near Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to Reach: Transport can be rented in Gangtok.

Timing: Open 24 hours

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Nathu La Pass

One of the most significant places to visit in Gangtok, the Nathu La Pass is a pass which connects Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. In the ancient days, this pass formed a part of the Silk Route, one of the most important trading routes in the world. Visiting Nathu La Pass is a must-do when in Gangtok because the views and experiences that you can have here are unlike any other. The beautiful pass can simply be enjoyed by driving or hiking around it leisurely. The height of the pass ensures magnificent mountain views, especially on clear days. 

Besides enjoying the pass itself, you can also visit the border trade market at Sherathang and indulge in a unique shopping experience. You can buy raw silk, butter, china clay, goat and sheep skins, horses and a lot more from this market.  A trip to the second highest golf course in the world at Kulup should also form an art of your plans for Nathu La. The Gnathang Monastery and Gnathang War Memorial are two other attractions nearby.

Location: Nathu La, Sikkim – China-Tibet Autonomous Region

How to reach: Cabs and jeeps can be hired from Gangtok

Timing: Open 24 hours

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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

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A place where Tibetan Buddhism is studied and preserved in depth, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is a popular attraction in Gangtok. Since the region is heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, understanding it is a great way to understand the motivations of the local population Namgyal Institute of Tibetology allows visitors to do just this.

Beautiful Tibetan architecture defines the building and its museum houses several statues, coins, scrolls with hand paintings & embroidery work (thangkas), Tibetan artworks and artefacts, as well as ancient manuscripts in Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Lepcha.

The library of the Institute houses over 60,000 books among which are the original teachings of Lord Buddha. A large image of Manjushri, who was the bodhisattva of knowledge and wisdom, is also contained within the halls of this institute.

Location: Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim

How to reach: Public transport is available and private cars can be rented in Gangtok too.

Timing: 10 am to 4 pm

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Tashi Viewpoint

The Tashi Viewpoint is one of the popular places to visit in Gangtok. Famed for its sunrises and sunsets as well as its startling views of the entire grand Himalayan mountain range, Tashi Viewpoint is a place that will leave you with some great pictures and countless memories.

Viewing both the sunrise and the sunset here is a great idea since it allows you to the experience the depth of Sikkim’s natural beauty in all its aspects. Try to plan your visit so that it falls on a clear day as clouds can really dampen the pleasure of the viewpoint. Combining the visit to the viewpoint with visits to the Ganesh Tok and the Bakthang falls is a good idea.

Location: Tashi View Point, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: Public transport is available and private cars can be rented in Gangtok too.

Timing: 4 pm- 6 pm

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Seven Sister Water Falls

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One of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring spectacles of Gangtok, the Seven Sisters waterfalls should definitely be visited when you are in Gangtok. The Seven Sisters waterfalls reflect the unique creativity of nature- seven separate waterfalls, originating from different sources and flowing side by side, marge into one powerful waterfall mid-way through. The combined force of these seven streams results in a thunderous waterfall which captures the imagination of all viewers with its might. Don't forget to book a romantic tour package of Gangtok covering Seven Sister Waterfalls.

A ropeway near the waterfall is a good place to enjoy the falls from up close. Since the waterfalls burst into full power only during and after the rains, tourist sheds have been built at convenient locations around the waterfalls. This allows people to enjoy the sight of the falls without getting drenched in the rains. A cafeteria also operates nearby.

Location: National Highway, North Sikkim, Gangtok, India

How to Reach: cabs can be hired in Gangtok

Timings: Open 24 hours

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Kanchenjunga Mountain

The sight of the third highest mountain in the world is one of the best attractions in Gangtok. Kanchenjunga towers high above the other peaks of Sikkim and can be glimpsed from most places around Gangtok. But if you want to go beyond gazing and actually enjoy the mountain up close, you can engage in treks to the base camp of Mount Kanchenjunga or simply visit the Kanchenjunga National Park.

If you want to enjoy trekking to Kanchenjunga, the Green Lake trek, as well as the Kanchenjunga Base camp trek, are a great option to explore since it takes you right up to Zemu Glacier, the location of the base camp in Sikkim.

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: You can trek for 10 to 12 days and reach the base camp or take a safari through the Kanchenjunga National park.

Timings: Vary by activity.

