Ropway in Gangtok
The Ropeway is a four-minute cable-car ride linking Deorali Bazaar (near the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology ) and Namnang Station near Assembly House on the ridge above, providing bird's-eye views of Gangtok and the surrounding mountains and valleys.
This is one of the greatest attractions in Gangtok and should not be missed. It's a double-cable zig back ropeway which is operational since December 2003. Each cable car can carry up to 24 passengers.
They do not always wait until the cable car is full. But during high tourist season, there are usually long queues and each ride gets full before it starts. And if it gets full, you will struggle to get a vantage point inside the cable car unless you are one of the first to get in.
So what can you see from the ropeway? The whole of Gangtok township and if you look down below where you started, you will see the Deorali bazaar. You can also get amazing views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks and the valleys. Look down and you can see a river flowing some 3500 feet below. Overall an unforgettable experience.
If you are taking a round trip from Daorali, just don't disembark. At the Tashiling station the cable car will start its reverse journey and this is when you get the best view of the valley below and that of Gangtok. You will also see another cable car passing yours midway in the other direction.