Top 5 Things to do In Gangtok

Gangtok is one of the popular tourist spots in India, thanks to its beautiful landscape and scenery as it is located in the eastern Himalayan ranges. Teesta River, which connects Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, to Siliguri, a city in West Bengal, is considered a lifeline of Gangtok as it provides livelihood to Sikkimese people living along the entire stretch of the river. The mountains, rivers, beautiful landscape, the strategic location of this hill station offers various fun, exciting and adventurous activities to tourists in Gangtok.

1. River rafting

The Teesta River is the hub of river rafting along its entire stretch of 393 kms. Due to the uneven terrain, river rafting on Teesta can be a challenging experience but a fulfilling one. However, there are patches where the waves are calm and smooth terrain, so even if you are new to river rafting, you can try this adventurous activity. There are river rafting groups along the entire stretch of this river, but Triveni near Teesta Bazar is the most popular one. River rafting on Teesta is open for people who are fit to undertake this activity but take all safety measures of wearing jackets and helmets. You must add river rafting to your Gangtok tour packages

2. Paragliding

Imagine flying in the air with the mountains as the backdrop, terraced rice fields down, and amidst beautiful scenery in Gangtok, while the cold winds blow in your face. Feel this unforgettable experience when you paraglide in Gangtok – one of the best places in India to indulge in this adventurous activity. A certified paragliding pilot will accompany you on the ride in the air. You can paraglide from 1400 m to 2000 m depending on the weather and the flight you have booked. The best place to do paragliding in Gangtok is Baliman Dara. It can cost upwards of Rs 2500 per person for paragliding in Gangtok. Thrillophilia review states paragliding is a must-do activity in Gangtok.

3. Trekking

Gangtok is the hub of trekking activity and boasts many popular trekking trails. The Kanchenjunga and Pandim mountain ranges serve as a rich source of trekking trails. The popular is Goecha La trek, and you must add it to your Gangtok tour packages. The Goecha La Trek takes you through Dzongri and Thansing meadows, with plenty of Rhododendron trees and the beautiful Samiti Lake en route. It indeed makes for a magical trekking trail. Other essential trekking trails in Gangtok include Chungthang-to-Lachung, Pelling Hill, and Tendong Hill. You can trek in Gangtok throughout the year except during the rainy seasons when it becomes slippery.

4. Cycling

 A ride through the Gangtok mountains with its picturesque landscape, and smell of fresh air, while soaking in the local vibe will leave you asking for more. The more popular cycling trail in Gangtok is the Silk Route that starts from Sillery Gaon. You can visit various spots such as Rishikhola, Zuluk, and Nathang Valley during the Silk Route trail to stop and soak in the scenic landscape, and get fresh and move on with your journey. You may contact the local tour operator for the cycling tour that could also include camping and sightseeing.

5. Nathu La Pass drive

A trip to Gangtok is incomplete without a drive to the Nathu La Pass, considered one of India’s best motorable roads. The pass lies beside an Indo-China border post, with guards of both countries stationed at it. Nevertheless, the stunning view of Mount Chomolhari when you drive through the Nathu La Pass would make your trip to Gangtok memorable. Do not forget to add a drive to Nathu La Pass in your Gangtok tour packages.

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