Top Offbeat Things To Do in Gangtok, Sikkim

Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, is an incredible place to spend holidays. Situated at around 5410 feet in the lower heights of the Himalayan, Gangtok offers heavenly views in abundance. Alpine lakes, streams, rivers, snow-covered peaks, and waterfalls are a few things that the capital offers.

Apart from the views, tourists can engage in a wide variety of activities. From families to solo travelers, every person can take a tour of the marvelous city of Sikkim and indulge in thrilling activities that can make their trip memorable.

Top 15 things to do in Gangtok to make your trip more memorable:

1. Cable Car Ride

The best thing to do in the panoramic landscape of Gangtok is to take a cable car ride. The ride begins at the lowest boarding station called Deorali Bazar. Here, you can see the bustle of the city and the beautiful valleys. The next station is Namnang Point where the cable car stops for a break.

The riders can take a moment to absorb the tranquility of nature. The last and highest station of the ropeway is Tashiling. The peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga is visible from this point. The views from the top are enchanting. The whole ride lasts about 15 minutes. One cable car holds 6 people maximum.

Gangtok Ropeway Entry Fee

  • Adults- INR 117 per person
  • Children (below 18 years) – INR 77 per person
  • Children (below 3 years) – Free
  • Video Camera charges – INR 100

Note: Prices are subject to change depending on the season.

2. Yak Ride at Tsomgo Lake

Yak ride in Gangtok is a unique activity for tourists. Yaks are known as Himalayan Camels as they can carry heavy weights for days without food. The Yak safari is safe for people of all age groups. Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake, is one of the popular sites for Yak safari.

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The lake is located 40 km from Gangtok, and at an elevation of 12,313 feet. The best time to enjoy the Yak Safari in Sikkim is during the winters when the lake is frozen. It is said that the lake reflects different colors as the season changes.

  • Yak Ride Price- INR 300
  • Extra Cost for Photo– INR 50

Note: Prices are subject to change depending on the season.

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3. River Rafting at Teesta River

Every adventure lover should try river rafting in Gangtok. The Teesta river rafting is one of the main attractions in Gangtok among thrill-seekers. Rafting on the Teesta River is also known as White River Rafting due to the white foam created on the water as the river flows down the Eastern Himalayan Trek.

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Both swimmers and non-swimmers can participate in the sport. The best time to visit Gangtok for rafting at Teesta River is from December to June. It is suggested to avoid it during monsoon season.

  • River Rafting Price – INR 3000

Note: The prices may differ.

4. Paragliding

Gangtok is a great place to go paragliding. The bird view from the valleys of Sikkim is breathtaking. Some professional pilots take the tourists on the flight. Paragliding in Gangtok offers two flying options – Medium Fly and High Fly.

Medium Fly

  • The flight takes place at a height of 1300 to 1400 meters.
  • The duration of the flight is about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Take off site is Baliman Dara and the landing site is Reshithang Sports Village.
  • The cost of medium fly paragliding is INR 2500

High Fly

  • It takes place at a height of 2200 meters.
  • The duration of the high fly is around 15 to 20 minutes.
  • The flight takes off at Bulbuley Dara and lands at a stadium field 4km from the take-off site.
  • The cost of high fly paragliding in Gangtok is INR 5000
  • You have to pay an extra INR 500 for video recording.

5. Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass in Gangtok is a serene place to visit. It is a high-altitude pass on the Indo-China border. Nathula is located on the Old Silk Route that connects Sikkim to China. Since it is an international border, visitors can see huge gates and military bunkers.

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There is a Watershed War Memorial and Army Exhibition center for visitors to take a look at the sacrifices and achievements of Indian soldiers. Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple, Mandakini Waterfalls, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary, and Zuluk Wildlife Sanctuary are some famous spots near Nathula Pass.

Special Note:

  • Only Indian nationals can visit the pass after getting a permit from the Tourism and Aviation Department.
  • Nathula Pass remains closed on Monday and Tuesday.

6. Trek at Goecha La

Goecha La is a famous trek in Sikkim. It is known as ‘the’ Trek for Kanchenjunga’ because the trail passes through the Kanchendzonga National Park, which is one of the best things to do in Gangtok.

The trek begins from Yuksom and ends at Goecha La. Tourists can indulge in the beauty of nature by camping at night. The whole trek is a memorable experience.

Note: The trek at Goecha La is difficult and lengthy. Tour operators organize the trek and provide some of the necessary equipment and permits. Research before you go.

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7. Hang Gliding

Hang gliding is another thing to do in Gangtok. It is often confused with paragliding. In hang gliding, the pilot navigates in the air by using their weight.

First-time fliers can hang glide with a professional pilot while experienced fliers can go solo. Yumthang and Jorethang are two points where hang gliding services are available.

