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Gangtok City

Gangtok City information

Country: India
Location: Northeast part of India
Altitude: 1,437 m
Population: 98,658
Literacy Rate: 82.17%
Language: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Gurung, Mangar, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Sherpa, Tamang and Sunwar
Known for: Hill Station
Nearby Cities: Darjeeling, Kalimpong

Located in the north-east part of India, in the eastern Himalayan region, Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. With the population of about 1 lakh of different ethnicities, Gangtok is the largest town of the state Sikkim. The major ethnicities of the town are Lepchas, Bhutia, and Nepalis and they largely practice Buddhist culture. The assembly hall and other administrative buildings are located in Gangtok.

Geographically, the city is situated at the Shivalik Hills (at the altitude of about 1,437 metres), which is outer part of Eastern Himalaya. During the year of 1840, Enchey Monastery had been constructed here that has given very much prominence to Buddhist pilgrimage. In addition, it has made capital in the year 1894. Above all, by virtue of falling in the trade rout of Tibet and Indian cities Kolkata and others, Gangtok became the stopover town that facilitated it more to develop the infrastructure.

Gangtok Tourism
Located in beautiful landscapes and surrounded by snow clad picks of Greater Himalaya, Gangtok is pretty popular for tourism. It is pretty interesting to share that the word Gangtok carries meaning i.e. 'Hill Top'. As name suggests, it is pretty popular hill station of India. Besides, it is also the centre place for the learning of Tibetan Buddhist culture. You can find here many Tibetology and other related religious education institutions.

Major Tourists' Attractions
Rumtek Monastery
Pemayangtse Monastery
Tashiding Monastery
Tsomgo Lake
Nathu La Pass
Hanuman Tok

Major activities to do in Gangtok
Watching wildlife
Shopping local handicrafts

How to Reach??
By Road: Gangtok is connected with other part of India by metalled highway i.e. National Highway 31A. It links Gangtok to Siliguri; located about 114 km away in the neighbouring state of West Bengal.
By Rail: Located about 124 km and 114 km away, New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri are the nearby railway stations. Private and public vehicles are easily available from both of the railway stations for Gangtok.
By Air: Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport that serves regular helicopter services.

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