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Last Updated: 19 Sep 2020
Latest Information on Travelling to GANGTOK?

Entry is restricted in Gangtok from all states. Although, inter district movement within the city is allowed on weekdays.

  • Wearing a mask and following social distancing is mandatory for all, in public spaces.
  • Entry is restricted from all states in India for leisure travel
  • For entry to residents of Gangtok, an e-pass will be required for entry which can be obtained from their official website.
  • Small vehicles can carry only 3 passengers
  • For inter and intra district movement, vehicles having numbers ending with an odd digit can only run on odd dates and vehicles having numbers ending with even digits can only run on even dates. This does not apply to two-wheelers
  • Two-wheelers must only have one person
  • All shops, malls and markets are openRead more

Entry to travellers coming from other states is restricted.

Flights

Pakyong Airport in Gangtok is not yet functional.

Local Transport

Local transport in Gangtok is functional including taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you to follow all guidelines issued by the Sikkim governement and travel to the state only when deemed safe and the borders reopen.

Inter and intra district movement of people allowed on weekdays Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Inter and intra district movement is being allowed across Sikkim on weekdays with the odd-even stipulation. This does not apply to containment zones.Read more.

Hotels in Gangtok stand closed for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

As the inter-state movement in Sikkim is still restricted, hotels and resorts in Gangtok still stand closed for travellers.

Pakyong Airport of Gangtok stands closed for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Pakyong Airport in Gangtok stands closed for all travellers as of now. no flights are functional to Gangtok.

Inter state movement restricted in Gangtok Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Entry into Gangtok for lesiure travel is barred as of now and is only allowed to its residents with an e-pass which can be obtained from the official website of Sikkim.

Places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days include Nathu La Pass,  Hanuman Tok, Tsomgo Lake, Magnan, Rumtek Monastery, MG Marg, Banjhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint, Namchi and other places.

Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim, and if you want to go on a short vacation, there are many places to visit in 2 days in Gangtok. A couple of days is enough to explore all the beautiful tourist destinations as well as the natural scenic beauty of Gangtok, whether you are backpacking through Sikkim, or you’ve come for a proper vacation. 

A Gangtok 2 days trip is also ideal for trekkers, mountaineers, and hikers who want to participate in adventure activities that can be a welcome break from the monotony of city life. Gangtok is most famous for MG Marg which is considered one of the best shopping streets in this part of India. A comprehensive one-day tour of Gangtok can also take you to exciting historical places such as Nathu La Pass, Hanuman Tok and the Rumtek Monastery. 

After exploring some of the major natural and historical attractions you can start exploring some of the less-frequented areas around Gangtok, such as Tsomgo Lake, Magnan and the Do Drul Chorten Stupa. A 2-day trip to Gangtok is also enough time to experience the complete and breathtaking beauty of the  Khangchendzonga mountain. Gangtok is also one of the most naturally beautiful places, flanked by two streams- the Ranikhola and Roro Chu. Built on mountainous terrain, Gangtok is the perfect place to visit for a short, but rewarding holiday.  
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Places to Visit in Gangtok on Day 1

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Tashi Viewpoint

Tashi Viewpoint
A lot of people come to Gangtok just to visit the Tashi Viewpoint. Situated 8 km from the main city, this circular balcony is constructed purely for the pleasure one can derive while watching the majestic Khanchengdzonga and other mountain peaks around it.

The changing colours of the mountain ranges during sunrise and sunset are also something you can witness from the viewpoint. You can also see the Labrang and the Phodong Monasteries from here. This open space can hold up to twenty viewers at a time.

Location: Tashi View Point, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Timing: 4 pm- 6 pm
02

Nathu La Pass

Nathu La Pass
If you are planning a Gangtok 2 days trip, the Nathu La pass is a must-visit. It is one of the most popular and historically significant mountain-passes in Gangtok. This pass is located at an elevation of 4,310 metres in the Eastern Himalayan Range and connects the Autonomous Region of China and the state of Sikkim.

Till 1962, the Nathu La Pass was the operative roadway of the famous Silk Route. Since this is a protected area, Indian nationals now require special passes to visit the place, while foreign nationals are not allowed to visit here at all.

To make the best of your trip to NathuLa pass, you should ideally visit between December to February when the temperature remains pleasant and the skies remain clear. The Pass remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and the only way to access it is via heavy-duty vehicles such as jeeps or SUVs, so make sure you plan your logistics beforehand.

