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Gangtok, the exotic capital city of Sikkim, is a Buddhist haven. In sync with the Zen philosophy that divinity can only make its way through clear and clean surroundings, Gangtok is an epitome of neatness and is one of the few such places in India. The stunning panoramic views of the snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga, only add to the Gangokian environs. Offering the best tourist places in Gangtok, this place is also famous for its distinct cuisine, of which Momos and Kinema, are an excellent example. Gangtok is a city of great food, atmospheric sceneries and beautiful Buddhist monasteries, which include Rumtek and Enchey. It has great potential for sightseeing as well, including the Nathu La Pass and Tsomgo Lake. Gangtok is also a testament to the unique fashion sense of the North East. The folks here are known to have a keen sense of style and have a totally refreshing way of wearing the most casual outfits. Gangtok also has a very folksy and indie live-music sentiment. Finally, the people make the place and it is the helpful and friendly citizens of Gangtok, who are true exemplars of the principles of the Buddhist lifestyle.   

Situated in the eastern Himalayan range, state capital Gangtok combines a modern, resort town style with ancient spiritual beliefs and an impressive natural heritage. Mountain views act as the backdrop to holidays in Gangtok, where much of the focus also lies on the monasteries, shrines, and temples of this old center of Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage. Local delicacies such as momo (stuffed dumplings) also link Gangtok to Tibet. Use Gangtok as your gateway for exploring the state and beyond, with tour operators offering a number of day excursions and longer trips. To know more about the best tourist places in Gangtok, read below:

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  1. Which are the best places to visit in Gangtok?

    Tsomgo Lake: Located on the eastern side, Tsomgo Lake is one of the most frequented places to visit in Gangtok. The lake is perched atop a mountain at an altitude of 12,000 feet and presents an ethereal beauty that you have to see to believe. The magic of the lake is further accentuated because it has a holy significance with many myths and legends associated with it, and is revered by the local populace.

    Namgyal Institute of Tibetology:
    This one of its kind institute, also the third in the world, is renowned for housing the largest collection of Tibetan works outside Tibet. Based in the southern part of Gangtok, the institute houses a museum that boasts over 200 Buddhist icons and artifacts. If you are drawn towards history and the intriguing Tibetan architecture and manuscripts, this certainly is one of the perfect places to visit in Gangtok.

    Seven Sister waterfall:
    Get drowned in the thundering sounds as a set of seven waterfalls lunge their way down the mountain sides. Named for its seven stages of fall, this is one of the most popular places to visit in Gangtok on the Gangtok – Lachung route. Experience the unique beauty of the fall from three different vantage points.

    Phodong Monastery:
    Located at a breathtaking altitude of 4500 ft, this picture perfect monastery is one of the most ideal places to visit in Gangtok to get mind boggling views of its towering mountains and deep valleys. The edifice was built in the 18th century and is one of the six most important monasteries in Sikkim.

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  2. Which are the best Gangtok tourist places for families?

    Do Drul Chorten Stupa: The beautiful golden dome of the stupa stands out brilliantly and can be seen from different parts of Gangtok. It is a great place to visit with your family to get deep insights into the rich history of the place. Built in 1945 by the head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, the Venerable Trulshik Rinpoche, the striking structure is surrounded by Chorten Lhakhang and Guru Lakhang, two mammoth statues of Guru Padmasambhava.

    Ganesh Tok:
    the perfect family place to not only pray together but also to experience the gorgeous surrounding beauty of the place. Located at a height of 6500 m, the inner sanctum of the temple is a bit of a trek and physically challenging, but definitely worth the effort. After your prayers, come out to catch breathtaking views of the Raj Bhavan complex as well as the Kanchenjunga from here.

    Rumtek Monastery:
    Also known as the Dharma Chakra Center, the Rumtek monastery is the seat of the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa the XVI. This is the largest monastery in Sikkim and the beautiful 16th century architectural splendor is something you can enjoy as a family.

