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20 Best Places to Visit in Gangtok, Sikkim – Embrace Nature’s Paradise and Delightful Serenity

A beautiful and post card picture perfect scenic city perched in the stunning Eastern Himalayas – Gangtok has been luring the tourists for ages and its beauty will never cease into nothingness. It is one of the best hill station holiday destinations to visit in India. Its picturesque landscapes, numerous serene monasteries and temples, blissful lakes and rivers, scenic hiking trails, lofty and gorgeous Himalayan mountains make Gangtok a tourist hotspot. Warm hospitality and people, rich culture and heritage, interesting and colorful markets, and amazing fests makes Gangtok irresistible for tourists.

Come let’s Explore the top tourist destinations to visit in Gangtok in detail –

  • Do Drul Chorten Stupa
  • Hanuman Tok
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Seven Sisters waterfall
  • White Hall Memorial
  • Saramsa Garden
  • Nathula Pass
  • Namchi
  • Lal Bazaar
  • Kupup Lake
  • Ganesh Tok
  • Tashi Viewpoint
  • Yumthang Valley
  • Banjhakri Waterfalls
  • MG Road
  • Magnan
  • Enchey Monastery
  • Mt Kanchenjunga
  • Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple
  • Himalayan Zoological Park

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Do Drul Chorten Stupa

Do Drul Chorten Stupa Gangtok

You must visit Do Drul Chorten in Gangtok. It is one of the most beautiful stupas to behold in Gangtok. Its golden dome can be seen from various places. Regarded as the most important Buddhist pilgrimage destinations of Sikkim, it has a very interesting history.

According to the locals the entire place was haunted by evil spirits and it troubled many locals. Later the royal family of Sikkim invited Trulshik Rinpoche from Tibet for hermitage as they were passing through a very tough time. He came here for hermitage and built a Stupa in 1945 which is today known as Do Drul Chorten. Devotees come here from all over the world to take the divine blessings of Dorjee Phurba.

Highlights – Buddhist Devotees turn the prayer wheels and chant “hail to the jewel in the Lotus” to invoke Bodhisattva. A set of Kangyur relics (holy books) adorns the beautiful Stupa. It is also surrounded by the Chorten Lhakhang where the two statues of Padmasambhava are enshrined.

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Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok Gangtok

Hanuman Tok is one of the most popular religious destinations in Gangtok. It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Located near Nathu La Pass, it is situated at an elevation of 2195 m. The surrounding areas of the temple is a blissful sight to behold. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it is a hub of serenity and calmness. The temple has a soothing ambiance.

It is a place where Lord Hanuman stopped to take rest while flying with Sanjeevani Booti for Lord Laxman. In 1968 the Indian army took charge of the temple. You will also witness the picturesque views of Mt Kanchenjunga which will blow your heart away.

Highlight- Also visit Saibaba Temple which is located near Hanuman Tok. March and June are the best time to visit Hanuman Tok.

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Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery Gangtok

Rumtek Monastery also known as Dharma Chakra is a road to serene and blissful calmness. It is a paradise of peace and delightful and picturesque sights. The lush green terrains, misty mountains and breathtaking topography would definitely make your Gangtok Sikkim Tour delightful if you visit Rumtek monastery. It is one of the most important and popular religious Buddhist sites to visit in Gangtok. It is dedicated to Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kagyu sect of Buddhism. Devotees and nature lovers from across the world come here to seek solace and eternal peace.

Highlights

  • Rumtek Monastery is a replica of Tsurphu monastery in Tibet.
  • You must visit Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies located at the opposite of the monastery.
  • It houses some of the most unique sculptures, beautiful Thangka paintings, murals, frescos, silk banners which will delight your soul.
  • There is a 10 ft statue of Sakyamuni Buddha enshrined in the monastery.
  • Rumtek Monastery is a brilliant example of traditional Tibetan architecture.

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Seven Sisters Waterfall

Seven Sisters Waterfall Gangtok

It is one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit in Gangtok. It is named for its seven stages of fall. The scenic waterfall flows from a wide rugged cliff and you can witness this delightful waterfall from three different vantage points. Surrounded by the soul pleasing lush vegetation all around and amazing picturesque sights makes Seven Sisters Waterfall the best place to visit in Gangtok with family and friends.

It is one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations in Gangtok. If you are a couple, you can spend some quality time amidst the breathtaking views of nature and click romantic pictures for wonderful memories. Monsoon is the best time to visit here as during this time the waterfall looks more enticing and nature’s beauty is at its peak.

