Places To Visit

Tourist Places to Visit in And Around Gangtok

Sikkim, the kingdom of flowers nestles in the eastern Himalayan ranges. Sikkim is a land rich in tradition, culture, and soaked in religion. Mount Khangchendzonga, which is the third highest mountain peak in the world, is situated in Sikkim and is the guardian deity of Sikkim. Sikkim nestles in the lap of the Eastern Himalayan ranges used to be a sovereign kingdom until it integrated with India in 1975. Although one of the smallest states among all other states in India, Sikkim is rich in diverse flora and fauna. A tourist can enjoy evergreen tropical jungles, alpine forests, organically grown food (rice, vegetables, and fruits). Sikkim is cladded with snowy mountains, dense forests with exotic flora and fauna, pristine waterfalls, sacred lakes, holy caves, medicinal hot springs, cascading rivers and gentle streams. It is a destination for all seasons and all reasons. Sikkim offers vacation and tours for people seeking solitude for meditation and those seeking leisure holiday to the more adventurous locations. For the adventure freaks, trekking in the mountains, river rafting, bird watching, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountain flights for experiencing the adrenaline rush midst the snow clad mountains. People of Sikkim are peace lovers with rich culture and traditions.

Mahatma Gandhi Marg

M.G. Marg, renowned as Mahatma Gandhi Road, is the essence of Gangtok and the most happening place there. It is the central shopping place of this beautiful state capital with various shops, restaurants, and hotels lined up along both sides of the road. M.G. Road is an open mall or boulevard square which is widely regarded to be the town center and is the best shopping destination for tourists. This place is a great place to take a stroll or sit on the benches and revel in the eclectic ambiance.

Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park

Banjhakri Waterfalls is a beautiful and relaxing stop with beautiful surroundings and lush environs, and the place will help you break away from the fast moving life of the city and unwind. It is a recreation center and tourist place near Gangtok, in the state of Sikkim, India. The park's sculpture and other displays document the Ban Jhakri or traditional shamanic healer who worships spirits living in caves around the falls. The ban means "forest," and jhākri means "healer." this is a natural waterfall sourced from springs at a higher elevation. The cascade is approximately 30 meters (98 ft) tall. 2 acres of forest were cleared and developed into the park.

Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery is renowned by the name of Dharmachakra Centre is located 24 km from Gangtok. It is a gompa located in the Indian state of Sikkim built initially by the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje in the 16 CE near Gangtok. It is the biggest monastery in Sikkim where the monks perform sacred rituals and practices of Karma Kagyu lineage and is a pivot for the sectarian tensions within the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism that labels the Karmapa controversy.

The monastery embodies the vision and aspiration of the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, and was built to establish his seat-in-exile and help spread the teachings of the Buddha throughout the world. It was renovated in the 1960s by his holiness, the late 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.

Buddha Park of Ravangla

The Buddha Park of Ravangla renowned by the name of Tathagata Tsal locates near Rabong (Ravangla) in South Sikkim district, Sikkim, India. It was built between 2006 and 2013 and featured a 130-foot (40 m) high statue of the Buddha as its centerpiece. The site was chosen within the more massive religious complex of the Rabong Gompa (Monastery) which itself was a centuries-old place of pilgrimage. A key monastery in Tibetan Buddhism, Ralang Monastery is also nearby to it.

The statue was consecrated on 25 March 2013 by the 14th Dalai Lama, and became a stop on the 'Himalayan Buddhist Circuit'. The statue of the Buddha marks the occasion of the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha. This statue was built and installed in the place through the joint efforts of the Sikkim government and its people. The Buddhist circuit of this park was built here under a State government project, for boosting pilgrimage and tourism in the region. The Cho Djo lake is located within the complex, surrounded by forest.

Char Dham Namchi

Char Dham or Siddheshwar Dham is a famed tourist attraction and pilgrimage cum cultural complex developed by the Government of Sikkim to promote Religious, Eco and Village tourism in the state in Sikkim. It is a replica of all the 12 Jyotirlingas and Char Dhams in India. One can find a 33 m massive Shiva statue raised on the Solophok hilltop about 5 km from Namchi Town. .

It’s a considerable pilgrimage complex with Hindu temples all around. This temple place is also known as Siddheswar Dham and was inaugurated on 8th November 2011.

Paljor Stadium

Paljor Stadium, also known as the Palzor Stadium is an association football stadium located in Gangtok, Sikkim, India. It is currently an abode to United Sikkim Football Club. It is now used mostly for association football matches. The stadium has a capacity for thirty thousand people. The Paljor Stadium is well known as the Polo Ground.

