The capital of the state of Sikkim, Gangtok is a beautiful hill station located amidst the Sivalik Hills of the eastern range of the Himalayas. It is situated at an altitude of 1,437 meters and is a popular center for tourism and commerce.
Being a hill station, Gangtok experiences a temperate climate all through the year. The summer months are pleasant and mild while the winter months are chilly. The city experiences moderate rainfall. The ideal time for traveling to Gangtok is in between the months of March and October when the weather is pleasant. Nature lovers can also make trips during the winter season to spend time amidst snow.
Being a popular tourist destination, there are plenty of tourist attractions in Gangtok. The city is a well known center of the Buddhist religion and is home to lots of Buddhist monasteries. The scenic beauty is also an added charm. Some of the popular tourist spots in the city are:
- Rumtek Monastery
- Enchey Monastery
- Do-drul Chorten
- Dodrupchen Monastery
- Changu Lake
Adventure lovers can enjoy a wide range of sports like trekking, mountain biking, river rafting, mountain hiking and so on.
There is a wide range of hotels and resorts in Gangtok which offer pleasant lodging facilities at reasonable rates. One can also shop for a wide range of handicrafts and local artifacts from the local markets and shops. The local dining spots serve varied range of mouth watering delicacies.
Gangtok is also easily accessible. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport. Road transport is also well developed and the city is connected with other major cities like Darjeeling, Siliguri, Shillong and other places.