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Gangtok Travel Guide

Gangtok ─ The High Hills

A favourite height with honeymooners, trekkers and holiday makers, Gangtok is Sikkim’s proud capital boasting of mesh of magical places that is bound to make your heart skip a beat. Now, travelling to Gangtok ─ the awesome capital of Sikkim ─ is all the more easy with Gangtok Travel Guide. This Travel Guide is an online impetus to help Gangtok tourists’ inflow. Elaborated with details on reaching, dining, staying facilities and helpful numbers, the Guide is a travel impresario serving you with directions, excursions and minute details on the Gangtok.

 

Gangtok

 

Situated in Shivalik Hills of eastern Himalayas, Gangtok is entry point to the East Sikkim and also to some northern parts of Sikkim. A Buddhist city, gompas, orchids, rhododendrons, stupas, tea gardens and grievous treks characterizes Gangtok’s geographical whereabouts. With the organic beauty of the Gangtok Hills are juxtaposed the civic values and free-plastic zone in the city. Gangtok has an amazing civil sense where the smallest shop has a dustbin outside it. That is not just all. Know anything and everything about Gangtok at Gangtok City Guide

How to Reach

How to Reach Gangtok

Gangtok enjoys the prominence of being the largest town and state capital of Sikkim. Located in the Shivalik Hills of eastern Himalayan Ranges, Gangtok is 1437 mt high. East Sikkim is the entry zonal point for reaching Gangtok and North Sikkim. Rangpo at Sikkim is the entranceway where permits are scrutinised and verified allowing a person to enter the state. Gangtok is not as remote as it may be suggested. It is linked Indian National Highway on 31A and well-tied with rail, air and road ways to other parts in India. Travellers’ will have to cross West Bengal and parts while making way to Gangtok. The locales, valleys and entire scenic sights are the USP of your journey. Lay your hands on utmost useful information that talks of ways and means of reaching Gangtok below. 

 

Distance from Gangtok to other locations
Places Distances
Darjeeling 94 km
Kalimpong 80 km
Siliguri 110 km
Pelling 125 km
Nathula 56 km
Rumtek 25 km
Kolkata 720 km

 

How to Reach Gangtok by Airways: Bagdogra Airport (Siliguri) in West Bengal is the nearest and common air link that does the traffic to Gangtok ─ The State Capital of Sikkim ...Read More

 

How to Reach Gangtok by Railways: Gangtok’s nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri or NJP (124 km from Gangtok), the railway Junction attached to the West Bengal town of Siliguri... Read More 

 

How to Reach Gangtok by Roads: National Highway 31A, the lifeline of Gangtok (Sikkim), connects the state through other vital destinations in the near by the state... Read More

 

Local Transportations: Jeeps, SNT buses and taxis constitute the local transportation in Gangtok. The best and comfortable means... Read More

Driving Directions

Driving Directions Gangtok

 

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. Nestled in East Sikkim, the weather in Gangtok remains pleasant through out the year. Well famed for its monasteries and the bustling wild life, the travelers will find this destination more interesting. While on a tour to Gangtok, the travelers can also make a visit to Do Drul Chorten, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Rumtek Monastery and Tashiding Monastery. Gangtok also has various getaways options which includes Darjeeling (94 km), Dzongri, Kalimpong (80 km), Nathula (56 km), Pelling (125 km), Ravangla, Siliguri (110 km), Yuksom, and Yumthang. The nearest aerodrome to Gangtok is Bagdogra airport near to Silguri. This airport is 120 Kms away from Gangtok and can easily be reached by boarding bus or taxi. The NH 31 A provides the best connectivity with other Eastern states of the region.The New Jalpaiguri is the nearest rail head which is 148 Kms away from Gangtok. Guwahati Express, Purvotr express and Guwahati special express are three trains which provides its services on all days.

Attractions

Gangtok Attractions & Tourist Places

Gangtok, the lofty hills of North Eastern province of India, is untouched and undefiled piece of awe-inspiring land readied with icy-pinnacles, chromatic gompas and stupas, saffron clad monks, overlooking Kanchenjunga on the other side et al. With natural pristine maintained and glimpsed everywhere you take your eyes, Gangtok appears a town lifted out of painter’s imagination. Friendly streets amidst brightly pagoda roofed house, lines of young and old lamas robed in saffron and ochre colours, Orchids and Daily Lilacs in their full bloom conditions Gangtok for a weary heart to give some relief. 

