Gangtok: A Captivating Blend of Culture, Adventure, and Serenity in Sikkim
Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Gangtok

Gangtok

Sikkim, India

 Gangtok, city, capital of Sikkim state, northeastern India. It lies on a tributary of the Tista River in the southeast-central part of the state at an elevation of about 5,600 feet (1,700 metres). The city's name means “Top of the Hill.” Gangtok rises over slopes extensively terraced in corn (maize)

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.

Read about the indigenous communities of Sikkim here

Gangtok Travel Tips

Carry warm jackets, gloves and thermals, especially if you plan on going up to Nathula or Tsomgo. Walking shoes are a must since the best way to see the city is by walking. Do visit MG road in Gangtok and try different food & drinks.

Gangtok Facts

Extremely alluring, pleasantly boisterous and wreathed in clouds - Gangtok, the capital city of the Sikkim can also give you a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at a distant skyline. The pristine hill station nestled in mountains and clouds is also a base for a whole lot of trekkers to the Himalayan mountain ranges. The mesmerising prismatic beauty and the beautiful winding hill roads are even more breathtaking if seen from a bird’s eye view in a cable car.

Gangtok rises over slopes extensively terraced in corn (maize). It was the governmental seat of the kingdom of Sikkim until the monarchy was abolished (1975) and Sikkim was annexed by India (1976). The city's population includes Nepalese, Tibetans, Lepchas, and Indians.

How to Reach

Flight
Flight By Air

The nearest airport is Pakyong in Sikkim (about 1.5 hours from Gangtok). But we suggest our guests to take the Bagdogra Airport as that is all weather. It is about 4.5 hours from Gangtok.

Train
Train By Train

The nearest train station is at NJP (New Jalpaiguri Station) in Siliguri. It is about 4.5 hours from Gangtok.

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Top Attractions

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake is a significant site for the locals as it is considered a holy lake. Frozen during winter months and a clear dark shade of blue in summer months, there’s some fun ‘Yak-rides’ available organized by locals and these can be booked direc...

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Tsomgo Lake

Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass - Indo-China border located at appx. 14000 ft a.s.l. - it is officially closed for visitors on Monday and Tuesday. The pass is 52 kilometres east of Gangtok. 

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Nathula Pass

Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery also called the Dharma Chakra Centre, is a monastery located in the Indian state of Sikkim near the capital Gangtok. It is the seat-in-exile of the Gyalwang Karmapa, inaugurated in 1966 by the 16th Karmapa. It is also a focal point for the sectaria...

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Rumtek Monastery
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