Cloaked by clouds and enveloped amidst the lofty mountains, Gangtok is a quaint little place no less than a fairyland! There are numerous Gangtok tourist places that you must visit and countless things to do and places to see in Gangtok. So, let’s start with a few things you must do and see – the reasons why Gangtok is famous among Indian as well as foreign tourists.
Cable car ride
You won’t find many places in India with a cable car ride like this, where you glide over the entire town with a bird’s eye view. On a clear sunny day, which are usual in Gangtok, you can also take a glimpse of Khangchendzonga peak. The 7-minute ride is quite thrilling and captivating. What adds to the fun is the fact that there are no seats in the cable car and the entire journey done by standing. The 1 km long zig zag ropeway is a stimulating ride.
Yaks are not just beautiful majestic animals, they also make for an interesting riding experience. In Gangtok, you get the opportunity to enjoy a Yak Safari, and this cranny and beatific terrain joyride will take you back to your childhood days no matter how old you are.
Get a sneak peek into ‘Chinaland’ without a visa when you travel to Nathula Pass. It’s a day trip from Gangtok and you need to be back before sunset as directed by the Indian Army at the international border. The view from the pass is truly breath taking; in fact, the entire journey from Gangtok to Nathula is quite amazing and enjoyable.
Also known as Changul Lake, the lake is a mesmerizing site. One of the must visit places in Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake is protected by the Indian Army as it is close to the China border. Visit during the day and enjoy the natural habitat of the yaks and birds around the lake.
Teesta River is pretty adventurous in itself, but water sports activities add a further element of joy and adventure for the tourists as well. Enjoy white water rafting on the Teesta River; the best part is you can choose your own route.
On the whole, Gangtok is a fairy tale land that you must visit at least once in your lifetime.