Gangtok (1500m) meaning "Hilltop" is the capital of Sikkim and, set amidst spectacular scenery, retains its charming architectural style with pagoda like wooden houses, painted turquoise roofs and colourful bazaars. Places of interest include the Do Drul Chorten and Enchey Monasteries, Rsukla - Kuang, The Royal Chapel, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (for research and learning of the language and traditions of Tibet and Mahayana Buddhism),and the Orchid Sanctuary (454 types of orchid are found in this area). It is also a good base for trekking in the surrounding region.
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