10 Offbeat Places To Visit In Gangtok

Nidhi Kadere


Flocked by devotees round the year, this religious town houses quite a few heritage monasteries, Buddhist pilgrim centres, and a life-size idol of Guru Padmasambhava.

Padmasambhava statue, samdruptse, namchi | Shutterstock


The former capital of Sikkim, Yuksom has Dubdi Gompa, one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim and many other monasteries and stupas. You can also seek some trekking adventures in this small hamlet.

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Tsomgo Lake

This glacial lake remains completely frozen during winter, and people love to indulge in yak rides & ice skating or enjoy piping hot tea & instant noodles from the surrounding food kiosks.

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Nathula Pass

A part of the historical silk route, this famous corridor connects India and Tibet and is open for Indians only from Wednesday to Sunday and one needs to take an entry permit from the tourism department zonal office in advance.

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The starting point for the trek to Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Ravangla or Rabong is a small tourist town that is connected by state highway to other major towns in the state and lies between Namchi, Pelling and Gangtok.

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Also a part of the historical Silk Route, this peaceful place is reached by an enthralling adventure through a winding road of 32 hairpin bends. You can get a great view of Kanchenjunga from this place.

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Often hailed as Sikkim's most gorgeous village, the hamlet is located on the banks of the same-named river and entices Westerners and other tourists with its timeless appeal, scenic beauty, and clean scenery.

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Pelling is graced with dazzling waterfalls and verdant woodlands. But the spectacular views of the huge Himalayan peaks, especially Kanchenjunga Peak, from Pelling will leave you speechless.

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Yumthang Valley provides a natural habitat for unusual and uncommon wildflower species such as cobra lilies, primrose, and louseworts. Come here throughout the summer and spring seasons for the greatest views of the colour riot on the flower beds, as well as delightful hiking experiences.

Yak Grazing in Yumthang Valley | Shutterstock

Khecheopalri Lake

Khecheopalri Lake is one of the most popular religious sites near Gangtok. Tourists, particularly Hindus and Buddhists, visit this lake to attend a mass prayer on the 15th full moon day of the lunar calendar (February-March) to make wishes.

Khecheopalri Lake | Shutterstock

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