Amazing Places to Visit in Gangtok

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Gangtok  the capital of the state of Sikkim is a picturesque tourist destination where you can experience a perfect blend of modernity along with the local culture.  Its a  nice and neat town with spectacular view of the mountain Khangchendzonga and is the perfect base for Sikkim tour with many splendid places, treks and lakes nearby.

It’s a modern vibrant hilly town that offers the best hotels and markets and spectacular views and Gompas. A perfect holiday destination for all who love the Himalayas, Buddhism and exploring exotic hilly trails and towns.

1. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

A museum and a world renowned institute of Tibetology. The museum is housed in a huge wooden mansion with amazing collection of artifacts from Tibetian culture.

places to visit in gangtok
Places to visit in Gangtok – Image source – Wikipedia

2. Institute of Handicrafts and Handlooms

This is the best place to buy the have a look at the most authentic Sikkimese art and graft objects like hand woven hand painted Tibetan masks,  Tibetan carpets with traditional motifs, shawls, blankets,  richly coloured Sikkimese wooden tables, jewellery  and many more gift items.

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Places to Visit in Gangtok – Image source – Tourmet

3. Rumtek Monastry

Situated at a distance of 24 kms from the main city this is one of the most revered monastery in India after Tawang and Dharamshala. Beautifully built at around 16th century this place is an oasis of calm and peace surrounded by spectacular views and green hills. The monastery is also known as Dharma Chakra Centre.

places to visit in gangtok
Places to Visit in Gangtok – Image source – Wikipedia

4. Ganesh Tok

A temple of lord Ganesha that is reverred by many, you can enjoy the most splendid views of the Khangchendzonga, and the Gangtok town from here.

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Places to Visit in Gangtok – Image source – Dishatoursindia

5. Himalayan Zoological Park

The Gangtok zoo  that houses many endangered specias and where the animals are kept in their natural habitats. It covers  230 hectares forested land with elevations ranging from 6,500 t0 8,000 feet.

6. MG Marg

A shopping area and the main hub of the town where no vehicles are allowed. A must visit place if you love shopping and fun.

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Places to visit in Gangtok – Image source – Flickr

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7. Nathula Pass

Nathula pass lies 56 kms away from Gangtok. You can see the fenced Indo-China border from here with Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the borders. On the eastern horizon there lies the majestic  peak of Chomolhari of Bhutan.

places to visit in gangtok
Places to Visit in Gangtok – Image source – Wikipedia

8. Tsmogo Lake

Also known as Changu Lake and situated 36 kms away from Gangtok this is a holy lake and one of the most visited tourist destinations due to its unnerving beauty. You can enjoy the beauty of this place and gaze at the yaks nearby or even try a yak ride.

places to visit in gangtok
Places to Visit in Gangtok – Image source – Wikipedia

9. Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial temple

A temple dedicated to a Sikh soldier who bravely  died near Nathula pass. The soldiers and the locals here beleive that his spirit till date roams around the area and protects the soldiers in the inhospitable conditions.

places to visit in gangtok
Places to Visit in Gangtok – Image source – Wikipedia

10. Yumthang

Its a picturesque grazing valley  for yaks at 3500 meters above sea level. The wonderful rivers with rocks scattered and flowers blooming in between makes it more alluring for the tourists. There is also a hot water spring here.

11. Do Drul Chortan

The Chorten Stupa is marked by a golden top dome that can be seen from various places in Gangtok. It is a large white Tibetan pagoda or stupa that is surrounded by dormitories for young monks.

places to visit in gangtok
Places to Visit in Gangtok – Image source – Wikipedia

12. Cholamu Lake

This is the highest lake of India and is one of the most beautiful too. A crystal clear lake that is very near the China border will leave you awestruck with its natural beauty.

Gangtok is a paradise for nature and mountain lovers other then visiting many more natural wonders here like the  Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve, Bakthang Waterfalls and the Orchid Sanctuary adventure lovers can also try out few amazing treks like the Dzongri – Gochal La  trek.

Accommodation In Gangtok

There are various hotels, resorts and guest houses in Gangtok that offers comfortable stay in all budgets. Search Hotels

How to Reach Gangtok

The nearest airport  to Gangtok is about 124 kms away in Bagdogra. The  nearest railway station about 148 kms away in New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri. You can easily hire a cab from Bagdogra or Siliguri for Gangtok. Book Flight

Read also Places to Visit in Sikkim




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