Gangtok Tourism: Overview

    Gangtok is the largest town and capital of smallest state of India, Sikkim. Gangtok is suited at an altitude of 5410ft in the Eastern Mighty Himalayan Range. Within the mighty Himalayan range with a mid-temperate climate Gangtok is the centre of Sikkim’s tourism industry and is a home to more than 100000 peoples with different ethnicities like Bhutia, Lepcha and Indian Gorkhas.

    Gangtok became a popular Buddhist excursion site after Enchey Monastery was built in 1840. Later in 1894, Chogyal Thurton Namgyel, the ruling Sikkimese, transferred to the new capital in Gangtok, which became the major business route stopover between Lhasa in Tibet and cities like Kolkata, Delhi in the early 20th century. With Gangtok as its capital, Sikkim Monarchy chose to remain an independent monarchy after India won its independence from British Empire. Later in 1975, Sikkim became the 22nd state of capital after India occupied Sikkim.

    Sikkim Culture

    Almost all the culture and tradition practised in Sikkim is based upon two main religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, which the Sikkimese people follow. Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalese are the three main tribes of Sikkim; Nepali is the common language spoken by the people of Sikkim. Lepchas are the oldest resident people of the state, and they either follow Hinduism, Buddhism or Christianity.

    Important Festivals in Sikkim

    Many cultural festivals are celebrated in Sikkim according to the Tibetan calendar and Nepali calendar. The main and important festivals of Sikkim are Dashain, Tihar, Manghey Sankranti, Lhosar, Chaite Dasian, Drukpa Tsechi, Phang Lhabsol, Saga Dawa, etc. Tourism in Gangtok gets its peak during these festivals.

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    Accomodation Hotels in Gangtok

    There are varieties of resorts, hotels, and home-stays in Gangtok,Sikkim . There is nothing to trouble about an accommodation in Gangtok as you can find luxury premium as well as mid range and budget hotels or homestays. Mostly, the agents who make the package will get you the type of hotel you will be comfortable with. The most renowned and most popular hotels in Gangtok are hotel Mayfair, Lemon Tree hotel, Summit Norling Spa and Resorts, Udaan Woodberry Hotel and Spa, Hotel New Orchid and Spa and many more.

    How to reach Gangtok?

    Gangtok,Sikkim is well connected to the rest of the India through airway, railway and roadways. Pakyong Airport is only Airport in Sikkim, 30 kilometers from Gangtok. Currently Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is the main and closest airport to Gangtok that connects Sikkim by air located approx 123 Kilometers away and New Jalpaigur Railway Station is the nearest station that connects Sikkim by railways. Getting to Gangtok through roadroads one can hire private taxis or can get on fix priced sharing taxis and also buses available on the designated stands.

    Best time to visit Gangtok

    The best time to visit Gangtok,Sikkim is during the month of late September to mid of December and then from March to June when Gangtok is having its autumn and spring-summer which provides a pleasant climate for sightseeing. Gangtok enjoys a subtropical, highland climate which is owsome and moderate for outdoor activities and hiking for all year round. Gangtok is well positioned and a great base for touring around, exploration and making day trips in Sikkim. In winters the temperature drops to 4degree to 7 degrees without snowfall, in summer it rises to 14degrees to 20degrees.Read our guide to read about tourist places in Gangtok.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The main attractions in Sikkim are MG Marg, Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathula Pass, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Kaala Pathar, Namchi Char Dham, Buddha Park in Ravangla, and many monasteries.

    There are two major tourist attractions in North Sikkim, namely Lachung and Lachen which are located at a distance of 120 km from Gangtok and it takes around 5-6 hours to reach these places from Gangtok as the roads are narrow.

    No, Nathula Pass remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays of every week for all tourists.

    No, Indian Nationals do not require a entry permit to visit Sikkim. However, there are certain restricted places (like Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Nathulla Pass, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley) for which all Indian tourists have to obtain an Inner Line Permit (ILP) which is arranged by the local tour operator.
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