Spectacular Sikkim – Part II (Gangtok, Day 1)

Well, the past few months have been very very hectic for me but that is no excuse for being MIA since a long time here and I apologise for that ❤

Anyway, this post is in continuation with my previous post about my trip to Sikkim with a group of friends. So, do read the first part first if you haven’t already.

After our rural research, we left for Gangtok. We got a pretty cheap deal on the makemytrip app and we stayed at the Central Hotel there near MG Marg for a little over Rs. 500 per person (breakfast inclusive). The Hotel was very good and extremely comfortable. In fact, every morning we used to look forward to the breakfast which was pretty good and offered quite a lot of variety 😀

To roam around the place, we arranged for a taxi after talking to the hotel staff and on the next day of our arrival, we went to some of the places nearby. The first place that our taxi driver took us to was the Rumtek Monastery.

 

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The Rumtek Monastery
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Loved the beautiful designs 🙂
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A monk at Rumtek! 😀
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View from the road leading to the Rumtek monastery

The monastery was beautiful and I loved the time we spent there 🙂 On your visit here, do set aside some time to just sit inside the place. I find monasteries extremely peaceful and this was no exception ❤

Next, we went to Namgyal Institute of Tibetology which has a museum in the ground floor. This museum had a collection of interesting items such as old and rare coins, statues, art objects and old documents among other things.

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Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
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A Souvenir shop just outside the Institute

There was a souvenir shop right outside the Institute called “Asta Mangala Arts”. I found the items sold here quite expensive and hence, didn’t buy anything from here. I had seen a very cute green bag here which I thought I’ll buy from MG Marg, Gangtok but never found the same thing anywhere else later 😦

After this we visited Do-drul Chorten which is a stupa built by Trulshik Rinpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism in 1945.

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As we had very less time in hand and too many places to cover in a single day, we had to rush through places which I would have preferred not to do :-/

We went to a Flower Exhibition centre after this. If you love flowers, you will love this place. There are a lot of seeds of a variety of plants sold here. Apart from that, you will also find a lot of different flowers beautifully displayed inside the centre (which make for a great backdrop for photos :P).

We had lunch at a small shop near this place. Didn’t eat much but just ordered some basic food items that would be ready quick.

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Can’t remember the name of this dish. Help! Anyone? 😦

After lunch, it was time to visit a few hindu temples, so we first went to a temple called Hanuman Tok. It is believed that Lord Hanuman briefly rested at this place when he was on his way to Lanka from the Himalayas where he’d gone to get the Sanjeevani herb.

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As it was raining quite a lot at Sikkim in September, we couldn’t see anything from any of the view points at various places including the one at Hanuman Tok.

Next, we went to another temple, Ganesh Tok. On clearer days, you can see a marvellous view including the town of Gangtok, rolling hill and the snow capped mountains (Kanchenjunga) from here. However, as we had gone during the rains, we weren’t able to see anything from the viewing area here 😦

The last place we went to on our first day at Gangtok was the Bakthang Falls.

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These falls were small and you couldn’t get too close to them but visiting this place was a nice experience overall. Traditional Sikkimese dresses are available here to pose and get clicked with. In addition to this, an opportunity to indulge in zip lining is also available here.

By the time we got done with dressing up, getting photos clicked and zip lining at this place, it had started to get dark. So we headed back to our hotel and decided to call it a day. We weren’t very sure as to what we would be doing the next day, so we also had to sit down and decide our next day’s schedule 🙂

In my next post I’ll cover our second day at Gangtok and some more 🙂 Keep following ❤

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Outside the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

 

 

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13 thoughts on “Spectacular Sikkim – Part II (Gangtok, Day 1)

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