Gangtok lies at an elevation of 5410 ft. on the lower Himalayas. The town lies on one side of a hill, flanked by two rivers Roro Chu and Ranikhola, in the east and west respectively. These drain into the Teesta River which forms the lifeline of Gangtok. The town lies near the convergent boundary of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates and experiences many earthquakes. The third highest peak in the world, Mount Kanchenjunga, rises to the west of Gangtok. The region boasts of dense forests consisting of poplar, birch, oak and elm trees. Many rare orchids can be seen along the steep slopes of Gangtok. Vibrant flowers like sunflower, marigold and poinsettia bloom in plenty, especially in November and December.
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