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Gangtok is a hub of commercial activity. The drive up the Teesta gorge to this prettily located first town of Sikkim is spectacular. Located in the eastern district this primary seat of governance and hub of commercial activity is the base for explorations into some of Sikkim's most alluring features. The pile of white-water rafting equipment near the river bank, at one point, reminds you how popular this tumultuous waterway is becoming for adventure sports enthusiasts. The ancient Rumtek Monastery is an interesting detour to get under the skin of the country's mystical and historical provenance. Within  easy reach are the ethereal environs of Tsomgo Lake and the historic Nathu La Pass.

Wildlife sanctuaries, orchid nurseries, flower-filled meadows and hot springs are other wonders waiting to be explored at leisure. For those who love the cutting-edge of life and experience, there's the lure of trekking, river rafting, hiking and mountain. biking. The natural setting of the west district is prime adventure sports country. White-water rafting down the Teesta and Rangit Rivers, trekking through rhododendron forests amongst the mountainous tracts and grand views of Mt. Khangchendzonga after an exhilarating mountain biking trip to the misty, fairytale like village of Pelling, are just a few of these great options. You can even visit the sacred, prayer-flag encircled Khecheoperi (wishing) Lake.
Mountain biking country and a haven for naturalists too, the south district is the starting point for treks to Maenam and Tendong Hill. it is punctuated by some of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim.

Facts / Did you know?
Gangtok is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning, with the presence of several monasteries, religious educational institutions, and centres for Tibetology.