The capital of Sikkim, is a unique hill resort of northeast India. Perched on the ridge of a hill at an altitude of 1700 meters, Gangtok is famous for its scenic beauty and spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.

The town offers a mild temperate climate with a temperature of around 23°C in summer and around 6°C during winter. Officially the population of Gangtok is around 50 000. The main language in Gangtok as in other parts of Sikkim is Nepali. But Hindi, English, Bengali and Tibetan are also spoken and understood by a large part of the population. The town covers an area of 25 kms². 




Enchey Monastery

The Enchey Monastery is the city's oldest monastery and is the seat of the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism. The 200 years old baroque monastery houses images of gods, goddesses, and other religious artefacts. In the month of January, the Chaam, or masked dance, is performed with great fanfare.


Dro-Dul Chorten

The Dro-Dul Chorten is a stupa which was constructed in 1945 by Trulshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Inside this stupa are complete set of relics, holy books and mantras. 108 Mani Lhakor, or prayer wheels, are surrounding the edifice. The complex also houses a religious school.


Rumtek Monastery

The Rumtek Monastery is one of Buddhism's most sacred monasteries. The monastery is the seat of the Kagyu Order, one of the major Tibetan sects, and houses some of the world's most sacred and rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures and religious objects in its reliquary. Rumtek was the focus of international media attention in 2000 after the seventeenth Karmapa, one of the four holiest lamas, fled Lhasa and sought refuge in the monastery.


Himalayan Zoological Park

The Himalayan Zoological Park exhibits the fauna of the Himalayas in its natural habitats. The zoo features the Himalayan Black Bear, the Barking Deer, the Snow Leopard, the Tibetan Wolf, the Red Panda amongst others.


Government Institute of Cottage Industries

Established in 1957, the Institute's purpose is to promote the manufacture and sale of local handicrafts, carpets and furniture. There, one can find Thangkas, hand carved wooden tables, woolen carpets, hand painted masks and dolls, batiks, lamp-stands, bamboo crafts, flashing silks and embroidered boots.


Ganesh Tok

Ganesh Tok is a very small temple located on the hillock on Gangtok – Nathula road. It is seven kms from Gangtok. The altitude of this spot would be 6500 meters. This temple is devoted to Lord Ganesh. It is so small that it can just accommodate one person. One must crawl to get into the temple.


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