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  • Gangtok is a municipality, the capital and the largest town of the?Indianstate of?Sikkim. It also is the headquarters of the?East Sikkim?district. Gangtok is located in the eastern?Himalayan?range, at an elevation of 1,650?m (5,410?ft). The town's population of 100,000 belongs to different ethnicities such as?Nepali,?Lepchas?and?Bhutia. Nestled within higher peaks of the Himalaya and enjoying a year-round mild?temperate?climate, Gangtok is at the centre of Sikkim's tourism industry. Gangtok rose to prominence as a popularBuddhist pilgrimage?site after the construction of the?Enchey Monastery?in 1840. In 1894, the ruling Sikkimese?Chogyal,Thutob Namgyal, transferred the capital to Gangtok. In the early 20th century, Gangtok became a major stopover on the?trade routebetween?Lhasa?in?Tibet?and cities such asKolkata?(then Calcutta) in?British India. After India won its independence from?Britain?in 1947, Sikkim chose to remain an independent monarchy, with Gangtok as its capital. In 1975, after the integration with the union of India, Gangtok was made India's 22nd state capital.
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