Location: Nathu La, Sikkim – China-Tibet Autonomous Region

Timing: Open 24 hours
03

MG Marg

MG Marg
If you’ve decided to embark on a Gangtok 2 days trip, you have to make sure MG Marg is on your itinerary. MG Road, named after Mahatma Gandhi, stretches for 1km, with the Sikkim Tourism Centre on one end and the main taxi stand at the other. The entire road is like a mini-shopping mall, crammed with all kinds of shops, cafes and restaurants.

MG Road is also unique because it is decorated with antique Victorian lamps and is a smoke and litter-free zone. Every year, in December, the Annual Food and Cultural Festivals take place on this road. It is one of the grandest festivals in Sikkim, with exclusive food, folk music and creative performances.

Location: MG Marg, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Timings: 10 am to 8 pm
04

Hanuman Tok

Hanuman Tok
The Hanuman Tok is one of the most picturesque spots in Gangtok and is an important inclusion in your list of places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days. It is a quaint temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is located at a distance of 11 km from Gangtok, at an elevation of 7,200 feet and surrounded with the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan ranges and the lush green valleys.

It is considered an important spiritual abode for meditation and prayers. You can witness the singing of the hymns and devotional chants here, which together with the reverberating sounds of the prayer bells add to the divinity and the spirituality of the temple.

According to mythology, it is believed that this is the spot where Lord Hanuman had rested when he was carrying the mountain laden with Sanjeevani herbs that would revive Lord Lakshman. There are no charges for entering the temple but one can offer donations. Presently the temple is maintained by the 17 Mountain Division of the Indian Army.

Location: 
Gangtok, Sikkim 737103

Timing: 5:00 AM - 7:00 PM
05

Khangchendzonga

Khangchendzonga

A Gangtok 2 days trip will remain incomplete without a visit to the Khangchendzonga. The majestic Khangchendzonga is the third highest mountain in the world and one of the most famous peaks that can be seen from most places in North-East India. However, when you are in Gangtok, you can not only see it but visit the peak in person.

The word “Khangchendzonga” means “Five Treasures of the Snow.” The majestic mountain stands at a height of 8,586 metres above sea level. Due to dangerous roads, the range remains inaccessible to trekkers. However, you can access the Southeast and the Northeast face of the Khangchendzonga via the Goecha La trek and the Green Lake Basin trek respectively.

Location: Situated in the North and West Sikkim districts in the Indian state of Sikkim.

Timing: 8am–8pm

06

Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

The Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most popular monasteries in Gangtok. It is at a distance of 23 km from Gangtok, located on top of a hill. Built in the 12th century by the Kagyu sect of Buddhists, this monastery is also known as the Dharma Chakra Centre.

The Rumtek Monastery is the epitome of divinity and spirituality in Gangtok, especially for the Tibetan monks who have made this city their home. It is one of the main learning centres of Buddhism. Also, a great way to experience the monastery is by participating in “Kora”- the devotional walk around the entire structure of the monastery guided by a Buddhist monk.

One of the main attractions of the monastery is the golden stupa belonging to the 16th Karmapa.

Location: Tsurphu Labrang Pal Karmae Sangha Dhuche, Dharma Chakra Centre, Sikkim, India

Timing: 8 am to 6 pm

07

Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok
On Day 1 of your list of places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days, you must cover Ganesh Tok, another famous temple in Gangtok.  This place is a spiritual abode for the tourists in Gangtok which is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. It is located beside the Tashi Viewpoint at an elevation of 6,500 feet, and at a distance of 7 km from the city of Gangtok.

The altitude of the temple also makes it an incredible viewpoint of the surrounding landscape. The structure of this temple might not seem very intricate, but there are massive glass panels in the viewing lounge of the circular balcony that facilitate the best panoramic views of nature.

There are also a variety of eateries and food stalls available at the foot of the winding staircase which leads to the temple. There are no entry charges but donations from the devotees are accepted.

Location: East District, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm
08

Banjhakri Falls

Banjhakri Falls
Your Gangtok 2 days trip itinerary must contain a stop at Banjhakri Falls. Located at a distance of 7 km from Gangtok, this is a 100 feet waterfall in the landscaped park of Banjhakri. The entire park is spread over 2 acres of land that is surrounded by a foliage of coniferous trees.

The meaning of the word “Banjhakri” is “Jungle Magician” or the Shamanic Healer who worships and eradicates demonic spirits living in the caves in and around the waterfall. This is a great spot for picnics and boating.

