The alluring Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

The alluring Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple | Photo credit: Pranav Bhasin

Mesmerising Gangtok!

Mesmerising Gangtok! | Photo credit: Pranav Bhasin

Stunning views of the Kanchenjunga

Stunning views of the Kanchenjunga | Photo credit: Pranav Bhasin

The spiritually enticing monasteries of Gangtok!

The spiritually enticing monasteries of Gangtok!

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Adventure Buffs
  • Lovebirds
  • Family Fun
  • Something Different
    • Language

      Nepali, Rai, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Sherpa, Gurung, Mangar, Tamang and Sunwar
    • Altitude

      1,437 metres (4,715 feet) above sea level
    • Time zone

      IST (UTC+5.5 hours)
    • Theme

      Mountains, Heritage

High mountain passes, clear glacial lakes, adventurous trekking trails, and monasteries in the clouds - the hills of Gangtok make for one refreshing ride.

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  • Plastic Bags are banned

    Gangtok makes sure this rule is enforced well. Carry your own cloth bag or make use of paper bags.

  • Clean Public Toilets

    Unlike many other Indian towns, Gangtok sports super-clean public bathrooms.

  • Local Hospitality

    Locals are exceptionally warm and friendly to visitors.

Be prepared

  • No Nightlife

    Except a few restaurants that offer late night music shows and dancing, the nightlife in Gangtok is dull. Shops close down by 8 pm.

Describing It

If the summer heat is wearing you out, we suggest the hills of Gangtok as the perfect natural antidote. A little town run over by honeymooners, weekend break seekers from Kolkata, and monks ambling through the Mall Road in search for some amusement and supplies to sustain their esoteric lives, Gangtok makes for a perfect base for tourists, trekkers, and explorers. However, in spite of the crowds, the town is amazingly clean. Plastic bags are banned and the public toilets are well-maintained. The locals too are welcoming and helpful.

While Gangtok has but a few good places to visit - the Institute of Tibetology, Institute of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Rumtek Monastery, and Dharma Chakra Centre - you'll need to drive away from the bustling town for the real treasures. These include the Tsomgo Lake and the Jhakri Waterfalls, which you'll come across on a drive to Nathu La, the second highest mountain pass in the world.

Lamaism is big around the area. Monasteries like Enchey Monastery, Do Drul Chorten, Tashiding, and Pemayangtse are worth visiting.

From here, the beautiful hill town of Pelling is a short 125-kilometre drive away. It makes for a perfect overnight trip. Then there is the Gurudongmar Lake - not very big but certainly one of the highest and the most beautiful in the world.

While you are in Gangtok, make the most of all the good Tibetan restaurants in the vicinity and don’t forget to try out some cakes and pastries from the many pastry shops on MG Road.