Known for being home to marvelous natural landscapes, tranquil atmosphere, humble locals, and some lip-smacking local food, Gangtok is a destination that never fails to inspire awe. The finest concoction of natural marvels and stunning man-made structures makes this destination appeal to all the travelers, especially the adventure enthusiasts. Spending 4 days in Gangtok is not enough to soak in the beauty that this destination has to offer and Dheeraj along with his two friends proves it right.
I have always been a trekking enthusiast and found the rugged mountain peaks that would help me satiate the thirst for adventure. However, this time I was looking for a leisure and relaxing vacation to enjoy my time off. Being a nature admirer, I thought what other place than the land of natural wonders itself and hence planned this escape. This was truly the decision that I do not regret making. My friend introduced me to TravelTriangle and after talking to the agents I knew I want to plan my trip with them. Everything was extremely wonderful about this relaxing vacation, just like I’d hoped for.
Package Details About Dheeraj’s 4 Days In Gangtok
Trip Type: Friends Trip
Cost: INR 25,500
No. Of People: 3 Adults
Duration: 4 Days
Inclusions: Breakfast, Vehicle, Taxes
Exclusions: Lunch and Dinner, Insurance, Entry Charges, Room Heater, Other Than Mentioned In Inclusions
Itinerary Summary For 4 Days In Gangtok
Day 1: Arrival, overnight stay in Gangtok
Day 2: Leave For Lachung, Sightseeing, overnight stay in Lachung
Day 3: Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, overnight stay in Gangtok
Day 4: Nathula Pass, Tsmongo Lake, Departure
Weather In Gangtok
We paid a visit to Gangtok in Sikkim around the first week of December. The weather in Gangtok in December experiences chilly winds and lower temperatures. The temperature usually hovered around 6 degrees Celsius to 9 degrees Celsius in Gangtok. As we went further up, towards Yumthung, the temperature dropped even more. In December, Yumthung was around 2 degrees Celsius to 5 degrees Celsius. We expected the Tsmongo lake to be frozen but sadly it wasn’t frozen as of yet.
Our Favorite Places To Visit In Gangtok
On this vacation, we got a chance to witness some extremely beautiful Gangtok tourist attractions that we never thought we would be able to witness. Find below a few of our favorite places and the experiences we had on our Sikkimese excursion in December!
1. Seven Sisters Water Falls
Although seven sister waterfalls were just a stopover on the first day of our 4 days in Gangtok, we got to experience something extremely breathtaking. Being the winter season, the waterfalls were not as gushing and were dry, However, the falls exhibited some stunning views of Mount Kanchenjunga that was too good a view. To view this sight up close was truly a blessing as this is the third highest mountain range in the world and is extremely beautiful.
2. Yumthang Valley
We stopped at Yumthan Valley only for a bit on our way to and back from Zero Point. Although we couldn’t really do anything due to the fog, we still managed to get some postcard pictures of the milestones. The best experience we had here was indulging in some mouth-watering ‘pahadon ki maggie’ at such low temperatures. Nothing can beat a hot bowl of ramen with friends in the chilly weather!
3. Zero Point
Zero Point was definitely one of our favorite places during these 4 days in Gangtok. We had heard that snowfall in Gangtok is rare but there are certain points that will always witness snow, with Zero Point being one of them. The panoramic views of stunning snow-capped mountains were definitely something that we will cherish throughout our life.
4. Nathula Pass
Being an army kid, I was always fascinated with the stories about the 7th mile where my father worked. This time, we finally had a chance to witness it up close and we definitely got goosebumps. Reaching the Indo-China border and witnessing all the army men on duty truly made my hair raise. Since it an army area, we weren’t allowed to click pictures. But the experience was really special. On our way back from there, we took a little detour and went on to visit the statue of Lord Shiva.
Our Hotels In Gangtok
We stayed in two different top hotels in Gangtok. The hotels were perfect as we were the only ones residing there, hence, we got all the solitude and escape from the world we wanted.