Do Drul Chorten: The stupa is a living example of ‘Mandala’ sects of Dorjee Phurba and Ka-gyur religious principles... Read More 

Ganesh Tok: a Lord Ganesha Temple that allows one entry at a time and one might have to crawl on feet to get... Read More 

Hanuman Tok: A Lord Hanuman Shrine, Hanuman Tok is a functioning Hindu Temple where pilgrims and devotees... Read More 

Tsuklakhang Monastery: The grand and imposing entrance of the Palace smoothes the absolute facade while... Read More 

White Hall: A British architecture by built, the White Hall is a living inanimate ode to the Brit officer, J. Claude White... Read More 

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology: The Institute is home to more than 30,000 documents, most of which are Xylographs... Read More 

Himalayan Zoological Park: Lovely, dark, deep and wooded locales qualify Himalayan Zoological Park... Read More 

Enchey Monastery: Inner monastery quarters are decked with images of gods, goddesses and other religious... Read More 

Directorate of Handicrafts: Conceptualised and constituted with the purpose of encouraging and advertising... Read More

Excursion

Gangtok Excursions & Getaways

Rumtek Monastery: The road from Gangtok twists through green paddy terraces for 24 km before reaching this seat... Read More 

Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary: A National Park of India, it is located in East Sikkim and acquires 31 sq km of area ... Read More 

Fambong La Wildlife: It is interspersed with plenteous of fauna species, often found in their natural disposition... Read More 

Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical: Dense sylvan surroundings of Oak forests and almost 50 varieties of tree species... Read More 

Tashi View Point: a place from where mighty mountain of Kangchenjunga and Mt Siniolchu can be seen. On sunny and... Read More 

Saramasa Garden: Alongside the Orchids and other flowers, the garden treasure fruits pineapple, guava, varieties... Read More 

Tumlong: As soon as one enters the area ruins of Tumlong Palace starts showing it moss-and-mist gathered enormity... Read More

Kiomoi Must Dos

Gangtok - Kiomoi Must Dos

  • The zig zag turns, steep ridges and rugged mountains invites your guts! Nothing is as adventurous as mountain biking in Gangtok.
  • Teesta and the Rangeet offer good stretch for White Water Rafting rapids.
  • The stout-hearted can take a thrilling ride down Sikkim’s many rivers in fiberglass kayaks.
  • Chang, a local brew of Sikkim tastes wonderful and leaves a lurking heart.
  • Deorali Orchid Sanctuary, Gangtok, is home to myriads of Orchids, swaying in elegance to mesmerize the onlookers.
  • An air of enchantment hangs in the monasteries of Sikkim. Peekaboo in unique way of life of Lamas.
  • Be a part of Chaam dance where every on is masked and celebrates good over evil.
  • Shop for Thangkas, chotksee, woolens, local handicraft from the markets.
  • Snowfalls are a common phenomenon through all months of the year. Enjoy it exclusively.
  • Visit Tsomgo Lake to see the real awe of nature.
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Gangtok Hill Station

Gangtok Hill Station

 

Gangtok: The Abode of Gods

 

An oasis for peace hunting hearts, Gangtok is a city fashioned out with heaps of natural quotients. A picture- perfect capital city of Sikkim, Gangtok is laid out on the ridge overlooking the Ranipool River. Quiet, beautiful and intoxicating, Gangtok’s 1,870 mt sees the pinnacle melt into clouds in a white splendour. Built up with lush paddy terraces and river watered valleys, Gangtok commands a stunning view. As you make the visit, one sees valleys strewn out with efflorescent blossoms of multi-hued Orchids, Rhododendron and other wild blooms.

