Gangtok, which is the capital city of Sikkim and is situated in the eastern Himalayan range at an elevation of about 5,410 Feet. Kanchenjunga, which at an altitude of 28,169 Ft. is the third largest peak in the world is visible from Gangtok. Gangtok is home to numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries.
Carry warm clothes and comfortable hiking shoes. This is a hilly area and you would need to have comfortable shoes to walk in.
I arrived in Gangtok after the almost five-hour drive from almost Bagdogra, which is the nearest airport. Though the distance is just about 124 kilometres, because of the mountainous terrain and winding roads, the trip takes anything from 4.5 to 5 hours. I had taken a private taxi from the airport and enjoyed the drive as we passed flowing rivers and lush greenery on the way.
As the drive had left me a wee bit tired, I rested in the hotel till evening and then went along for a stroll on M.G.Road. This is a clean open-air mall which is traffic and plastic free. It is a hotspot for tourists and locals and a place to hang out. It has a wide array of eateries, pubs and shops selling everything from shoes to jackets to other knick-knacks. One can either shop or just take a stroll or relax on one of the benches and watch the world go by.
The day started with a visit to Hanuman Tok, which is Hindu temple dedicated to the popular Monkey God known as Hanuman. Seems like a beautiful temple atop a hill and immaculately maintained by the Black Cat Commandos of the Indian Army. The place is very picturesque and provides some excellent photo opportunities. The view from atop here is breathtaking and one can have an excellent view of the Himalayas from here.
This is a relatively new monastery built across a huge expanse of land. Its sheer size and peaceful ambience will bowl you over. Hence it takes about an hour to reach this place by car from Gangtok as the road is not all that good and is quite bumpy, but once you arrive, you realise that it is worth all the effort.
A natural waterfall which is situated within a park that has been themed based on Shaman culture. It is a perfect place to chill out. And breathe some mountain air and revel in the natural beauty all around with some spectacular views. The waterfalls themselves are not spectacular but worth visiting.
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