Gangtok Travel Guide

The capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok takes every visitor in awe of its tremendous natural beauty peppered with lofty Himalayan peaks, serene alpine lakes, entrancing waterfalls and vibrant Buddhist monasteries. Whether one is a holiday seeker, a honeymooner, a nature enthusiast or an adventure lover, he is sure to fall in love with this quaint little city, taking back home, tonnes of wonderful holiday memories to cherish forever. To know more about this beautiful little hamlet, simply browse through this travel guide and learn about the town’s endless array of offerings.

An Insight into Gangtok Tourism

Soaring Himalayan peaks, serene glacial lakes, high mountain passes and a salubrious weather is what defines the beautiful hill resort of Gangtok, which proudly sits as the capital of North East Indian state of Sikkim. The little town is counted amongst the most peaceful holiday destinations in India and calls for uncountable tourists every year, who specially travel here looking for immense quiet and solitude, away from the humdrums of chaotic city lives. For nature lovers, the tiny hamlet is no less than a paradise and leaves them entranced with unmatched vistas of nature at every twist and turn; be it the mystical beauty of the third highest mountain peak in the world, ‘Mt. Kanchenjunga’, the hypnotizing spectacle of the ever-alluring ‘Banjhakri Falls’ or the sheer wilderness of the second highest mountain pass in the world, ‘Nathu La’, one is sure to be taken in complete awe of a rustic scenery here in no time and would return back home with a magnetizing panorama etched in his memory forever.

For those holidaying in Gangtok and looking for an adrenaline pumping trekking adventure, the town has a lot to offer to such sorts too; the ‘Dzongri Trail’, considered to be the most captivating trails in the region traverses through thick forests of the ‘Kanchenjunga National Park’ and leaves every thrill seeker with heart-pounding moments of a sudden surprise rendezvous with a snow leopard or a red panda. Besides, ‘Versey Trek’ and ‘Tholung Trek’ are also worth venturing and provides one with an opportunity to explore remote Himalayan culture along with nature photography and bird watching. For those looking forward to indulge into an adventure activity other than trekking, Gangtok does not leave them disappointed too; paragliding, parasailing, mountain biking and river rafting are as popular and provide every adventure junkie with much required dose of fun, thrill and excitement.

Gangtok also has in its store, something for spirituality seekers; the little town houses a number of colourful and vibrant monasteries which count amongst popular tourist attractions of the place and leave every visitor with a divine experience unprecedented; some of the monasteries which warrant a visit by every traveller include the spectacular ‘Pemayangtse Monastery’, the ancient ‘Rumtek Monastery’ and the ever-famous ‘Enchey Monastery’. For those travelling to Gangtok with a sole purpose to soak in spiritual vibes of the city and get a deeper insight into its colourful and vivacious culture, must plan a trip during the famous ‘Gangtok Food and Cultural Festival’ which is held in December every year.

Organized by the Sikkim State Tourism Department, it makes for a great venue to witness beautiful folk art of North East India, admire the artistic skills of the state’s brilliant craftsmen and off-course, relish the region’s most exotic cuisine. Unlike many other Himalayan hill stations, Gangtok offers an eclectic nightlife with its popular MG Road dotted with a number of happening restaurants, pubs and casinos that open till 11 in the night. One can drop in at any of these restaurants and pubs after the sunset and chill with a glass of beer, delicious Sikkimese food and a foot-thumping music. The place is great for shopaholics too; with shops open till late in the evening, it gives them that extra time to stuff their bags with Tibetan handicrafts, woollens and tea products, which are considered some of the great buys from Gangtok.

While travelling to Sikkim makes for an ultimate delight for every travel enthusiast, be informed that the state is banned from all forms of tobacco; smoking here is an illegal offense. Also, Sikkim is one of the cleanest in India; MG Road in Gangtok is recognized as India’s first litter and spit free zone. Unlike other states in the country, it is completely plastic free and littering or spitting here count among punishable offenses. So, when roaming around the streets of Gangtok, make sure you adhere to these rules and regulations, else you may find yourself in a big hassle.

Just in case, you are fascinated by Gangtok’s widespread offerings and are looking for a holiday package for this quaint little hill town of Sikkim, we are offering our customers with rewarding package deals at most discounted rates. Ones interested in these deals, are most welcome to contact our tour representatives by either calling them or getting in touch through email. Not to explicitly mention, with an experience in the travel industry for more than a decade, you can trust us for providing best of the services, be it accommodation arrangements, hotel picks and drops, organizing sightseeing tours or arranging trekking and biking excursions. With our tour packages, tourists also need not worry on arranging tour permits and permissions; our staff well takes care of such needs and does their best in making our guests’ vacation experience most extraordinary.

Where to Stay in Gangtok?

Being the capital of Sikkim, one can find here a plenty of accommodation options which include mid-range to five-star and luxury hotels; some of the most preferred of the hotel choices include ‘Club Mahindra Gangtok Resort’, ‘Mayfair Gangtok’ and ‘Bamboo Retreat’. Camp stays, tourist guesthouses and hostels are also quite common which cater to travellers on a shoestring budget.

Sikkim Travel Information at a Glance