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Clinging on to a vertiginous outcrop, Gangtok gazes out across the Yumthang valley. Established in the 1840s as a Buddhist pilgrimage route, it still sees a steady flow of devotees, mala beads, prayer wheels in hand, passing through its streets today. It also serves as a pit stop for would be mountaineers enticed by the Himalaya’s siren call. Our pick of the best places to stay in Gangtok all provide an indulgent stay.
From Rumtek to Tsomgo Lake there are plenty of picturesque (and of varying difficulty) treks. It is a great place to recharge one’s batteries before and after embarking into the wilderness. But be warned: whilst the winters in Gangtok itself may seldom reach minus figures, many of the passes remain inaccessible. The best time to visit therefore, is between March and June.
A centre for Tibetan Buddhism, those interested in the culture and religion of Gangtok will appreciate the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology. housed in a traditional Tibetan style mansion it is a fascinating and superbly curated museum.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Gangtok are both traditional and luxurious
For a historic stay
- Many a dignitary has stayed at the Elgin Nor-Khill Hotel, a former royal guesthouse. Beyond its stately exterior and manicured gardens, the walls are lined with oil paintings and old photographs and the rooms are brimming with antiques.
For an indulgent stay
- You will not want for anything at this Sikkamese style resort; why Mayfair Spa Resort even has a casino! With spa, private pools and gourmet dining you can really treat yourself here.
Still not sure which to book? From historic to lavish browse through our list of the best places to stay in Gangtok to start to plan your trip. Alternatively you can check out all our recommended hotels in Sikkim, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Gangtok
Elgin Nor-Khill Hotel 32 rooms from $137Gangtok (Arithang)
Dignified former royal guesthouse lovingly decorated with period furniture, regional symbolic motifs and vibrant hues. Luxuriate in cosy bedrooms with views onto picturesque gardens and mountains. Savour unique local dishes at the in-house Sikkimese restaurant, and be pampererd at the Elgin spa.Views - Breathtaking mountain views of the eastern HimalayaSights nearby - Palzor Stadium, Rumtek MonasteryKids Club - Fully staffed.Spa
Mayfair Spa Resort & Casino 63 rooms from $182Gangtok (Ranipool)
Idyllic retreat in stunning mountainscape. Well-appointed rooms tastefully furnished with polished wood and soothing colours. Villas offer privacy and luxury. Architecturally reminiscent of Sikkimese tradition but with a modern twist. Spa, pool, casino, kids club. Enjoy delicious food with a view.Swimming Pool - Indoor and outdoor poolsKids Club - Children's play roomPrivate Hot TubOpulent