Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is known for its scenic beauty and wonderful weather. Travellers from all over the world visit this destination in huge numbers every year. This Northeast paradise is located on a hilltop and is surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests and a clear sky. If you are looking for variety and options then Gangtok is the place to be. This city surely won't disappoint you in any way. From adventure sports to sightseeing, there are a host of things a tourist can do in Gangtok. So if you are planning on visiting Gangtok, here are some things that you must do while you are there.
1. Go on a Yak safari.
If you want to do something different then you can consider going on a yak safari. Going on a yak safari makes for a unique experience. This huge mountain animal will slowly and steadily take you to places in and around Gangtok. All you have to do is firmly hold on to the hump of this huge mountain animal. Don't worry, this mountain animal is quite a harmless creature. It won't bite you. Some of the popular trails are Dzongri area and Tsomgo lake. Also, don’t miss a photo session atop the Yak!
2. Try trekking or mountain biking.
Mountain biking in Gangtok will definitely give you a adrenaline rush and offer you that much needed thrill. The complete activity ranges from a period of 4 days to a period of 15 days. You'll get to go on a biking expedition and do some trekking as well. You can ride through and explore some of the most beautiful landscapes, monasteries, rivers, waterfalls and villages. Hot tip: Gangtok- Phodong- Rangrang- Dikchu Makha- Sirwani-Temi, Gangtok- Rumtek- Sang- Sirwani- Temi- Namchi- Jorethang- Melli, Gangtok- Rumtek- Sang- Sirwani- Temi- Namchi- Namthang- Rangpoare are some of the popular routes for mountain biking and trekking.
3. Go river rafting at the Teesta River.
Unleash your adventurous side by going for river rafting on Teesta River. The swirls, turns caused by the ever-changing terrain makes Teesta River ideal for rafting. Now, don't be under the impression that rafting in this river will be easy. The rapids of Rangit and Teesta river are very challenging. The river flows through gorges and valleys that offer picturesque spectacles. If you want, you can also camp along the banks of River Rangeet, a tributary of Teesta River. Some of the most popular routes for rafting that are Makha-Rongpo which is the shortest route, Dikchu-Teesta Bridge which is a intermediately long route and Bordang-Melli which will take you more than 5 hours to complete.
4. Go paragliding.
The thought of wanting to have wings and fly has never really left our conscious. While it isn't possible, you should try out paragliding in Gangtok. This adventure sport is quite popular among tourists. The best part is that you'll get the breathtaking views of the Himalayas in the backdrop of nature. I can't think of anything better than this. No, you don't need to be a pro if you want to go for paragliding. Just so you know, the starting point for a medium fly (1400 m altitude, 5-10 mins) is Baliman Dara, and for a high fly (2200 m altitude, 20-30 mins) is Reshithang village.
5. Take a trip to the famous Nathu La Pass.
If you really want to be spell bound by nature then take a trip to Nathu La Pass which is just 52 kms away from Gangtok. Visiting Nathu La Pass, located at a height of 14150 feet can be one of the most adventurous things to do in Gangtok. The journey in itself is nothing less than an adventure to remember and once you get there you'll be welcomed by the stunning view of the snow-clad Himalayas. Just remember to carry a small oxygen cylinder with you because the oxygen level in this region is low. You'll also need a Protected Area Permit issued by the Sikkim Tourism Department. Also, don't forget to carry a ID proof and two passport size photos with you otherwise you won't be allowed to enter Nathu La Pass.