Gangtok is the capital of the north-eastern state of Sikkim. Gangtok means ‘hill top’, and true to its name, Gangtok is situated on a mountain ridge nestled among the Shivalik Hills of the Himalayan range, at an altitude of 1870 m. Primarily a Buddhist settlement, Gangtok has Tibetan Gompas with colourful prayer flags fluttering all around. Dominating the horizon is the mighty Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain, towering at a height of 8598 m and the guardian spirit of a lot of ethnic Sikkimese people. Some of the popular places to visit in and around Gangtok are Tsongo Lake located at an altitude of 3720 m, Nathula Pass, one of the open India-China border posts, monasteries like Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery and Do-drul Chorten and the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology.
Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden and Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary can also be visited which is the home to the snow leopard, red panda, Tibetan antelope and the wild ass. Sikkim is also a haven for birdwatchers. With gleaming views of the snow-covered Himalayas, colourful monasteries, Orchidariums and botanical gardens, Gangtok is a prime tourist destination.
Gangtok hotels include a wide variety of accommodation options ranging from luxury to the budget. All types of tourists come to Sikkim from all over the country and the Sikkim hotels are as diverse as its tourists. Among the popular luxury hotels in Gangtok are the Welcome Heritage Denzong Regency, Elgin Nor Khill, and Orange Village Resorts to name a few. These Gangtok hotels have five stars and have amenities like swimming pool, a/c rooms, lounge area, heated water in bathrooms, banquet and fitness facilities, in-room television and many more. Some of the resorts also have a massage centres and luxury spa facility where one can indulge the self in a variety of treatments on offer.
The room tariff in these Gangtok hotels range between Rs. 8000 INR and Rs. 10,000. Being a hill station, tourists who visit Gangtok also look out for accommodations which offer scenic beauty of snowy mountains, green valleys and waterfalls rather than the luxurious facilities. Some of the Gangtok hotels in the budget category are Hotel Dongkheala, Hotel Marigold, Nirvana Residency, Hotel Potala, Hotel Disha, Hotel Mandala, Hotel Rigz Residency and Hotel Snow Lion. The room tariff in these Gangtok hotels range between Rs. 1200 INR and Rs. 1500. These hotels provides a number of facilities to its customers such as internet facility, power backup, doctor on call, 24 hour room service and travel desk, guide service, sightseeing and laundry. The nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri, 124 km away from Gangtok. The closest airport is Bagdogra airport and Gangtok is linked to Bagdogra airport by a daily helicopter service.