Next morning, after a good breakfast we started for Gangtok. We were warned of traffic jams on the way and so we started early. Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is about 105 km and about 4 hours drive from Darjeeling. The drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok is very scenic passing through hills that are covered with tea estates and beautiful pine forests. The Buddhist culture is strongly evident in this entire region with Buddhist flags seen everywhere.
We passed through several tiny villages on the way with lovely houses with lots of flowers in full bloom. Our driver ws a very friendly little man who gave us lot of local information. He told us that the people of this region are very fond of flowers and that is the reason that every house had lots of flowering plants.
After a couple of hours of drive through the picturesque hills we stopped for some hot momos and tea 🙂 After tea, we spent some time enjoying the greenery in the tea gardens around. That is Cheebu enjoying in the tea garden with her lollypop 🙂
As we resumed our journey, soon we left the tea gardens behind as we descended into the valley below. The landscape changed completely here with the hills now covered by thick forests. We again took a small break for a few moments soaking in the sights of the river Teesta that went gushing with full force in the valley below.
We followed the river upstream all the way to Gangtok from here… twisting…
and turning… through the winding mountain roads…
till we finally reached our hotel in Gangtok at around 1 in the afternoon. “Balloonwati” also managed to make this journey from Darjeeling to Gangtok successfully with us 😀 😀
We had lunch at the hotel and after resting for a while decided to go to M G Road in Gangtok. It was raining off and on but we didn’t want to spend the evening locked in the hotel room. So armed with raincoats and umbrella, we set out 🙂
You cannot miss M G Road if you are in Gangtok. It is the most happening place in Gangtok. No vehicles are allowed in the area and it is a nice place to hangout with its streets adorned with Victorian light posts and colorful flowers. There are comfy benches where you can sit and relax.
We spent our time eating sweets (Gulabjamun, rasgullas and rasmalai) and ice cream and in general window shopping. There were shops selling various souvenirs…
There were lots of dragons around 🙂
all over the place
Cheebu was so fascinated by them…
that she couldn’t stop staring at them… 🙂
The place took a completely different look as it became dark. It was crowded with the local youngsters and the tourists.
The Sikkim tourism department had organized stage shows where the local artists could display their singing and dancing talents. Listening to the melodious Nepalese songs was a pleasure to the ears. Surprisingly, some of them even sang some Punjabi songs. The dancers in their local costumes put up a great show.
The atmosphere was charged up with the crowds cheering and clapping. We spent a memorable evening here 🙂
Finally, we found a nice vegetarian restaurant where we had dinner and returned back to the hotel. Tired but happy as the day had turned out well, we went to bed.