Gangtok is located in Sikkim, which is one of the seven states in North-East India. It is perched at an altitude of 1780 m.
The Gangtok monastery was built in 1716 and is one of the important sources of Gangtok's history. It is said that Gangtok was undeveloped the Enchey monastery made it an important pilgrimage in1840. In the 19th century Gangtok serves as an important conduit for trade between Tibet and British controlled India. In 1894 Gangtok became Sikkim's capital, raising its importance. After independence, trade between India and Tibet continued to prosper with Nathu-La Pass serving as an important route. But it was sealed after war of 1962 only to be re-opened in 2006 in a limited capacity. In 1975, Sikkim became India's 22nd state.
Non vegetarian meals are popular in the state but in Gangtok it is easy to find vegetarian variants of most dishes. Momos and thupka are filling and inexpensive snacks.
Most people here are fluent in Nepali, English, Hindi and Bengali. The city boasts of a literacy rate which is 82% one of the highest in India.
Most of the tours to Guru-Dongmar Lake, Yumthang, Lake Kecheopalri and the Nathula Pass-Tsomgo Lake-Baba Mandir trinity depart from Gangtok. In Gangtok itself here, one can enjoy the local cuisine or shopping at the quiet MG Market. Many beautiful tourist destinations like the Rumtek and Enchey monasteries, Jhakri Falls and Tashi Viewpoint are a short drive from the city. Read more