Sikkim became the 22nd Indian state on Apr 26, 1975. Bordered by Nepal, China’s Tibet Autonomous region, and Bhutan on three sides and West Bengal to the south, the state has cultural influence from all these regions. Gangtok, the state capital is in the South East region of Sikkim.
My day out in Gangtok..
The best way to start a day is having a short trek in the woods. Everyone would love to do that.. Then, how about a trek to a good view point early in the morning? Yes.. It was around 4.45 in the morning when we set out for a short trek through the woods from the place where we stayed, to Ganesh Tok, one of the best view points in Gangtok. Located about seven kms from the city gives a view of the spawling city and across the hills, the snow-capped peaks of Khang-zeng-donga and Mt. Siniolchu are easily visible behind the spread of humanity. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha here. A good paragliding site in Gangtok. The Himalayan Zoological Park near Ganesh Tok is one of the best places to see the Himalayan fauna.
Though the trek is a bit tough as it rained on the previous night and there was no proper track leading to Ganesh Tok, we enjoyed it thoroughly as it was still dark and the cool breeze was so soothing.
Tashi view point is the place from where one can get a clear view of the mountain Kanchendzonga and Hanuman Tok is yet another view point, where a temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuma.
Done with the trek.. What next? Obviously food.. 🙂 🙂
Gangtok is an excellent place to try Sikkimese cuisine which has distinct links to Tibet. Dumplings called momos with various stuffings and different noodle broth collectively called Thukpas are common delicacies. As we walked down the MG Road in the heart of the city, the aromas of different dishes hit our noses. A special mention should be made about Thukpa, also known as Gyantuk, a Tibetan import is one that should not be missed when one visits Gangtok.
I would suggest Hotel Tibet which is located just opposite to the Cafe Coffee Day on the MG Road to try these delicacies as I found the food here very tasty and yummy. Also try the different kinds rolls and especially the Sel roti with Aloo dum, a famous local delicacy in Roll House.. And am posting the pic of the best Roll house as one can find a roll house on every street of Gangtok.
How about a walk around?
The first thing which will strike everyone is the traffic on the narrow roads. But what amazed me most is the vehicle density and the efficiency of the traffic police of Gangtok, who are perfectly enforcing and implementing the traffic rules and managing the traffic. Police men and women are extremely well in handling the things without being rude or offensive. Really impressed! Honking is an offense. So be careful!
MG Road truly resembles a European setting, complete with shops and restaurants, bars and pubs, pretty gardens in middle of the paved walkways, colorful flowers, benches to relax and garbage pins placed everywhere and especially the locals following the rules strictly and politely saying the visitors to follow the same. Truly Gangtok is the most cleanest city!
The Lal Bazaar is a must visit in Gangtok. Clothes, shoes, jackets, fresh vegetables (organic), fruits, flowers, eateries.. what not, one can find everything here. Do visit the Kanchendzonga mall in the Bazaar.
What r u waiting for? Pack ur bags now.. And stay tuned as I am gonna bring out few more things..