Gangtok : The capital of Sikkim with a population of approximately 50,000 has emerged into the mainstream of the Tourism Industry, with more and more tourist visiting this little Himalayan state every year. Gangtok has developed into a cosmopolitan flavour where old-world charm and hospitality exist along with the Internet Age.
With different cultures and religion existing in perfect harmony,
Gangtok has shown that "Unity in Diversity" exists in
How to get to Gangtok:
Foreigners visiting Gangtok must possess an Indian visa. In addition to an Indian visa, foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit
LOCAL TRANSPORT: Private Taxis, Jeeps and Landrovers ply regularly on the
AIR CONNECTIONS: Nearest airport is Bagdogra
HELICOPTER SERVICE - between Gangtok - Bagdogra - Gangtok
ROAD CONNECTIONS: Gangtok is connected with all weather mettaled road with Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok etc.
A) Religious Places
a) Hanuman Tok
b) Ganesh Tok
c) Botanical Garden cum Animal Habitate
e) Budha’s Monestry
B) Tourist Places :
Dzongu(Homeland of Lepchas):
Rugged & beautiful in northwestern
Pastenga (something for everyone):
Kewzing (A traditional
Yuksam 9Rich history and exhilarating treks) :
Website : smuhmts.edu/smit
Phone no: 91-3592-246353, 246220 Mob: 9434137227
SMIT: It is situated on the bank of river Teesta in
the lap of hills. Proud privilege of being first constituent
i) B Tech. Course : 1) Computer Engineering
2) Electronics & Communications
3) Electrical & Electronics
5) Mechanical Engineering
ii) B.S. (Engineering) Training Program
iii) Five Years integrated B.Tech-MBA Programme
iv) M.Tech Programme
2: Sikkim MAnipal Institute of Medical Sciences :
Mile, Tadong, Gangtok 737102
Ph : 91-3592270525, 270389
1) Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery
2) Bachelor of Physiotherapy
3) Bachelor of Science Nursing
4) Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Technology
Note - closed on Sundays, all government declared holidays, second Saturdays and the odd unforeseen holidays.
Phone No -
It is now known as the Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms as well as the Government Institute of Cottage Industries(GICI). Started during the time of the Chogyals of Sikkim, as a venture to preserve, protect and propagate the authentic Sikkimese arts, handicrafts and skills of local and village artisans, it has become one of the major attractions for people visiting Sikkim where beautiful souvenirs like carpets, hand carved tables (choktses), traditional handcrafts, furniture, handlooms carpets and other products are produced & exhibited for sale. A word of caution to the innocent guest
Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology(SRIT):
About a kilometer downhill from the main market of Gangtok, amidst
a small forest of oak, magnolia and birch trees stands the
The Do-Drul Chorten or Stupa was built by the
venerable Trulshi Rimpoche,
head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in
1945. Inside this stupa, there are complete mandala sets of Dorjee Phurba (Bajra Kilaya),
a set of Kan-gyur relics (Holy Books), complete 'Zung' (mantras) and other religious objects. Around this Chorten, which is one of the most important stupas in
An important seat of the Nyingma order, the Enchey
Monastery meaning the Solitary temple, was originally built with the solace
that no other construction would be allowed near it is built on the site
blessed by Lama Druptob Karpo,
a tantric master known for his flying powers.
This 200 year old Monastery has in its premises images of god, goddesses and
other religious objects. Every year around January 'Chaam'
or religious masked dance is performed with great fanfare for two days. it is situated adjoining the Sinolchu
Tourist Lodge, 3 kms from
Distance - 5½ km ( from Gangtok )
Altitude - 7,200 ft.
Situated about 5 km uphill from White Hall on a bifurcation road of the Gangtok-Nathula Highway, is a temple devoted to Hanuman, a God worshipped by the Hindus. On selected points on the road to the temple, breathtaking views of Gangtok and the adjoining rolling hills can be seen.
From the temple itself, the snowy peaks of Khangchendzonga present a panoramic picture. One also gets a birds eye view of the Selep waterworks, which supplies drinking water to the Gangtok town, a few hundred feet in altitude below Hanuman Tok. The temple at Hanuman Tok is maintained by a unit of the Indian Army and can be found to be spick and span.
A short distance before the stair case leading to the
Distance - km ( from Gangtok )
From here you can get a
panoramic view of Gangtok town and the Raj Bhawan Complex and on a clear day you get a breathe taking view of
During the tourist season, a small cafeteria is opened for the convenience of the visitors. Just adjoining the Ganesh Tok is a pinetum garden containing pine trees. A walk on the footpath amongst the pine trees is refreshing.
Distance - 16 km ( from Gangtok )
Distance - 40 km ( from Gangtok )
Altitude - 12,210 ft
Note - A must visit for all tourists.
The drive from Gangtok takes about 2½ hours by bus. The lake is about 1 km. long and oval in shape, 50ft deep . This is an alpine zone and snowbound from December to April and the lake is regarded extremely Holy holy and head of all lakes in Sikkim remains frozen from January to April, and attracts 99% of tourists visiting Gangtok, Sikkim. It is also a home of Brahmini ducks besides stopover for various migratory ducks
Distance - 54 km ( from Gangtok )
Altitude - 14790 ft.(4,392 m)
Note - The days for tourist visit is restricted and needs to be applied at least 24 hrs in advance and limited days of operation. The days permitted to visit Nathula are Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sundays only. Photography is strictly prohibited in and around Nathula.
20 km further away from is the famed Nathula pass. The pass Nathula means the whistling pass. Nathula is the Indo-China border at
Distance - 5 km ( from Gangtok )
Located on a beautiful hill top it is a Tibetan refugee monastic institution established in 1961 by his Eminence Luding Khen Rimpoche, Head of Ngorpa, sub-sect of the Sakya Order, with the blessing of H.H. Sakya Trizin and H.H. the Dalai Lama. This is the only monastery of the Sakya Order of Tibetan Buddhism in Sikkim