Owing to its proximity to the Tibetan border, Gangtok in the state of Sikkim is located in one of the most enthralling regions of the Himalayas and steeped in Tibetan culture. Surrounded by the Tibetan Plateau in the north, Nepal to the west, Bhutan in the east and West Bengal along its southern border, the awe-inspiring Kanchanjunga peaks (the third highest in the world) guard its green valleys, turquoise lakes, crystal-clear streams and gorges.
Becoming capital of the state in the 19th century, Gangtok is famous for its many monasteries, trekking possibilities and awesome views of the Himalayas. At an elevation of 1870m, the hilly town spreads down the western side of a long ridge flanking the Ranipul River. Characterised by mists, fluttering prayer flags, painted roofs and pagoda-styled houses, a rich cultural heritage and friendly people, Gangtok is a pleasant place to visit. The entire Kanchenjunga range can be viewed from the town on clear days and it is worshipped as a local deity.
Gangtok’s Buddhist past is the draw for visitors, evident in the extensive collection at the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology established in 1958, Tsuk-La-Khang or Royal Chapel, Enchey Gompa and Do-Drul Chorten (tower) – one of the most important in Sikkim.
In addition, surrounding the Tibetan Institute are the Orchid Sanctuaries where it is possible to view many of the more than 450 species of orchid found in Sikkim.
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