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Gangtok makes for one of the most frequented tourist destinations in Northeast India as it is a haven for both holidaymakers as well as religious travellers. When planning a trip to this quaint little town, make sure you keep aside at least 10 days as that is how much time you’ll need to explore the many places to visit in Gangtok. Start with the mesmerising Tsomgo Lake, followed by historical places like Hanuman Tok, Ranka Monastery, and Rumtek Monastery. Adventure enthusiasts must not miss out on driving through the steep, slippery slopes of Nathula Pass. Exploring the Flower Exhibition Centre, Himalayan Zoological Park and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is also a must for Gangtok visitors.
After sightseeing, shopping is another one of the top things to do in Gangtok. There are many items to take back home from Gangtok’s MG Marg including Buddha figurines, Tibetan carpets, Sikkim tea, thangkas, Sikkim cups, and other souvenirs. The street also offers an array of food options, of which momos, thukpa, wonton, gyathuk, churrpi, thenthuk, and shah-phaley are definitely a must-try.