Gangtok is one of the more popular hill destinations in India’s northeast region. Most travellers visit Gangtok with the idea of catching a glimpse of the spectacular Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. On a bright, sunlit day it is a sight to behold. Part of the lower Shivalik hills of mighty Himalayas, Gangtok stands at an altitude of 5047 feet (null.3 meters). Gangtok roughly means ‘Majestic or Lofty Hill’. Prayer flags fluttering in gay abandon, lamas busy mumbling holy chants, brightly painted pagoda-roofed houses lined with begonias and orchids, are some the signature sights of this hill town. Lepchas, Bhutias and Nepalis comprise the main ethnic groups of the town. In recent years, Gangtok has emerged as a centre of Tibetology. Travellers interested in Tibetan Buddhism and culture make a beeline to the towns many monasteries and institutions of learning.