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White Hall Memorial

White Hall Memorial Gangtok

Located near the ridge, White Hall Memorial is one of the most popular tourist spots in Gangtok. It was built in the memory of John Claude White, the first political officer of Sikkim. It is a two-storey building and it houses a badminton court and officer’s club. In terms of tourism, there is nothing much to see here but it’s a historical place and if you want to revel in the charm of colonial history then you must visit this place. The British architecture of this hall is a sight to behold. It is very popular for its annual flower exhibition. April to May is the best time to visit here.

Highlights – The Ridge Park near White Hall is a delightful sight to behold. It’s a great picnic spot. Flowering plants, shrubs, fountains and lush lawns makes this park one of the best spots to refresh your spirit and blend with nature.

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Saramsa Garden

Saramsa Garden Gangtok

Saramsa Garden is one of the most popular tourist attractions and the best picnic spots in Gangtok. It was established by the forest department of Sikkim with a purpose of growing fruits like Pineapple, Guava, oranges, Lychees for Britishers and the royal family of Sikkim. Colored flowers, exquisite lush greenery and pleasant ambiance makes this place best for the honeymooners to cherish romantic moments of togetherness.

If you are interested in Sikkim’s floriculture then a massive nursery in Saramsa Garden is a place to be in. Quaint footbridges, Victorian lamp posts, beautiful shrubs and blissful Rani River makes this place quite worthy to take amazing pictures for social media platforms.

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Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass Sikkim

Nathula Pass is one of the must visit tourist attractions in Gangtok. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world. This mountain pass of the Himalayan Peaks is located at Indo-Tibetan border famous for its breathtaking beauty of lofty Himalayan Peaks and beautiful ambiance that can make any toil weary soul’s heart dance with joy.

During winter the entire pass will be covered with glittery white snow, if you are a snow lover you must visit Nathula Pass during this time. The long winding roads with crispy mountain breeze, beautiful peaks and picturesque waterfalls makes Nathula Pass tempting for mountain biking.

Highlight- Only Indian Nationals with a valid permit from Tourism and Civil Aviation Department will be able to visit Nathula Pass. The pass would be open for tourism only on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The permit would cost INR-200/-

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Namchi

Namchi Sikkim

Namchi means Sky high, Nam (Sky) and Chi (high) in Sikkimese which is a very apt name for this beautiful hill station as it is situated at an altitude of 1675m above the sea level. It will show you beautiful vistas of mesmerizing lofty snow-capped mountains. Numerous temples, picturesque landscapes, lush valleys and rich bio-diversity makes Namchi an absolute bliss for photographers, nature lovers, solo travelers, backpackers and honeymooners.

It is one of the best tourist attractions in Gangtok for a soulful weekend amidst the lap of nature. Samdruptse Hill is the center of attraction here as it houses the largest statue of God Padmasambhava. It is a wish fulfilling hill, those who come here all their wishes and desires get fulfilled.

Highlights– Every year in the month of October Namchi Mahotsav is celebrated at Namchi Central Park. Traditional folk-dance performance, handicrafts and handloom stalls, food stalls and delightful flower exhibitions would make your day if you visit Namchi in October.

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Lal Bazaar

Lal Bazar Gangtok

If you want to discover the soul of Gangtok then you must visit Lal Bazaar. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit in Gangtok. It was established in 1956 and renamed as Kanchenjunga shopping Complex. Local farmers and ethnic groups from different villages across Gangtok come here to sell their fresh products.

This place is delightfully chaotic and vibrant with colorful stalls of handicrafts, home decors, gift shops, dress shops, pottery stalls and prayer flags. You will also get fresh organic vegetables and Chhurpi – a special cheese made from Yak’s milk. Orchid is the floral emblem of Sikkim. So, don’t forget to take Orchid Bulb which is a very special item you will get in this market.

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Kupup Lake

Kupup Lake Sikkim Tourism

While climbing up the lofty Himalayan mountains and struggling through amazing hairpin bends, you will get to see one of the most spectacular and popular tourist attractions in Gangtok – Kupup Lake. It is a high-altitude lake locally known as Bitan Cho. It is a worldwide popular tourist attraction because of Yak Golf Course which is an 18-half golf course, a world’s highest golf course located in East Sikkim.

It is also mentioned in Guinness book of world records. Kupup Lake is also known as Elephant Lake as the right side of it looks like an elephant’s trunk and the left side looks like the tail of an Elephant. Every season here has its own charm. During the months of January to May, it is frozen and in the months of October to December, it is partially covered with ice.