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Phodong Monastery

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One of the best solitude rich places to visit in Gangtok, this monastery was built in the early 18th century on the remains of an older monastery and plays an important part in the cultural landscape of the place. The monastery is among the most revered monasteries in Sikkim and offers visitors a chance to enjoy the spiritual depth of Sikkim at its best. Spending some hours enjoying the ancient murals on the walls as well as the ancient sculptures and artefacts preserved in the halls is a good way to enjoy the monastery. 

For those looking to gain some peace, the meditation halls of the monastery are perfect. Situated as it is in the midst of grand natural beauty, a visit to this monastery is a meditation in itself. The annual Cham dance festival is celebrated here in February. The views from the monastery are also wonderful.  

Location: Approx. 28 kilometres from Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: Public transport is available and private cars can be rented in Gangtok too.

Timing: 10 am to 6 pm

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Do Drul Chorten Stupa

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A landmark sight in Gangtok, the Do Drul Chorten Stupa is a good place to visit in the city. Built-in 1945-46 by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, this stupa holds significance in the city because of its said ability to drive away evil spirits. It features the traditional 108 Mani Lhakor or prayer wheels of Buddhism which are supposed to have wish-granting properties.

The golden top of the stupa enshrines the figure of Dorjee Phurpa or Vajra Kilaya. If you are interested in understanding the cultural pulse of Gangtok, a visit to this chorten, which is among the most important chortens in Sikkim, is a must. The climb to the top is slightly exhausting because of its steep nature, but the views from the top are rewarding.

Location: Near Gangtok Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: Public transport is easily available in Gangtok.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm

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Ganesh Tok

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Ganesh Tok is one of the famous tourist places in Gangtok, renowned primarily for the intensity of the views visible from its complex. Located close to the Tashi View Point and the Bakthang falls, a visit to Ganesh Tok is a must on the local sightseeing circuit in Gangtok. The temple in the complex is dedicated to Lord Ganesh.

Situated in the midst of nature, this temple is a delight to visit and offer prayers in. A circular balcony and lounge near the temple are perfect places to look at the view. The grand range of mountains including Kanchenjunga is visible from this point as is the spectacle of the Gangtok valley rolling down below. Sunsets from this spot are enchanting too.

Location: East District, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: Public transport is easily available from the main Gangtok city

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

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Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

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A temple dedicated to the memory of Harbhajan Singh, a soldier martyred during the Sino war. Harbhajan Singh died defending his country and fellow soldiers on the Nathu La pass. His legend is also believed to have supernatural powers and his ghost is believed to guard soldiers along the border. This belief has led to the Indian army treating him as a soldier who never died. 

Harbhajan Singh continued to receive his rank duly till he “retired” some years ago. This legend is the reason this temple is so popular with tourists in Gangtok. A visit to this temple is an enjoyable experience and can be combined with a visit to Nathu La pass. You must book a
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Location:
Between Nathu la And Jelep la Pass, Gangtok, India

How to reach:
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Timings:
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Rumtek Monastery

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One of the most important and culturally significant monasteries in Gangtok, the Rumtek monastery is among the must-visit places in Gangtok. The monastery follows the school of Tibetan Buddhism and is especially renowned globally for its Kagyu teachings. The architecture of the place is also a major attraction. It is built in the classical Tibetan gompa style and is three storeys high. All its floors feature interesting sights that are capable of imparting the deep knowledge of Buddhism to their viewers along with the history of the sect. 

The halls of the monastery feature large hand painted and intricate wall murals, thankas, silk paintings and statues, all of them startling in their depth and beauty. The top floor of the monastery features a stupa and a terrace. The location of the monastery is such as to allow for a magnificent view of the Gangtok valley on the opposite side and is also a major attraction of the monastery.   

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

How to Reach: Transport is easily available from Gangtok.

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

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Magnan

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Magnan is a small town situated approximately 65 kilometres away from Gangtok and is famed for its breathtaking natural beauty. Though small, the town offers a dazzling variety of engaging activities to its visitors, which ensures that no day spent here seems wasted. From simply gazing at the stalwart mountain peaks to enjoying a range of adventure activities to immersing yourselves in spiritual serenity, there is a lot to do here. 

Among adventure activities, enthusiasts can enjoy paragliding, rock-climbing, mountain-biking and forest camping while a spiritual retreat can be enjoyed in Labrang Gompa, one of the most revered monasteries in Sikkim, as well as in Phadong Monastery and Tholung Monastery. Namprikdang, located at the confluence of the Kanaka and Teesta rivers, is another magnificent place to visit near Magnan.