    Himalayan Zoological Park:
    Spanning across an area of 205 hectare over the mountains of Sikkim, this is the state’s first zoological park. The park offers scintillating views of the mountainous terrains from its height of 1780m above sea level and is home to the Himalayan palm civet, crimson horned pheasant, snow leopard, goral, the Himalayan red panda, among several others.

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  3. What are the best things to do in Gangtok?

    Go on a cable car ride: This kilometer- long zig zag ride from Deorali to Tashiling is one of the most fun things to do in Gangtok. Get a bird’s eye view of the city as you zip along and if the weather permits, get panoramic views of the snow bathed Kanchenjunga as well.

    Take a yak safari:
    This is the best way to experience the local culture and traditional way of traveling. Traverse through the rocky terrains surrounded by unsurpassed beauty in the popular trails of Tsomgo Lake and Dzongri area.

    Go mountain biking:
    The craggy trails and grueling tracks here maked mountain biking is one of the ideal things to do in Gangtok especially if you are yearning to unleash your adventurous side. You can join one of the several groups of mountain bikers who go for anything from 4 to 15 days of biking expeditions and experience raw nature along the way.

    Splash along as you go river rafting:
    Rafting along the currents of the Teesta river is one of the most exhilarating things you could do while in Gangtok. The rapids of Rangit and Teesta have been graded at level of I to IV even in accordance with international standards, making this one of the best stretches to test your rafting skills in the whole world.

    Indulge in delectable local fare:
    Head to M G Marg, the town center if you wish to get a taste of the local cuisine. Replete with some of the best cafes, restaurants and eateries in Gangtok, you can feast on scrumptious Tibetan dishes like Dim sums, Momos, Sikkimese Set Meal with Chicken, Fermented Soybean and Mushroom Kachi.

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  4. Is Gangtok worth Visiting?

    Gangtok is an important center for Buddhist pilgrims with some of the most exquisite monasteries in the country here. It is certainly worth visiting to experience the calm and peace amidst heavy Tibetan influenced culture, scintillating natural beauty, high altitude lakes and gorgeous views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga and some of the best trekking trails. 

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  5. What is special in Gangtok?

    Gangtok is best known for being home to some of the most beautiful monasteries in the world. There are umpteen monasteries here which has also made it a famous center for pilgrimage among the Buddhists. Apart from this, it is also blessed with abundant natural beauty and trekking trails for adventure seekers. 

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  6. Which are some famous treks in Gangtok?

    Yuksom- Dzongri Trek: This is a relatively moderate trek with minimal challenges yet an abundance of beauty. Starting at Yuksom, you will trek till a height of 15000 ft to Dzongri, spotting famous peaks like Ratang, Kabru and more, along the way. You will also cross beautiful sunset points, waterfalls and the legendary Khecheopalri Lake en route the 11-day trek.

    Green Lake trek:
    Known to a handful of people, this 16-day trek will give you an experience of a lifetime. Although it is arduous and lengthy, the sheer surrounding bliss will take your breath away. Located in the small town of Lachen, this trek will take you to the Green Lake, hidden amid famous mountain peaks of Sikkim.

    Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek:
    If you are a seasoned trekker and looking for something more difficult and challenging, you will find it here in this 11-day expedition. It starts at Yuksom and crosses several gorgeous points including Paha Khola, Rathong river bridge and many more.

    Varsey trek:
    If you are not up for the most strenuous treks, yet wish to admire some of the hidden natural beauty here, the Varsey trek is cut out for you. It takes you along rhododendron forests and offbeat hills and includes some of the most stunning views of the region.

