While Sikkim is full of stunning places to visit, its most prized possession is the amazing city of Gangtok. Capital of Sikkim.
Sikkim is one of the most wonderful places to visit in India. It is arguably India’s most underrated state when it comes to tourism. Located in the beautiful north-eastern region of India, Sikkim is landlocked with Nepal to its west, the Chinese Tibet Autonomous region to its north and east, Bhutan to its east and West Bengal to its south. While Sikkim is full of stunning places to visit, its most prized possession is the amazing city of Gangtok. Capital of Sikkim, Gangtok is a hill resort and one of the most popular places in north-east India. It is known for its scenic beauty and striking views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Gangtok is nestled within higher Himalayan peaks with a year-round mild weather making it an excellent holiday spot. Located in the eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft), Gangtok houses people of different ethnicity such as Nepali, Lepchas and Bhutia. Tourism, which peaks in spring and summer, is the main source of income in Gangtok since it serves as a gateway to Sikkim.
Located right in the middle of the Himalayan range, Gangtok is one of the most picturesque places to visit in the whole of India. It presents the perfect image of India’s great and varied topography. This hold true to most parts of Sikkim. Despite being the least populous state in India and the second smallest state after Goa, Sikkim is still an excellent tourist spot thanks to places like Gangtok with their stunning location and amazing geographical terrain.
Gangtok’s early history is a bit of a mystery. The earliest records date back to the year 1716 when the hermetic Gangtok monastery was constructed. Gangtok remained a small hamlet until the Enchey Monastery was constructed here in 1840. This transformed Gangtok into a major pilgrimage center. Then, in the mid-19th century, Gangtok became the capital of the state after an English conquest in response to a hostage crisis. The Tibetans were defeated by the British making Gangtok a major stopover in the trade between Tibet and British India by the end of 19th century. It was during this era that most of the roads and telegraph in the region were built.
WHAT TO SEE IN SIKKIM
Sikkim is full of marvels for those who love nature and adventure. It is one of the lesser-explored and therefore lesser-polluted places of India. Gangtok, being Sikkim’s capital and most prominent tourist attraction, has loads to offer to tourists. Be it unparalleled natural beauty or an adrenaline rush through adventure activities Gangtok has several options for whatever visitors are looking for. Gangtok is also known as the land of monasteries due to the sheer number of monasteries it houses. It has emerged as a major Buddhist pilgrimage center and has some of the finest monasteries in India that you cannot afford to miss.