Sikkim’s Capital City, Gangtok is the home of wonders! A record of 5.5 lakh tourists visiting Sikkim in the year 2008 emphasizes on Gangtok’s unique propensity of attracting tourist and evidences increasing tourism graph of the state. With more and more traffic frequenting Gangtok, it has evolved into a mainstream Himalayan Travel zone. Today, Sikkim’s capital is functional stretch of multi-storeyed houses, layered against steep mountain ridges. Gangtok’s the conflation of a cosmopolitan vein and old-world charm where in the mists the colourful flag flogs relentlessly in the cool mountain breeze, young and old Lamas keep spinning prayer wheels in their hands, labyrinth streets are flaked with snow, on the other side can viewed the colourful Pagoda roofs and on them the heartening smiles of monks and lamas wearing silk ... shops are brightened with shining jewellery and spices where as the major market areas are poised with goods and gadgets from across the seven seas. Kangchendzodnga over looks the city in a strange awe, while across the hills and valleys comes the sounding of long trumpets by the robed Lamas.

In the city Enchey Monastey, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Do Drul Chorten are some of the enchanting spots with tourists.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Gangtok

 

A noted and highly-acclaimed tourist hill station, Gangtok is well-packed with accommodations for budget to leisure travellers to holidaymakers. Abiding by the tourists needs, extensive arrangements for staying/ accommodations are provided in Gangtok. The capital town of Gangtok has numerous arrangements of hotels offering services ranging from indifferent to efficient. Although no appurtenances, but hotels in Gangtok make up for a comfortable as well as memorable stay. Over the years, as Sikkim caught with travellers’ spirit, many hotels and lounges covered the town of Gangtok in sheer resplendence and comforts of tourists. Most of the hotels are strategically located in the centre easing transference to the airports and rail stations.

Rows of luxury, deluxe, budget and heritage hotels dot the beautiful city of Gangtok. There are couple of heritage and luxury hotels around Gangtok too. In these hotels guest can avail the facility of aesthetically designed traditional cottages with attached bathrooms that are fitted with modern equipments. Given the increase in tourists’ traffic, more and more resorts are being established in the country side around Gangtok. Notwithstanding, whatever accommodation one opts for the Sikkimies hospitality and prompt services to guest is bound to make you go gangtok.

At Gangtok hotels like Basar Residency, Denzong Inn, Orchid Hotel, Pineridge Hotel and Denzong Shangri La are choicest of budget hotel that are worth trying.

Eat n Dine

Gangtok Eat n Dine

Sikkim offers a blend of good Nepalese, Bhutanese, Chinese and some Indian cuisines to englut on. Sikkimese food is delicious but is essentially a variation on a single theme ─ Momo. You can feast yourselves with these little dumplings steamed or fried; stuffed with pork, chicken, vegetable or even yak cheese. Any which way, they are finger-lickin’ good. Also, try and get the taste of local delicacies Cheste-Detse, a kind of pasta fried in Yak butter, with mushroom and shredded chicken flaked in. Another side of Sikkim’s restaurant are branded Liquor. Good and quality brand of Liquor, which can also be procured at cheap rates, are very much a part of Gangtok’s hotels. Mostly, all budget hotels have arrangements of inexpensive cafe and restaurants serving standard Chinese/Tibetian dishes, Western breakfasts and Indian cuisines. Well, to a great surprise for vegetarians can visit Parivar Restaurant and Thali. Next to Enchey Gompa, Tourist Amenity is a right address to feats out momos (dumplings) for a giveaway Rs 12, inclusive of a soup.

Sikkim offers a blend of good Nepalese, Bhutanese, Chinese and some Indian cuisines to englut on. Sikkimese food is delicious but is essentially a variation on a single theme ─ Momo. You can feast yourselves with these little dumplings steamed or fried; stuffed with pork, chicken, vegetable or even yak cheese. Any which way, they are finger-lickin’ good. Also, try and get the taste of local delicacies Cheste-Detse, a kind of pasta fried in Yak butter, with mushroom and shredded chicken flaked in. Another side of Sikkim’s restaurant are branded Liquor. Good and quality brand of Liquor, which can also be procured at cheap rates, are very much a part of Gangtok’s hotels. Mostly, all budget hotels have arrangements of inexpensive cafe and restaurants serving standard Chinese/Tibetian dishes, Western breakfasts and Indian cuisines. Well, to a great surprise for vegetarians can visit Parivar Restaurant and Thali. Next to Enchey Gompa, Tourist Amenity is a right address to feats out momos (dumplings) for a giveaway Rs 12, inclusive of a soup. 

