The places near Gangtok include:
Rumtek Monastery that is 24 kms away and is one of the most important monasteries of the ‘Kagyu Order’. It has some amazing artifacts and manuscripts that are hundreds of years old.
Kanchenjenga National Park is not as frequented as the other parks in India but it is one of the most beautiful. It is home to the snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan tahr and a very wide variety of animals and birds that are rarely found anywhere else in the country.
Nathula Pass is 50 kms from Gangtok and is an offshoot of the fabled Silk Route. It was an important trading point with Tibet since ages but was closed after the 1662 war with China. It has been reopened and certainly calls for a visit.
Changu Lake at 3,780 mt, 40 km east of Gangtok remains frozen through the year and comes alive during summer when rhododendrons, irises, primulas and poppies burst into bloom on its banks and on the adjoining hill slopes.