Gangtok town is the capital of Sikkim. This hill station is the largest town in its state. Gangtok gained a distinguished status as a Buddhist Pilgrimage after the Enchey Monastery was set up here in 1840. Presently, the culture of Gangtok is predominant in Tibetan Buddhist ways. There are several monasteries and learning centres for Tibetology. People in Gangtok belong to many different tribes and religions. This adds diversity in the life of the town as well as the languages spoken there.
The etymological derivation of the name Gangtok is unclear. However, the generally accepted meaning is ‘Hill Top’. The economy of Gangtok is mostlty driven by its tourism. Hence, the state government is making efforts to provide as much facilities as possible for them. Gangtok is a very clean town in a well-maintained and planned manner. The laws of the land are strictly followed. This town is a nice getaway from the city life.
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Located in the Himalayan laps Gangtok never experiences the hot weather as in the plains. The winters are cold.
98,658 as recorded in 2011.
|Temperature||:||Summer - Max : 20.7. Min : 13.1.
Winter - Max : 14.9. Min : 7.7.
The official languages are Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Limbu, Newari, Rai, Gurung, Mangar, Sherpa, Tamang, Sunwar, Tibetans and Hindi.
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Throughout the year