Location: Banjhakri Falls and Energy Park, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Timing: 10 am to 5 pm

Places to Visit in Gangtok on Day 2

09

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake
The Tsomgo Lake, which is more popularly known as Changu Lake, is situated 40 km from Gangtok, at an elevation of 3,753 metres. It is a gorgeous blue lake that is cradled by the snowy, rocky, towering mountain ranges of the Himalayas on all sides.

While planning the places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days, you can start your Day 2 tour with the serenity and the breathtaking beauty that this lake offers. A speciality of this lake is that it reflects different colours with the change of the seasons which makes it appear different, depending on the time of the year you are visiting. Also, it generally remains frozen during winter.

The auspicious Guru Purnima is elaborately celebrated near the lake by the Jhakris or the Faith Healers, who believe in the magical powers of the water. As the lake is situated in a restricted area, a special permit is required for both Indian and Foreign nationals to enter it.

Location: Tsomgo Lake, near Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Timing: Open 24 hours
10

Namchi

Namchi

Namchi is a bustling capital city of the district of South Sikkim, situated at an elevation of 1,675 metres above the sea level. It is located at a distance of 78 kilometres from Gangtok. This city has always been a popular pilgrimage centre as the Ralang Monastery and the Namchi Monastery that are located here draw a large number of devotees throughout the year.

The 87 feet-tall statue of Lord Shiva is also a major attraction in Namchi, along with many other shrines and statues that can be found here. Recently, a replica of the “Char Dham” has been set up by the Sikkim Government, which has become a major tourist attraction at the Solophok hilltop in Namchi.

The city is well connected through the Bagdogra Airport, New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and through private cars, taxis, and bus services from Gangtok itself.

Location: Sikkim 737139

Timing: April to June

11

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
Named after the 11th Chogyal of Sikkim, Sir Tashi Namgyal, this institute is a Tibetan Museum in Gangtok. The museum was established in 1957, by the 14th Dalai Lama and was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1958. This institute appoints learned scholars who conduct research on the history of Sikkim and collect information from 60 ancient monasteries in Sikkim.

This place is a rich source of historical information, knowledge and resources relating to the tenets and history of Buddhism and the unique culture of the state of Sikkim. You must include the institute when you are looking for places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days since it gives incredible insight into the origin and history of Gangtok and its people.

Location: Deorali, Gangtok, Sikkim

Timing: 10 am to 4 pm
12

Magnan

Magnan
The small town of Magnan is known for its undisturbed natural beauty. This is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Gangtok in 2 days if you want to explore Sikkim without the usual crowd of tourists.

It is the perfect place to check out with your family and friends when you are in and around Gangtok, not only because of its natural beauty but because of the many activities you can enjoy when you are there. Rock climbing, paragliding, forest camping and mountain biking are some examples.

You can also visit the Phodong and Houlong Monasteries located here. The best time to visit this town is between March to May and from October to December, when the roads are safe and the weather is pleasant.

Location: Magnan, North Sikkim, India

Timing: March to May and October to December
13

Do Drul Chorten stupa

Do Drul Chorten stupa
To understand the religion and the culture of Sikkim, you should definitely visit the Do Drul Chorten Stupa, located near the very centre of Gangtok city. It is an archaeological monument built in the year 1945-46, by the head of the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism- Trulshik Rinpoche.

The locals believe that this stupa holds divine and spiritual powers that can banish evil spirits. Apart from its historical value, the view of the town from the top of the tower is also breathtaking, but the climb is difficult due to the steep stairs.

The Stupa is encircled by 108 prayer wheels or the Mani Lakhor. It is believed that turning these wheels can fulfil your wishes.

Location: Near Gangtok Centre, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm
14

Tsuk La Khang Monastery

Tsuk La Khang Monastery
The Tsuk La Khang Monastery is one of the most popular monasteries in Gangtok, which is both a Buddhist prayer centre, as well as the Royal Chapel for the Chogyals. It is also a historically significant monument because, during the days of the Sikkim monarchy, it was the epicentre of all royal events such as coronations, weddings as well as victory ceremonies.

When you visit the Tsuk La Khang Monastery, you can look at ancient Buddhist scriptures, teachings of the Bodhisattvas, significant Buddhist literature as well as incredible architectural details and techniques that are unique to this Palace Monastery.

If you time your vacation at the right time, you may even get to witness the Pang Lhabsol Festival- a colourful display of masks, flags and performances dedicated to the Khanchengdzonga mountain.

Location: L
ocated in the complex of Royal Palace, is the imperial gompa of the former Royal family of Sikkim.

