“Gangtok” Capital of the Mountains

Gangtok is the most beautiful and the largest city of the North East Sikkim, India, located on the ridges at a height of 5500 feet. The Gangtok provides the spectacular view of the third largest peak of the world, Kanchenjunga mountains. The lush green environment, snow-capped mountains, culture and appealing valleys makes you in a awe-inspiring state.

Best Time to Visit

The peak season for visitors is during the month of September to June

How to Reach

By Air- The nearest airport to Gangtok is Bagdogra airport within 124 kms.

By Train- The nearest railway station is in Jalpaiguri, approx. 117 kms from Gangtok. You can hire taxi or ride in bus from Jalpaiguri to reach Gangtok.

By Road- Gangtok is easily accessible through road from Siliguri and Darjelling and you can hifre private bus, taxi or jeeps to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra.

Where and What to do in Gangtok

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  1. Bi Cable Zig Back Ropeway- For Bird’s Eye View
ropeway in gangtok
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For the Birds eye view of the Gangtok, ride on the rope-way and experience the thrilling, enchanting view of the mountains and city. It’s a one km ride from Deorali to Tashiling whick takes approx. 7 minutes for one way. The ride offers a great view of the Kanchenjunga ranges with the overview of Gangtok town and the valley below.

Ticket Charges

INR 30 for one side

Click Below for Location on Map

Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim 737102
  1. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology- Tibetan Museum
tibetan museum
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It is established in 1958, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology has promoted research on the religion, history, language, art and culture of the people of the Tibetan culture. The Museum library is one of the largest collections of Tibetan works in the world.

Ticket Charges

INR 10

Click Below for Location on Map

Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101
  1. Nathu La Pass- Last Post of India
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Nathu means “listening ears” and La means “pass” in Tibetan. Nathu La pass is in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. It is the old silk route that connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China’s Tibetan Region. This scenic mountain pass located at an elevation of 4,310 m above mean sea level. But the access to this road is restricted and one needs a permission from the local zonal office to visit here. Visit here BABA HARBHAJAN SINGH, one of the famous place of Gangtok.

Ticket Charges

Free

Click Below for Location on Map

Nathula, 737131
  1. Tsomgo Lake- A Glacial Lake
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tsomgo lake
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Tsomgo Lake is a Glacial lake near Gangtok, It is the best picturesque destination and nature lovers paradise. The Tsongo lake remains frozen during the winter season. One can also enjoy a ropeway riding here and reach the Tsomgo viewpoint.

Major Attraction

ropeway riding, Ice skating, walk on river, enjoying piping hot noodles & yak and mul rides

Ticket Charges

Free

Click Below for Location on Map

Sikkim 737103
  1. Hanuman Tok- Temple with a Scenic View
hanuman tok
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Hanuman Tok is the very famous temple of Sikkim dedicated to the Lord Hanuman. Pay a visit at the temple and view the scenic beauty of the Kanchenjunga ranges. Located at the high peak makes it most attractive tourist destination.

Ticket Charges

Free

Click Below for Location on Map

Gangtok, Sikkim 737103
  1. The Seven Sisters- Most Attractive Waterfall
seven sisters waterfalls
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The seven sisters is one of it’s kind waterfall in India which is having seven falls side by side and looks different from the distant. This place is the best picnic destination and if you are lucky then you can also get a chance to see a rainbow during the rainy season.

Ticket Charges

Free

Click Below for Location on Map

Sikkim 737118
  1. Himalayan Zoological Park- Spot the Himalayan Red Panda
red panda in himalayan zoo gangtok
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It is the first zoological park of Sikkim, houses different animals and plants with the splendid view of the hills. The Himalayan Zoological Park houses a Himalayan Monal Pheasant, Himalayan Red Panda, Snow Leopard Cat, Goral, Himalayan Palm Civet, Himalayan Black Bear and Crimson-Horned Pheasant.

Ticket Charges

INR 25

Click Below for Location on Map

Bulbulay, East Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim 737103
  1. One Day Trip to Buddha Park- Enormous Buddha Statue
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The Buddha Park is situated in the Ravangla, also known as Tathagata Tsal, is situated 80 kms away from the Gangtok in South Sikkim district of the Indian state of Sikkim. The people of Ravangla took the initiative to construct and install a large statue of Lord Buddha and eco -garden to celebrate the birth anniversary of Gautam Buddha.

Places of Interest

Rayong Sunrise Viewpoint & borong hot springs

Ticket Charges

INR 50

Click Below for Location on Map

 Ralong Rd, Ravangla, Sikkim 737139
  1. Tashi View Point- Above the Clouds
tashi view point highest point in gangtok
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Tashi view point is located 8 kms from Gangtok city and one of the favorite destination among tourists. View the glazing mountains and feel the breeze at Tashi view point. Get here before 5 a.m for watching the magical clouds and behold the scenic beauty.

Ticket Charges

Free

Click Below for Location on Map

Gangtok, Sikkim 737107
  1. Ranka Monastery & Banjhakri Falls
ranka monastery gangtok
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Ranka Monastery is the best monastery of East Sikkim. The monastery on the way of the Banjhakri falls which is the best place for the couples and the best part of this monastery is that it is away from the hustle bustle of the crowd which makes it peaceful and best place for relaxing and chanting.

Ticket Charges

Free for Manastery & INR 50 for Banjhakri Falls
  1. M.G Road- Most Vibrant & Happiest Place
mg road best market in gangtok
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M.G road is the most happiest place of Gangtok having the different shopping centers. The M.G road is the heart of the city offering best restaurants and hotels. The entire ares is vehicle prohibited zone and you can only walk through here and enjoying the local food and shopping.

What to Shop

shop here for best handicrafts, traditional sikkimese cups, thangkas & choksi table designs

Ticket Charges

Free

Click Below for Location on Map

MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim
  1. Shuffle Momos- Most Juicy and Best Momos in Town
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The Shuffle Momos is the paradise for the momos lovers. If you never tasted momos then we will suggest you to taste momos here and will definitely become fan of the momos. Their momos are juicy and delicious that will satisfy your taste-buds and your soul.

Cost for Two

INR 250

Click Below for Location on Map

MG Marg, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101
  1. Osm Restro & Lounge- Best Chinese and Continental

The Osm restro and lounge is the favourite place for foodies. This restaurant is serving delicious and mouth watering food and the restaurant is also good on the ground of ambiance. Serving North Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine along with the alcohol.

Cost for Two

INR 800

Must Try

Noodles, Sizzlers & Prawns

Click Below for Location on Map

MG Marg, above Food Court, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101
  1. Nimtho- Best Sikkimese and Tibetan Cuisine

Nimtho in Gangtok is the best place for hangout with friends and family. The restaurant is cozy ambiance and serving Nepalese, Sikkimese and Tibetan food. Nimtho should be in your wish list of Gangtok restaurants.

Cost for Two

INR 700

Must Try

Momos

Click Below for Location on Map

MG Marg, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101
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20 Comments on ““Gangtok” Capital of the Mountains”

  1. I loved my trip to Sikkim – your post reminded me of all the fun we had.
    My favourite part was all the random waterfalls you’d find along the road. They were so pretty, quaint and had far less people. ☺️
    The momos were so good – we had momos almost everywhere we went.

    Great recommendations, Ankur!

    Liked by 3 people

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