Top 10 Things to do in Gangtok, India

March 12, 2018 Kandra Bartel

The capital of the state of Sikkim, Gangtok is an attractive tourist destination, reflecting a unique ambience which derives from its happy blend of tradition and modernity. Alongside the deeply felt presence of stupas and monasteries, Gangtok also bustles like any other thriving town. Some of the key places to visit include Rumtek Monastery, Do-Drul Chorten, Enchey Monastery, Tashi View Point and the local bazaar, Lal Bazaar.
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1. Nathula Pass

Gangtok 737101, India +91 78320 34083
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Nathula Pass

Reviewed By pratibha_sa - Noida

It's not that simple to visit Nathula Pass. You need to plan and book atleast a day in advance. Your hotel or tour planner can do this easily for you. You need to provide an id proof and Rs 5000 for a taxi. Please note that you can not take your vehicle up there, you need a registered taxi that will be approved in the permit granted to you/your hotel or trip planner. You need to start early as there are timing restrictions. It's a beautiful ride, almost 2-3hrs offering gorgeous views of the valley. Since only limited number of vehicles are permitted upto Nathula Pass, almost 20 mins before Nathula Pass, the passengers of two cabs were shifted into one. Once you park the vehicle, you need to walk and climb a good number of stairs. Please note that the oxygen level is quite low at that level and you will feel short of breath. Though it was not snowing when we visited but the wind was absolutely chilly. Once you climb up and reach the pass, the feeling is great. You are right there at India- China border with China just a step away from the rope. You can see China's bunkers, the ancient Silk route and beautiful mountain ranges extending upto Bhutan and Tibet. The soldiers give you detailed brief of the area around and you feel proud of Army serving nation at such high altitude. On the way back to Gangtok, you can visit Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir and Tsongmo lake. A tiring day, well spent!!!

2. Tsomgo Lake

M.G. Marg, Gangtok 737101, India
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Tsomgo Lake

Reviewed By Girish S - Kolkata

Visited Tsomgo lake and baba mandit in March 2018. We had to wait for permits for 2 days since weather there was not ok. It was worth the wait as the whole trip seemed like fantasy
The whole stretch from Tsomgo to Baba mandir was covered in snow. The mountain ranges were clearly visible as the weather was just perfect
A must do when in Sikkim...

3. MG Marg

M G Marg, Gangtok 737101, India +91 95937 83831
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4.5 based on 810 reviews

MG Marg

Reviewed By rajeev r

Amazing place ... it's so well planned and clean and lively, that you would love to spend your evening time here . It's kid friendly as no vehicles are allowed inside the market. This 1 km stretch is heaven for food, drinks and tea lovers . Shopping is bit costly but worth looking. Just relax and admire the ambience . Start to close by 9pm.

4. Hanuman Tok

Gangtok, India +91 89060 65323
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4.5 based on 832 reviews

Hanuman Tok

Reviewed By Aakar P

You will get great view of mountain from this location.. This is a Hanumanji temple maintained by Indian Army.. Just amazing place..

5. Ranka Monastery

Lingdum, Gangtok, India +91 89060 65323
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Ranka Monastery

Reviewed By akmittal1982 - Faridabad, India

i visited this Monastery with my wife in april-2017 it is recommended Place to Visit when you are in Gangtok

6. Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

Between Nathula And Jelepla Pass, Gangtok, India
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Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

Reviewed By VijayAnand C

Nice place of remembrance I initially thought it was a temple of some hindu god. But it was of Harbhajan singh baba. I also got to play with snow around this place.... really nice to see indian flag and indian army at this remote place.

7. Himalayan Zoological Park

Bulbulay, Gangtok, India +91 89060 65323
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4 based on 561 reviews

Himalayan Zoological Park

Reviewed By Vipul556 - Kanpur, India

Really beautiful zoological park which looks less like a zoo but more like a national park.. huge enclosures for the wild animals.. the place doesnt have a huge variety but the red panda and the snow leopard are a must visit
They also have a breeding center for the red panda
They allow vehicle entry till 3 30 pm and exit by 4 30 pm.. thats what they said
Not sure how true as ppl were pouring in even afterward

8. Banjhakri Water Falls

4 Km From Gangtok, Gangtok 737101, India 9832564013
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Banjhakri Water Falls

Reviewed By PujaTravelUnlimited - Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Can be visited if you have 2 days in Gangtok. If 1 day then go to nathula pass and chango lake. Its part of city tour

9. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

South of Gangtok Centre, Gangtok 737101, India
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4 based on 286 reviews

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Reviewed By swamiji_drupad - Surat, India

Thangkas depicting various aspects of Lord Buddha, 1000+ years old manuscripts on handmade paper, papyrus, cloth are very neatly preserved here. Various aspects of Lord Buddha ( worshipped in Vajrayana sect) are sculpted in various alloys. Gives an idea about metallurgical acumen of Tibetan people many many centuries ago. Gives overview of Lepcha people too. Students of Tibetology and Vajrayana must visit this place.

10. Enchey Monastery

Gangtok-Nathula Road, Gangtok 737103, India +91 89060 65323
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Enchey Monastery

Reviewed By BananaLu - Bangkok, Thailand

Buddhist monasteries tend to look a bit alike after few visits, but I liked this one, the paintings were very beautiful, the place was peaceful, some monks were chanting so we stopped to listen to them. I guess it is a good place for meditation if you are able to meditate!

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