Often referred to as 'The land of monasteries', Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim, tucked in the Northeastern part of India at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). Today, Gangtok is a cosmopolitan city with all kinds of modern amenities one would like. It has a vibrant nightlife and several nightclubs, restaurants, shopping complexes, pool parlors and casinos!
It's also a great place for a workation, as internet connection is pretty good in the city. You can also travel to other parts of Sikkim (like Tsomgo & Nathu La, Lachung & Lachen, etc) over the weekends, while you spend your weekdays working from Gangtok.
If you've been planning to travel to Gangtok for a workation, then here are some of the best stays within 2000 INR for a night.
Alpine Village Resort in Gangtok is one of the most sought-after stays that would suit your budget, offering majestic views of the hills. All away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it's a 3-star property that takes pride in providing seamless hospitality and exceptional services for all guests.
The rooms have all modern amenities and are adorned with soft warm tones and textures. Each room comes with a huge balcony with a stunning view and a rocking chair! Free high-speed internet connectivity is available for you, in case you are one of those who are planning for a workation in Gangtok. There's a multi-cuisine restaurant and a Coffee Bar, where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy a cup of coffee!
Cost for 2: Rs 1700 per night
2. The Tea Room
Hosted by a local Sikkimese couple, this homestay can be your comfort nest while exploring Gangtok. The homestay has been designed with adventure in mind, catering to every need of an adventure seeker. Each room has been themed, giving them a unique flavour from mountain biking, mountaineering, and Himalayan paragliding to Sikkimese culture, keeping the sense of adventure and travel indoor as well.
The main market is 4 km away, where you can find a number of restaurants, and you can also enjoy shopping. The shared cabs are easily available from morning 5 am to 8.30 pm. The Gonzang Buddhist Monastery is just 1 km from the homestay.
Cost for 2: Rs 1800 per night
If you're traveling solo, then you must spend a couple of nights at Tag Along Backpackers! A super-cool hostel, providing free WiFi, this place is located at a distance of 1.6 km from Palzor Stadium and 2.7 km from Enchey Monastery. The property is set 3.1 km from Do Drul Chorten Monastery, 3.1 km from Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, and 5 km from Ganesh Tok View Point. The property is 8 km from Banjhakri Falls and Park and 8 km from Hanuman Tok.
The rooms have attached bathrooms, and a sitting area, with several board games. An à la carte breakfast is available daily at Tag Along Backpackers, and there's a Travel Cafe where you'd find amazing burgers and cakes, along with local delicacies. The host, Manisha, will be there with a smile, always ready to listen to you and share her amazing stories of adventure!
Cost for 1: Rs 600 per night (approx)
A favorite stop for budget travelers, Zostel Gangtok would be perfect for your staycation/workation as well as for a short trip! Located around 700 m from Palzor Stadium, the hostel has a superspeed free WiFi connection and a shared lounge where you can sit & work. It is about 3.5 km away from Do Drul Chorten. There are several units at the hostel, with a variation of 4-bunk bedrooms as well as 6-bunk bedrooms, all are equipped with private bathrooms. A buffet breakfast is available daily at Zostel Gangtok, and the MG Market is close by.
Ganesh Tok View Point is 3.5 km from the accommodation, while Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is 3.5 km away. The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, 78 km from Zostel Gangtok.
Cost for 2: Rs 1999 per night (Double room with mountain views)
The vista of the cascading city set against the backdrop of the mountains seen from both floors of the stylish yet homely loft is magnificent. Though centrally located, the calm and serenity of the penthouse is one of its many selling points. Spacious, with a warm, cozy wooden interior, this two floor loft is the perfect place for those looking for a quiet, home-like environment while still within walking distance of MG Marg, the pedestrian mall, as well as the best restaurants, night clubs, book shops, cafes, shops, etc.
A gorgeous homestay, with windows on all sides offer a panoramic view of Ranka Valley and the Kanchendzonga peaks. Guests have access to the kitchen, which is stocked with basic amenities plus an oven, microwave, blender and refrigerator.
Cost for 2: Rs 1800 per night (Book the entire property for 9 people for Rs 11000 per night)
A 3-star property situated in Gangtok, Ttakshang Residency & Spa features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. In case you are planning to travel with your family, then this would be a great option.
The rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with slippers and a shower. All rooms will provide guests with a desk and a kettle. A continental breakfast is available each morning at Ttakshang Residency & Spa, Gangtok, Sikkim. There's a beautiful terrace where you can chill and gaze at the beautiful views. Do Drul Chorten is 2.2 km from here, while Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is 2.2 km from the property.
Cost for 2: Rs 1900 per night (deluxe room)
This is a new property in Gangtok and has already become quite popular among travelers. Muscatel Grand Silk Route features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi. All the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The restaurant offers a buffet breakfast as well as a wide variety of Asian cuisines.
You'd get to enjoy some nice views of the mountains from the property. Do Drul Chorten is 1.7 km from the accommodation, while Namgyal Institute of Tibetology is 1.7 km away.
Cost for 2: Rs 1600 per night (Standard room)
If you're a digital nomad (who's thinking to ditch Manali or Goa), then you can definitely consider working from Gangtok which is said to be one of the most beautiful hill stations in the country, and a perfect place for workation. With everything in just the right amount from a blend of cultural identities to urbanization, it's a breathing and dynamic bit of paradise of the northeast.