Park Inn Hotel, Gangtok
Our stay at the Park Inn Hotel in Gangtok was extremely comfortable. The staff is very hospitable and friendly. The rooms assigned to us were spacious and had everything we needed. The food that was served here by the in-house restaurant was also delicious.
Yargey Residency, Lachung
The weather is Lachung was really chilly and thus the moment we reached the hotel, we just couldn’t wait to get under warm blankets. The rooms were pretty clean and spacious. The vibes of this hotel were just like home. The food that was served to us was extremely flavorsome. It was served really hot and included curries, rice, lentils, and chapatis.
Shopping In Gangtok
We could not see many shopping places in Gangtok in December. It was only our last say here, while on our way to Nathula Pass did we see a few shops. There was an extensive variety of woolen clothes that was extremely good quality so we had to pick that up. Apart from there, we also bought some shawls and some cozy mufflers as souvenirs for our friends and families back home. Being the winter season, shopping places in Gangtok were all about winter wear.
How To Reach Gangtok
For our Gangtok trip from Hyderabad, the best option that we narrowed down to was taking a flight from Hyderabad till Kolkata as there are no direct flights to reach Gangtok. From Kolkata, we had the option of either taking a cab or taking a train. We went for the latter option and boarded a train that connected Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri.
What To Pack For Gangtok
Our 4 days in Gangtok was a trip that experienced extremely cold and dry weather throughout the week. We recommend that if you are planning a trip to Gangtok in the month of December, it is better to pack as many layers as you can. Make sure you pack warm thermals, jackets, thick socks, gloves, caps, woolen sweaters, shawls, mufflers, and sunglasses along with you, to save yourself from the chilly winds.
Personal Expenses Incurred In Gangtok
Since mostly everything was already included in our package, we didn’t really have many expenses to incur on our own. I had spent around INR 2,000 extra. That too was spent on some shopping we did and the food that was not a part of the itinerary. Rest, everything was already taken care of.
Here are a few Gangtok travel tips that one should keep on fingertips when planning to visit this destination.
- As soon as one reaches Gangtok contact the vehicle driver or travel agent before and submit the photos and ID proof for all the permits (especially for Nathula Pass).
- One may not get permission to visit Nathula pass on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hence plan accordingly.
One should be a minimum fit to visit Zero point as the altitude is very high.
- Make sure you pack layers of clothing before heading to Gangtok in December.
Our Experience With TravelTriangle
This was the first time that we booked our travel with TravelTriangle. I got to know about this company through a friend who was pretty happy with the journey. Our experience was good for the company. Everything went on in a butter-smooth way and we didn’t really face any sort of issues. The agent assigned to us was also very helpful.
4 days in Gangtok were truly not enough but it is what it is. All the spots mentioned above are popular tourist attractions and they are popular for all the right reasons. In order to enjoy a worry and hassle-free trip, make sure you learn from Dheeraj’s experience and plan your trip to Gangtok accordingly.
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Common Queries You May Have
What is Gangtok famous for?
Gangtok is famous for its marvelous landscapes and some stunning views. This destination is home to extremely humble locals and is also known for exciting tourist attractions such as Nathula Pass.
What can we do in Gangtok?
There are numerous things that one can do in Gangtok. Riding a cable car, going for yak safari, river rafting, paragliding, shopping, and mountain biking are a few of things that are a must-try here.
Is photography allowed in Nathula Pass?
Nathula Pass is an area that is located near the Indo-China border. Being an army area, photography is not allowed in this destination.
Is Ola available in Gangtok?
Yes, one can use their car rental app ‘Ola’ in Gangtok. There are also other, local taxi services that run here.
What is famous to buy in Gangtok?
Gangtok is a destination that has many things that one can buy. Tibetan carpets, Sikkimese Cups, Prayer Flags, Thangkas, Buddhist Figurines, and Wall Hangings are a few things that one must buy here.
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