Location: Magnan, North Sikkim, India

How to reach: Buses and private rental cars can be taken from Gangtok.

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Ban Jhakri Falls

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If you wish to enjoy some delightful sightseeing and memorable picnicking in Gangtok, the Ban Jhakri falls are a great place to do so. Located inside the landscaped Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park, the 100-foot Ban Jhakri Waterfall is a beautiful spot. Nature reigns supreme here, and a still silence hangs all around, only punctuated by the powerful gushing of the water falling with force on the rocks.

The Ban Jhakri Falls occupy a potent place in local mythology since they are said to have a power which can repel evil spirits. When you are in the park, make sure to visit the man-made lake there which features an imposing dragon statue in the centre. The natural energy production sites of the park are also worth a visit.

Location: Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to Reach: Cabs can be hired from Gangtok.

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm

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Tashiding Monastery

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An important tourist attraction In Gangtok, the Tashiding Monastery is a must visit when in Gangtok. It ranks amongst the most important monasteries of Gangtok besides being one of the oldest. The monastery runs under the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is rich in legends. This makes it a crucial part of the cultural landscape of Sikkim. Its location is also particularly pretty; it is located at the confluence of the Rathong Chu and the Rangeet Rivers which adds to its meditative beauty.

Spending several hours here simply gazing at the murals and paintings on the walls, the artefacts preserved in its halls, and just meditating in its serenity is a great way to enjoy a day in Gangtok. The Bhumchu festival, an important local festival, is also celebrated in this monastery, so you can plan your visit to the place such that it coincides with the festival.

Location: Yuksom, West Sikkim, India

How to Reach: Public transport and cabs are available from Yuksum and Gangtok

Timing: 9 am to 6 pm

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Mahatma Gandhi Marg

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The most popular tourist market in Gangtok, MG Marg cannot be missed when in the city. It is a wonderful place which incorporates the best of Gangtok and its tourist culture and presents it to its visitors in colourful displays. Free of litter and smoke, this pedestrian-only zone is a good way to spend your evenings in Gangtok. Many restaurants and bars line its streets and a carnivalesque atmosphere prevails all year long. 

Strolling leisurely along the road, stopping at quaint shops selling local goods and trinkets, enjoying warm beverages as the chilly winds blow all around, and dining in the cosy comfort of a Tibetan restaurant are some of the best things to do in MG Marg. If you are visiting in December, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy the annual Gangtok Food Festival held in this place.

Location: MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: You will have to walk up to the main MG Marg from the parking lot

Timings: 10 am to 8 pm

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Himalayan Zoological Park

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Located close to Gangtok, the Himalayan Zoological Park is one of the great tourist attractions in Gangtok. Though natural beauty can be enjoyed everywhere in Gangtok, the concentrated natural variety that is to be found in this zoological park gives you a different insight into nature’s bounty in Sikkim. There is a lot that can be enjoyed inside this park including a dazzling variety of flora and fauna. Red Pandas, Himalayan Black Bears, Snow Leopards, Clouded Leopards, Barking Deer find a home here as do birds like Lady Amherst Pheasant, Kalij, Satyr Tragopan among others. 

Trekking through the park is the best way to enjoy the minute details of the park but doing so will not allow you to enjoy all the areas of the 260-acre park. If you wish to enjoy the entire length and breadth of the ark, booking a jeep safari is a good idea. The park is well maintained and provides a truly enjoyable experience to its visitors. Gangtok never fails to amaze the tourist with its natural beauties and zoological park is a treasure of beautiful flora and faunas, so book your Gangtok tour with Himalayan Zoological Park now.

Location: Bulbulay, East Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: Public transport is available and private cars can be rented in Gangtok too.

Timing: 9 am to 4 pm

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Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary

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A beautiful place where natural beauty bursts into its best possible bloom, the Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary should be on the top of your travel itinerary in Gangtok. A sanctuary is a delightful place which not only houses a bewildering variety of animals and birds including Red Pandas, Himalayan Beer and Civet Cat Binturongs, but also a gorgeous range of flora including bamboo and rhododendrons forests. Delightful wild orchids flourish beguilingly all around. 

Spending several hours roaming around leisurely in this sanctuary will allow you to enjoy nature’s gifts comprehensively. Gorgeous views can be had from this sanctuary, especially if you head over to Tinjure, the highest point in the place, located at a height of nearly 7000 feet. Permits are required to visit the sanctuary and can be obtained from Gangtok. This is one of the best tourist places in Gangtok and should not be missed.