Timing: October to March
15

Seven Sisters Water Falls

Seven Sisters Water Falls
On the second day of your tour of Gangtok, you can check out the Seven Sisters Waterfall on your way to North Sikkim. Located 32km from Gangtok, on the Gangtok-Lahchung highway, this waterfall is fascinating because of the many separate streams that comprise the waterfall.

Seven different streams of water rush down picturesque limestone cliffs covered with green foliage to make for one of the best natural views in Sikkim. A panoramic view of the waterfall from the adjoining highway and picnic spot makes for the perfect place to end your day 2 tour of Gangtok, and its surroundings.

Location: National Highway, North Sikkim, Gangtok, India

Timings: Open 24 hours
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23 November 2019
Excellent
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
Excellent
vehicles provided i.e, Xylo were comfortable enough to make the journey through non existent roads bearable. hotels had all standard facilities.our driver was very compliant. Mr.Deep really coordinated well. package was money's worth. few travellers reached bagdogra at 3pm. Overall tour was enjoyable and exciting as well. advice - On the way to Gurudongmar Lake try coffee jalebi momos at Gaigaon Check post one the highest army check post. have dosa at Thangu valley at the world's highest dosa point. try thukpas ,momos, wai wai all your way. try imli candies buy different kinds of tea from Lal Market Or M. G.Marg black tea, white tea, flavoured green teas (lemon, tulsi, ginger) , chamomile tea, rose tea. Temi tea is a good brand marketed by Govt of Sikkim. Buy Buddhist prayer flags available starting from rs. 20 only . they consider it good omen to receive these flags as a gift.
14 September 2015
Excellent
I am madly and deeply in love with Sikkim. I can't believe a place like this can be so beautiful and still people are unaware about it. Walking through narrow pathways and tiny hamlets on the way make this place all the more interesting and worth the effort.
15 May 2015
Excellent
Kanchenjunga is certainly an epitome of beauty and Sikkim is one place that provides you with panoramic views. loved the entire trekking part. Great place, great people amazing time - thanks to our trek guide who made sure people were satisfied and enjoying the trek.
Excellent
First of all I would like to thanks Thrillophilia for giving us such a lifetime experience in Gangtok..The main highlights of this tour was Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, Tiger hill. We even went up to Nathu la pass and it was freezing up there
I was planning a trip with my gang and was searching over the internet for something interesting when I saw this package. I will have to admit that this was the best trip for us. We were 6 people who went on this amazing Sikkim Tour
Everything was good must recommend this tour to everyone. A big thumbs up
It was a very well organized tour. Everything was nicely arranged, the driver was also good. Overall it was a nice trip.
We were picked up from Bagdogra airport and on our way to Gangtok, we drove across Mahananda wildlife sanctuary, it was such a green drive. We explored MG road and Lal market in the evening. We also visited the famous Tsomgo lake, Kyongnosla, and Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir.
I booked the Gangtok package from Kolkata and I am thankful to the entire team of Thrillophilia for making this trip so memorable. We enjoyed both the locations equally and my favorite is the winding road leading to Darjeeling and the beautiful Kanchenjunga point.

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  1. What are the best tourist places in Gangtok?

    From Gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring places for visitors. Some of the most beautiful and interesting tourist places in Gangtok are:

    Khangchendzonga mountain 
    The Nathu La Pass 
    Magnan village 
    Banjhakri falls and the surrounding par,
    The Seven Sisters Waterfall
    Tsomgo Lake
    Ganesh Tok
    The Tashi Viewpoint 
    Phodong Monastery
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    From adventure to sightseeing, there are lots of Activities to do in Gangtok which every tourist dream of. Here are some of the best things to do in Gangtok:

  3. Is Gangtok a good place?

    The city of Gangtok is undoubtedly one of the best places in India. This is a city with pristine natural beauty. The air is pollution-free and the city is well maintained. All the places in and around Gangtok are well-connected with a good transportation network of cars and buses and many hotels and lodges with a wide range of prices are available to accommodate the many tourists who visit Gangtok. It is also considered a shopper’s paradise.
  4. What is Gangtok famous for?

    Gangtok is located on mountainous terrain and is therefore famous for being home to some of the highest mountain ranges in the world, such as the Khangchendzonga. The city is also famous for various ancient monasteries and stupas and temples that can be found here.
  5. How many days are enough for Gangtok?

    Two days are enough to explore the major attractions in and around Gangtok. While there are several tourist attractions, historical monuments, viewpoints and museums within the city of Gangtok itself, there are many smaller cities, monasteries and other attractions within a 70-80km radius of the city which you can also check out within the span of 2 days. This can give you a wholesome feel of Gangtok.

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