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 is 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 impressive gorges.Read More
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 one of the most compelling draws for visitors, evident in the extensive collections of paraphernalia that reside within 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 more than 450 species of orchid found indigenous to the region.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Gangtok
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:
Denzong Regency Gangtok
Denzong Regency is a sprawling, century old, wooded heritage property, which offers elegantly decorated rooms with modern amenities and spectacular views over the city and Kanchenjunga Mountains. The rooms are decorate with rich creams and reds and adorned with wooden bannisters and headboards. The restaurants within the accommodation ply guests with delicious dishes from all over the world. Denzong Regency is ideally located in the centre of Gangtok.
Netuk House Gangtok
Constructed in the late 1950s, Netuk House is a comfortable property steeped in tradition and culture. Divided into the main block, family block and new block, rooms are decorated according to a concept of colour therapy. Pink rooms represent nurturing and love, blue rooms symbolise trust and honesty etc. Authentic regional dishes are prepared with affection by a local chef with many ingredients sourced from her own organic garden. In the evenings, guests can make their way to the bar and enjoy a cold beer before heading to bed.
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.