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Gangtok capital of Sikkim. Gangtok is located in the south of the district of east sikkim. It occupies a rising ridge of the state. The hill resort of Gangtok is popular destination of India. Closing to Gangtok there are three popular viewing points offering panoramas of the Kanchenjunga Range. the tour of the hill resort of Gangtok reveals that the himalayas in the backdrop of the town. Gangtok is famous for the monasteries. Its the second small state of India. Gangtok is a picturesque clinging town with monasteries , parks, pagoda styles houses and colorful bazaars. No one knows how the Lepchas came to Sikkim, but their can be traced back to the animist Nagas of the Indo-Burmese border. Buddhism which arrived from Tibet in 13 th century took its distinctive sikkimese from four centuries later when three Tibetan monks disenchanted with the rise of the reformist Gelug -Pas, migrated south and gathered at Yoksum in western sikkim. Over the centuries territory was lost to Bhutanese, the Nepalese and the British. sikkim originally ceded Darjeeling to the east India company as a spa in 1817, but was forced to give up all claims to it in 1861, when kingdom was declared a protectorate of the British. After Indian independence, the reforming and intensely spiritual eleventh chogyal, Tashi Namgyal, strove hard untill his death in 1962 to prevent the dissolution of his kingdom. The chogyal remained as a figurehead until his death in 1981. Today the sikkim democratic Front forms the government of sikkim and while life in sikkim remains generally contended affecting the state infrasturcture.

Area 15 sq km
Altitude 1780 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-13.0 C-26.0 C Winter-0.0 C-18.0C
Language English, Nepali, Hindi, Bhutia, Lepcha and Tibetan
STD Code 03592
Rainfall 3894 mm average yearly
Best Time to Visit April to Mid-June; Mid September to November

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How to get there

  1. Air :- Nearest airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal( 124 kms.).
  2. Rail:- New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal (148 kms.)
  3. Road:-Gangtok is connected with all weather mettaled road with Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok etc.

Places to Visit

Do Drul Chorten Enchy Monastry Orchid Sanctuary Tashi Ling

Excursion

Rumtek Monastery Phodong Monastry

Shopping

The main markets for shopping are Old market, New Market and Lal market. Here one finds shops of all kind, which offer good range of items to be purchased. For tourists there are many attractive items to be bought as carved furniture, the dresses, Lepcha weave bags, Carpets & Durries with intricate designs and colourful decorations. One can also buy wooden and bamboo artifacts. For a collector of handmade decorative pieces Gangtok is a paradise. The items from Gangtok xleave a long lasting impression on the mind of the visitor.

Accommodation

Hotel Tashii Delek Hotel Norkhill