Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, lies on a
ridge overlooking the Ranipool River. Its name means 'High
Hill'. The setting is spectacular with fine views of the Kangchendzonga
range, but the town itself has lost some of its quaint charm.
New buildings dominate the urban landscape. Some parts of
the town still has old 5-6 storied wooden buildings with traditional
doors and window frames. It is a heavily forested region bounded
by the rivers Tista and Tolung, and surrounded by the mountain
ranges of Kangchendzonga, Pandim, Narsing, Simvo and Siniolchu.
There are a number of small, medium and large sized hotels
and to suit individual budgets. Visitors are advised to book
their accommodation well in advance, specially during the