Sikkim is a north eastern state of India and Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. It is also the largest city in the state. Situated on the Shivalik hills, it is found at the height of 5,600 feet in the south east of the Sikkim state. Gangtok, which in the local language means “hill top” is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the country.
Gangtok is also the largest city in Sikkim nestled within the peaks of the Himalaya. The place is situated between the latitudes of 27 degree 5 ‘north to 20 degree 9 ‘north and longitudes of 87 degree 59′ east to 88 degree 56’ east. Gangtok is also the headquarters of East Sikkim districts. Kanchenjunga, the third tallest peak in the world can be seen from the east side of the city.
Gangtok, is situated around 110 kms from Siliguri. Detailed information can be seen in the map that is provided here so that visitors will have an easier time while visiting the place. Maps provided here gives the right information regarding the places of importance and how to reach them.
This is one place which many tourists like to combine along with a visit to Darjeeling. In fact the combined trip of Darjeeling-Gangtok is a common recipe when people think about visiting this part of the country. This is mainly because of the proximity of the two places as well as easy access. Gangtok spreads over a forested mountain that faces the Kanchenjunga snow peaks. There are many vantage points in and around Gangtok from where you get magnificent views of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan snow peaks.
In fact every spur extending from this hill city offers a setting of a great sight. It perfectly suits those coming from cities and looking for great weather, sightseeing, good food, comfortable stays with modern facilities, and nice shopping opportunities. High mountain passes, clear glacial lakes, adventurous trekking trails, and monasteries in the clouds – the hills of Gangtok make for one refreshing ride.
The nearest railway station is situated at 148 kms in Jalpaiguri and is a 4 hour drive from Gangtok and has a great railway network that connects it to various Indian cities.
If you want to travel faster, airways are a better option. Gangtok is well connected with most airports in the country by helicopters. Daily helicopter service is available once a day that can carry four passengers. The nearest airport is Bagdogra, which is near Siliguri and at a distance of 124 km from Gangtok. Other major cities that the airways are connected are Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. However, a new airport called the Pakyong airport is under construction and will be operational in 2013.