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Sikkim - GANGTOK, The Capital

Top travel sites in Sikkim: Gangtok (East Sikkim), Tsomgo Lake (East Sikkim), Nathu La Pass (East Sikkim), Baba Mandir (East Sikkim), Khangchendzonga (West Sikkim)

Sikkim Govt Tourist Information Centres:- Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Gangtok: MG Road, Gangtok Ph: 03592-221634/227720; Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, New Delhi: 14 Panchsheel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi PIN 110021, Ph:011-26115346, 26115171; Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Kolkata: 4/1, Middletown Street, Kolkata-16 Ph: 22817905; Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Siliguri: SNT Colony, Pradhan Nagar, Siliguri, West Bengal Ph: 2512646; Sikkim Tourist Information Centre, Bagdogra: Bagdogra airport Ph: 2698030; 2698036

Where to stay and what to eat in Gangtok

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim with a population of approximately 50,000. The city is not behind the rest of the world in terms of urbanization - broad roads, flyovers, posh markets, state-of-art hospitals, educational institutes, fast food outlets, discotheques, and all other modern amenities are in place. One imposing manmade landmark of the town is the 200 ft-high TV tower which overlooks the town and is situated near the Enchey monastry below Ganesh Tok. A stroll along the Mahatma Gandhi Marg is shopper's delight. Hotels, restaurants, curios, footwear and everything is available.

Where to stay in Gangtok: Accommodation is easily available in Gangtok. There are many hotels, tourist lodges, tourist hostels and tourist cottages in Gangtok.

Where to eat: - restaurants & bars: Buzz (Glenary's), New Market; Little Italy, Near Petro Pump, Deoralim; The Square, Paljor Stadium Road; Fusion Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Convoy Ground, Tadong; Blue Poppy/ Dragon Hall, Hotel Tashi Delek; China Palate, New Market; Dragon Restaurant, Green Hotel, MG Marg; Eden Park, Hotel Park Residency; Hotel Sher-e-Punjab, 31A NH; House of Bamboo, M.G.Marg ; Krishna Restaurant (Pure Veg.); Metro's Fast Food (Pure Veg.); Moti Mahal, New Market; Oberoi's Barbeque, New Market; Parivar Restaurant (Pure Veg.), MG Marg; Risur Restaurant, Deorali; Snow Lion, Paljor Stadium Road; The Blue Sheep Restaurant, MG Marg; Wild Orchid Restaurant, Hotel Central, 31A NH

Pub/bar: Dragon's Den, MG Marg; Buzz(Glenary's), New Market; Fusion Lounge Bar & Restaurant, Convoy Ground, Tadong; Little Italy, Near Petro Pump, Deorali; The Square, Paljor Stadium Road

Shopping in Gangtok: Directorate of Handicrafts & Handloom Showroom; Sikkim Rural Development Agency Showroom at the junction of MG Marg and New Market; Punney Raj Shakya, New Market; Babu kazi Shakya & Son, New Market; 5 Asha Kazi Shakya, New Market; Budha Ratna Shakya, New Market; Silver Queen, New Market; Shakya Jewellers, New Market; Tirwa Jewellers, New Market; Shambhu Jewellery, Tibet Road

Shopping markets: Bazar, Naya Bazar, Lall Market, Super Market

Travel agents: Atlas Tours & Services 223862; Blue Sky Treks & Travels (P) Ltd. 228658/ 225113; Everest Tours & Treks 225262/ 224489; Himalayan Tours & Travels 225619; Kanishka 224011/ 224690; Khangri Tours & Travels 226050; Marcopolo World Travels 224116/ 229407; Modern Treks & Tours 227319/ 226562; Namgyal Treks & Tours 223701/ 227027; Pardick Treks & Tours 223250/ 222316; Potala Tours & Treks 222041/ 224434; RNC Enterprise 228652/ 228653; Sony Tours & Treks 226490/ 31997; Sikkim Tours & Travels 222188; Siniolchu Tours & Travels 225569/ 224572; Tashila Tours & Travels 222979; The Silk Route Tours & Travel 223354/ 229150; Vajra Adventure Tours 222446/ 222759; Wangchuk Travel Agency 225508/ 226096; Yak & Yeti Travels 224643; Yuksom Tours & Treks 223473/ 226822

Helicopter booking: Helipad (9 km) 225277; RNC Enterprise 228652/228653

Courier service: Blue Dart; DTDC; First Flight; Overnight Express

Curios: Charitrust Tibetan Emporium; Curio Craft Gallery; Gift Shop; Kandoika; Mandala Gift Centre; Nu-Look; Sikkim Art Emp; Sikkim Sarda & Company; Snow White; State Handicrafts Showroom

Cinemas: Denjong, Lall Market Road, Gangtok; Vajra, Baluakhani, Gangtok; Sangram Bhawan, Development Area, Gangtok.

Banks: State Bank of Sikkim, Gangtok; State Bank of India, Gantok; Central Bank of India, Gangtok; United Commercial Bank, Gangtok; Canara Bank, Gangtok; Bank of Baroda, Gangtok; Vijaya Bank, Gangtok; UTI Bank

Hospitals: STNM Hospital, Gangtok; Manipal Referral Hospital, Tadong, Gangtok

Churches: Roman Catholic Church, Gangtok; North East Presbytarian Church of Sikkim, Gangtok

Hindu Temples: Thakurbai, Gangtok; Sai Baba Mandir, Baluakhani, Gangtok

Monasteries: Enchey Monastery, Gangtok; Gurulhakhang, Deorali, Gangtok; Sa-Ngro-Chotshog Centre, Gangtok

Mosque: Anjuman, Gangtok

Dharamsala: Shanti Bhawan, Thakurbari Compound, Gangtok

Police: Tel: 100/22033, 22042

Hotels: Hotel Mount Simvo, Tadong, Gangtok 10 minutes from town - Rs 900 + A clear view of the mountain & valley hotelmountsimvo.com; Primula Lodge, 300-600 only (in town) hotelmountsimvo.com; Hotel Golden Pagoda, MG Marg Rs. 900/- onwards hotelgoldenpagoda.com/; The Hidden Forest Retreat, Middle Sichey, Gangtok Rs.1300/- upwards hiddenforestretreat.com; Golden Heights, An executive class hotel MG Marg, Rs.1500/- & above hotelgoldenheights.co.in; Tibet Hotel, Paljor Stadium Road Restaurant: multi-cuisine sikkiminfo.net/hoteltibet; Kewzing Home Stay, centrally located, Rs. 450/- to Rs. 950/- sikkiminfo.net/kewzinghome/; Royal Plaza Hotel, luxury hotel http://www.theroyalplazahotel.com/; Mintokling Guest House, Gangtok, home stay mintokling.com; Shilton Lodge, below General Post Office, Palzor Stadium Road Rs.400 - 800 / shiltonlodge.com; The Cherry Guest House, Church Road, Rs. 500 - 1800 thecherryguesthouse.com; Hotel Tashi Tagay, Tadong, Gangtok Restaurant: multi-cuisine Rs.500/- & above tashitagay.com; Hotel Bayful, MG Marg Restaurant: multi-cuisine, travel desk Rs.800 - Rs1500/- hotelbayul.com; The Himalayan Retreat cum Resort, Near Tamang Gumpa, Sichey Gangtok A 10-minute walk from town thehimalayanresort.com; Chumbi Residency, Tibet Road Restaurant: multi-cuisine Rs.1950/- & above sikkiminfo.net/chumbi/; Hotel Sonam Delek, with best view in town, Road, Restaurant: multi-cuisine Rs.600/- & above sikkiminfo.net/sonamdelek.

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