Tourist Spots

M. G. Road

Time: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Closed on Tuesdays)

M. G. Road is the heart of Gangtok and its most happening place. It is the central shopping hub of this beautiful state capital with various shops, restaurants, and hotels lined up along both sides. It's an open mall or boulevard square. The area is widely regarded to be the town centre and is the best shopping destination for tourists. This is a great place for the tourists to take a leisurely stroll or just sit on the benches and revel in the eclectic ambience.

Nathu La Pass

Time: Open for Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Closes at 1:30 pm.
No entry fees. You just have to generate the permit.

Situated on the Indo-Tibetan border 14450 ft. above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most important Himalayan passes in the country. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass", the mountain pass is situated at a few kms away from Gangtok in Sikkim. Nathu La is one of three open trading border posts between India and China and is famous for its picturesque beauty and beautiful environment. The temperature here remains low for most parts of the year and Nathu La becomes a hotspot for tourists during summer. The cold wind blowing across at great speed is a phenomenon worth experiencing in Nathu La. A number of waterfalls are present on the way from Gangtok to Nathula.

Rumtek Monastery

Time: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Rumtek Monastery is one of the largest and most significant monasteries in Sikkim, perched on top of a hill 23 km from Gangtok. Originally called as the Dharma Chakra Centre, it belongs to the Kargyu sect of Buddhists who originated in Tibet in the 12th century. The monastery is surrounded by verdant green mountains and thus serves as a visual treat besides being a focal point for spiritual solace. If you climb on top to the Rumtek Monastery you can have a breathtaking view of the whole Gangtok town situated right opposite the hill. Besides this, the architecture of the monastery is one of the finest in the world.

Ganesh Tok

Time: 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Ganesh Tok is a loved tourist spot in Gangtok and a small temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is situated on top of a hill thereby giving scenic views to the tourists who come here. The Kanchenjunga hill can be seen in its true form of glory from here and is at its best especially in the morning. The viewpoint is situated at a distance of 6500 m offers stunning views of the mountains covered in snow. The temple is however so small that it can only fit one person at a time. The place takes you a step closer to nature with its surreal surroundings and comforting ambience.

Tsomgo Lake

Perched between the mountains at a dizzying height of 12400 ft above sea level, the Tsomgo Lake is one of the few high-altitude lakes in India situated on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. This lake is a part of every tourist's itinerary and for a good reason- its overwhelming scenic beauty. Enveloped by steep snow-capped mountains and resting between a bright green carpet of alpine forests, the charming beauty of Tsongmo Lake is bound to leave you in awe. The lake's mesmerising scenic allure combined with its legendary significance to the locals definitely makes it a must visit attraction of Sikkim.

Ban Jhakri Falls

Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Spread over an area of 2 acres, the Ban Jhakri Falls are surrounded by lush greenery and is very popular among tourists. The ethnic figures and sculptures belonging to the Jhakri culture make the scenery even more beautiful.

The falls are situated at a distance of 5 kms from Gangtok. The entire premises are well laid out with pathways and a foot-bridge over the water stream for tourists to walk around.