 

Restaurants and eateries at Gangtok

  • The Square, Paljor Stadium Road
  • Buzz (Glenary`s), New Market
  • Dragon Restaurant, Green Hotel, M.G.Marg
  • Fusion Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Convoy Ground
  • Blue Poppy/ Dragon Hall, Hotel Tashi Delek
  • House of Bamboo, M.G.Marg
  • Eden Park, Hotel Park Residency China Palate, New Market 
  • Hotel Sher-e-Punjab, 31A National Highway 
  • Krishna Restaurant 
  • The Roll House · Quick Bite 
  • Metro`s Fast Food, 31A National Highway
  • Oberoi`s Barbeque, New Market
  • Moti Mahal, New Market 
  • The Blue Sheep Restaurant, M.G.Marg 
  • Parivar Restaurant, M.G.Marg 
  • Wild Orchid Restaurant, Hotel Central, 31A National Highway 
  • Cafe Tibet 
  • Crispy Cuisines
  • Crystal Room
  • Ganesh Bhojanalaya
  • Glenery, Metro Point
  • Wild Orchid, NH31A
  • Unique , NH 31A
Shopping

Shopping in Gangtok

Replete with narrowly-split labyrinth of markets or bazaars against the snow-laden valleys, Gangtok market appears even more comely on sunny days. A not very much shopaholic’s cup of tea, Gangtok has in treasure a lot for people who come to the city. The three main markets: Old, New and Lal Markets comprise the vital shopping zones in Gangtok. In the bazaars can be seen rows of shops/ kiosks/ stalls embellished with tidy hangings of curios, handicrafts, gifts and woollen items on display. Traditional items such as Thangakas (religious scrolls), Choktsee and prayer wheels are some of the very local products that can be bought from the Gangtok at bargained price. As you walk along the ridge and upmarket areas Tibetian carpets, jewellery and spices are hanged beautifully and lined on exhibit and sale. Carpets and exotic designed rugs as well as jewelleries with rustic and local designs are very famous and have kept with travellers pick for a long time. Like Gangtok, Gangtok’s Tea has successfully attracted tourists/traveller’s attention and bucks. A favourite purchase item, tea comes in many flavours and qualities here and thus a token of Gangtok visit.  

What to shop at Gangtok ? 

Canvas and wall hangings: Pièce de résistance artefactuals, the canvass and wall-hangings are enticing items. These paintings are flawless depictions of Sikkim’s history, tribal profiles, eight lucky, dragons, religious processions etc.  

Choksees: A small wooden table those are collapsible and easily carried.  

Tibetian Woollen Carpets: These are quiet expensive yet so beautiful items. Intricate designs and patterns reflecting the art and culture of this state, Carpets are exclusive take-home items in Gangtok. 

Dragon Sets: An exquisitely carved Dragon Sets are inlaid with gold, silver and precious sets. These consists finely designed dragons on ear-rings, pendants, etc.  

Sikkim Tea: Thigh Quality tea is mainly grown on Temi Tea Estates. The tea is characterized by its exotic tastes and flavour and costs Rs 200/- a kg. It sells by the brand name of ‘Salja’ and ‘Kangchendzonga’ and is a good idea to carry few packets back home.  

Cardamom (Elaichi): Cardamoms grow in abundance in Sikkim and costs about Rs 250/- a kg.  

Don’t Forget to Buy 

Temi Tea; Sikkim Liquor; Gingerina; Alpine Cheese; Dansberg Beer; SITCO Watches; Handmade Paper; Handicraft; Black Cardamom; Thankas; Carpets; Choksee; Passion fruit Juice; Orchids (hybrid); Jams and preserves; Chilli Pickle; Fresh Bamboo Shoots; Glass beads; Semi-precious stones; Handwoven Jackets and Silver Jewellery. Make a visit to M G Road in Gangtok to check out any thing you want. Weekly market on Sundays at Lal market with a large display of items is a grab-anything offer. If hunting for best and intricate designs, Directorate of Handloom $ Handicrafts has a huge collection of these.  

Buy at 

Charitrust Tibetian Emporium, PS Road
Curio Craft Gallery, PS Road
Gift Shop, M S Marg
Kandoika, New Market
KC Somani and Sons, Mandala Gift Centre
Sikkim Art Emporium, NH 31A
Sikkim Sarda & Co, M G Marg
Snow White, M G Marg
State Handicrafts & Showroom,Zero Point

Fairs and Festivals

Fairs and Festivals in Gangtok

 

Saga Dawa

A Buddhist festival, Saga Dawa is held on the full moon of the fourth month of the Buddhist Calendar in the end of May or early June. A colourful procession of holy books of the teaching of Buddha from Tsuklakhang monastery is carried on this day. 

