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  • 720 KM From Calcutta
  • 114 KM From Siliguri


  • By Air : Gangtok doesn't have its own airport, however the nearest airport lies at Bagdogra in West Bengal. Located at a distance of 124 kms from Gangtok, Bagdogra Airport is well connected with Kolkata, Delhi, Patna, Imphal and Guwahati. From the Airport, one can take regular buses, coaches and taxis that take around 4 hours to reach Gangtok.
  • By Helicopter : Helicopter service is available from Bagdogra to reach Gangtok and vice-versa. Helicopter takes around 20 minutes to reach Gangtok from Bagdogra. This service is available only once during a day and four passengers are allowed at a time.
  • By Rail : As Gangtok also doesn't have its own railway station, the city relies on two nearest railway stations at New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. These stations are connected to all the major cities of India. Located at a distance of 126 kms and 114 kms, these places are well-connected to Gangtok by road. From station itself, you can take regular tourist buses, coaches, taxis or jeeps to reach Gangtok.
  • By Road : Gangtok has a well-developed network of roads. National Highway 31A connects Gangtok to Siliguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and other mountain locales. Keeping in mind the weather conditions, the road has been touched up with metal. Regular tourist buses, coaches, taxis and jeeps commute daily to and from Siliguri, Bagdogra, Darjeeling and Kalimpong to Gangtok. From Gangtok, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Kalempong and Jalpaiguri lie at a distance of 124 Kms, 114 kms, 75 Kms and 125 kms respectively.



Gangtok is so spectacular and stunning that is makes a person fall in love with them. There is an excellent view of the amazing hills of Kanchenjunga Ranges from any point of the hills. This place is perfect for nature lovers and for newly married couple as this place is not much crowded as compared to others. The hills are at a height of about 1750 meters above the sea level. People of different traditions and religion stay together peacefully. Local people still believe in their old-culture and custom.

Tourists can enjoy trekking, river rafting, mountain climbing and hang gliding. There are trained persons who guide us for a safe ride. There are ropeways or cable car also available in Gangtok hills this must be visited without fail as this gives altogether a very breathtaking experience for the tourists. It is located at Deorail market the distance it covers is of one kilometer it takes 3 stops. The highest point is the Tashiling and the lowest point is the Deorail point and the mid-point stop is the Nam-Nang. While your ride on the cable-car you get to view some of the incredible views of the Gangtok town.


