Places to Visit in Gangtok on Day 1
The changing colours of the mountain ranges during sunrise and sunset are also something you can witness from the viewpoint. You can also see the Labrang and the Phodong Monasteries from here. This open space can hold up to twenty viewers at a time.
Location: Tashi View Point, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Timing: 4 pm- 6 pm
Nathu La Pass
Till 1962, the Nathu La Pass was the operative roadway of the famous Silk Route. Since this is a protected area, Indian nationals now require special passes to visit the place, while foreign nationals are not allowed to visit here at all.
To make the best of your trip to NathuLa pass, you should ideally visit between December to February when the temperature remains pleasant and the skies remain clear. The Pass remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and the only way to access it is via heavy-duty vehicles such as jeeps or SUVs, so make sure you plan your logistics beforehand.
Location: Nathu La, Sikkim – China-Tibet Autonomous Region
Timing: Open 24 hours
MG Road is also unique because it is decorated with antique Victorian lamps and is a smoke and litter-free zone. Every year, in December, the Annual Food and Cultural Festivals take place on this road. It is one of the grandest festivals in Sikkim, with exclusive food, folk music and creative performances.
Location: MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Timings: 10 am to 8 pm
It is considered an important spiritual abode for meditation and prayers. You can witness the singing of the hymns and devotional chants here, which together with the reverberating sounds of the prayer bells add to the divinity and the spirituality of the temple.
According to mythology, it is believed that this is the spot where Lord Hanuman had rested when he was carrying the mountain laden with Sanjeevani herbs that would revive Lord Lakshman. There are no charges for entering the temple but one can offer donations. Presently the temple is maintained by the 17 Mountain Division of the Indian Army.
Location: Gangtok, Sikkim 737103
Timing: 5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
A Gangtok 2 days trip will remain incomplete without a visit to the Khangchendzonga. The majestic Khangchendzonga is the third highest mountain in the world and one of the most famous peaks that can be seen from most places in North-East India. However, when you are in Gangtok, you can not only see it but visit the peak in person.
The word “Khangchendzonga” means “Five Treasures of the Snow.” The majestic mountain stands at a height of 8,586 metres above sea level. Due to dangerous roads, the range remains inaccessible to trekkers. However, you can access the Southeast and the Northeast face of the Khangchendzonga via the Goecha La trek and the Green Lake Basin trek respectively.
Location: Situated in the North and West Sikkim districts in the Indian state of Sikkim.
The Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most popular monasteries in Gangtok. It is at a distance of 23 km from Gangtok, located on top of a hill. Built in the 12th century by the Kagyu sect of Buddhists, this monastery is also known as the Dharma Chakra Centre.
The Rumtek Monastery is the epitome of divinity and spirituality in Gangtok, especially for the Tibetan monks who have made this city their home. It is one of the main learning centres of Buddhism. Also, a great way to experience the monastery is by participating in “Kora”- the devotional walk around the entire structure of the monastery guided by a Buddhist monk.
One of the main attractions of the monastery is the golden stupa belonging to the 16th Karmapa.
Location: Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim, India
Timing: 8 am to 6 pm
The altitude of the temple also makes it an incredible viewpoint of the surrounding landscape. The structure of this temple might not seem very intricate, but there are massive glass panels in the viewing lounge of the circular balcony that facilitate the best panoramic views of nature.
There are also a variety of eateries and food stalls available at the foot of the winding staircase which leads to the temple. There are no entry charges but donations from the devotees are accepted.
Location: East District, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Timings: 7 am to 6 pm
The meaning of the word “Banjhakri” is “Jungle Magician” or the Shamanic Healer who worships and eradicates demonic spirits living in the caves in and around the waterfall. This is a great spot for picnics and boating.
Location: Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm
Places to Visit in Gangtok on Day 2
While planning the places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days, you can start your Day 2 tour with the serenity and the breathtaking beauty that this lake offers. A speciality of this lake is that it reflects different colours with the change of the seasons which makes it appear different, depending on the time of the year you are visiting. Also, it generally remains frozen during winter.
The auspicious Guru Purnima is elaborately celebrated near the lake by the Jhakris or the Faith Healers, who believe in the magical powers of the water. As the lake is situated in a restricted area, a special permit is required for both Indian and Foreign nationals to enter it.
Location: Tsomgo Lake, near Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Timing: Open 24 hours
Namchi is a bustling capital city of the district of South Sikkim, situated at an elevation of 1,675 metres above the sea level. It is located at a distance of 78 kilometres from Gangtok. This city has always been a popular pilgrimage centre as the Ralang Monastery and the Namchi Monastery that are located here draw a large number of devotees throughout the year.
The 87 feet-tall statue of Lord Shiva is also a major attraction in Namchi, along with many other shrines and statues that can be found here. Recently, a replica of the “Char Dham” has been set up by the Sikkim Government, which has become a major tourist attraction at the Solophok hilltop in Namchi.
The city is well connected through the Bagdogra Airport, New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and through private cars, taxis, and bus services from Gangtok itself.
Location: Sikkim 737139
Timing: April to June
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
This place is a rich source of historical information, knowledge and resources relating to the tenets and history of Buddhism and the unique culture of the state of Sikkim. You must include the institute when you are looking for places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days since it gives incredible insight into the origin and history of Gangtok and its people.
Location: Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim
Timing: 10 am to 4 pm
It is the perfect place to check out with your family and friends when you are in and around Gangtok, not only because of its natural beauty but because of the many activities you can enjoy when you are there. Rock climbing, paragliding, forest camping and mountain biking are some examples.
You can also visit the Phodong and Houlong Monasteries located here. The best time to visit this town is between March to May and from October to December, when the roads are safe and the weather is pleasant.
Location: Magnan, North Sikkim, India
Timing: March to May and October to December
Do Drul Chorten stupa
The locals believe that this stupa holds divine and spiritual powers that can banish evil spirits. Apart from its historical value, the view of the town from the top of the tower is also breathtaking, but the climb is difficult due to the steep stairs.
The Stupa is encircled by 108 prayer wheels or the Mani Lakhor. It is believed that turning these wheels can fulfil your wishes.
Location: Near Gangtok Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
Tsuk La Khang Monastery
When you visit the Tsuk La Khang Monastery, you can look at ancient Buddhist scriptures, teachings of the Bodhisattvas, significant Buddhist literature as well as incredible architectural details and techniques that are unique to this Palace Monastery.
If you time your vacation at the right time, you may even get to witness the Pang Lhabsol Festival- a colourful display of masks, flags and performances dedicated to the Khanchengdzonga mountain.
Location: Located in the complex of Royal Palace, is the imperial gompa of the former Royal family of Sikkim.
Timing: October to March
Seven Sisters Water Falls
Seven different streams of water rush down picturesque limestone cliffs covered with green foliage to make for one of the best natural views in Sikkim. A panoramic view of the waterfall from the adjoining highway and picnic spot makes for the perfect place to end your day 2 tour of Gangtok, and its surroundings.
Location: National Highway, North Sikkim, Gangtok, India
Timings: Open 24 hours