 

Drupka Teshi

A festival that falls on the fourth day of sixth Tibetian month, it is celebrated to mark the honour of Buddha’s first teaching of Nobel Truths 

 

Losoong

Losoong falls in the month of December (middle to end) and ushers in a brand new year to see for everyone’s celebration. This day is also special to farmers who celebrate it as a harvest festival offering their crops to the gods. It is celebrated with chaam dancing.

 

Pang Labsol

The festival in commemorations of Sikkim’s resident deity Mt Khang-chen-dzonga, it also traditionally marks The Bhutia-Lepcha brotherhood. Warrior Dance is very much the part of this celebration. 

 

Lhahab Dhuenchen

It marks the descent of the Buddha from the heaven of the thirty three gods where he went to pay the homage of his dead mother. 

 

Bhumchu

Bhumchu is a unique festival to Lepchas that predicts the year to come. A pot is filled with water and hanged in open air with the help of a rope. If the water level remains to the brim it brings bad luck and if recedes to a lower level it predicts of prosperity. 

 

Flower Festival

An emblazoned display of Orchids and Rhododendrons are put on display during the month of March and April. 

 

Maghe Sankrain

It corresponds to the Indian Festival of Makara Sankranti and is marked by people bathing in holy rivers. 

 

Dasain

This is the Nepali version of the nine-day long Durga Pooja. Prayers are chanted to invoke the goddess Durga.

Entry Permits to Sikkim

Gangtok - Entry Permits to Sikkim

As a border state, Sikkim has some entry and travel restrictions. All foreign tourists are required to obtain a 15-day permit known as Inner Line Permit (ILP) prior to their Sikkim travel.The permit can be obtained easily within minutes at number of places inclusive of Indian mission in your home country. In order to obtain the permit tourists must bring two passport and copies of passport-sized photographs along with the Indian Visa.

These permits, valid for all subdivision in Sikkim apart from Chungthang sub division of North Sikkim, can also be obtained from the Sikkim Tourism Office in New Delhi, Kolkata or Siliguri. Permits can also be availed at Rangpo, the entry point into the hill state. Contact the tourist officer at the Rangpo Tourist Centre who will issue a two day permit extendable up to 15 days. The 15-day permit can again be extended thrice for periods of 15 days at any of the addresses listed below.

 

Foreigner’s Regional Registeration,
Office in Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi

 

Immigration Officers at the airports
in Chennai, Kolkatta, Mumbai and New Delhi.

 

Resident Commissioner,
Government of Sikkim,
New Sikkim House,
14 Panchsheel Marg,
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Ph 26113747.

 

Asst Resident Commissioner,
Government of Sikkim, 4/1
Middleton Street, Kolkata
ph 22815328.

 

Chief Secretary or Home Secretary,
Government of Sikkim,
Tashiling Secretariat, Gangtok
Ph 222315, 224323.

 

Director General of Police,
Government of Sikkim, Gangtok
Ph 222747, 222431.

 

Deputy Director (Tourism),
Government of Sikkim,
SNT Colony, Hill Cart Road, Siliguri
Ph 2512646.

 

Kiomoi TIP: With permits tourists can visit Gangtok, Rumtek, Pemayangtse and Phodong. For both foreign as well as domestic tourists, travel to areas beyond Chungthang- and this includes Lachen and Lachung Valley, Yumthang, and Gurudongmar Lake- is even more restricted and requires a Protected Area Permit. Tourists can only go there under the aegis of travel agent sponsored by the Government of Sikkim.

Foreigners also need this protected Area Permit for travelling to the higher Regions of the Dzongri Trekking Trails and also to the Tsmongo lake of east of Gangtok.

Local City Expert

Gangtok Local City Expert

 Thinlay Namgyal,  Kiomoi`s Gangtok City Expert

Thinlay Namgyal

Thinlay Namgyal a graduate from Punjab Unversity thinks it his duty to provide authentic information to tourists about Gangtok and the whole North East India per se.
A travel agent by profession, he thinks by sharing his knowledge he is able to gain a broader understanding of the place. His long years of experience would surely be of help to visitors keen on visiting Gangtok and other nearby places. 
 

