Gangtok, Sikkim

Top 20 things to do in Gangtok

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-07-06

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If you are pondering about visiting Gangtok in Sikkim for your holidays, then just don’t keep your ideas hanging in between fancying that thought and making it come true. There are many places on earth that can keep you bombed for a long time with their spectacular views, and Gangtok in Sikkim is one such place that sits pretty in the lap of the Himalayas and offers surreal sceneries that none can refuse. You should not even be thinking very hard about whether to spend your vacations in Gangtok or not. All you have got to do is get a ticket to this wonderland and take the opportunity to connect with Mother Nature here. 

Gangtok is a small town, the capital of beautiful Sikkim, which is known for its beauty and wonderful weather. Gangtok is untouched by the hassles of hectic city life, very big industries and factories and MNC,s and all the annoyance of really populated and polluted places. You can get as close to nature here as you want. Visiting Gangtok in Sikkim should be a must for any traveler, blogger, or anybody trying to connect their mind to tranquility and happiness. Gangtok is such a great place to bring your family and friends. 

Video: A night in Gangtok

Gangtok at night

Gangtok at night

Even when the town is very far away from the influences of big city life, there is a gentle presence of it in Gangtok. From modern shops to hospitals, everything can be found very easily. Though small, the roads are good, and a great transportation system is available. The trip to Gangtok will most definitely be comforting as well as enjoyable. I bet once you visit this place and go back to your regular lifestyle you will definitely miss it and grab another ticket to Gangtok for your next holiday.

Gangtok means hilltop, which is fitting because that’s exactly where the town is located at. This capital city of Sikkim is one of the most beautiful hill stations in India. This Northeast paradise is sure to captivate all of your senses.

Gangtok is surrounded by the big River - Teesta, beautiful hills and mountains, forests, and a brilliant sky. Tourism is a huge thing in Gangtok, and you will love the locals here. They are really welcoming and treat their guests with extreme thoughtfulness. As said before, if you are looking for a tourist destination that’s known for variety then Gangtok is where you must be. 

With so much to do in there, the place won’t disappoint you. With the view of the majestic Khangchendzonga and the mountains surrounding it, the place offers comfort to your eyes and your mind. The traditional society, influenced by an old and colorful culture, adds to the magnificent charm of Gangtok. This is one of the reasons why travelers from all over the country and abroad visit this travel destination in huge numbers every year.

Gangtok is famous not just for sceneries. There is a wide range of things to do in Gangtok. From chilling at gorgeous hilltops and sitting by the serene and gushing waterfalls sipping coffee to meditating inside the holy monasteries, there are ample things to enjoy during your trip to Gangtok that will catch your fancy instantaneously, and you will enjoy everything immensely.

Video: Gangtok Echoes

Here I am listing some of the best things to do in Gangtok when you visit here. 

Top 20 things to do in Gangtok:

1. MG Marg

MG Marg is one of the most happening places in Gangtok. It is considered as the center attraction of the town. It is located in the heart of Gangtok. MG Marg is a great place to try the local food of Sikkim, shop for souvenirs, or simply take a stroll.

MG Marg at night in Gangtok - Sikkim

MG Marg at night in Gangtok - Sikkim

2. Cable ride – Witness Gangtok at a glance from above 

This is a kilometer of thrill where passengers are carried on double cable cars that start from Deorali and end at Tashiling. It is the perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of Gangtok. You can see the wonderful view of the city below.

View of the town from the cable car in Deorali - Gangtok Sikkim

View of the town from the cable car in Deorali - Gangtok Sikkim

It is one of the most famous things to do in Gangtok and one of the top-rated among Gangtok tourist attractions.

3. Paragliding – Be on top of the world, fly

One of the most thrilling things to do in Gangtok is flying. No, we were certainly not born with wings but deep down we had always wanted to fly. Now we can do it in Gangtok. Paragliding is one of the must things to do in Gangtok.

Imagine that you have wings and you are flying over an amazing landscape of snow-covered mountains and hills, rivers, meadows, and forests. That’s exactly how it feels like when you are paragliding in Gangtok.

4. River rafting – Touch and feel the waters of Gangtok

River rafting is one of the many adventurous things to do in Gangtok in River Teesta. This river is not only famous in Gangtok but the entire state of Sikkim. There are many points in the river you can choose from to raft.

River rafting in Teesta -Sikkim

River rafting in Teesta -Sikkim

5. Camping – Try spending a night or two under a thousand stars:

There are so many camping sites in Sikkim and also at Gangtok. You can spend a night or two with your friends and family at Rumtek camping site. It should definitely be included in your list of one of the things to do in Gangtok.

Camping in Sikkim

Camping in Sikkim

6. Tashi View Point – Enjoy the sunrise

View the magnificent Mount Khangchendzonga from Tashi View Point where this beautiful mountain range can be seen from up close. From here you can enjoy the stunning snow-capped mountains. Capturing such an amazing view of Khangchendzonga during sunrise has to be one of the highlights among the things to do in Gangtok.

Khangchendzonga mountain range

Khangchendzonga mountain range

7. Visit monasteries – Find that tranquility you were searching for

There are so many monasteries in Sikkim and some of them are in Gangtok. While in Gangtok, you should visit one of the largest monasteries in this region- Rumtek Monastery. This must also come in your list of one of the things to do in Gangtok.