East Sikkim

Thanks to a national highway that connects it with the rest of the country, East Sikkim sees a higher tourist footfall compared to other parts of the state. Focused around the urban hub of Gangtok, it's also the most populous area in the region. Regardless of your destination, you are likely to spend a few days here, even if only in transit.

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Gangtok

Irreverent, laid-back and happy-go-lucky, Sikkim’s capital is mostly a functional sprawl of urban concrete interspersed with patches of forestry. True to its name (meaning ‘hill top’), the city perches along a precipitous mountain ridge, descending down the hillside in steep tiers. Apart from a few sights of religious importance and an inspiring view of Kangchendzonga soaring above the western horizon, there is much to see in town. That said, travelers love its relaxed grain and often linger here for a few days, soaking up the local culture while arranging their travels (e.g. treks and tours) around the state. Gangtok’s crooked spine is the Rangpo–Mangan road, marked NH31A. The tourist office, banks and many shops line the central pedestrianized Mahatma Gandhi (MG) Marg, a pretty district patronized by shoppers, lovers, diners and local fashionistas.

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