Yes, that is the question most of the first timers in Gangtok have in mind. The first question while booking our stay in a hotel comes in is that where to take the hotel or which is the best place to stay in Gangtok. This is really a common question among all travelers to Gangtok town in Sikkim. I receive so many queries on this topic every month and so I have decided to come up with this post which clarifies everything.
Gangtok is a very beautiful town on hills and I can say that it is one of the most well maintained and designed hill towns in India. Gangtok is the most visited tourist destination in Sikkim. The journey from NJP to Gangtok by road along the river Teesta is fabulous. Most of the tourist places in Sikkim can be visited from Gangtok. Huge number of tourists visits the place all through out the year and all of them think of where to stay in Gangtok while making the Gangtok tour plan. So let me now talk about the places to spend nights in Gangtok town.
MG Marg and Development Area are two most favorite and popular places to stay in Gangtok town. Both the places have so many hotels and restaurants with beautiful scenic beauty all around which makes a perfect stay but both the places have its own positive points. Let me cover the places one by one with their positive points and then we can compare.
MG Marg – A Market Place in Gangtok
MG Marg area is the most happening place in Gangtok. MG Marg is the name of a street. It is the main market place of Gangtok and the heart of the town.
There are hundreds of hotels, multi cuisine restaurants, eateries, shops, markets etc. in and around MG Marg. The street is always busy with locals, travelers from other parts of Sikkim and tourists.
If you want to stay near the market place or a happening place then MG Marg area would be the best place to take your hotel and spend the nights in Gangtok.
Development Area in Gangtok
Development Area is around half an hour walk from the MG Marg area along the national high way 31A. A cab takes few minutes from MG Marg to Development Area or vice versa.
Development Area is away from the chaos that you find in MG Marg. Development Area in Gangtok is serene and a tranquil place with a breath taking scenic view all around. The natural beauty all around is just awesome. There is nothing happening, so if you want a happening place, Development Area is not the place to stay in but if you are a nature lover, it is the best place to stay in Gangtok. The view of the sleeping giant – Mt. Kanchenjungha from Development Area with no chaos anywhere but complete peace is really appreciable and enjoyable.
The Gangtok city looks superb at night from Development Area. You can have an aerial view of the city on the hills. So if you love and prefer serenity and natural beauty to artificial things, I would always suggest you to stay at Development Area in Gangtok.
I personally prefer to stay at Development Area because I love serene places and I love to stay close to the nature and away from chaos. Each time I visit Gangtok I stay at Development Area because I love the scenic beauty there all around.