Location: Approx. 30 kilometres from Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: You can take a private car or cab to the Sanctuary.

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

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Khecheopalri Lake

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Khecheopalri Lake, also known as Kha-Chot-Palri, is a natural lake near Gangtok and is one of the places you definitely should visit in Gangtok. A destination reverberating with legends, the lake is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists for its mythical associations. The shores of the lake are associated with powerful figures like Guru Padmasambhava, Lord Shiva and Goddess Tara apart from other important mythical figures.

The Khechoedpaldri hill near the lake is also considered to be a sacred spot by the locals. Trekkers on the Yuksom-Dzongri-Goechha La trekking corridor will get a chance to visit this lake on the route. Going to the lake with a local guide will allow you to understand the history of the place better. If you visit it in October, you will also be able to enjoy the ritual Chho-Tsho festival that is celebrated on the lake. Book your tour to Gangtok inclusive of Khecheopalri Lake, and witness the mesmerizing beauty of the lake.

Location: Khecheopalri Lake, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

How to reach: Public transport is available and private cars can be rented in Gangtok too.

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

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Sa-Ngor-Chotshog Centre

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Located in the Upper Tathangchen area of Gangtok, this monastery is one of the most culturally important places to visit in Gangtok. Being the only monastery in Sikkim which belongs to the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism and is, therefore, a unique monastery to visit.

There is a lot to be enjoyed inside the monastery including ancient paintings and thangkas. In addition, a large and imposing statue of Buddha beautifies its grounds s does a stupa decorated with fluttering flags. A wonderful stillness hangs over the monastery, making it a great place for meditative thoughts.

Location: Upper Tathangchen, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

How to reach: Public transport can be availed of

Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

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Flower Exhibition Centre

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There is nothing quite so delightful as the sight of flowers bursting into bloom in the mountains. The chilly air and the silent ambience adds to the beauty of the sight and makes for a very memorable experience. The Flower Exhibition Centre on the Ridge above Gangtok is one such place. The exhibition centre features a dazzling variety of flowers, arranged in an open area and a closed enclosure.

A nominal fee is required in order to enter the enclosure but the money paid is absolutely worth the while. The exhibition centre comes into prominence especially during the months from March to June, when orchids bloom wildly and are put on display inside the centre. Other flowers on display include Blue Venda Orchids, Celosia, Chrysanthemum, and Paps.

Location: White Hall Complex, Gangtok, India

How to reach: Public transport can be availed of

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

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Hanuman Tok

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Situated at an elevation of 7,200 feet, the Hanuman Tok is a famous temple located at the core of Gangtok. The beautiful piece of architecture worships Lord Hanuman and is managed as well as maintained by the respected Indian Army.

The factor that prompts Hanuman Tok to be one of the places to visit in Gangtok is the enthralling natural view of the Kanchenjunga Peak and the eclectic beauty of the regal temple. Many people also tend to come to this amazing location to experience the unnatural elegance of sunrise.

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103, India.

Timing: 5:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
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Tsuk La Khang Monastery

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Established in 1898 AD under the close inspection of Thutob Namgyal, the Tsuk La Khang Monastery offers a sublime depiction of Gangtok’s cultural attributes.

It was a palatial monastery, which belonged to the previous royal family of the region and is currently used as a prime worshipping place for the locals. Widely admired as one of the most renowned Gangtok tourist places, the interior section (with the decorated walls and murals) of the monastery is, indeed, a stimulating sight to behold.

Location:  Secretariat Rd, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101, India.

Timing: 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
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Kabi Longstok

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The small and quaint town of Kabi Longstok (located around 17km away from Gangtok) is very popular among the tourists for quite a few things. To begin with, this beautiful place houses a tranquil monastery, which had supposedly initiated the Buddhism culture in this location.

There is also the Thakurbari Temple located here, which is particularly popular due to its exquisite façade and interior. Also, unlike some of the other places to visit in Gangtok, it is located amidst subtle greenery and, thus, can soothe the heart of nature aficionados perfectly!

Location: North Sikkim Highway near Phodong, Gangtok India.

Timing: Always Open.
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Gangtok Ropeway

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If you are considering doing something exciting and amusing during your stay at Gangtok, then the Gangtok Ropeway would be must-visit for you. Inaugurated in the year of 2003, the ropeway offers a breathtaking bird's eye view of the city and prompts an excellent photo-clicking session.

