The Ultimate Guide to Gangtok: Part I

the ultimate guide to gangtok part i

Gangtok lies at a height of 1676m, along a mountain ridge. On clear days, you can see the legendary third highest peak in the world, the deeply venerated Mt Khangchendzonga, towering above all else in the distance. 

Back in the day, Sikkim’s capital served as an important transit point for those travelling between Tibet and India. Today, it is the administrative and business hub of Sikkim, and a town with a very cosmopolitan vibe that has its share of multiplexes, shopping complexes, cyber cafes, nightclubs, pubs and cafes.

Gangtok used to be a sleepy hamlet. The construction of Enchey Monastery in 1840 transformed it into a major pilgrimage center, and further traffic was added when it became a major stopover between Tibet and British India. In 1894, Sikkimese monarch Thutob Namgyal shifted the capital from Tumlong to Gangtok, and built a new palace along with other state buildings here. Today, Gangtok is considered to be a center of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning.

The town’s people are from different ethnicities such as Lepchas, Bhutias, and Nepalis. They celebrate major Hindu festivals such as Diwali and Makar Sankranti, along with Buddhist festivals like Losar, Loosong, Bhumchu, Saga Dawa, Lhabab Duechen and Drupka Teshi, and also Christmas…

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