Gangtok the capital of Sikkim, emerges through the clouds in the shadow of the mighty Kanchenjunga or Kanchendzonga. The mighty snowcapped Himalayas tower over this charming capital city. The Markets of this Himalayan town offer the tourists an opportunity to mingle with smiling hill folk and Lamas with their play wheels. Gangtok and it’s surrounding are famous for exotic and colourful flowers particularly Rhododendron, Orchids and Blue Poppies. Colourful festivals draws visitors, particularly the Tsechu dance held at the Rumtek Monastery and the Kagyat dance performed by Lamas and Buddhist Monks on different occasions.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND INFORMATION CENTRES
Altitude : 1547metres Temperature : Min Max Summer 13.1C 20.7C Winter 7.7C 14.9C Rainfall : 44cm Clothing : Summer Light Woollens Winter Heavy Woollens
Durgs Puja/Dussehra (October/November)
Images of the goddess Durga are set up at different parts of the city and worshipped for four days. On the last day, the images are taken in a procession and then immersed in the river with great ceremony. Dussehra, symbolising victory of good over evil,is also celebrated with great enthusiasm. Pong Labsol (December)
Celebrated in worship of the snow range of Khangchen-do-zonge or kanchenjunga. The traditional mask dances by the lamas or monks are performed all over Gangtok. PLACES OF WORSHIP BUDDHIST
Scottish Missionary Church
Roman Catholic Church HINDU