The double-cable zig of the ride can accommodate around 24 people at once and covers an overall distance of almost two kilometres. The journey tends to take 15 to 20 minutes to complete and goes through three different terminal stations - Deorali, Tashiling, and Namnang.

Location: Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim 737102, India.

Timing: 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
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Saramsa Garden

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Also known as Ipecac Garden, the Saramsa Garden is considered to be one of the best Gangtok Tourist Places due to various reasons. For starters, there is an exquisite range of flowers available in the plot, which offers an excellent backdrop for clicking photos.

Moreover, there is also a greenhouse available in the premises of the same that houses a wide array of orchids and plants. In addition, you can indulge in various recreational activities, such as playing football and volleyball, to make your day even more enjoyable.

Location: Sikkim 737102, India.

Timing: 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
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Reshi Hot Spring

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In truth, there is a broad range of hot springs available in Gangtok, but, the Reshi Hot Spring is undoubtedly the best one among them. Aside from its strategic location, this beautiful place also emanates a beautiful religious significance, which prompts most people to consider it as the best Gangtok Tourist Places of all.

The location is easily accessible and houses various temporary huts too for offering a comfortable overnight stay for the visitors. However, there will be no cooking utensils or bedding available here, so you might have to take care of these all by yourself.

Location: Sikkim 737102, India.

Timing: Always Open.
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Pemayangtse Monastery

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Pemayangtse Monastery is, in essence, a Buddhist Monastery, which was designed, planned, and founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo. It is one of the oldest monasteries of Gangtok (established in 1847) and gets a huge number of visitors due to its historical significance and exquisite beauty.

There are several statues of Rinpoches and saints, too, available here and each of them has their own importance and magnitude. To experience its truest beauty and elegance, be sure to come here during the season of summer and spring.

Location: Sikkim 737111, India.

Timing: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
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Lal Bazaar

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Established in the year of 1956, the Lal Bazaar is the largest shopping complex of Gangtok and offers a wide range of purchasable products. For starters, you can find various shops here, which offer high-quality North Indian clothing items at an affordable price.

Furthermore, you can also buy fresh and tasty vegetables from here, especially if you love cooking. Additionally, Lal Bazaar also houses various shops, which offer prayer flags, eye-catching pottery items, and traditional Nepalese knives, which can be bought as a souvenir.

Location: Tadong, Gangtok, Sikkim.

Timing: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
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Gonjang Monastery

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Situated at an altitude of around 6,000 meters, the eloquent Gonjang Monastery is considered to be the epitome of culture in Gangtok. It follows the Jangter Tradition in Buddhism and, thus, offers the education regarding Tibetan Buddhism to the younger monks.

The exterior façade of the monastery is quite a sight to behold; however, the interior of the same can ensnare your senses with its beauty as well. It is also known as one of the only Gangtok Tourist Places, which can be viewed during a cycle ride!

Location: Near Tashi View Point, Gangtok India.

Timing: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
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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
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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
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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
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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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People Also Ask About Sikkim

  1. Which are the best places to visit in Gangtok?

    1. Nathula Pass: The connecting route between Sikkim and Tibet, the Nathula Pass offers an enthralling view of the Kanchenjunga Mountain, especially during winter.

    2. MG Road: MG Road, one of the most happening places to visit in Gangtok, is considered as a prime shopping hub of the city.

    3. Rumtek Monastery: Widely admired as one of the most visually appealing monasteries in Gangtok, the Rumtek Monastery offers a significant outlook of the Buddhist culture.

    4. Tsomgo Lake: If you wish to take a walk around an eye-catching lake with your loved one, then Tsomgo Lake should be a must-visit place for you.

    5. Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple: The small yet beautiful temple of Baba Harbhajan Singh offers an authentic outlook of Hindu culture and attracts a wide array of devotees from all around the world.

    6. Seven Sisters Waterfalls: Just like its name suggests, the Seven Sisters Waterfalls comprise of seven exquisite waterfalls, which can take the breath away of any nature aficionado.

    7. Tinkitam Village: Known as one of the most visually-appealing Gangtok tourist places, the Tinkitam Village offers an exquisite view of the Kanchenjunga Mountain.

