Capital of Sikkim

Gangtok situated at an altitude of 1650m is the capital and the largest town of Sikkim. Gangtok which literally means ‘hilltop’ is a city with a good mixture of modern and old world charm. Its population is about 100,000 and from different ethnicities such as the Nepalis, Bhutias and Lepchas. The city sprawls down over the west side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul river, with magnificent sceneries and excellent views of the Kanchendzonga range.
In 1894, the ruling Sikkimese Chogyal (King), Thutob Namgyal, transferred the capital to Gangtok from west Sikkim. In the early 20th century, Gangtok became a major stopover on the trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and cities such as 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.
Gangtok being at a moderate altitude enjoys a pleasant and a mild temperate climate all the year-round.

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Attractions in Gangtok, around and from Gangtok

  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology This internationally acclaimed center of Tibetan Studies & Research houses a vast collection of rare Buddhist books, manuscripts and over 200 Buddhist icons. About a kilometer downhill from the main m

  • Do-Drul Chorten Do-Drul Chorten(Stupa) was built by late Trulshik Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945. This is one of the most important and the biggest stupa found in Sikkim. Inside this

  • Enchey Monastery Enchey Monastery belonging to Nyingmapa sect is located 3 km away on a hilltop above Gangtok, and was once the hermitage site of Lama Drupthob Karpo renowned for his power of flying. In this 200 yea

  • Institute of Cottage Industry Also known as the Directorate of Handloom and Handicrafts was established during the time of the Chogyals of Sikkim to promote the ethnic art and craft of Sikkim. The main emporium is located at a sho

  • Lal Bazaar Lal Bazaar located just below the M. G. Marg at a walking distance, is a market where local farmers congregate to sell their products. It is more vibrant especially on Sundays when villagers from diff

  • Lingdum Gompa (Monastery) Ranka Monastery(also known as Lingdum monastery) is located about an hour’s drive from Gangtok at Lingdum. This monastery belongs to the Zurmang Kagyu sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is under the spir

  • M.G Marg M. G. Marg is a street located at the main centre, it is like a long stretch of a boulevard lined up with glittering shops, restaurants, cafes & bars on both sides. The street is cobbled with stone,

  • Orchid Sanctuary Orchid Sanctuary situated just beside the Institute of Tibetology is famous for its rare and extensive collection of orchids. Out of 454 species of orchids, about 200 species are found in Sikkim and m

  • Phensang Monastery The Phensang Monastery is located in the north Sikkim on the gentle slope that spreads from Kabi to Phodong. This monastery was built in the year 1721 during the reign of Jigme Pawo, It belongs to Nyi

  • road from Gangtok to Darjeeling The road from Gangtok to Darjeeling descends down the hill and crosses over the Rangpo river into West Bengal. From here the road follows the Teesta river until the Teesta bridge and takes a diversion

  • Rumtek Rumtek at around 1500m is located 24km away and on the hill, opposite of Gangtok. The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks that practice Karma Kagyu linea

  • Tashi Viewpoint Tashi Viewpoint is a scenic and a pleasant spot, even if it is a bit of a long walk from the town. Situated on the North Sikkim Highway, the vantage point is best visited in the early morning hours to

  • Tsuklakhang (The Palace Monastery) Tsuklakhang (The Palace Monastery) is located in the grounds of the palace of the former rulers, the Chogyals of Sikkim. Built in traditional Sikkimese style, it is capital’s most accessible monast