Gangtok: General Information

Gangtok Tourism

Looming mountain passes, crystal clear lakes, audacious rafting trails, and clouds touching mountains- the hills of Gangtok are enthralling, and can rejuvenate anyone. Gangtok is the place to reenergise and rejuvenate one’s senses in the lap of its mystical beauty. The quaint and charming city of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim since 1894, is embellished with the best of scenic beauty, snow clad mountains, paddy fields, and Blue Veda Orchids. Recently Gangtok has emerged as the popular tourist destination in India.

The literal meaning of Sikkim is “hill top,” and synonymous to its name Sikkim is full of glistering mountains and ridges, descending down the hillside in steep tiers. Apart from the sightseeing, Gangtok is famous for its religious sites and the beautiful view of Mount Khangchendzonga soaring above the horizon.

The economy of the state was affected by the war as the trade routes with Tibet were closed, but that has changed to a large extent the hospitality and tourism industry taking centre stage in recent times.

Since the colonial times, Gangtok was the trade center for both India and Tibet. One feels invigorated and relaxed once they soak in the culture of Gangtok. With its immaculate, un-spoilt natural beauty and peaceful people, Sikkim offers a unique experience to the visitors.

Shopping in Gangtok

  • Tibetan Jackets
  • Tibetan Curios
  • Stone Jewellery
  • Thangkas (intricate Tibetan artwork)
  • Buddha Heads
  • Singling Bowls
  • Prayer Wheels
  • Prayer Flags
  • Tibetan Décor Items
  • Choksees (Little Wooden Tables)
  • Wall Hangings
  • Carpets

Places to Shop in Gangtok

MG Road: MG Road is a great place to buy Tibetan clothes, curios and art.

Address: MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Timings: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Open on all days

Lal Bazaar: This is the place where one can find hidden treasures of Sikkim. One can purchase souvenirs and gifts from here.

Address: MG Road, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Timings: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Open on all days

How to Reach Gangtok:

By Air: The airport nearest to Gangtok is Bagdogra, West Bengal, about 124 kilometres away.

By Train: The nearest railway station to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri, about 148 kilometres away.

By Road: Gangtok is well linked by road with Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong as one can choose for National Highway 31A to reach the region.

Places Distances from Gangtok
Kalimpong 74 km
Darjeeling 98 km
Siliguri 115 km
Kurseong 115 km
Bagdogra 124 km

Best Time to Visit Gangtok: October – March, March – June

Weather Information:

Summer (November to March): 10 °C -28 °C

Winter (April to October): (-5) °C -16 °C