Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and is situated at a height of 5,500ft above sea level. The city has become the famous centre for Buddhist learning and culture, along with political, commercial, religious and cultural activities of the people of Sikkim.The city attracts a major crowd ever year for it is provided with a number of tourists attractions by nature itself. It forms major revenue for the state. It is also very easy to get here for the state capital is well connected by all means of transport.
ORIENTATION : Gangtok located in the lower hills of Himalaya is located in the south of East Sikkim. Gangtok covers the western side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul River.
HISTORY : The earliest reference of Gangtok in history is made around 1716 along with the construction of Gangtok monastery. It is only after the Enchey Monastery in 1840 Gangtok became a famous pilgrimage centre.Gangtok was made as the state capital first in 1894 during British rule itself by the Sikkim monarch Thutob Namgyal.Under the British reign Gangtok was a major centre for trade between Tibet and India. After the independence of India Sikkim became the 22nd state of India along with Gangtok as its capital.