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Gangtok: Gateway to the Himalayas

Tucked in the verdant Shivalik Hill range, this quaint little town has several vantage points that offer panoramic glimpses of lush green valleys and stunning views of the world’s third tallest peak, Kanchenjunga. Gangtok is a potpourri of cultures, owing to its assimilation of Buddhist, Nepali, Sikkimese and Bhutanese influences. Just 30km from Gangtok is the Tsomgo Lake. This glacial lake, locally referred to as Changu Lake due to its conch-like shape, remains frozen for most part of the year.

According to folklore, Gangtok was a sleepy hamlet of monks, till the tantric lama Dhrupthob Karpo came flying in. He set up a solitary hut on a hilltop, which grew into the much-revered Enchey or 'solitary' monastery. Built on a hill ridge above Gangtok city, the monastery offers great views of the Kanchenjunga peak. During January, this ancient monastery comes alive with the famed mask dance called the ‘Cham’.

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Important Information

State: Sikkim

Destination Type: Mountain

Destinations Nearby: Darjeeling 108 km, Siliguri 115 km, Kolkata 670 km

Nearest Sterling Resort: Sterling Darjeeling

Languages: Sikkimese, Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Hindi and English

Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaiguri Railway Station ( Broad Gauge )

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra. Pakyong Airport near Gangtok, to be inaugurated shortly. 

Summer: March to June. Pleasant with average temperature of about 22°C.

Monsoon: June to September. 

Winter: November to February. Minimum temperature ranges between 4 °C and 7 °C.


1. Foreign nationals must obtain a permit to visit Gangtok.

2. Irrespective of the nationality, permits are required to visit places such as Nathu La. 

3. Taking a helicopter ride is a great way to get a bird's eye view of Gangtok and it's surroundings.  

4. Leave your footwear outside before entering monasteries and temples. 

5. Touching someone’s head is considered to be offensive as the head is regarded as sacred in Buddhist tradition.

6. The city is very pedestrian friendly. Do explore on foot.


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