  • Kanchenjunga National Park : Access to the heart of Kanchenjunga National Park, including the vast Zemu Glacier, is generally only permitted to mountaineering expeditions or experienced trekking parties using the services of a recognised travel agency. Gangtok travel agencies are best acquainted with the system and usually have the best contacts.
  • Gezing : The road from Legship leaves the river and ascends high up above the village for 15 km to Gezing. On Friday, villagers from outlying regions bring their produce into town and a colourful and busy market dominates the main square. Travellers cheques can be exchanged at the Central Bank of India, down a lane behind the town square.
  • Jorethang : Set in the forested Rangeet Valley, the pleasant market town of Jorethang lies 30 km north of Darjeeling. Across the river in West Bengal is Naya Bazaar.
  • Pelling : Pelling is perched high on a ridge, 2.5 km from Pemayangtse Gompa, and is rapidly developing into a Bengali hill resort. There are great views north to Kanchenjunga and also to the south when the weather is clear. The town has a post office, but no foreign exchange facilities. In Lower Pelling, the Cottage Industries Training Centre sells pullovers, hats and scarves.
  • Khechepari Lake : Pronounced 'catch a perry', and sometimes spelt Khechepari, Khecheopairi or Khechupherei, this place is a popular objective for trekkers. The sacred lake lies in a depression surrounded by prayer, flags and forested hills. Resist the temptation to swim, as it's a holy place. If you feel like a dip, you can swim in the river downhill from Felling en route to the lake. Take care!
    By the lakeshore is the small Lepcha village of Tsojo, and about 1.5 km above the lake is the Khecheopari Gompa.
  • Phodong : Phodong Gompa, north of Gangtok along a winding but largely tarmac road, belongs to the same order (Kagyupa) as Rumtek, but is much smaller and less ornate than that gompa. After the 16th Karmapa fled from Tibet and before he established himself in Rumtek in 1959, Phodong was the most important of Sikkim`s three Kagyupa gompas (the third is Ralang Gompa). The gompa sits high up above the main road to Mangan and there are tremendous views down into the valley below.
  • Yumthang Valley : The Yumthang Valley lies 140 km north of Gangtok, at an elevation of 3564m. This region has recently been opened to foreigners, but trekking is still prohibited. The best time to visit is in April and May, when the rhododendrons are in full bloom. There are hot springs, covered by a wooden shelter. To get here, you'll need to join a tour and the travel agency will arrange the permit. The road from Gangtok follows the Teesta River, crossing a spectacular gorge over the Rang Rang suspension bridge.
  • Rumtek Gompa : Rumtek, on the other side of the Ranipul Valley, is visible from Gangtok though it`s 24 km away by road. This huge and wealthy monastery is the seat of the Gyalwa Karmapa, the head of the Kagyupa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The order was founded in the 11th century by Lama Marpa, the disciple of the Indian guru Naropa, and later split into several subsects, the most important of which are Drukpa, Kagyupa and Karmapa. Since 1992 there has been a bitter and sometimes violent dispute over the successor to the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa who died in 1981, with the factions led by two Rumtek abbots, Samar Rinpoche and Situ Rinpoche. The Dalai Lama chose Situ Rinpoche after performing the Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) ceremony in 1993, however they`re still struggling for power. There are police stationed at Rumtek to keep the situation under control.
  • Tsongo Lake : Foreigners have recently been permitted to visit this lake (also known as Changu Lake), which is 35 km north-east of Gangtok; technically you should be in a group of four, and need to join a tour (US$ 12). Permits are valid for a day visit only. Numerous agencies in Gangtok offer tours to the lake, and can arrange the requisite permit.
  • Yuksom : Yuksom (also spelt Yoksum and Yuksam), 35 km by road from Pemayangtse, is the farthest north you can get by road in West Sikkim and is the trailhead for those intending to trek to Dzongri. It's a very peaceful village surrounded by cardamom plantations on a wide shelf above the valley of the Rathong. It was here that the three lamas of the Nyingmapa order arrived to establish Buddhism in Sikkim; the coronation of the first chogyal of Sikkim took place here. The stone throne is next to a big chorten in a small hall not far from the Hotel Tashi Gang.
  • Deer Park : This park is also called the Rustomji Park named after one of the Dewans of the Chogyal of Sikkim. The park has a big open enclosure, sheltering animals like the red panda and the Himalayan Bear. A big statue of Lord Buddha commemorating his preachings of the noble truths in the Deer Park at Sarnath beautifies the park premises. A butter lamp continually burns in front of the statue, which is surrounded with flowers of amazing variety. The park commands a spectacular view of the hills, surrounding Gangtok.


  • Labrang Monastery : Built about 100 years ago is the Labrang Monastery, just 1 km further from Phodong. This monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the same as that of Pemayangtse monastery in West Sikkim. Its name translates simply as the dwelling place of the Lamas (Buddhist monks).
  • Pemayangtse Monastery : Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim belongs to the Nyingma order and all other Nyingma monasteries in Sikkim are subordinate to it. Situated about 140 km form Gangtok in Sikkim, Pemayangtse Monastery commands an impressive view of Mt. Kanchendzonga. Pemayangtse Monastery Sikkim was basically a small Lhekhang build by Lhatsun Chenpo in the 17th century AD. Later during the rule of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal, Lhatsun Chenpo's third reincarnate jigme Pawo extended the monastery and rebuild the structure.
  • Rumtek Monastery : Rumtek Monastery is the largest and one of the most important monastery in entire Sikkim. The monastery is situated on a hilltop and is around 24 Km from Gangtok. The view of Gangtok city from the hill is simply breathtaking. Rumtek Monastery was the seat of Rangjung Rigpe Dorje when he was on exile. The monastery is home to the monks community who perform rituals continuing from many ages. The monastery is visited by many Buddhist pilgrims as it contains many sacred objects like Golden Stupa and relics of worshiped Sixteenth Karmapa.
  • Pemayangtse Monastery : Pemayangtse Monastery in Sikkim belongs to the Nyingma order and all other Nyingma monasteries in Sikkim are subordinate to it. Situated about 140 km form Gangtok in Sikkim, Pemayangtse Monastery commands an impressive view of Mt. Kanchendzonga. Pemayangtse Monastery Sikkim was basically a small Lhekhang build by Lhatsun Chenpo in the 17th century AD. Later during the rule of the third Chogyal Chakdor Namgyal, Lhatsun Chenpo's third reincarnate jigme Pawo extended the monastery and rebuild the structure.



