Gangtok, with magnificent views of Kanchenjunga, uniqueness and vibrancy in colors of culture and tradition, infused into the stunning sceneries and just the right dash of subtle city life is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the area.
The name meaning hill-top, Gangtok can be safely said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country. With everything in just the right amount from a blend of cultural identities to urbanisation, Gangtok is a breathing and dynamic bit of paradise of the northeast. It has an amazing view of mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world. Also like everything around it, Gangtok is abundant in natural beauty and has various natural attractions such as the Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint and more. Other places to visit include the Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery, etc. Also, river Teesta is one of the best spots for white water rafting in North East India.
You can find all kind of hotels and resorts here. You can also find homestays and lodges in this town.
The capital of Sikkim and base for exploring other parts of Sikkim. One of the cleanest places in India. Availability of good food and music in pubs and restaurants. Good weather with spectacular views all around. Culture and heritage. Pilgrim site for Buddhists.
Slightly difficult to access as the nearest airport and railway station are around 4 hours away.
Newly-wed couples, trekking enthusiasts, people seeking a break from city life, nature lovers.
Gangtok is home to almost everything that the cuisine of this area has to offer in its most rich, splendid, authentic form with a flattering variety of options. What is impossible to miss in Gangtok includes Momos, Thukpa, Wonton, Gyathuk, Thenthuk and more, along with a Sikkim style meat patty called Shah-Phaley.
Along with this you get to choose from a huge variety of authentic soups almost unique to the area. Chang is a locally made alcoholic beverage and is a must try while here. Authentic Tibetan and Indo-Chinese cuisines are also available in the restaurants and must also be tried.
Since there are a lot of sightseeing places in Gangtok, taxis are the most convenient modes of transport within the city. There are also state-run buses with very nominal fares which facilitate internal commuting. One can also look for shared buses/jeeps to cover all local sightseeing places with relatively economical charges.
Day 1: Reach by afternoon or evening, settle into your room and relax. Enjoy the scenic beauty around you. Take a stroll on the M.G. Road and enjoy some shopping and local dishes. Have a good evening sitting in a pub or a restaurant with some music going on.
Day 2: Have some delightful breakfast and start your city tour. Visit Hanuman Tok, Rumtek Monastery, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. Have lunch in the main market and experience the Ropeway. In the evening, enjoy some shopping in the local markets. Also, don't forget to obtain a pass to visit the Nathula Pass the next day.
Day 3: You will find a number of taxis available to take you up to Nathula Pass, but it is always better to book one in advance. Visit the Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple and go to Nathula Pass. You can also enjoy some Yak rides there. You can have a small stopover at Tsongmo lake on the way. Return to Gangtok and spend some time in the Flower Exhibition Centre. Spend the evening at the M.G Marg for some shopping.
Day 4: Have your breakfast and leave for Bagdogra/ New Jalpaiguri for your Flight/ Train. On the way, you can enjoy the white-water rafting at Teesta. Make sure you choose the Train/ Flight timings carefully.
This is one place you just cannot miss if you visit Gangtok. This international Indo-China border requires you to have a permit which can be obtained easily in Gangtok. However, only Indian tourists are allowed till this point, foreigners are not allowed. The border is such that you can actually see the Chinese soldiers as well as the trucks passing from India to China or the other way round. On the way to the border, you can have a good glance at Tsongmo lake on the way. There's another temple on the way which is considered to be very holy by the locals. To reach this point, shared cabs and private cabs are easily accessible from taxi stand in Gangtok.
- Gangtok has a beautiful vibe to it. The MG road is clean, interesting and a chill place to just relax and shop. The pubs have great music and good food and drinks. Alcohol is cheap because of no state tax in Sikkim. Surrounding areas are amazing. Do visit Nathu La, Changu lake and nearby monasteries. If time permits, visit Peling and North Sikkim.
there are few certainly incorrect facts about Kanchenjunga in this article. 1. Kenchanjunga is not a Tibetian name- it's sanskrit/hindi name that means Golden Thighs. This name is given as mountain side shines like gold at sunrise and sunset 2. The best time to visit is from April to October. it will be impossible to visit this in Winter months
Best place to visit in summer vacation....I visited in April and just enjoyed.Sikkim is must visit destination for hill station lovers...North Sikkim is like heaven
A must visit. The serenity of the place can revive your inner self and give you immense joy. You can thoroughly enjoy with your loved ones, amidst the thick blanket of snow and the misty winds. The lake view exudes piousness. A true epitome of nature's glory.
Gangtok!! No any words to express, i can just say that its a place where u must visit. My experience of visiting Gangtok is incredible. MG Marg, Nathula Pass(Indo-China border), various beautiful monasteries, mommos are just mindblowing moment of my life. I really been to so many hill-stations, but can proudly say that Gangtok you are the best one.
By Pallavi Siddhanta
Is Gangtok awesome? Or has it been abused by tourists too much like Darjeeling has?