In the spring Season, the valley will be blooming with lush greenery in abundance. The Kupup village is small but scenic. If you are planning a trip to Gangtok, Kupup Lake is one of the most beautiful places to be in.

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Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok Sikkim

One has to crawl to reach here as it can accommodate only one individual at a time but the experience you will get would be unforgettable. Ganesh Tok is one of the most popular religious tourist attractions in Gangtok. It is a serene temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is located 6,500 m above the sea level.

It was built by Shri Appa B Pant in 1952-1953 who was the political officer of Sikkim. The road to the temple is decked with colorful flags and breathtaking views of Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Siniolchu. Lounge and a balcony in the front of the temple best for self-introspection and seek some peaceful moments.

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Tashi Viewpoint

Tashi Viewpoint Gangtok

Delight to any nature lover, solace seeker and honeymoon couple, Tashi Viewpoint is the best tourist attraction to visit in Gangtok. It offers breathtaking vistas of Mt Kanchenjunga and Mt Siniolchu, picturesque valleys and scenic villages of North Sikkim. A resting shed and a small cafeteria are a sight to behold and a best place for spending some quality time with family and friends.

A cup of tea and a crispy mountain breeze would refresh your soul. You should also visit Labrang and Phodong monasteries located near Tashi Viewpoint for divine blessings and solace. If you want to explore the mountains from a close range then you can also get a binocular or a telescope in INR -10 to witness the stunning beauty of the lofty peaks.

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Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley Sikkim

Yumthang Valley is one of the most visited places to visit near Gangtok. It is a scenic valley of flowers decked with hot springs, rolling meadows, Himalayan mountains, Yaks and grazing pastures. The mountains reflecting the golden hues of the sun will melt your heart and the exquisite and peaceful ambiance amidst the flowery meadows, lush green stretches make Yumthang Valley a nature lover’s, honeymooners and solo backpacker’s delight.

Highlights

  • You must visit Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, if you are fond of flowers.
  • Yak Ride in Yumthang Valley is one of the best things to do in your Sikkim Gangtok tour.
  • Don’t forget to visit Yumthang Hot Springs. It has a medicinal value due to the presence of sulfur in it.
  • Yumthang Chu and Puniya Chu rivers are the best places for angling in Yumthang.

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Banjhakri Waterfalls

Banjhakri Waterfalls Sikkim

Banjhakri Waterfalls is another most popular tourist attraction to visit in Gangtok for nature lovers and couples. It is an ideal picnic spot to spend some quality time with your loved ones. It is located in a landscaped park surrounded by lush forests. This place has an amazing history.

It is said that a man who is a Shaman Deity, only popular in Nepali Folktales in Sikkim used to worship spirits here. There are many ethnic deities and statues which are worshipped by the tribals and villagers here. The Banjhakri Waterfalls is one of the most beautiful cascading waterfalls from a rocky height of 40 ft. Lush green vegetation around the hills near the waterfall is an absolute bliss to behold. You must visit Ranka Monastery which is located near Banjhakri Waterfalls to seek divine grace.

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Mangan

Mangan Sikkim

Least populated and less crowded, Mangan is a hidden beauty in the gorgeous landscapes of Gangtok. If you are in Gangtok, Mangan is one of the best tourist attractions to visit here. Stunning views of Mt Kanchenjunga, gorgeous streams, flowers and shrubs and lush greenery all around makes Mangan a blissful stopover for nature lovers, couples and backpackers for a day trip in Gangtok.

There is not much to see here but the peaceful ambiance and exquisite views of the wonders of nature will steal your heart for sure. This place also has a spiritual aura. You will witness colorful prayer flags all around and the sound of Mantras. Stunning views of Eastern Himalayas and Rangrang Bridge which is the highest Bailey suspension Bridge in Asia is the center of attraction in Mangan which attracts tourists from across the world. Peaceful yet chaotic it is a wonderful place to be in. The upper part of Mangan is peaceful and the lower part is decked with markets, cafes, shops and hotels etc. You must see Mangan once in a lifetime.

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Enchey Monastery

Enchey Monastery Gangtok

Enchey Monastery is one of the most popular religious tourist destinations in Gangtok. Devotees from all over the world come here to seek divine blessings and feel the trance of serenity and solitude. Decked with exquisite Pine Trees, flowery meadows and gorgeous views of Mt Kanchenjunga, Enchey Monastery is a treasure trove of soul soothing landscapes. It is a 200-year-old monastery. It is very popular for Chaam Dance which is a festival celebrated in the 18th, 19th of the 12th lunar month as per Tibetan calendar.