Hang Gliding Price:

  • INR 2500 per person
  • Extra charges for video recording.

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8. Shopping at Lal Bazaar

Lal Bazaar is a significant market in Gangtok. It is a place where all the farmers sell their produce. Lal Bazaar is known for its fresh vegetables and fruits. Located below the MG Marg, the marketplace is a hub for bargainers.

Tourists can buy a wide variety of items from the market. Traditional dresses, prayer flags, and exquisite pottery are available. Shoppers can also buy superior-quality cheese. Alpine cheese and Churpi are made of Yak’s milk. Lal Bazaar allows the tourists to take back a piece of Sikkim’s culture.

9. Unwind at Seven Sisters Waterfall

Seven Sisters waterfall is situated in North Sikkim District of Sikkim

Seven Sisters waterfall is located on Gangtok – Lachung Highway. It is 32 km away from Gangtok. There are 7 stages to seeing the Seven Sisters Waterfall. However, tourists can only see it in 4 falls.

Seven Sisters Waterfall leaves the tourists speechless during the monsoons as the surroundings turn lush green. The Tourism Department has installed a shed and a cafeteria to facilitate the tourists with a break. Visit the waterfall to rejuvenate amidst the wonders of nature.

10. View at Tashi Viewpoint

Located at a distance of 8 km from the town of Gangtok, the Tashi viewpoint is an ideal place to watch the peaks of Kanchenjunga and Siniolchu. The best time to look is during sunset and sunrise when the golden sunlight falls on the mountains.

Tourists can also spot Phodong and Labrang monasteries from the Tashi viewpoint. You can take a look through binoculars or a telescope by paying a minimum fee of INR 10.

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11. Rumtek Monastery

One of the largest monasteries in Gangtok is Rumtek Monastery. It was founded by the 9th Karnmapa Lama Wangchuk Dorje. The 16th-century built monastery was earlier called the Dharma Chakra center. It consists of a shrine temple, a golden stupa, and some sculptures of the 16th Karmapa.

The architecture is an example of a traditional Tibetan monastery. Tourists can find a 10-foot statue of Sakyamuni Buddha. Rumtek also holds statues of Virupaksha, Virudhaka, Dhritarashtra, and Vaishravana who are the guardians of the universe in Buddhism.

Entry Fee: INR 10 per person

12. Excursion to Chungthang

A quaint town in North Sikkim, Chungthang is about 100 km away from Gangtok. It sits at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung rivers that form the Teesta river in Gangtok. This scenic town is a sacred site for Buddhists as Guru Padmasambhava walked here.

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The rock with Padmasambhava’s footprint is a popular site among believers. Chungthang is also home to a Sikh Gurdwara called Gurudwara Nanaklama. It is said that Guru Nanak Dev passed through the town on his way to Tibet. Visit the holy town to hear tales and legends associated with the place.

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13. Day Trip to Mangan Village

The entry point to Gurudongmar and Yumthang, Mangan is a village in North Sikkim. It is settled at an elevation of 4000 feet above sea level. People stay at Mangan village before proceeding to Lachung and Lachen.

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The village is laden with bubbling streams and soaring waterfalls. The hamlet is away from the bustle of the city providing solace to nature lovers. The wilderness offers a great opportunity to photographers, bikers, and trekkers. A day trip to Mangan is enough to satiate the hunger for thrill and adventure.

14. Excursion to Namchi

Also known as Namaste, Namchi is situated at a height of 5500 feet above sea level. It is the Culture Capital of the state. Namchi is a hospice of religious structures. Tourists can find a replica of Char Dham that has religious significance for Hindus in the country.

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The capital also holds the biggest statue of Guru Padmasambhava. Tarey Bhir, Namchi Ropeway, Tendong Hill, Rose Garden in Solophok, Sai Mandir are some places to visit in Namchi. Namchi is popular for its flower shows in February and March.

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15. Day Trip to Zuluk

Once a transit point to the Old Silk Route, Zuluk is a little haven in East Sikkim. Zuluk or Dzuluk or Jhuluk is an Indian army base. The town is located at an elevation of 10,100 feet in the lower Himalayas.

Thambi Viewpoint, 14 km away from Zuluk, offers mesmerizing views of the Kanchenjunga. The climatic conditions at this offbeat destination can be harsh because of its location. Tourists may spot Himalayan Bears and Red Panda in the wilderness of Zuluk.

Note: A special permit is required to enter Zuluk. Tour operators can take care of the licenses.

Conclusion

Gangtok is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. There is no dearth of things to do in Gangtok that can make the trip memorable. Now, you have the list of popular activities in Gangtok that make your vacations cherishable.

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