Gangtok is situated on the ridge of a hillock at an altitude of 1600 metres. Gangtok meaning a hill made flat is the capital of Sikkim. Gangtok is emphatically not behind the rest of the places in the country in terms of modernization and urbanization. It is one of the most visited hill resorts of the northeast regions of India and it is undoubtedly one of the most frequently visited places in Sikkim. With various cultures and religions thriving in perfect harmony, Gangtok has proved that unity in diversity exists in Sikkim. Gangtok is widely acclaimed for its scenic beauty and magnificent views of Mt. Khangchendzonga and Siniolchu. It is 112 km from Bagdogra and NJP which are the nearest airport and railway station respectively.
Gangtok is the seat of governance and the commercial capital of the state and a prime tourist destination. Various star category hotels including homestays are located in and around Gangtok. The town has a population of more than 80,000 people and has integrated tradition and modernity defining a new culture.
Gangtok is also a prime attraction for people who love to shop. The government run handicraft centre offers exquisite local artifacts while the shopping complexes in the local market meets the other popular shopping needs of the visitors.
Gangtok is accessible by road 31 A National Highway and helicopter service from Bagdogra airport. The airport is located 124 km from Gangtok. The helicopter flight is a 30 minute joy ride while the overland journey by road takes approximately 4 hours by car. Helicopter service is available from STDC (Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation) booking counter located in Bagdogra and STDC Travel Division may also be contacted.
Bagdogra (124kms.) is the nearest airport of Gangtok. There are helicopter services between Bagdogra and Gangtok @Rs.2200/head. Taxi and buses are also there.
Nearest Railway station
The nearest railway station to Gangtok is about 148 kilometres away in New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri.
Gangtok has five seasons: summer, monsoons, autumn, winter and spring. Temperatures range from an average maximum of 22 °C(72 °F) in summer to an average minimum of 4 °C (39 °F) in winter. Summers (lasting from late April to June) are mild, with maximum temperatures rarely crossing 25 °C(77 °F). The monsoon season from June to September is characterised by intense torrential rains often causing landslides that block Gangtok’s land access to the rest of the country. Rainfall starts to rise from pre-monsoon in May, and peaks during the monsoon, with July recording the highest monthly average of 649.6 mm (25.6 in). In winter temperature averages between 4 °C (39 °F) and 7 °C (45 °F). During spring and autumn the weather is generally sunny and mild. Owing to its elevation, Gangtok is often enveloped in fog during the monsoon and winter months.