Wreathed in the milky clouds and nestled on the lower slopes of the Himalayan range, Gangtok is a perfect tourist destination, rendering a feeling of euphoria. Situated at an elevation of 1,650 m (5,410 ft.), Gangtok, 'Switzerland of the East', is the capital of Sikkim that enjoys a year-round mild temperate climate.
For the very reason, Gangtok is considered to be an ideal location for travellers looking for peace and tranquillity.
Gangtok which remained as an unknown hamlet for several decades in the subcontinent, gained popularity only in the year 1840 with the construction of a Buddhist monastery. Epigraphists, however, claim that the earlier history of Gangtok is unknown and vague. But, they further claim, it can roughly be traced back to the year 1716 when a small monastery was constructed.
The city is dominated by Buddhist culture with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions and centres for Tibetology. But, it accommodates diverse ethnic populace which is a symbol of ethnic harmony in itself.
One of the cleanest cities in India and highly organised, Gangtok is considered as to be the first litter and spit free zone in India. Besides, the city has major attractions including Rumtek Monastry, Do-Drul Chorten, Enchey Monastery, Dodrupchen Monastery, Tashi View Point, Lal Bazaar, Tsomgo, Nathula Pass, Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary, fascinating thousands of tourists from India and abroad.
Sikkim has very recently been declared the first fully organic state of India. Hence, the tourists can now savor fresh organic vegetables.
To take a pleasant stroll, MG Marg (MG Road), the main street of Gangtok town, is wholly pedestrianized with restrictions being imposed on vehicular movement. This place is considered as to be the first litter and spit-free zone in India. It can be noted that Sikkim has banned all forms of tobacco items and its consumption and sale in any form. Gangtok also has strictly enforced traffic and littering laws among others.
If you are planning a trip to the 'Switzerland of the East', let us take care of your stay here. We have three hotels in Gangtok. Central Hill Resort, Gangtok, offers superior hospitality and delicious food in town. The hotel is conveniently located on MG Road and is surrounded by Himalayan splendor. The resort also offers a taste of the local cuisine to the travelers. Central Shangrila Resort & Spa, Gangtok offers scenic vistas that are sure to inspire travelers. The Central Shangrila Resort has become a second home for travelers looking to escape the mundane affairs of city life and involve with nature.