 

Useful Facts

Gangtok: Useful Facts

State: Sikkim

Location: Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim, North east

Famous for: Hills, Kanchenjunga, Orchids and Rhododendrons

Altitude: 1,670mt

STD Code: 03592

Area: 2500 hec

Best time to visit: March to May end; October to December

Kiomoi TIP: Festival times such as Flower Shows and others are also best time to visit Gangtok.

Clothing: Light/heavy woollens in summer/ winter

Local Languages: Sikkimese, Nepalese, Lepcha, Limboo, Bhutia, English and Hindi

State Day: 16th May

Communication: Airtel is the best connection in Gangtok.

Ambulance: 03592-2944, Blood Bank -227691 (Chiranjilal) -229680

Nearest Bank: State Bank of Sikkim, NH 31 A, State Bank of India, M. G. Marg, Central Bank of India, P.S. Road

Money

Not all banks accept traveller’s cheque and provides money changing facility. Bank timings are 10:00 to 2:00 pm (Monday to Friday). 10:00 am to 12:30 on Saturdays.

Cyber Cafe: There are many in the market areas.

Nearest Petrol Pump: Siliguri, Rangpo, Gangtok, Legship, Teesta, Singtam, Jorethang and Deorail

Police Phone Lines: Sadar Thana, Gangtok (Tel: 100; 202033, 202042)

Fire: 101, 222001

Photo Studio/ Colour Lab: Orient Studio, M.G. Marg (204114)

Railway Enquiry, New Jalpaiguri: 1335, 2564800, 2564808

Tourist Office

Tourist Offices

Bagdogra

Sikkim Tourist Information Centre
Bagdogra Airport
Ph: 0353-2251036  

Gangtok

Sikkim Tourist Information Centre
Ph: 03592-221634, 223425  

Kolkata

Sikkim Tourist Information Centre
Sikkim House, 4/1 Middleton Street
Ph: 033-2281976  

New Delhi

Sikkim Tourist Information Centre
New Sikkim House
14 Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri
Ph:011-26115346, 26115171, 26881976

Bank ATMs

Bank & ATMs in Gangtok

State Bank Of India - ATM - Gangtok

State Bank Of India - ATM - Gangtok
GANGTOK
Gangtok -786125 (Sikkim), India  

State Bank of India - ATM - Gangtok

State Bank Of India - ATM - Gangtok
SIKKIM, Gangtok -786001 (Sikkim), India  

State Bank Of India - ATM - Gangtok

State Bank of India - ATM - Gangtok
LINGMO BUILDING NO11 , M G MARG NAYABAZAR
Gangtok -737101 (Sikkim), India  

State Bank Of India - ATM - Gangtok

DEORALI BAZAR GANGTOK, DEORALI BAZAR, DIST EAST SIKKIM
Gangtok -737102 (Sikkim), India  

UCO Bank - ATM - Gangtok

UCO Bank - ATM - Gangtok
PALJOR STADIUM ROAD, OPP. HEAD POST OFFICE, SIKKIM)
Gangtok -737101 (Sikkim), India

Weather

Gangtok Weather

Temperature

Summer: Max: 21&°C Min 13°C

Winter: Max: 13°C Min: 5°C

Gangtok, a north-eastern state-capital of India, boasts of balmy weather, with a certain degree of perennial chill throughout the year. Alongside being projected as a cold-weather state, Gangtok`s weather conditions can be broadly categorized as clement. Five season weather wraps up Sikkim with snow, shower, chill, moderate and frigid climatic conditions at different time of the month. Summer, winter, monsoon, autumn and spring seasons exhibit variations in temperature during accordingly. However, the average annual temperature is recorded as 18°C approximately during the year. Snowline is 6000 mts. Broadly, the weather remains bracing cool through and through the year.

