Covered in clouds Gangtok the capital of Sikkim is located on a ridge at a height of 5500 above sea-level. The town provides a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga. Gangtok was once an important transit point for traders travelling between India and Tibet. Today it is a busy administrative and business centre. It also presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities. Gangtok is a cosmopolitan town that offers travelers all possible amenities. Hotels are available catering to all price ranges along with eateries that serve a variety of cuisines catering to all taste buds. Gangtok also has shopping complexes, night clubs, pool parlors and other recreational activities for those who are looking for such services.
MG marg the main market place of Gangtok is a great place for shoppers. The mall is lined with shops on both sides for those who want to shop. On MG marg an annual food and culture festival is conducted in the month of December. In this festival the multi cultural cuisine of Sikkim is presented along with songs and dances. This event attracts a large number of tourists and locals each year. You can also get a bird’s eye view of Gangtok from the bi-cable Zig-back ropeway.
The one kilometer ride from Deorali to Tashiling costs Rupees thirty and takes seven minutes. Each cabin of the ropeway can fit in twenty-five people at a time. The ropeway has been fitted with fully computerized modern safety mechanism of international standards. There is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman at Hanuman Tok. This temple is located at a height of 7200 feet. The location is completely free of pollution of city life. Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology is the most prestigious research institute of its kind in the world; NIT is a treasure of vast collection of rare Lepcha, Tibetan and Sanskrit manuscripts, statues and rare Thankas.