Gangtok Hill Station

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and a popular hill station. It lies on a ridge overlooking the Ranipool River. The name Gangtok means the 'High Hill'.

Sight Seeing

The Palace of the Chogyal is open only once a year during the last week of December for the Pang Lhabsol Festival. The Tsuklakhang or Royal Chapel is the major place of worship and has a large and impressive collection of scriptures. The Do-drul Chorten has the sacred gold-topped Stupa with 108 prayer wheels. The White Hall, built in 1932, is a two storeyed structure with typical British architecture. The building was constructed in the memory of the first Political Officer of Sikkim, Claude White. Enchey Monastery is located at a distance of 3 km from the main market of Gangtok. The original building was believed to be 200 year old though the new building was constructed in 1909. The research institute of Tibetology is at a distance of a kilometer from the main market. It is renowned the world over and has a voluminous library with rich collection of rare books, documents and xylographs on Buddhism. At a few distance from the Institute is the Purba-Chorten. It is a religious building in the form of a stupa. Late Chogyal of Sikkim Tashi Namgyal built the chorten in the mid forties.

How to Reach

By Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra (Siliguri) in the state of West Bengal, which is 124 km from Gangtok. Bagdogra has regular flights from Calcutta and Delhi.

Rail: The two closest railway stations are Siliguri at a distance of 114 km and New Jalpaiguri at 125 km connecting with Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Lucknow and other important cities in India.

By Road: Gangtok is well connected by surface network with Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Siliguri and other important centers of Sikkim. The Sikkim Nationalized Transport plies regular bus services linking the capital with all the above-mentioned places.