Gangtok: Switzerland of India and the Treasure of Sikkim

11th November 2017

I was in Kolkata on 11th November in the year 2017, after finishing my job interview in a public sector company. My mind and body were exhausted. On my cell phone, I searched on google, “nearby places to visit for rejuvenation”. Goggle answered Gangtok and after searching all its itineraries I finally decided to head to Gangtok.

Picture By: Rishav Singh

 I booked flight tickets from Kolkata to Bagdogra airport which is the nearest airport to reach Gangtok as the airport of Sikkim was not operational. When you travel by train, there are lots of trains originating from Kolkata and Seldah stations. Reaching New Jalpaiguri railway station which is the nearest station to Gangtok.

12th November

My Flight was on 12th November morning. I woke up early and after freshening up and all, I hurriedly went to the Dum Dum airport. After a few check-in and other formalities, I boarded my flight. I landed at Bagdogra airport in an hour by 10:55 AM. Surprisingly the airport was very clean and well maintained though it was small and full of scenic beauty. After checkout, I hired a taxi heading to Gangtok.

On the way to Gangtok
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The road journey from Badgodra to Gangtok was very beautiful with Tista River flowing alongside the road and trees covering all around, was giving an aura of soothing clean and composed feeling. The Taxi ride was awesome.

Upon reaching Gangtok: Day 1

In 4 hrs I reached Gangtok and headed toward my booked hotel (Hotel Travel Tarayana at mall road). After checking in, I took some rest. Later I Stalled at mall road which was full of happy people around, illuminated by the antique street lights and shops. The aura of the place reveals that Gangtok is cool and happy.

Amidst Gangtok valley
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I had my dinner, the famous dish of the place called Siddu and Soup which was very delicious. The very next day, I visited some of the attractions of Gangtok like Tasi view point, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Flower show, cottage industry, a handicraft centre, Institute of Tibetology, Dor-dull Chorten, Enchey Monastry and Bunjungkri Waterfall. To summarise up the first day in Gangtok was very awesome. Visiting lots of beautiful places having scenic beauty, pictures location and significance of its aura.

Exploring Gangtok: Day 2

On 2nd day, my passes were ready for visiting Nathula Pass. The Jeep was booked and we were a group of 10 people visiting Nathula Pass.

As we all know Gangtok is under the mount Kangchenjunga (Third highest pick in the world). My journey with much zeal and enthusiasm. There were steep roads and slopes and there was a military post near the roads. It can be said that It was a military restricted area. It was a 2-hour journey to reach first Tsomgo Lake at 12400 feet. Next from there, we headed to Baba Mandir which was 13000 feet. We reached  Nathula by the afternoon, but we saw snow-covered mountains and the gently cold winds blowing made us feel as it was very cold there.

Nathula Pass in Gangtok
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The location was heaven on earth, it is a must-visit place if you are travelling to Gangtok. You can find small springs, curvy bumpy tracks around the mountain, they are very calm, natural and more just beautiful.

Due to the tiredness, we needed up having Maggi. With fond memories, I returned to my hotel with a heavy heart. The visit to Gangtok was one of my wonderful experience of a lifetime. Sikkim offers you a cool, vibrant atmosphere for proper rejuvenation and relaxation. It was a complete bliss to visit Gangtok once.

On the very next day, I booked a Taxi for Bagdogra Airport. While travelling back, I was melancholic as a part of my heart, I was leaving behind in the mountains.

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