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20 November 2018
Rajesh Sharma Goechala Trek
About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
Vipin C Goechala Trek
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
Bishakha Nayak North Sikkim Tour
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
16 October 2015
Apsara Mahajan Goechala Trek
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Suryakanta Patil Goechala Trek
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
01 April 2021
This was my first paragliding experience and I was so thrilled and scared both at the same time. This March I was going to Gangtok and came to know about the paragliding activity there and booked the same with Thrillophilia and made the most of the thrills and spills of Paragliding. After heading to the paragliding spot in Ranka at Gangtok. I was accompanied by a trained pilot throughout the entire activity when we soared at a height of 1300- 2200 meters. The best thing about Thrillophilia is that it not only gives you an option to choose between medium and high fly but regardless of the package you choose, the ride from the landing site to the take-off point is all included. I chose the high fly package where I and my certified pilot rose at a height of 2200 meters, marveling at nature’s beauty underneath. After this paragliding trip, I must say that this has been my best so far, given the whole safety protocols that Thrillophilia adhered to besides arranging a trip to the Ranka monastery. Thus, I recommend Thrillophilia with all my heart, for such out-of-the-box experiences!
26 January 2021
Who does not dream of a farmhouse stay amidst the rolling Himalayan Mountains and an emerald green forest? Yes, I am no different because I have craved for such an experience all my life and I am extremely glad that Thrillophilia came on board to grant all that I desired. My 2 days one night experiential stay at a Farmhouse in Gangtok not just let me have a perfect getaway but so much more. I learnt about terrace farming, plucked ripe fruits from the trees, enjoyed picnics along the streams, and tried my hands on organic farming. I still miss my bedroom in the homestay that had a skylight right above the bed to let me stargaze endlessly. Thank you Thrillophilia for such a splendid experience!
19 January 2021
A tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling was always on my mind having heard so much about the Yumthang (valley of flowers), the Batasia loop and the mighty tiger hill to catch a scenic sunrise. As a solo traveler I decided to book with Thrillophilia for a 8-day trip to set forth a Sikkim Darjeeling tour that would include all these places. I am extremely elated I did as the teams ensured hassle free travel in air-conditioned vehicles besides stays and dinner at the most hygienic hotels. I am back at Pune after the trip in March but I feel I am back with a piece of Tibet and North Bengal in my heart. I still cherish going to this picturesque hamlet of Chungthang, the stunning Kanchenjunga National Park, and the pristine Gurudongmar Lake. I have absolutely loved my stopover at Kyongnosla and a visit to the Baba Harbhajan dham besides of course the scenic sunrise at Tiger hill, and candlelight dinner at the most unexpected locations. Thanks a ton Thrillophilia for the most wholesome experience there could be!
17 February 2021
My partner got hold of a Thrillophilia voucher for a Sikkim homestay that initially I was not that keen on using. However, I went ahead and set off for this Traveler’s paradise homestay for 2 days and one night. And, I am so glad I did because it was one of the nicest stay experiences. Our homestay was perched on a hilltop’s edge and offered sweeping views of the Himalayan foothills, the snowy Nathula peaks, and the snaking Teesta River. A special thanks to thrillophilia for giving tripping a whole new spin as we could go for forest picnics, nature walks, and practice angling at the Kaleej Khola. To this day, I keep telling my partner as to how we need another trip soonish. Only, to try the roast chicken with thumba, under a starlit sky of the Traveler’s paradise homestay, with the chilling mountain wind for company.
20 February 2021
A complete year of no travels or moving owing to the lockdown left me feeling highly depressed. It is then that me and my friends quickly planned a trip that would include the total Silk route. Staying in Kolkata this is the closest destination we could travel. But, after a lot of deliberations as to who will arrange the trip we thought of giving Thrillophilia a try. And, we are so glad we did. We were greeted and had the warmest welcome on arrival at the Bagdogra airport before one of Thrillophilia’s representatives transferred us to the pristine Sillery gaon. No wonder the hamlet is called New Darjeeling as the place looks like heaven with the tall pine trees and offers uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga mountain. We stayed at a plush guesthouse with well-washed linens and clean washrooms. Later, we left for Aritar, spent a night there and after a wholesome breakfast, proceeded to Zuluk to spend a happening evening. At a remote place such as Zuluk Thrillophilia ensured we stayed at a comfy hotel. If you have the silk route in mind and desire to experience the Tibetan culture at its best then this 6 day trip to some of the most gorgeous locations of Lampokhari lake, Reshikola, Kupup lake, Jelep La pass, Tukla Valley and several more, will woo you beyond measure.

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