Gangtok is the capital of the Indian state, Sikkim and is the eastern Himalayan range. It is one of the bustling hill stations offering the tourists a wide variety of natural beauty, alluring hills surrounded with thick forests. The place is dominated by the Buddhist culture and one can have a peaceful trip to this beautiful state. You will be mesmerised by the beauty of the mountains surrounding the city of Gangtok.

Here in are a few attractions that every tourist must visit on their trip to Gangtok:

1.Tashi View Point

Tashi View Point, gangtok

It is a serene place to enjoy sunrises and is located 6km away from Gangtok. It serves as the best place to have an alluring view of the sky as well as the city. There are various shops lined up from where you can buy some snacks and grab a cup of hot coffee or tea and enjoy the peaceful environment. Add this to your list if you are a nature lover. To have a more clear view of the peaks you can pay Rs.10 and have a look through the binoculars.

Entry fee-free of cost

Timings-5 A.M.- 6 P.M.

2. Enchey Monastery

Enchey Monastery GangtokImage Source

It was established in 1909 above Gangtok and has become a religious center following the Nyingma Order of Buddhism.  It is built on a stunning ridge of a hill serving a view of the Kanchendzonga range. It is about 3 km away from the main market of Gangtok. For a more adventurous visit, you can hike from the main market which is a 40 minutes walk.

Entry fees– free of cost

Timings– 6 A.M. to 4 P.M.

3. Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok Gangtok

It is a Hindu temple complex dedicated to Lord Hanuman that carries a Hindu myth. It is believed that Lord Hanuman rested here while on his way to Lanka from the Himalayas when he was carrying the sanjeevani herbs for curing Lakshman.  It is situated 11 km away from Gangtok and serves as the best viewpoint of the Kanchenjunga range. It serves the best ambiance for the visitors to enjoy and is maintained by the Indian army. Prayer chants and religious music compliment the beautiful and peaceful environment.

Entry fee– Free of cost

Timings– 5 A.M.- 7 P.M.

4. Tsomgo Lake

 

Tsomgo Lake Gangtok

It is also known as Changu Lake that is an oval-shaped glacier situated 40km away from Gangtok. The lake is considered sacred by the locals as you can find prayer halls and an idol of lord shiva. The main attractions include joy rides on decorated mules and yaks where kiosks(stalls) serve food and drinks. You can also rent gumboots and snowboots from the shops and enjoy to the fullest. In early times the changing color of the lake was used by lamas to forecast the future.

Entry fee– protected area permits and foreign nationals must be ina group of two or three

Timings– best to visit before noon due to bad weather conditions during the evening

5. Banjhakri Waterfall

 

Banjhakri Waterfall Gangtok

Situated 4km away from Gangtok it is a recreation center and a tourist attraction. It is a 100-foot waterfall located in the thick forest of Swastik. You will find a manmade lake with a dragon in the center. The main theme of the park is the Shaman culture. The park is also called energy park because power is generated from the swings which are all around the waterfall. You can also find gazebos all around the park and numerous figurines dedicated to the jhakris. There is also a spiral stairway that leads to a bench where you can just sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Entry fee– Rs.50 per person

Timings-8 A.M.-6 P.M.

6. Ranka Monastery

Ranka Monastery, Gangtok

Also called the Lingdum monastery it is about 20 km from Gangtok and follows the Zurmang Kagyud lineage of Buddhism. It is surrounded by beautiful scenic views of the hills and covered all around with thick forests which have also attracted many filmmakers to get a shot here.  You will also find young lamas full of energy learning about their culture. During the break, you will find these little active lamas wearing red and saffron robes in the courtyard. Around the monastery, are gift shops and restaurants where you can relax and head further.

Entry fees– free of cost

Timings– 8 A.M. – 6 P.M.

7. Saramsa Garden

Saramsa Garden Gangtok

It is a public garden, 14km from Gangtok ideal for recreation. You can relax and chill with your friends and family here and enjoy the beautiful orchids. There is a small nursery inside and several sections called blocks. At the far end, there is a bench and a mini pool and the best part is you can just relax and enjoy the river Rani flowing by.

Entry fee– Rs10 per person

Timing-8 A.M.-6 P.M.

8. Do-Drul Chorten Stupa

Do-Drul Chorten Stupa Gangtok

It is one of the largest stupas in Sikkim marked by a golden top dome that can be seen from various places in Gangtok. It was built by Trulshik Rinpoche in 1945. Here you can find holy books and other religious objects. You can find 108 prayer wheels that have mantras inscribed on them in Tibetan. Add it to your bucket list if you love to explore history.

Entry fee-free of cost

Timings– 8 A.M. – 6 P.M.

9. Baba Mandir

Baba Mandir, Gangtok

Located between Jelepla and Nathula pass, built at the samadhi of Harbhajan Singh, about 52 km from Gangtok and holds in itself a myth. You need to have a permit as it is under the protected area. It is surrounded by hills on all sides making it a favorite spot for tourists. Take proper care as the oxygen level decreases as you go up.

Entry fee-free of cost

Timings– 8 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.

10. Gangtok Zoo

Gangtok Zoo

About 6km from Gangtok is this unique zoo where a wide variety of fauna are kept in semi-natural habitats and are spread across 230 hectares. It is a perfect place for all animal lovers. You can also have a look at the alluring mountain khangchendzonga. The park is home top Red Panda, Himalayan Bear, Snow Bear and many more. It is the first zoological park of Sikkim established with an aim to preserve the natural wildlife.

Entry fee– Rs.25 for adult and Rs.10 for children

Timings– 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.

 

 

 

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