Monday, August 22, 2016

Gangtok, the Hill Top

Our tour of Sikkim started from its capital Gangtok. We had reached this place late in the night and we were welcomed by chilling cold. Next day morning we stated the local tour of this beautiful place that is located in the higher peaks of Eastern Himalayan range, at an elevation of 1650 m. The name of the city when translated to local language means "Hill Top".

In the early 20th century, this place was part of trade route between Lhasa in Tibet and Indian city Kolkata. Today, it is a centre of Tibetan Buddhist culture and learning. 

The places of interest that we had visited here in our short stay are:
  • Hanuman Tok 
  • Ganesh Tok 
  • Tashi View Point
  • Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Museum
  • Dro-dul Chorten  
  • Rumtek Monestry
  • Bakthang Waterfall 

The places of interest near by are:
  • Nathu La
  • Seven Sisters Waterfall

The place is a natural beauty with lot of greenery and wild flowers all around. One can also enjoy here the flower show. From some areas of the city magnificent Kanchanjunga peak can be viewed. The city is one of the cleanest city in India. M G Road is the popular shopping destination of the area. 


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A lot to do in and near this location -- it sounds like a great destination. The flowers around it would be a great assset!!

rupam sarma said...

Beautiful photos.
Thanks for the post :)

manali - himachal pradesh said...

Beautiful place to visit, looks like our Manali. Thanks for sharing.

Jeanna said...

I love how your photos are teeming with life. I get a great sense of place from the first and last shots.

Reader Wil said...

I believe you when you say that this is one of the cleanestcities of India!

Photo Cache said...

I like the last photo, which is a quiet time.

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Fun60 said...

It looks and sounds like a wonderful place to visit.

Lady Fi said...

So lovely and green!

s.c said...

M G Road looks a bit European and not India at all. Nice to see some pictures from this part of the world.

Alexa T said...

It looks so wonderful to have a great time and travel! And to see lots of interesting things! Best regards!

Jackie and Joel Smith said...

Love that nighttime street shot - what an interesting area you've shown us this week!

Penelope Postcards said...

Interesting post. Nice to see more of the city life and country.

Melody Steenkamp said...

nice choice for G...lovely photo's too

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photowannabe said...

Your family has visited some amazing places. Very interesting.

Trubes said...

You do visit some of the most amazing places I always
enjoy reading about them and looking at your pictures
Thank you for sharing them with us,
Best wishes,
ABCW team.

Amit Agarwal said...

Great pics!

Carver said...

Looks like an interesting place to explore.

Roger Owen Green said...

I always worry about houses on the side of hills, fearing erosion.


carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful series of images ~

Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

Al said...

It looks beautiful - natural scenery always appeals to me (which is why I live where I do).

SandyCarlson said...

So much--deep history, art, nature, now... Thank you.

Uppal said...

Lovely pictures all!

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Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, wow, Rajesh. High in the Himalayas. I think I can speak for most North Americans when I say it has always been a dream to see the Himalayas.
Even though there are some very high peaks in the multiple mountain ranges of British Columbia, where I was born and raised, and even though the views are spectacular, most of us dreamt of the Himalayas.
Of all the people I ever knew well enough to call a dear friend, only one had travelled to India's mysterious peaks and deep valleys.
The Himalayas have been and always will be the stuff of myth and legend to North Americans, I'm sure.