Top 11 Sightseeing in Gangtok

Gangtok, the centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture, is the capital and largest town of Sikkim. This town is at the core point of tourism industry of Sikkim. Surrounded by higher peaks of Himalaya it is located in 5400 ft and creates attraction amongst people from all over the world because of its peace and serenity.

1. Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake is about 190 km away from Gangtok town and is located at a height of around 5400 meters above the sea level. The picturesque beauty of this place is way beyond imagination until you experience. The surrounding place has a breathtaking view that leaves you awestruck.image credit:


2. Do Drul Chorten

Do Drul Chorten is a Buddhist stupa or dome, built by a Buddhist monk named Trulshik Rinpoche. Buddhist mantras are engraved in the wheels surrounding the stupa. The gold-plated top of the stupa attracts tourists most. The monastery is very quiet and peaceful and has a divine atmosphere.image credit:


3. Rumtek Monasteries

About 25 km away of Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery is located at a height of 1500 meters above sea level is also called Dharmachakra Centre. Tourists and travelers can feel the peace from deep within in this place. The beautiful shrine temple and the monastery are very famous all over the world, especially to the Tibetan Buddhists.image credit:


4. Himalayan Zoological Park

The Himalayan Zoological Park or the Gangtok Zoo is at a distance of 3 km from Gangtok, spread about 205 hectares of area a must visit place for wildlife lovers. Animals like musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, barking bear, red panda, panther, leopard cat, common langur, Tibetan wolf etc. are preserved in natural habitat of the forest. The park is made to spread awareness about wildlife, education and research etc.image credit:


 5. Ban Jhakri Waterfall

Ban Jhakri Waterfall is about 7 km away from Gangtok located in a forest area. Tourists find it perfect place for relaxation and delightful picnic in the midst of stunning scenic beauty. The name of the 100 ft waterfall is means ‘jungle priest’ or ‘jungle magician’. There is a manmade lake nearby.Image credit: makemytrip


6. Mt Katao

Mt Katao holds a very peaceful atmosphere as it is yet to be explored much by the tourists and travelers. It is located near Lachung, lying with a beautiful snow-covered landscape. Adventurous people or trekkers or photographers will find this place magnificent.image credit: makemytrip


7. Rabdentse Ruins

The Archeological Survey of India announced the announced the Rabdentse Ruins as a nationally important spot. That’s because from 1670 to 1814, the state of Sikkim used to be ruled by king of Sikkim from this place. People can reach there by trekking and experience the ruins and the chortens of the palace around and also enjoy the magnetic beauty of Kanchenjunga from here.image credit:

Rabdentse Ruins

8. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary with 40 different species of rhododendron trees is a beautiful landscape to see for, surrounded by mountains and located beside Yumthang River. When the flowers are in full bloom, it seems to be god’s painting with rainbow colors. It also has a huge variation in fauna.image credit:


9. Singhik view point

Tourists can experience the mesmerizing beauty of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Siniolchu from the Singhik view point, in the way side of Singhik town. The scenic view of the whole area from this place is pretty charming.image cedit: makemytrip


10. Tsomgo Lake

Around 40 km away from Gangtok town, there is a glacier lake called Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake that remains completely frozen in winter. Located at the height of around 3780 meters above sea level, this area receives snowfall even in summer time of the year. This place is a pilgrimage for the bird lovers because of Blue Whistling Thrush, Forktails, Brahminy Ducks etc.image credit:


11. Ganesh Tok and Hanuman Tok

On Gangtok-Nathula road, travelers can watch two temples for Lord Ganesh and Lord Hanuman at different distance from Gangtok town. Besides being religious places, these places also have viewing lounges that provide an experience of the mountains, greenery, and resonating sound of bells and hymn of mantras from temple, creating a divine atmosphere overall.image credit: