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Written by Priyanka Sharma on May 20, 2020 Share on

Gangtok In November – Top Places And Activities to Visit

The Summers are fading and “The Winter Is Coming”. I know! I know! all of us have heard about it a zillion times in the Game Of Thrones Tv Series. Well, we don’t really have to go that far to experience Winters, as we have it right here in Gangtok. This is a beautiful city and the capital of Sikkim situated next to the Himalayan Ranges adjacent to China, Nepal and Bhutan. Gangtok is worldwide famous for its view of the Kanchenjunga Peak which is at an altitude of 28,169 ft. It was initially established as the Buddhist pilgrimage site in 1840, and till date, it remains as a Tibetan Buddhist centre. Gangtok is one of those places which has amazing weather throughout the year, making it a must-visit tourist spot for travellers. It’s also filled with natural beauty during all seasons and its beauty is at its peak during winters. People seeking a cosy climate, mesmerising natural beauty and getting to explore all the wonderful activities its got to offer, you must visit Gangtok In November. Go on reading to find out why?

Kanchenjunga Peak view
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Weather In November

Weather in Gangtok usually ranges between 2°C and 25°C maintaining pleasant weather throughout the year. During winters you get to view the snowcapped mountains along with cool breeze sending tingling sensations in your spine. The month of November is most preferred as the people can opt for adventurous activities such as trekking, paragliding, and mountain biking. Continue reading to find out all that Gangtok has got to offer in November.

Top Places To Visit In Gangtok during November

From lakes to monasteries to national parks, Gangtok has a lot to offer. Find below the best places to visit especially in November.

1. Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery is one place no traveller travelling to Sikkim would want to miss. It’s a three-storeyed monastery famous for its Kagyu teachings. The terrace of Rumtek Monastery provides you with a pictorial view that will leave you awestruck!

  • Timings: 8 am to 6 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free

2. Goechala

Goechala is a tiny village located in Gangtok, Sikkim. This is for trek lovers. At the end of this trail, you will find yourself surrounded by mountains covered with Snow and will get to see the marvellous view of the Kanchenjunga peak.

  • Location: Goechala, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
  • Entry Fee: 10,000-20,000 per adult (trek cost)

3. Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake is created by the fresh waters of glaciers that flow down every year. It’s situated at an altitude of 12,310 feet, which is frozen during winters. This place will make you feel like you’re in heaven.

  • Location: Tsomgo Lake, near Gangtok, Sikkim, India
  • Timings: Open 24 hours
  • Entry Fee: INR 150-200 approx.
Tsomgo Lake in winters
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Top Activities To Do In November at Gangtok

1. Ropeway Ride

One of the activities which are a must is the “Ropeway Ride” which is a 1km long providing you with the aerial view of the Capital city, Sikkim. Gangtok in November is filled with beautiful white snow, giving you a mesmerizing view from the top.

  • Timings: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Price: INR 110/adult, INR 70 for children below 6 years (free below 3); Video camera- INR 100
Rope Ride
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2. River Rafting

Teesta River is one main river in Sikkim, flowing alongside the state in most regions. This is famous for its amazing River Rafting experience since the flow of the water is not very strong making it comfortable for beginners as well.

  • Price: INR 2000-4000 per person

3. Shopping

Besides exploring monasteries, lakes and waterfalls you can also buy souvenirs in the Deorali bazaar. Famous things usually bought by the tourists are the Sikkim tea, Tibetan carpets, Sikkimese cups, wall hangings, and Buddhist figurines.

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