Enchey Monastery

The Enchey Monastery was established in 1909 above Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim in the Northeastern Indian state. It belongs to the Nyingma order of Vajrayana Buddhism. The monastery built around the then small hamlet of Gangtok became a religious centre. The location was blessed by Lama Drupthob Karpo, a renowned exponent of tantric (adept) art in Buddhism with flying powers; initially a small Gompa was established by him after he flew from Maenam Hill in South Sikkim to this site.

meaning of Enchey Monastery is the "Solitary Monastery". Its sacredness is attributed to the belief that Khangchendzonga and Yabdean – the protecting deities – reside in this monastery. As, according to a legend, Guru Padmasambhava had subdued the spirits of the Khangchendzonga, Yabdean and Mahākāla here.

Tsomgo Lake

Touching the clouds at an altitude of 12310 feet, Tsomgo Lake is made of a glacier, making it one of the mesmerizing places to visit in Gangtok. The idyllic surroundings of this waterbody attract everyone. In winter, it remains frozen, and in summer it is enclosed by the blossom of flowers. Tsomgo Lake is one of Sikkim’s main tourist attractions. The Lake is located 35 km from Gangtok and is about 1 km long in the shape of an egg en route to the Nathula Pass. It is one of India’s highest altitude lakes with the stances of the snow-covered hills bestowing on the Tsomgo Lake. Winters are the best time to visit Gangtok and explore Tsogmo Lake.

Location: 35 km from Gangtok.

Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass sits at an altitude of 14140 feet, and this is the best place to be for the adventure enthusiasts in Sikkim. The border trade market, Sherathang, is a favorite place where tourists can buy different kinds of Tibetan items at a low price. Near to that, there is a small place called Kupup that always stays under clouds, the sight of which surely will be a delightful experience for you. The view from the Nathula Pass is remarkable too. The best time to visit this pass is from May to October that is open for public from Wednesday to Saturday. The entry costs Rs. 200 per person.

Location: 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.
Best Time to visit: May to October. It’s open for public from Wednesday to Saturday.
Price:The permit costs Rs. 200 per person.

Yumthang Valley of Flowers

TThe undulant meadows with the grazing yaks by the banks of wild Teesta River and the many hot springs amid the towering mountain peaks position Yumthang valley among the top places to visit in Sikkim. The valley of flowers is carpeted at the height of more than 11,000 feet above sea level at around 150 kilometers from Gangtok. You can book one of our Gangtok Tours from a vivid choice of packages we have for you so that you don't miss out the best of Gangtok.

One can visit the valley in late February to march when the locals celebrate the Losar festival. During April and June, the Rhododendrons bloom and envelop the valley in full glory. The best time to visit the valley is from March to mid-June with an entry fee of INR 150 for Indian nationals.

Location: North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120, India
Best Time to visit: March to mid-June.
Price:INR 150 for Indian nationals.

Gurudongmar Lake

Positioned at the height of 17,800 ft, Gurudongmar Lake is a high altitude Himalayan lake which is serene and in tranquility. Betwixt the snow-covered mountains and gorgeous landscapes, this lake remains frozen during the winter season, and during summers, the lake water reflects the sky and clouds like a mirror. It is among the highly recommended places to pay a visit in Sikkim on the Northern side of Kanchenjunga mountain range which rests at around 180 km from Gangtok.

As it lies in the propinquity of the Chinese Tibetan border, one has to take permits to visit the lake. The best time to visit the lake is from November to March when the lake will be in a frozen state. A shared taxi from Gangtok to the lake will cost you around INR 400 to 500 to this lake.

Location:North Sikkim, India
Best Time to visit:If you visit between November to March, the lake will be in a frozen state.
Price: A shared taxi from Gangtok will cost you around INR 400 to 500.

Sky Walk Pelling Sikkim

Pelling sits at an altitude of 6800 feet and is the second most visited town after West in Sikkim. With some beautiful hotels and sightseeing opportunities, Pelling surely is a place to stay. Pelling is mostly wrapped in thick forests and varied wildlife. Changey and Khangchendzonga waterfalls are the two main tourist attractions in the town, and you can visit them in one day. Pelling is perfect for travelers who like to discover a town on foot.

It is located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing and 131km from Gangtok, Sikkim. The best time to visit is throughout the year except for the rainy season that is from July to September.

Location:located at a distance of 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing and 131km from Gangtok, Sikkim.
Best Time to visit: All year except for the rainy season, July to September.