    8. Do Drul Chorten: Built in the year of 1945, the Do Drul Chorten is considered to be one of the most culturally-significant stupas in Gangtok.
  2. Which are the best Gangtok tourist places for families?

    1. Saramsa Garden: The exotic Saramsa Garden offers is, in essence, the excellent family-friendly location where you can initiate a picnic and have a great time with your family.

    2. Tashi View Point: The Tashi View Point in Gangtok offers an enthralling view of sunrise and sunset through Mount Kanchenjunga.

    3. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary: If you want your kids to fall in love with a wide array of flora and fauna, then be sure to visit the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.

    4. Banjhakri Falls: A quaint sightseeing destination, the Banjhakri Falls offers a sublime view of exquisitely landscaped gardens and beautiful statues of Buddhist Monks.

    5. Enchey Monastery: The Enchey Monastery is yet another amazing location, which offers a significant amount of knowledge about the background of Gangtok and Sikkim.
  3. How can I spend 3 days in Gangtok?

    During the first day of your visit, you can go to Nathula Pass and experience it's unnatural beauty through your own eyes. On your way, you can also take a look around the famous Baba Mandir and Tsomgo Lake.

    During the second day, you can opt for Local Gangtok sightseeing and include various popular locations, such as Ganesh Tok, Tashi View Point, Flower Exhibition Center in it.

    And, lastly, for the last day, you can travel to any of the following options:
    - Travel to the city of Pelling via the routes of Ravangla to capture the shots of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and some other peaks.
    - Go to Namchi to savour the essence of Gangtok's cultural brilliance by visiting the age-old monasteries.
  4. What is special in Gangtok?

    In addition to natural beauty, the city of Gangtok is also quite popular due to its offering of adventurous sports. The following are some of them:

    - River rafting (in the Teesta River)
    - Mountain biking
    - Yak Safari (Tsomgo lake)
    - Cycling through the silk route.
  5. How many days are enough for Gangtok?

    In essence, if you want to visit everything that the city of Gangtok has to offer, then you will need to stay here for at least five to seven days. However, if you are on a tight schedule, then you can also take a look around the crucial places of the metropolis, such as Enchey Monastery, Nathula Pass, within two to three days.
  6. Is Gangtok safe for tourists?

    The crime rate in the city of Gangtok is quite low, which, in turn, makes it an ideal and safe haven for the tourists. However, if you want to be extra careful about your security, then it will be better for you to stay in groups during nighttime.
  7. Which is the best time to visit Gangtok?

    The season of summer and spring is considered to be the best time to visit Gangtok, as, during this period, you will not experience the hassles of rainfall and fogginess at all.
  8. What are the romantic places to visit in Gangtok?

    1. Tsomgo Lake: With an altitude of about 12310 feet, this glacial lake is a marvelous sight and has massive cultural importance. You can admire the panoramic beauty of the surrounding mountains and make some unforgettable memories with your partner.

    2. Tashi Viewpoint: Watching the breathtaking sunset or the mesmerizing sunrise from this point with your partner will definitely give you some new memories. It is the perfect way to spend some cozy moments amidst nature. 

    3. Nathu La Pass: Connecting Sikkim to China-Tibet Autonomous Region, Nathu La Pass offers the view of the magnificent beauty of nature in all its glory. You can either hike or drive around hand in hand with your partner while admiring the picturesque views.

    4. Seven Sisters Waterfalls: The stunning visuals of the seven waterfalls side by side will leave you and your partner awestruck. Admire the gorgeous creation of nature around hand in hand with your lover.
  9. What are the best places to visit in Gangtok in winters?

    1. Goechala: Winter seems to enhance the grandeur of this quaint little village enveloped by lofty mountains. Apart from the tranquility, the Goecha La trek is a treat for the adventure enthusiasts and offers glorious visuals of nature.

    2. Teesta River: Pertinent to the local culture massively, the beauty surrounding the Teesta River is simply mesmerizing. The cool weather provides the perfect opportunity to dip your toes in the water or indulge in river rafting.

    3. Rumtek Monastery: Known globally for Kagyu teachings and exemplary architecture, the natural beauty surrounding the monastery is surreal. The serenity that you can experience amidst the chill of the winter here cannot be described. 

    4. Banjhakri Falls: The cool weather offers a perfect opportunity to explore the magnificent Banjhakri Falls located inside the Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park. With fables weaved around the falls that speak of evil spirits thwarted, the peace that you can experience here is astounding.

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