Resting on the tributary of the Tista River in the southeast-central part of Sikkim, Gangtok is a spectacular hill station and home to several serene monasteries, striking lakes, dense valleys, delicious tea yards, and much more. The natural beauty, amazing trail, roaring rapids, sparkling waterfalls, and rugged cliffs offer some of Sikkim’s most arresting natural sights and scenery.
Scrolls down and know more about the best places to visit in Gangtok for a memorable vacation.
- Rumtek Monastery
- Tashi View Point
- Yumthang Valley
- Nathula Pass
- Khangchendzonga National Park
- Tsomgo Lake
- Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
- Banjhakri Water Falls
- Do Drul Chorten Monastery
1. Rumtek Monastery
Sikkim’s monasteries are always on the top list of every traveler, and the Rumtek Monastery is not an exception. It is one of the best places to visit in Gangtok and is also considered the top attraction in Gangtok. The monastery is a melting pot of rich culture and tradition.
Rumtek Monastery is a great example of classical Tibetan gompa style architecture, which is a three stories high construction. The monastery obeys the school of Tibetan Buddhism and is particularly famous for its Kagyu teachings. To witness the amazing architecture and to spend peaceful moments many travelers visit this amazing attraction in Gangtok. You can also enjoy the beautiful view of the Gangtok valley, which is on the opposite side of the monastery. Visit this popular monastery of Gangtok in November to behold the beauty of the scenic surroundings.
2. Tashi View Point
One of the best tourist places in Gangtok, Tashi View Point is an impeccable box for a nature lover. Undergo the chilling cold, climb up to the top to behold the charismatic first rays of the Sun.
The Tashi View Point in Gangtok offers a mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset through majestic Kanchenjunga. Tashi View Point is ideal for those who want to enjoy their holiday in the lap of nature away from city life.
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3. Yumthang Valley
One of the hidden treasures in North Sikkim, Yumthang Valley of Flowers is a place for those who admire the beauty of nature. It is one of the best places to visit North Sikkim during summers. The valley boasts a wide variety of colorful and exotic Himalayan flowers. Surrounded by lush green mountains, crawling rivers it attracts peace-loving travelers but is considered one of the most photogenic places in Sikkim.
If you are looking for the best places to visit in North Sikkim then, you must explore this place on your Sikkim trip. Yumthang Valley of Flowers is an army-protected area, a permit is required to explore this place, which you grant from the Gangtok Tourism office. It is also known as Zero Point because it is the last point of all Civilian roads.
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The list of tourist places in Sikkim cannot overlook Lachung. It is a high-altitude peaceful village and one of the best places to visit in North Sikkim. Lachung is an abode to the Tibetan and Bhutia community.
The magnificent Lachung Chu River, also known as Lachung Gompa adds a wondrous appeal to this mountain village. Resting at an altitude of about 8,858 feet, the place is known for its beautiful surroundings. Surrounded by the snow-capped mountain peaks, beautiful waterfalls, meandering glacial rivers, and fruit orchards. Lachung is a must-visit place in Sikkim to experience a serene escape. If you are a fan of snow, then the winter months are the best time to visit Lachung.
5. Nathula Pass
Joining India with Tibet and remaining a part of the historic ‘Silk Road’, Nathula pass is one of the must-visit attractions in Sikkim.
Located in the Himalayas about 4,310 m above sea level, the Nathula pass is one of the highest motorable passes in the world. It attracts many bike riders to conquer its road. En-route you can also visit Changu Lake and Baba Mandir. You can buy a certificate of your Nathula visit as proof from the army canteen Nathula.
6. Khangchendzonga National Park
Covering an area of about 1784 sq km, Kanchenjunga National Park is a high-altitude national park located in Yuksom. It is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim with kids, the park is known for its sumptuous wildlife.
Rare wild animals such as Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Great Tibetan Sheep, Bharal, and Musk deer can be spotted here. Nature and wildlife lovers around the globe visit here to admire its beauty. Apart from its flora and fauna, this national park is blessed with a unique variation of plains, dense valleys, tranquil lakes, gleaming glaciers, and striking, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests. Kanchenjunga National Park is also one of the best places to visit in Sikkim during winters.
7. Tsomgo Lake
A glacial lake located at an altitude of about 12,310 feet above sea level, Tsomgo Lake is one of the most prominent and beautiful places to visit in Gangtok.
The lake is renowned for its tranquility and breathtaking beauty. Witness the icy blue waters of the lake reflecting the grand peaks of the Himalayas, which is a beauty to behold. undoubtedly Tsomgo Lake is one of the must-visit places in Gangtok.
8. Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
Tibetology Museum or Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is one of the best places to visit in Gangtok. Once you visit this place you will get to know about the depth understanding of rich Tibetan culture.
The museum houses numerous statues, coins, hand paintings, embroidery work – known as thangkas, ancient manuscripts in various languages such as Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese, and Lepcha, and Tibetan artworks, and artifacts as well. The rich library of Namgyal Institute of Tibetology has a collection of more than 50,000 books. It is one of the best places to visit in Gangtok with family.
9. Banjhakri Water Falls
The word “Banjhakri” refers to the woodland shaman. It is a combination of two words Ban and Jhakri. Ban denotes “forest” while Jhakri denotes “priest”. Banjhakri falls is an exceptional touristy spot in Sikkim. The serene surrounding and the milky white water cascading down soothe your senses and let you soak in the tranquility.
The sounds of the water are somewhat loud and engaging can be heard from a long distance. Enjoy being in the lap of nature and make your holiday in Gangtok a memorable one.
Do Drul Chorten Monastery
10. Do Drul Chorten Monastery
Located close to Tibetology Institute and Gangtok Centre on a hillock, Do Drul Chorten Monastery is one of the peaceful places to visit in Gangtok. Do Drul Chorten is also called Stupa, which is marked by a golden dome that can be seen from different places in Gangtok.
Do Drul Chorten Monastery was built by the Venerable Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945. Surrounded by Chorten Lhakhang and Guru Lakhang, where you can witness the two large statues of Guru Padmasambhava, who was a legendary Indian Buddhist mystic. The Stupa is regarded as one of the most significant Buddhist stupas of Sikkim.