Sikkim’s capital is mostly a functional sprawl of multistorey concrete boxes. But true to its name (meaning ‘hill top’) these are steeply layered along a sharp mountain ridge. When clouds clear (typically at dawn), views are inspiring, with Khangchendzonga poking its pointy white nose above the western horizon. Gangtok’s manmade attractions are minor, but it’s not a bad place to wait out a day or two while organising trekking permits or trips to the north.
Gangtok destination guides
Sikkim Bhutan Trek
A spectacular trek in Sikkim combined with a cultural odyssey in Bhutan
East Himalayan Kingdoms
A superb journey to the heart of Darjeeling, Sikkim and Bhutan