GANGTOK – Land of mist, greenery, and romance
Gangtok is an experience that has to be lived to be understood because words are inadequate to express its richness. I was overwhelmed by the vast open spaces, the cloud-filled skies, the low temperature, and the greenery. It is something you should come and experience yourself. Of the highlights of traveling to Sikkim is a visit to the Tashi viewpoint with its amazing view of the Kanchenjunga mountain ranges. Unfortunately, I was not able to do Tashi Point on this trip because the weather had affected the visibility but I do intend to visit the place next time.
There is also Nathu La pass, which connects India and Tibet. Nathu means ‘listening ears’ in Tibetan and La means pass. Nathu La falls on the ancient silk route that connected China to other nations of the world.
It continues to play an important role in the India-China trade. Passes are issued in Gangtok in advance and visits are only allowed on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Of course, this is not something you have to do your self. Your travel agent will do it for you.
Nathu La is also one of the routes to the holy lake of Mansarover in Tibet and it is just a two-day trip away. If you are planning a Gangtok trip, I would suggest at least three nights. There are a variety of hotels for all budgets and food is relatively inexpensive. You might want to pay a visit to the point where the borders of five countries meet.
The closest airport is Bagdogra airport.
You may opt for a variety of city tour packages and I took one myself and it was good. There is also the Hanuman temple in Gangtok, which is on a hill but offers stunning views on all sides of Gangtok city, which has to be seen to be believed. The temperature was around 2 degree celsius when I reached there, and it was raining lightly.
Gangtok is a good place to shop for handicrafts and I bought quite a few art objects to decorate my home. There is also the monastery and the flower show that offer a great experience filled with serenity and beauty. If mind blowing views are what you dig, I advise you to take the ropeway. I did and I will never forget what I saw till I die.
Every part of Sikkim has its surprises.
In South Sikkim, there is the Buddha Park, Temi Tea Garden, Samdruptse, Char Dham, Sai Mandir, and in West Sikkim, there are the Pemayangtse Monastery, the Skywalk, the Orange Garden, Khechepalri Lake, and the Khangchenzonga Water Falls,
In east Sikkim, there is the Nathula Pass, Tsomogo lake, Baba Mandir, and the Zuluk Silk Route. In North Sikkim, you have the Lachen and the Guru Dongmar Lake, and the Lachung along with Yumthang Valley and Zero Point. Gangtok is a magical place. A perfect holiday spot for young couples looking for a romantic getaway and for families as well.
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