Nep: गान्तोक gāntōka
‘Snow Temple’ -City/District/Capital, Sikkim
From Tib: gangs, ‘snow’; Sik: tok, ‘temple’.
Sikkim was annexed by India in 1976.
Gangtok (at an altitude of 1,650 m) is a Buddhist pilgrimage site and a centre for organised treks through the Himalayas.
Kanchenjunga (8,856m), the world’s third highest mountain, is visible from the city.