Capital of Sikkim, unique architecture, mesmerizing scenic beauty, refreshing flora and fauna, incredible cuisine and an amazing culture .. Gangtok should be in top of the bucket list of every traveller.
Feast the view from Hanuman tok!
Siliguri and the capital of Sikkim are just 114 km away, but the differences in cleanliness, culture and nature, two are worlds apart. This journey had been an escape from the ‘virtualities’ of now-a-days life to the ‘eyegasmic’ reality of the Himalayas.
A view from Dongkheyala (not a POI, just the name of our hotel!)
First day, after the costly lunch (yes, alu-gobi costs 150 bucks), we started with the sidescenes tour. Well, if you are already interested and planning Gangtok as your next trip , let me tell you there are 3 golden rules.
- A good driver.
- A good back condition.
- A 16GB memory card or preferably more.
Recording videos is an absolute necessity. The super-tight turns and the sharp banking of the roads take your adrenaline to the next level.
Tukla in Silk Route (almost 13900+ ft)
#Gangtokdiaries was not about destinations, it was more about the journey. And the next day proved it. The spine-chilling (literally) roads, turns and snow-crowned mountains made the journey to Tsomgu Lake (12600 ft) somewhat tantalizing! We had to go further, higher just to touch and play with snow . An unrealistic treasure hunt! And we came out victorious.
‘Everything that rises, sets eventually‘. Our undesired descent started from Old Babamandir (14900+ ft) around 1.15 pm (started at 8 am). Undoubtedly, the singularity of Kupup (the last village of India before China starts) and mesmerizing Elephant lake will never fail to etch their image to every travellers mind.
Some pictures to cherish:
M.G. Marg (..the place to take a hotel!)
The Khangchendzonga (the peak in the back, 8586 m)
Sikkim has a lot to offer, you just need to have the eye. The snowfall while returning was just an icing on the cake amongst its offerings! But ‘ a home is built by those who live in it’. The people, they have less, but they live more. They earn less but care more. Can we ever?
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