Weekend gaze of Gangtok.

24th Mar 2011
Photo of Weekend gaze of Gangtok. 1/8 by Sagnik Basu
Changu lake
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Club Mahindra, Gangtok
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The not so bizarre Bazaar.
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Some Wildlife action
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The MG Road
Photo of Weekend gaze of Gangtok. 7/8 by Sagnik Basu
Khecheopalri Monastery Village
Photo of Weekend gaze of Gangtok. 8/8 by Sagnik Basu
Rumtek Monastery

I asked him, "Why the flags? You could just pray at the monastery."

He replied, "These do not carry our prayers to God, the mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space."

The capital of Sikkim is the ideal getaway for the entire eastern India. From lazy mornings to frozen lakes, your adrenalin would experience countless fluctuations over your stay. Downstairs waiting for you are chains of exotic stalls and piping hot delicacies. The religiously diverse India has a special chapter of Sikkim in it and with their most humble welcome, the people of Gangtok ensure that every second of your stay remains forever within you.

Once an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India, is today a busy administrative and business center and presents an interesting mix of cultures and communities. Also with time in hand you can make use of one of the finest trekking expeditions you could ever have in the country. Gangtok's vast unspoiled mountain range is every trekker’s delight.So, what are you waiting for?Look at the top shelf, grab some wool and pack your bags for your misty weekend.

The place would basically incubate you during your weekend. Infested with hotels and restaurants, MG marg would take good care of you and your stomach after everyday's adventure.

Photo of MG Marg, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Sagnik Basu

Wanderland allert! You will check into your small room adorned with only a few words carved by tourists who stayed there and as you step outdoors you will be looking at exquisite outdoor tents with morning tea and kids basking in the early morning sun. Monks walking through the village would tour you around the lake, monastery and the ruins of stupas.

Photo of Khecheopalri Lake, West Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Sagnik Basu

Sprawling in an area of 205 hectares in the mountainous terrains the park enclosures cuddle Red Pandas, Barking Deer, Panther, Himalayan Palm civet, Leopard Cat, Tibetan Wolf, Barking deer, Common Langur, Goral Spotted Deer and Bears in a partly natural habitat. The HZP has been established, to preserve the wildlife, without disturbing the creatures and keeping them in their natural habitat. Located in Bulbuley, Himalayan Zoological Park is at a distance of 3 kms from Gangtok. The park also tenders a splendid view of Mt. Khangchendzonga. This Park sprawls in an area of 205 hectares in the mountainous terrain.

Photo of Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Sagnik Basu

A sip of whisky and you are ready for a yak ride around the frozen lake of Changu. Under the scrutiny of the BSF the hard rock ice beauty is lapped by the snow covered mountains. The lake is about 1 km. Long, oval in shape, 15 meters deep and is considered sacred by the local people. It is also a home of brahminy ducks. It's cool, placid water harmonizes with the scenic beauty around. A small temple of lord Siva is constructed on the lakeside . This placid lake remains frozen during the winter months up to mid-May.

Photo of Changu Lake, East Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Sagnik Basu

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