15 Places to Visit in Gangtok in 2 Days: 2021 (Updated List)
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Places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days

Nathu La Pass,  Hanuman Tok, Tsomgo Lake, Magnan, Rumtek Monastery, MG Marg, Banjhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint, Namchi and other places.

Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim, and if you want to go on a short vacation, there are many places to visit in 2 days in Gangtok. A couple of days is enough to explore all the beautiful tourist destinations as well as the natural scenic beauty of Gangtok, whether you are backpacking through Sikkim, or you’ve come for a proper vacation. 

A Gangtok 2 days trip is also ideal for trekkers, mountaineers, and hikers who want to participate in adventure activities that can be a welcome break from the monotony of city life. Gangtok is most famous for MG Marg which is considered one of the best shopping streets in this part of India. A comprehensive one-day tour of Gangtok can also take you to exciting historical places such as Nathu La Pass, Hanuman Tok and the Rumtek Monastery. 

After exploring some of the major natural and historical attractions you can start exploring some of the less-frequented areas around Gangtok, such as Tsomgo Lake, Magnan and the Do Drul Chorten Stupa. A 2-day trip to Gangtok is also enough time to experience the complete and breathtaking beauty of the  Khangchendzonga mountain. Gangtok is also one of the most naturally beautiful places, flanked by two streams- the Ranikhola and Roro Chu. Built on mountainous terrain, Gangtok is the perfect place to visit for a short, but rewarding holiday.  
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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.

Places to Visit in Gangtok on Day 1

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Tashi Viewpoint

A lot of people come to Gangtok just to visit the Tashi Viewpoint. Situated 8 km from the main city, this circular balcony is constructed purely for the pleasure one can derive while watching the majestic Khanchengdzonga and other mountain peaks around it.

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
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Nathu La Pass

If you are planning a Gangtok 2 days trip, the Nathu La pass is a must-visit. It is one of the most popular and historically significant mountain-passes in Gangtok. This pass is located at an elevation of 4,310 metres in the Eastern Himalayan Range and connects the Autonomous Region of China and the state of Sikkim.

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
03

MG Marg

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If you’ve decided to embark on a Gangtok 2 days trip, you have to make sure MG Marg is on your itinerary. MG Road, named after Mahatma Gandhi, stretches for 1km, with the Sikkim Tourism Centre on one end and the main taxi stand at the other. The entire road is like a mini-shopping mall, crammed with all kinds of shops, cafes and restaurants.

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
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Hanuman Tok

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The Hanuman Tok is one of the most picturesque spots in Gangtok and is an important inclusion in your list of places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days. It is a quaint temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is located at a distance of 11 km from Gangtok, at an elevation of 7,200 feet and surrounded with the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan ranges and the lush green valleys.

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
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Khangchendzonga

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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.

Timing: 8am–8pm

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Rumtek Monastery

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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

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Ganesh Tok

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On Day 1 of your list of places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days, you must cover Ganesh Tok, another famous temple in Gangtok.  This place is a spiritual abode for the tourists in Gangtok which is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is located beside the Tashi Viewpoint at an elevation of 6,500 feet, and at a distance of 7 km from the city of Gangtok.

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
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Banjhakri Falls

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Your Gangtok 2 days trip itinerary must contain a stop at Banjhakri Falls. Located at a distance of 7 km from Gangtok, this is a 100 feet waterfall in the landscaped park of Banjhakri. The entire park is spread over 2 acres of land that is surrounded by a foliage of coniferous trees.

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
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Places to Visit in Gangtok on Day 2

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Tsomgo Lake

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The Tsomgo Lake, which is more popularly known as Changu Lake, is situated 40 km from Gangtok, at an elevation of 3,753 metres. It is a gorgeous blue lake that is cradled by the snowy, rocky, towering mountain ranges of the Himalayas on all sides.

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
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Namchi

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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

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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

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Named after the 11th Chogyal of Sikkim, Sir Tashi Namgyal, this institute is a Tibetan Museum in Gangtok. The museum was established in 1957, by the 14th Dalai Lama and was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958. This institute appoints learned scholars who conduct research on the history of Sikkim and collect information from 60 ancient monasteries in Sikkim.

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
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Magnan

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The small town of Magnan is known for its undisturbed natural beauty. This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days if you want to explore Sikkim without the usual crowd of tourists.

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
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Do Drul Chorten stupa

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To understand the religion and the culture of Sikkim, you should definitely visit the Do Drul Chorten Stupa, located near the very centre of Gangtok city. It is an archaeological monument built in the year 1945-46, by the head of the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism- Trulshik Rinpoche.

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
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Tsuk La Khang Monastery

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The Tsuk La Khang Monastery is one of the most popular monasteries in Gangtok, which is both a Buddhist prayer centre, as well as the Royal Chapel for the Chogyals. It is also a historically significant monument because, during the days of the Sikkim monarchy, it was the epicentre of all royal events such as coronations, weddings as well as victory ceremonies.

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: L
ocated in the complex of Royal Palace, is the imperial gompa of the former Royal family of Sikkim.

Timing: October to March
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Seven Sisters Water Falls

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On the second day of your tour of Gangtok, you can check out the Seven Sisters Waterfall on your way to North Sikkim. Located 32km from Gangtok, on the Gangtok-Lahchung highway, this waterfall is fascinating because of the many separate streams that comprise the waterfall.

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
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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)
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26 January 2021
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19 January 2021
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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!
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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.
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    From Gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring places for visitors. Some of the most beautiful and interesting tourist places in Gangtok are:

    Khangchendzonga mountain 
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    Tsomgo Lake
    Ganesh Tok
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  3. Is Gangtok a good place?

    The city of Gangtok is undoubtedly one of the best places in India. This is a city with pristine natural beauty. The air is pollution-free and the city is well maintained. All the places in and around Gangtok are well-connected with a good transportation network of cars and buses and many hotels and lodges with a wide range of prices are available to accommodate the many tourists who visit Gangtok. It is also considered a shopper’s paradise.
  4. What is Gangtok famous for?

    Gangtok is located on mountainous terrain and is therefore famous for being home to some of the highest mountain ranges in the world, such as the Khangchendzonga. The city is also famous for various ancient monasteries and stupas and temples that can be found here.
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