Day 4 – Gangtok local sightseeing
The day dawned nice and clear with the sun shining brightly. The good weather put us all in good spirits and we were ready after breakfast by 9:00 am for local sight seeing in Gangtok.
While waiting for the taxi to arrive, we saw this creature.
Cheebu was sure that it was a dragon 🙂 Having seen so many dragons the previous day, she had an impression that this place is full of dragons 🙂
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim is a beautiful city with colorful buildings.
I would love to live in a house like this 🙂
We visited the main tourist destinations of Gangtok which included waterfalls, monasteries, temples and some view points and the flower show.
Our first destination was Bakthang falls…
with a beautiful waterfalls and a garden overlooking the valley
We then visited the Tashi view point, a place with amazing views of the city and a souvenir shop that sold such cute and colourful things… I loved them so much that I took a few pics. Loved those masks, colorful dragons and pencil stands and those karate kids are the cutest 🙂
We then went to another waterfall (where Cheebu enjoyed in the water) and Ganeshtok, a beautiful ganesh temple with great views again.
In Gangtok, we actually saw lots of local women dressed up in the kimono.
We also saw some school girls wearing kimono as school uniform. Isn’t that cool 🙂 I would have loved to have a kimono as school uniform 🙂 and so would Cheebu 🙂
And how could Cheebu not wear the kimono and get herself clicked like a Japanese doll? 🙂
She loved the fan…
We saw the flower exhibition at Gangtok that had such lovely flowers which we had never seen before. Have a look at the pictures we clicked 🙂
All so pretty 🙂 We had taken our old camera as backup, incase the batteries of our present camera got exhausted (Yes, we like to take that many pictures 🙂 ) and Cheebu was allowed to use this under our supervision. So, here you see her clicking like a true photographer 🙂 She can take decent pictures now and we are glad to have someone take our couple pics that had become a rarity for the past few years 🙂
We also visited some monasteries. I have always been fascinated by monasteries. In fact, as a child I had wanted to visit the North East only for seeing the monasteries. I have seen a few Buddhist centres like Sarnath, Sanchi, Bodh Gaya… but none of them had monasteries. So this trip was also the fulfilment of an old dream of seeing a monastery. And I was not disappointed by what I saw and what I had imagined. The Buddhist monasteries that I saw were every bit of what I had imagined, very peaceful and calming.
We also saw a place lit by hundreds of lamps in all these monasteries creating a very serene and divine atmosphere. Another thing we noticed was that the Buddhists offer everything right from biscuits to cakes as offerings to the God. I found this interesting and nice 🙂 The institute of Tibetology had an interesting collection of articles and information related to Buddhism.
The weather was perfect during the day and it rained only towards the end when we were travelling to our last destination – the Ban Jhakri Waterfalls. But luckily it cleared up when we reached there. This place was an absolute delight. We could not step into the waters here as the force of the water was very strong, but it was a nice place with bridges over the streams and picturesque gardens.
Another dragon 🙂
With this we concluded our sightseeing of Gangtok. In the evening, after resting for a while at the hotel we headed to MG Road again and spent a nice evening eating ice creams and sweets, just wandering on the streets and enjoying the cultural programs and finally after dinner went back to the hotel. The next day was an excursion to Tsomgo lake which is at a height of 12400 feet. We wanted to be ready fresh and early for the trip and hence went to sleep early.
Will post about that in the next part 🙂