Heaven is not a place you go when you die; it is that moment in life when you feel alive. And for me, my home is in Heaven and I’m just traveling through this world !!! The gigantic peaks of the Himalayas, variegated flora and the fauna and some breathtaking views of the Mt. Kanchenjunga make Sikkim a paradise for travellers, backpackers, and researchers. This tiny yet majestic state also serves as a home to so many hidden and unexplored places. Zero point in North Sikkim is one amongst them.
With district headquarters in Mangan, North Sikkim is the seventh least populous district in the country. Most of the people of the state reside near Mangan that is about 2000 feet above sea level. The high altitude makes it hard to sustain life as we move further north.
Day 1: Arrival At Gangtok, Sikkim.
We took a flight from Delhi to Bagdogra. If you book in advance a round trip flight may cost you around 4-5K. From Bagdogra Airport you have few options to reach to Gangtok. If you are in a group I will suggest you to go for a private taxi, it will be comfortable and cheap. For solo travellers one can easily take a City bus from Bagdogra Airport to Siliguri, from where you can get some sharing cabs available which will cost you around 200-300 INR. It takes around 4-5 hours with a break to reach Gangtok.
We were four people and we took a taxi form Bagdogra and we reached around 6 in evening in Gangtok. We booked our hotel in advance near the Mall Road(preferred place for foodie and exploring). We explored few cafes in Mall road. Must try cafes: Bakers cafe.
MG Road, Gangtok.
MG Road is the heart of Gangtok and its most happening place. It is the central shopping hub of this beautiful state capital with various shops, restaurants, and hotels lined up along both sides. It's an open mall or boulevard square. The area is widely regarded to be the town centre and is the best shopping destination for tourists. This is a great place for the tourists to take a leisurely stroll or just sit on the benches and revel in the eclectic ambience.
The first thing one notices when on this approximately 1 km stretch of road is the cleanliness. There are boards everywhere which say "Welcome to M.G. Marg, Spit, and Litter Free Zone". The entire area is free of smoke, litter, and vehicular traffic.