About Gangtok

Gangtok is a city, municipality, the capital and the largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. It is also the headquarters of the East Sikkim district. Gangtok is in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft). The town's population of 100,000 are from different ethnicities such as Bhutia, Lepchas and Indian Gorkhas. Within the higher peaks of the Himalaya and with a year-round mild temperate climate, Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim's tourism industry.

Snuggled in the lap of the North east Himalayas, Gangtok is the capital of the East Indian State of Sikkim. Truly magical, the hill station is one of the must-visit places in India. The backdrop of the Himalayas, the view of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga makes the hill town a charming locale to spend memorable holidays. If the breath-taking vistas, Buddhist shrines, exquisite flora and fauna, including hundreds of varieties of butterflies, adventure pursuits are your style, then Gangtok tours is the best option for you!

The unexplored gem of Sikkim and its capital Gangtok has a huge list of places to visit and things to do. Tourist attractions in Gangtok include The Do Drul Chorten, one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Sikkim and India, solitary temple of the Enchey Monastery, the marvelous collection of orchids in the Orchid Sanctuary, etc. The Namgyal Institute of Research and the Tsuk la Khang, are a depository of a large collection of scriptures and the principal place of worship for the local Buddhists, are definitely worth visiting. The Rumtek Monastery is one of its kind in Sikkim and the Phodong Monastery, one of the most beautiful monasteries in the region, are also well worth visiting.

Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. In 1894, the ruling Sikkimese Chogyal, Thutob Namgyal, transferred the capital to Gangtok. In the early 20th century, Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as Kolkata (then Calcutta) in British India. After India won its independence from Britain in 1947, Sikkim chose to remain an independent monarchy, with Gangtok as its capital. In 1975, after the integration with the union of India, Gangtok was made India's 22nd state capital.

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