Pang Lahabsal is another highlight of Enchey Monastery which celebrates the harmonious brotherhood between Bhutia and Lepcha community. The monastery is dedicated to Lama Druptob Karpo who flew down to Maenam Hill and built a hermitage here which was later renovated by Sidkeong Tulku, ruler of Sikkim in a Chinese Pagoda Style.

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Mt Kanchenjunga

Mt Kanchenjunga Sikkim

Mt Kanchenjunga is the heart of Gangtok Tourism. It is one of the best things to see in Gangtok. You can witness the gorgeous Lofty Mt Kanchenjunga from many tourist spots in Gangtok but if you want a closer look then you can indulge in scenic treks that will take you to witness this stunning Peak.

It is the third largest Peaks in the world. You can either indulge in Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek or Green Lake Trek to take a closer look at this delightful Peak. Tourists from across the world come to witness the breathtaking beauty of Mt Kanchenjunga. You must see Mt Kanchenjunga once in a lifetime.

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Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple Sikkim

Harbhajan Singh Temple is a must visit tourist attraction in Gangtok. Harbhajan Singh was a soldier who died protecting soldiers in the borders during the Sino War.  Indian Soldiers never considered him dead and they believe his spirit still protects the soldiers in the border. The temple is dedicated to martyred Harbhajan Singh. Soldiers take divine blessings for strength and courage.

The serene ambiance and mesmerizing views of Nathula Pass makes the surroundings around the temple most delightful. Travelling to Gangtok would be worth it if you witness the soothing, soul pleasing and serene ambiance of Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple.

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Himalayan Zoological Park 

Himalayan Zoological Park Sikkim

Himalayan Zoological Park showcases some of the most delightful nature’s gifts to the tourists who come here from all over the world to enjoy wildlife tourism in Sikkim. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions to visit around Gangtok. Himalayan Zoological Park houses the lofty and majestic views of Mt Kanchenjunga.

The ambiance and mountainous terrains, grassy lands, dense jungles and lush greenery is a soul- soothing sight to behold. Variety of floral and faunal species of the Himalayas will leave you spellbound forever. Snow Leopard, Himalayan Red Panda, Monal Pheasant, Himalayan Palm Civet, Black Bear, Tibetan Wolf etc. It is one of the best tourist attractions for wildlife and nature lovers.

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Gangtok is indeed a very beautiful place in North East India to visit for an amazing hill station holiday. We hope that this blog will help you in planning a wonderful Gangtok Tour. If you have missed any place, please mention it in the comment section of the blog and also share your delightful experience if you have already visited Gangtok.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What are the top places to visit in a 2 Days sightseeing tour in Gangtok?

The top places to visit in a 2 Days sightseeing tour in Gangtok are –

  • Tashi Viewpoint
  • Nathula Pass
  • Hanuman Tok
  • MG Road
  • Mt Kanchenjunga
  • Rumtek Monastery
  • Enchey Monastery
  • Ganesh Tok
  • Banjhakri Falls
  • Magnan
  • Seven Sisters Waterfall

Q.Is Gangtok a good destination for honeymoon couples?

Yes, Gangtok is not good but a best tourist destination for honeymoon couples. Picturesque mountain views, pleasant weather, lush greenery all around, enchanting meadows, scenic hiking trails, soothing monasteries makes Gangtok one of the top places to visit for couples to cherish the moments of Togetherness.

Q.Can we see snowfall in Gangtok?

Yes, Higher hills of the Eastern and Northern areas of Gangtok witness snowfall in high altitude places. During winters you can visit Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake, Kupup Lake, Yumthang, Zero Point etc for witnessing snowfall.

Q.What is the distance between Gangtok & Darjeeling?

Gangtok is approximately 97 km from the hill station of Darjeeling by driving and the straight-line distance between them is 47 km.

Q.How many minimum days are needed to explore the best of Sikkim?

Gangtok has many things to offer to a tourist. Picturesque views, scenic treks, numerous monasteries and temples and lots of adventures. You cannot cover Gangtok in 2 days. To enjoy the best of Gangtok you need at least a week to experience everything that Gangtok has to offer.

Published: 18 Oct, 2021

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She is a candle who burns and melts in the chaos of infinity, from where her visceral whistles and leaves an imprint of desire in her heart to know the map of an Island where there are different sunrises and sunsets. Her curiosity brightens to conquer the hearts unrelieved and sometimes mysterious. Her name is - Pallavi Roy - A traveller by soul and a writer by Profession.