The capital of Sikkim, is a unique hill resort of northeast India and undoubtedly one of the most oft-visited ones. Perched on the ridge of a hill at an altitude of 1700 mt, Gangtok is famous for its scenic beauty and spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga, their highest mountain in the world. The town offers a mild temparate climate with a temperature of around 23 degree centigrate in Summer and around 6 degree centigrate during winter. This hill resort is 110 km from Siliguri and well connected with other major places of the region.
Officially the population of Gangtok is around 50,000 but actually the number is at least double that figure. The principle language in Gangtok as in other parts of the region is Nepali. But Hindi, English, Bengali and Tibetan are also spoken and understood by a large part of the population. The town covers an area of approximately 25 square kilometer.
Gangtok is connected to the rest of the world through NH31A which connects Gangtok to Siliguri. The NJP rail station (125 km) at Siliguri is the nearest station for reaching Gangtok. Bagdogra airport (130 km) is the nearest major airport although there is a small helipad in Gangtok itself. Helicopter flights connecting Gangtok to Bagdogra is also available. There are regular buses and taxis connecting Gangtok to all other towns including Siliguri and Darjeeling. Foreign tourists visiting Sikkim needs to have an Indian Visa. In addition they need a special inner line permit. Details about the inner line permit can be found here.