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11 March 2021 | 4 min read

7 Beautiful Places To Visit In Gangtok

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Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is one of India’s best hill stations and a paradise for all travellers. From picturesque landscapes to awe-inspiring waterfalls to magnificent Buddhist monasteries, Gangtok offers a range of fantastic places that will make you fall in love with this heaven on earth. You can reach Gangtok by flight, train  and road . Once you are there, you can start exploring the Gangtok tourist places that we have curated for you in this blog.

Plan your trip to Gangtok during the months of late September to mid-December and from March to May to experience a pleasant climate which is ideal for sightseeing in Gangtok.

1. Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake is known as one of the highest lakes in India. This glacial lake is located at an unbelievable altitude of 3,753 meters above sea level. This is why it should be on top of your Gangtok sightseeing places list. This lake is also famous as Changu Lake and promises you tranquillity and overwhelming scenic views. It boasts sparkling aquamarine blue water during summers, and it freezes and appears in a translucent colour in the winters. Head here to spend a whole day creating memories with your loved ones that will last forever.

Things to do: Trek along the lake coast, yak ride on snow, and savour hot noodles and tea at nearby eating joints

Useful travel tips:

  • Leave early for your trip to the lake as it is situated 40 km away from Gangtok city
  • It’s a part of the restricted area; hence you will have to take prior permission. So, don’t forget to carry a photo identity proof and passport size photos. You can get the permit yourself from the tourist department at MG Marg, Gangtok, or you can ask any travel agent to arrange it for you.

2. Tashi Viewpoint

The breath-taking and enchanting views from Tashi Viewpoint make it one of the must-visit spots in Gangtok. After all, who wouldn’t want to experience the clean and unpolluted air, lush green landscapes and snow-covered mountains. Apart from the glimpses of pristine Mt Sinilochu and Mt Kanchenjunga – the third tallest peak in the world, you can spend your day at this point by witnessing incredible sunrise and sunset.

Things to do: Take beautiful pictures andwitness the changing colours of Mt Kanchenjunga as the sun rises and sets

Useful travel tips:

  • From March to June, the weather is most pleasant and is the best time to visit Tashi View Point
  • There are nice cafeterias here, where you can enjoy snacks and warm tea while soaking in the picturesque views

3. Himalayan Zoological Park

Himalayan Zoological Park, the first zoo in Sikkim, was established to conserve rare and endangered species by providing them with a safe and natural habitat. Built on an area of 205 hectares and located at an altitude of 1780 meters, this park is home to Red Pandas (the state animal of Sikkim), Snow Leopards, Himalayan Palm Civets, Goral, Himalayan Black Bear and others. The best thing about this zoological park is, animals are kept in an open enclosure and not in cages.

Things to do: Witness amazing animals and birds of the zoo, enjoy a panoramic view of the zoo from a watchtower, visit cafes and shop at the souvenir shop

Useful travel tips:

  • It’s a huge park, so it’s best to explore the place in a car
  • You can visit the park between 9 am and 4 pm, and it’s closed on Thursdays.
  • Set aside at least 3 to 4 hours to explore the zoo

4. Banjhakri Falls

Situated inside the famous Energy Park, the 100-foot Banjhakri Falls is another must-visit tourist spot in Gangtok. It offers the perfect environment to spend some relaxing time with your family or friends. Ruled by nature, this waterfall is of sacred importance to the locals. Do visit this scenic wonder during your trip to Gangtok.

Things to do: Picnic by the waterfall, visit a human-made lake  and enjoy the foodat local eateries

Useful travel tips:

  • The best time to visit Banjhakri Falls is between February and April
  • It’s accessible to tourists from 8 am to 6 pm
  • Carry suitable clothes to spend a relaxing day on the waterfall

5. MG Marg

If you haven’t visited MG Marg in Gangtok, your trip is not complete yet. It is a magnificent place to experience the best of Gangtok culture. Free of litter, smoke, and vehicles, this is the best place to spend your day in Gangtok. When lit up after dark, the whole place seems magical.

Things to do: Splurge on shopping, savour local food and explore different shades of Sikkim culture by taking relaxed walks along the street

Useful travel tips:

  • It is famous for buying apparels, accessories, footwear, handicraft items, etc. Carry cash with you as many shops don’t accept cards
  • It hosts the annual Gangtok Food and Culture Festival every year in December. So, try and plan your trip around this time to experience the Sikkim culture at its best
  • MG Marg market remains closed on Tuesdays

6. Rumtek monastery

Located 24 km from Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery is best for spending a relaxed day away from busy Gangtok. It is the largest monastery in Sikkim. Apart from its Kagyu lessons, the monastery is famous for its architectural beauty. Built as a replica of the Tsurpu monastery in Tibet, this monastery’s architecture is considered one of the world’s finest.  

Things to do: Meditate and relax, see rituals of monks, buy souvenirs

Useful travel tips:

  • The monastery remains open from 9 am to 6 pm for tourists
  • If you reach the monastery early, you can witness monks doing morning prayers
  • Cameras are not allowed inside the monastery

7. Nathula Pass

Blessed with natural beauty and stunning scenic views, the high-altitude Nathula Pass doubles up as the Indo-Chinese border, also known as the trade link between India and China. The best time to visit Nathula Pass is during summer and autumn as temperatures are relatively low during winters  and the pass stays closed due to heavy snowfall. 

Things to do: Visit blue Tsomgo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Mandir, interact with soldiers, and capture mesmerising beauty of mountains in your camera

Useful travel tips:

  • Carry a valid permit to visit the pass
  • The Nathula Pass stays fully closed for tourists on Mondays and Tuesdays, so plan your itinerary accordingly. Also, on other days of the week, the pass is closed by 1:30 pm. So, it’s better to leave in the early morning for a comfortable trip.
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