Owing to its proximity to the Tibetan border, Gangtok in the state of Sikkim is located in one of the most enthralling regions of the Himalayas and steeped in Tibetan culture. Surrounded by the Tibetan Plateau in the north, Nepal to the west, Bhutan in the east and West Bengal along its southern border, the awe-inspiring Kanchanjunga peaks (the third highest in the world) guard its green valleys, turquoise lakes, crystal-clear streams and gorges.
Becoming capital of the state in the 19th century, Gangtok is famous for its many monasteries, trekking possibilities and awesome views of the Himalayas. At an elevation of 1870m, the hilly town spreads down the western side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul River. Characterised by mists, fluttering prayer flags, painted roofs and pagoda-styled houses, a rich cultural heritage and friendly people, Gangtok is a pleasant place to visit. The entire Kanchenjunga range can be viewed from the town on clear days and it is worshipped as a local deity.
Gangtok’s Buddhist past is the draw for visitors, evident in the extensive collection at the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology established in 1958, Tsuk-La-Khang or Royal Chapel, Enchey Gompa and Do-Drul Chorten (tower) – one of the most important in Sikkim.
In addition, surrounding the Tibetan Institute are the Orchid Sanctuaries where it is possible to view many of the more than 450 species of orchid found in Sikkim.
If you are planning a Gangtok holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Gangtok Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Gangtok.