Winters starts in the month of November and lasts till March and April. Temperatures see a sudden fall with mist laden through the valley. Chilling cold accompany the weather in its all months. Summers are a relief from toe-numbing chill, but the weather remains cool over all. Gangtok registers an average of 389 cm per annum and is known to receive highest rainfall in the region. Most of the Sikkim does not experiences high velocity winds, but on many tops and passes experiences high speed winds. March to May registers a sunny weather. Even through these months the weather keeps humid and wintry. In the valley, springs come early by late February or starting March lasting till May. The mountains views tend to get robed by haze and mists as the day slips into hot months and monsoon is seen on the way.

Monsoon holds out from late June to early September. During Monsoon, landslides are a common phenomenon in certain areas. From a cold weather conditions, the climatic conditions turn to humid and sultry. Autumn stays as long as two months for September to October, soothing the temperature for tourists to drop in. The whole of Sikkim has a leverage of perennial (with variations) snowfall throughout the year. With monsoon comes the threat of slides, roadblocks and leeches! Rains clear the atmosphere and views of mountains are clearly seen. Days are clear and nights are crisp and cold.

Local Holidays

Local Holidays in Gangtok

List of Government Holidays
Occasion Date
New years Day/Loosong 1st January
Nyenpa Guzom 2nd-3rd January
Maghe Sankrati 14th-15th January
Republic day 26th January
Sonam Lhochar 27th January
Losar 25th February
Holi 11th March
Ramnawami (Chaite Dasain) 3rd April
Good Friday 10th April
Ambedkar Jayanti 14th April
State Day 16th May
Sakewa 18th May
Saga Dawa 7th June
Bhanu Jayanti 13th July
Drukpa Tsheshi 25th July
Guru Rimpoche Trungkar Tshechu 31st July
Tendong Lho-Rum-Faat 8th August
Janmasthami 14th August
Independence Day 15th August
Pang Lhabsol 4th September
Id-ul-Fitr 21st September
Durga Puja 26th – 30th September
Gandhi Jayanti 2nd October
Laxmi Puja 18th-21st October
Lhabab Dhuechen 9th November
Teyongsi Sirijunga Sawan Tongnam 2nd December
Barahimizong 6th December
Kagyed Dance 15th December
Losoong 17th – 21st December
Nyenpa Guzom 22nd – 23rd December
Christmas 25th December
Tamu Lhochar 30th December
Holiday Check List

Gangtok Pre-holiday Check-Up List

Those hills, rivers, beaches send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind for holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list. 

Before leaving your house

  • Empty your letter box before leaving your house
  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
  • Put up a notice for cancellation of newspaper and milkman
  • Clear out the fridge
  • Check for electric appliances
  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
  • Lock doors and windows
  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
  • Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards
  • Pay all due bills
  • Switch your mobile voicemail on /off
  • Turn off gas/water/electricity 
  • Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm 
  • Rail Tickets and travel documents must be checked twice
  • Leave the destination address with your relatives 

Packing your luggage

Clothing

  • Woollen/cotton clothing accordingly
  • Extra towels
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Night wears
  • Raincoats
  • Bath robes 

Equipment

  • Battery Charger
  • Camera
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Torch/Emergency Light
  • Headphones
  • I-pods/Laptops 

Miscellaneous

  •   Brochures or holiday book
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit Tourist Information Centre - Tirupati Tirupati APTDC-Tourist Information Centers Address: Regional Tourist information Bureau Near 3rd Choultry, Tirupati - 517501. Ph: +91 (8754) 243306/9 Tourist Information Centre - Vijayawada Vijayawada APTDC-Tourist Information Centers Address: Tourist Information Counter Railway Station, Vijayawada. Tourist Information Counter Transport Unit, APSRTC Bus Complex, Vijayawada. Ph: +91 (866) 2523966/10
  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue)
  • Film rolls and digital chargers
  • Ear Plugs
  • Watch
  • Umbrellas
  • Address Book
  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
  • Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant 
  • Non-perishable Eatables 
  • Medicines 
  • Books / Magazine to read 
  • Binocular 

Essential Documents

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Diving License
  • Maps/ directions(when in car)
  • Itinerary/Directions(maps)
  • Photocopies of documents(PAN Card/ Driving License)
  • Traveller’s Cheque
  • Passport/Visas (visiting abroad)
  • ID Cards 

Health/Hygiene

  • Small First Aid kit
  • Sickness Pill
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Vitamin and medications
  • Pain Killers/Balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Anti-infection lotion
  • Toiletries