Gangtok enjoys a gentle, moderate climate all year through. Mercury levels range from an average maximum of 22°C in summer (March to June) to an average minimum of 4°C in winter during December to February. Observed maximum temperature during summer rarely crosses 25°C. Intense rainfalls in monsoon (July to September) causes landslides in this region. July month records maximum rainfalls. Saga Dawa, a very auspicious day for the Buddhists, is celebrated here with much enthusiasm during the end of May and early June. A huge procession of monks goes around Gangtok carrying the Holy Scriptures and is very attractive so best period to visit is September to June.


  • Summer : Max- 21°C, Min - 13°C;
  • Winter : Max -13°C, Min - 0.48°C
  • Rainfall : 325 cm per annum.



Major Indian festivals, such as Diwali and Makar Sankranti (the popular Hindu festivals) along with the Buddhist festivals like Losar, Loosong, Bhumchu, Saga Dawa, Lhabab Duechen and Drupka Teshi are celebrated in Gangtok. During the Losar, the Tibetan New Year in mid-December, most government offices and tourist centres are closed for a week. In recent times, Christmas has also been celebrated in Gangtok.

  • Losar : Losar is the New Year of Sikkim celebrated and marked with lot of gaiety and festivity. Falling in the month of February, Losar gives us a complete insight into the culture and traditions of Sikkimese. youngsters perform yak dance on the streets singing songs welcoming the new year and throwing sampa as a way of greeting to all people. One can see celebration starting more than a week before and the electrifying atmosphere lasting even after a week. People indulge themselves in shopping for new clothes and jewelery.
  • Drukpa Ksheshi : Drukpa Ksheshi is the day when Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples. It is also called as the day when Lord Buddha first turned the Wheel of Dharma. The Lord's first preaching was delivered to his five disciples in the Deer Park in Sarnath. His first preaching contained the four Noble truths. The first is the Noble Truth of suffering. The day falls on the fourth day of the sixth month (Drukpa) according to the Tibetan calendar which falls sometime around July or August every year. The main feature of the festival is a yak race. Then there are prayers held in the Deer park in Gangtok. These prayers are a must attend for anyone who wishes for peace and sanctity.
  • Lhabab Dhuechen : Lhabab Dhuechen is the day that symbolizes the descent of Lord Buddha from the heaven of the 33 gods after visiting his mother. When Lord Buddha was 41 years, he ascended to the heavens using his spiritual powers along with thousands of his followers, to visit his mother. It is said that Lord Buddha stayed in heaven for three months during which he delivered sermons to his mother and other celestial beings. For the devotees, this period of separation from Lord Buddha was unbearable. So one of his devotees who had supernatural powers went to heaven to request Lord Buddha to return back to earth. The Lord then came back to earth to all his devotees and the day was celebrated as Lhabab Dhuechen.
  • Saga Dawa : This is the most important festival of all that are there. Saga Dawa is a festival when three auspicious occasions fall on the same day. The day when Lord Buddha was born, the day he achieved enlightenment and the day Lord Buddha passed away attaining Nirvana. It is celebrated on the full moon day of 4th month according to Tibetan calendar. On the day, a magnificent procession is held in the capital city Gangtok. The procession carries holy books containing teachings of Lord Buddha. The grand event starts from Tsuk-La-Khang Monastery and covers all parts of the city. It is the main highlight of the Saga Dawa Festival.



Sikkim has a blend of cultures and traditions of Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet. So, does the cuisine of this state. The bizarre combination of various cuisines has resulted into one specific cuisine, which is now called as cuisine of Sikkim. Gangtok boasts of its own dietary culture that comprises of different food habits and some special recipes. These recipes and habits have emerged with the traditional wisdom and experiments of generations. The traditional food of Gangtok, is gaining popularity among the masses. In the present day, Gangtok cuisine has entered the kitchens of the world. Momo (steamed dumpling), Tomato Achar (Pickle), Thukpa /Gya-Thuk (Noodle soup), Kinema curry (Fermented soybean), Gundruk and Sinki Soup (Fermented vegetable soup), Gundruk ko Achar (Pickle), Chhurpi Soup (Traditional cottage cheese), Chhurpi ka Achar (Pickle), Chhurpi-Ningro Curry (Chhurpi with wild fern), Sel Roti (Fermented rice product), Shimi ka Achar (String bean pickle), Pakku (Mutton curry) and Mesu Pickle (Fermented bamboo shoot).

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