Gangtok sightseeing List

There are a number of places to visit in Gangtok. It boasts of a picturesque landscape, cascading waterfalls, numerous magnificent Buddhist monasteries, serene villages and a breath taking view of the Mt Kanchenjunga. No wonder, Gangtok is flocked by innumerable couples, tourists and travel enthusiasts who love to explore this city before visiting other places in Sikkim. Let’s a take a look at the top 15 Gangtok tourist places that you cannot miss while you visit this incredibly beautiful locale.

 Top 10  Places to Visit in Gangtok sightseeing

1 Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok

Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok

Located at a distance of 23kms from Gangtok, Rumtek Monastery is one of the biggest and significant monasteries in Gangtok. It is also known as Dharmachakra Centre and is believed to belong to the Karma Kagyu sect from Tibet. An important Gangtok tourist spot, Rumtek Monastery houses a golden stupa and also has a huge prayer hall where monks carry out elaborate prayers. From the top of this monastery, you get a breathtaking bird’s view of the entire city of Gangtok. The brilliant architecture coupled with an incredible landscape makes it one of the important places to visit in Gangtok.

  • Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
  • Entry Fee: Rs10

2 Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass, Gangtok, Sikkim

Nathula Pass, Gangtok

Situated at an altitude of 4310m, Nathu La is a high-altitude motorable pass in India present in the Indian state of Sikkim. Nathu La lies approx 54kms from Gangtok and is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Gangtok. This pass connects Sikkim to China-Tibet Autonomous Region and is built amidst the mighty Himalayas. Nathu (which translates to “listening ears”) La (which means “pass” in Tibet) is one among the 3 open trading border posts connecting India and China. Only Indian nationals are allowed to visit this pass that too with a permit. The best time to visit Nathu La is from May to mid-November.

3 Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok

Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok

Among many serene places, Tsomgo Lake is one of the most pristine and incredible places to visit in Gangtok. It is a glacial lake located at an unimaginable altitude of 3753m above sea level and must feature on the top of your Gangtok sightseeing itinerary just for one reason – its overwhelming scenic beauty. It has sparkling aquamarine blue waters in the summers that commence in mid-May and the periphery of this lake is dotted by beautiful blossoms that bloom during the season – a picture-perfect moment for all photographers. In the winters, the lake freezes and appears in a translucent colour. Also known as Changu Lake, a visit to this place promises you tranquillity and an impressive view!

4 Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok - Places to visit in Gangtok

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok

One of the popular Gangtok tourist places, the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is an important place of study and research for Tibet and Buddhist culture and history. The museum and the library are the main attractions of NIT that showcase the carefully preserved religious and cultural artefacts that main include statues, paintings, coins, thangkas (embroidery) and Tibet artworks. An incredible example of Tibetan architecture, NIT has a huge facade, huge golden towers and intricately designed frescos. Among the many places to visit in Gangtok, NIT is a must-visit for both history buffs and travel enthusiasts planning a trip to Gangtok.

  • Timings: 10 AM to 4 PM, Monday – Saturday
  • Entry Fee: Rs 10

5 Tashi Viewpoint

Tashi View Point, Gangtok

Tashi View Point, Gangtok

Tashi View Point is the place that offers you the best sunrises and sunsets along with a breathtaking view of the majestic Himalayas. You can literally spend an entire day clicking pictures of the picturesque landscape and enchanting views from here, which makes it one of the most important places to visit in Gangtok. On a clear day, you can also get a glimpse of the snow-covered pristine Mt Sinilochu and Mt Kanchenjunga (the third tallest peak in the world). The clean, unpolluted air, the lush green landscape and the white, snow-clad mountains are enough to convince anyone to visit this place during their Gangtok local sightseeing.

6 Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple

Baba harbhajan Singh Temple, Gangtok

Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Gangtok

Present at a height of 4000m above sea level, this unique temple is actually built at the Samadhi of a martyred Indian soldier, Harbhajan Singh, who lost his life in the Sino War. As a tribute to this intrepid soldier who died fighting the enemies near the Nathu La Pass, the Indian Army built this shrine. The soldiers patrolling here believe that Baba Harbhajan Singh visits this temple every night and protects

them as well. The temple has a huge picture of Baba Harbhajan Singh that is worshipped by many devotees. Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and important places to visit in Gangtok and must feature in your Gangtok local sightseeing list as well!

  • Timings: 6 Am to 8 PM
  • Entry Fee: None

7 Himalayan Zoological Park

Himalayan Zoological Park, Gangtok

Himalayan Zoological Park, Gangtok

Located just 3kms from the city centre, the Himalayan Zoological Park is a great place and an incredible tourist attraction to include in your Gangtok local sightseeing list. Built on an area of 205 hectares and located at an altitude of 1780m, the Himalayan Zoological Park is an abode to some exotic species of flora and fauna that include the Himalayan red panda, Himalayan palm civet, goral, snow leopard cat, Himalayan Black Bear and others. The park also offers a great view of the Mt Kanchenjunga.

  • Timings: 9 AM to  4 PM
  • Entry Fee: Indians – Rs 10 and Foreigners – Rs 50

8 Seven Sister Waterfalls

Seven Sister Waterfalls, Gangtok

Seven Sister Waterfalls, Gangtok

The scintillating and awe-inspiring view Seven Sister Waterfalls is definitely one of the incredible places to visit in Gangtok. True to the name, there are 7 waterfalls arranged sideways falling harmoniously from a rugged cliff. One can witness the amazing creativity of nature in the way these falls are created and admire the beauty of the milky white water falling from a great height. The water flows from the falls in 7 stages but only 4 are visible to us. The roaring sound of the gushing water coupled with the scenic beauty of the surroundings is sure to take your breath away! This locale is also famous for its mesmerizing sunsets that give photographers an opportunity to click to their heart’s content. Seven Sisters Falls is located 32kms from Gangtok.

  • Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Entry Fee: None

9 Phodong Monastery

Phodong Monastery, Gangtok

Phodong Monastery, Gangtok

Phodong Monastery in Phodong is one among the 6 most important Buddhist monasteries and popular places to visit in Gangtok. Situated at a towering height of 4500m, Phodong Monastery, an abode to more than 250 monks, is a significant religious place near Gangtok. Phodong Monastery boasts of impressive exterior architecture with intricate designs and astounding interiors of awe-inspiring paintings, frescoes and murals that adorn the internal structure of this monastery. If you to stop by a tranquil and serene place, visit Phodong Monastery and enjoy the inner peace and solace that you can feel here.

  • Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM

10 Do Drul Chorten

Do Drul Chorten, Gangtok - Places to visit in Gangtok

Do Drul Chorten, Gangtok

Do-Drul Chorten is an important Buddhist stupa that was built in 1945 by Trulshik Rinpoche, the head of the Nyingma order of Tibet Buddhism, This enormous stupa is believed to have around 108 prayer wheels (Mani Lhakor) engraved with mantras that are chanted by devotees while rotating them. Inside the stupa is the complete set of Dorjee Phurba, religious book and texts and other objects. a quiet and serene locale, Do-Drul Chorten is one of the best places to visit in Gangtok for those who love to explore Buddhist sites and monasteries.

  • Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM