Gangtok Hotels, Tourist Guide, Road maps & Climate
Gangtok is the capital and largest town of the Indian state of Sikkim. Gangtok is located in the Sivalik Hills of the eastern Himalayan range, at an altitude of 1,437 metres (4,715 ft). The town, with a population of thirty thousand belonging to different ethnicities such as Nepalis, Lepchas and Bhutia is at the centre of Sikkim’s tourism industry. Gangtok rose to prominence as a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery in 1840. The precise meaning of the name Gangtok is unclear, though the most popular meaning is "hill top". (Under wikipedia GNU)
Culture: The Lepchas and Bhutias celebrate new year in January. while Tibetans celebrate the new year (Losar) with "Devil Dance" in January–February. The Maghe sankranti, Ram Navami, Chotrul Duchen, Buddha Jayanti, the birthday of the Dalai Lama, Loosong, Bhumchu, Saga Dawa, Lhabab Duechen and Drupka Teshi are some other festivals.
Restaurants offer a wide variety of traditional Indian, continental and Chinese cuisines to cater to the tourists. A popular food in Gangtok is the momo, Wai-Wai, a form of noodle called thukpa, served in soup form is also popular in Gangtok. Other noodle-based foods such as the chowmein, thanthuk, fakthu, gyathuk and wonton are available. Other traditional Sikkimese cuisine include shah-phaley (a Sikkimese patties with spiced minced meat in a crisp samosa-like case) and Gack-ko soup.
Tourist Attractions & Vacations:
1. Rumtek Monastery, one of Buddhism's holiest monasteries, located on the outskirts of Gangtok.
2. The Himalayan Black Bear can be seen here in the Himalayan Zoological Park.
3. The Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Museum displays rare Lepcha tapestries, masks and Buddhist statues.
4. Kanchenjunga, the world's third tallest peak, is visible from Gangtok.
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