Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim and the largest town of the state is a place covered with greenery and mighty Himalayas at the backdrop. This town in the hills is the perfect place to rejuvenate and experience nature to the fullest. Wrapped by the greater Himalayas, Gangtok enjoys a yearlong temperate climate. The climate is predominantly subtropical highland climate due to its elevation and sheltered environment. There are five seasons like any other hill station, summer, and monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. Located at an elevation of 1650m, the town is located on sides of the hill and flanked on east and west by two narrow strips primarily Roro Chu and Ranikhola.
Gangtok being the largest town of this tiny state of Sikkim is the main center for hospitality and tourism industry. However, with the coming of Thomson Digital,the door opened for MNCs to start their venture in this town. Another added benefit for trade in this town is the nearby availability of Nathula Pass. This works as the primary route for the trade of fir, wool and spice with Tibet. In addition, with coming of IT companies like Cyber help India, the gate for Information Technology and similar companies opened. These firms offer services ranging from digital marketing to development, graphic design to mobile app design and development. The Silk Route has been one of the main ways to encourage trade between India and Tibet.
The natural beauty of this town makes it one of the major earners for state in terms of tourism. Due to its mountainous terrains, there is no train or air route but the town is well connected with Siliguri and Bagdogra through roadways. However, with much of trade scope and commercial developments, Gangtok is soon become one of the prominent hill stations in terms of trade and commerce.
The majority of the populations are the ethnic Nepalis who came to this land during the British period. However, others constitute Lepchas who are natives and Bhutias. Nowadays there are Tibetans also residing in Gangtok and Marwaris, Biharis and Bengalis.
With so much so to offer, Gangtok is steadily moving towards progress and becoming the center for trade in terms of export and import. With the growing no of travel and tourism companies, information technology providing companies are also growing to meet up the increasing demand from the travel industry. Travel and tourism do need software, websites and digital marketing to expand their businesses and to communicate with the visitors and stake holders. Thus apart from tourism, information technology and its related services are another contributing factor to the economy of Gangtok.