Experience Gangtok with Alpine Hills Retreat like never before

With a serene and spectacular view of the surrounding lush valleys and mountains, Gangtok provides a perfect base for the traveller to visit the entire state of Sikkim. Once an important transit point for traders travelling between Tibet and India, Gangtok, the modern capital of Sikkim, is today a busy administrative and business centre and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities.

  • Trekking
  • Monastery
  • View Point
  • Lake
  • Ropeway
  • Park
  • Ride
  • Shopping

Tinjurey Trek

For the hikers, an easy day trek to Tinjurey in Phambong-lho Wild Life Sanctuary can be fascinating. Starting from Tashi Viewpoint, at a distance of 8kms from Gangtok, the trek has few steep climbs in some initial stages and covers 5kms in about 2.5hrs. The hike goes through the dense forests of magnolia, maple and […]

Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery, the seat of His Holiness, The Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism, is situated around 23 km from Gangtok, on the other side of the hill. With a nice, rural setting, Rumtek is a quiet getaway and an ideal half-day excursion from the town. The drive to Rumtek from Gangtok […]

Tashi View Point

Tashi Viewpoint is another hilltop from where one gets a breathtaking view of Mt. Khangchendzonga, one of the most graceful peaks in the world. An Observatory Tower, Cafeteria and Public amenities give service to the tourists visiting here. The best time to visit is place is early in the morning to get the stunning sunrise […]

Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass that connects India with Tibet used to be an important trade route between two countries before 1962. This historical corridor was closed after the Indi-China war and now is a major attraction for Indian tourists. Located around 56 km from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula goes beyond […]

Tsongo Lake

Tsongo Lake, at an altitude of 12,400 ft, is the prime attraction for the people visiting Gangtok. The ethereally beautiful alpine lake is 38 km from Gangtok and takes about 2 hours by car. A winding road takes you to Tsongo Lake close to the Tibet border through rugged mountain terrain and sharp cliffs. The […]

Ganesh Tok

At a distance of 7 km from Gangtok, this popular viewpoint gives a bird’s eye view of sprawling Gangtok town, along with Mt Kunchenjungha and Mt. Siniolchu. A cafeteria here serves hot tea, coffee and snacks. The view you get from here on a clear day is truly breathtaking. The snow peaks provide a perfect […]


To enjoy the panoramic view of the city a ride of the ropeway is a thrilling experience. The ride takes you to the highest point of the city, covering a distance of about 1 km in only seven minutes. This is a popular attraction for the locals and tourists.

Enchey Monastery

This 200-year-old monastery is an important seat of the Nyingmapa order, was built by Lama DruptokKarpo, a tantric master known for his power of flying. Enchey Monastery has in its premise, images of gods, goddesses and other religious objects. Every year around January, a religious mask dance, known as “Chaam”, is performed with great fanfare […]

Himalayan (Bulbuley) Zoological Park

8 km away from Gangtok is the Himalayan Zoological Park. With an area of 205 hectares, this semi-natural environment is home to several Himalayan animals living in open enclosures in their natural habitat. If you are lucky, you might see the Red Panda, Sikkim’s state animal, along with Tibetan wolves, panthers, Civet cats or even […]

Government Institute of Cottage Industry [GICI]

The Government Institute of Cottage Industry was set up in 1957 as a centre for the preservation and development of the traditional arts and crafts of Sikkim. It takes a few minutes to walk from the main Gangtok market. The emporium at the institute sells an array of local traditional Sikkimese items like Carpets, typical […]

The Ridge Park

A stroll in Ridge Park, a small stretch of flat land above Gangtok town, is an ideal way of spending your leisure hours. It stretches from the gates of the Historical Suklakhang Palace of the erstwhile Namgyal kings to the White Hall building, built in the memory of the first Political Officer of Sikkim. This […]

Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology

You must visit the Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology – the most prestigious research institute of its kind in the world. NIT has a treasure collection of rare Lepcha and Tibetan manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas (religious scroll painting). It also has an attractive museum and over 200 Buddhist icons. Established in 1958, this institute […]

Helicopter ride in Gangtok

There is plenty to do in Gangtok. An exciting helicopter ride would allow you to enjoy the panoramic and birds’ eye view of the entire city. Sikkim Govt conducts several rides during wintertime when the sky remains clear. Each of the flights gives a majestic close-up view of the Himalayan peaks like never before. It […]

Stroll in M G Marg

MG Marg, the main hangout place for the daily commuters and travellers, lies in the heart of the city and is the best place to chill out, socializing, fine dining and shopping. Dedicated only for the pedestrian, this area is perhaps the cities first litter and spit-free zone. Gangtok’s best dining and shopping centre, MG […]