|Their turquoise blue roofs make it a scenic place against the massive Himalayas. Gangtok is an ideal starting point for trekking in the mysterious northeast of the region to the holy Yaksum, Pemayangtse and to the mountains in the vicinity of Bakkhim and Dzongri.
Gangkok is also known as a center of the Tibetan Buddhism and home to many Buddhist monasteries and schools. From the east part of the city, you will be in awe at the snow-covered peaks of the Himalaya and the Kanchenjunga, which is the world’s third highest mountain (28169 feet). Because of the surrounding mountains, Gangtok has a mild, moderate climate year round. The early history of Gangtok talks about the building of a hermitage during 1716. Until the foundation of the Enchey monastery in 1840, Gangtok remained a small village. However it quickly became a center for pilgrims. When the British defeated the Tibetans, the city became an important station between Tibet and British India. What resulted is the city quickly was “modernized” with streets and telegraph lines.