Nestled in the lap of the Eastern Himalayas, lulled to sleep by a cool and refreshing breeze is the sleepy little city of Gangtok. The capital of Sikkim offers a panorama of the most delightful scenic beauty constituted by the magnificent peaks of the Eastern Himalayas, a blooming cover of rhododendrons interspersing the luxuriant foliage of the region and clear blue skies.
The famous Mt Kanchenjunga stands tall and intimidating in the horizon. In the earlier days, Gangtok has served as a transit point for traders between India and Tibet, but today the city has emerged as an important business and administrative centre.
Gangtok will surprise you with its impeccable cleanliness as, unlike other cities, the streets are free of littering and spit stains. The main street, M.G.Marg, bustles with people and is, undoubtedly, the most hip and happening place in Gangtok with hordes of people thronging the market for shopping.
Situated at an elevation of 5,800 feet, Gangtok is blessed with matchless natural beauty and a beautiful weather. A bi-cable Zig-back ropeway has been instituted to help visitors enjoy a bird’s view of this delightfully beautiful city. Besides its natural beauty, Gangtok also attracts a number of tourists throughout the year due to its rich Buddhist heritage.
The Gangtok Tour offers a visit to number of Buddhist monasteries, the most notable being the Enchey monastery, and stupas which has made Gangtok an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination. The Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology, also known as the Tibetology Museum, has a huge collection of masks, idols and scriptures of the Buddhist era. You will also find rare Sanskrit, Tibetan and Lepcha manuscripts conserved at the museum.
Tourism in Gangtok is the major industry of the state. A large number of visitors flock to Gangtok each year to rid themselves of the heat, stress and chaos of the cities.