Exciting Sikkim

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20th Oct 2014
Photo of Exciting Sikkim 1/11 by Haritha Priya
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Photo of Exciting Sikkim 11/11 by Haritha Priya

Sikkim is a dream that one can realize and enjoy.Sikkim is a land of rich and varied scenic beauty, magnificent mountains, eternal snows, dark forests, green fertile valleys, raging torrents and calm, placid lakes.It is rich in both art and culture.Gangtok is a neat and well designed city, its buildings aesthetically constructed and with an oriental touch.The exciting five and half hour road journey from bagdogra airport to Sikkim you realize how beautiful It is to leave all the stress for once and relax in the shadow of nature. The people of Sikkim are warm, welcoming, simple and friendly. 

Trip to Nathula Pass one of the highest peaks in India makes you feel adventurous. A night walk at MG market makes you feel refreshed.This trip is full of adventure,spectacular views and joy.This trip never failed to impress me. Every day of this trip was exciting and new. Sikkim is a place to be visited atleast once in your lifetime. At the end of the trip all I thought was about coming back again and spend more days.A new kind of energy was brought into the life after the trip.

The Buddha Park hosts a beautiful statue of Sakyamuni Buddha.It is situated in southwest Sikkim near ravangla. The park area is beautifully landscaped creating ample walkway, gardens and space for visitors to enjoy the serene surroundings.

Photo of Buddha Park, Ravangala, Ralong Road, Ravangla, Sikkim, India by Haritha Priya

A glimpse of Gangtok main city market area.

Photo of Gangtok, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Haritha Priya

Mahatma Gandhi road is a shopping complex known of famous handicrafts shop,restaurants,hangouts etc.

Photo of Mahatma Gandhi Marg, MG Marg, Vishal Gaon, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Haritha Priya

Located at an altitude of 14,140 feet and 52kms from Gangtok, Nathula Pass was the place through which the famous Silk Route used to operate until 1962. This used to be a trade route between India and Tibet. Lines of mules used to carry silk, gold and many other items from Tibet to India and take daily essentials back to Tibet. The fenced Indo-China border is also few meters away and you can see both Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border. The guards are friendly. A stairway leads to the border. There is no 'no mans land' here. Even today, mails are delivered across the border on certain days of the week. There is an engraved stone here called Nehru Stone which marks the visit of former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru who visited in 1958. CAUTION:Because of the high altitude at Nathula, oxygen level in the air is quite low. Few (adults or children) can face breathing problems at Nathula.

Photo of Nathula Pass, Nathula pass, 737131, India by Haritha Priya
Photo of Nathula Pass, Nathula pass, 737131, India by Haritha Priya
Photo of Nathula Pass, Nathula pass, 737131, India by Haritha Priya

En route to Nathula Pass

Photo of Nathula, Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok, Sikkim 737101, India by Haritha Priya

Located in eastern Sikkim, India, at an altitude of about 1547m above sea level, Rumtek Monastery or the Dharma Chakra Centre is one of the most important centers of Kagyu lineage of Buddhism, after Tibet. The monastery is a replica of the Kagyu headquarters in Tibet and it is the seat of His holiness Gyalwa Karmapa, the 16th Karmapa, the charismatic leader of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. It was originally built by the 9th Karmapa but was rebuilt by the 16th Karmapa as it was in ruins when he arrived here after fleeing Tibet. The monastery is also an important education and spiritual centre. The architectural design and layout follows a traditional Buddhist template, which is followed by many other Indian Buddhist monasteries since then. The complex comprises of a shrine-temple, monastery, retreat center, monastic college (Shedra), nun's hostel, Stupas and many other community administration centers and also other religious institutions. It is the largest monastery in Sikkim. There is a Golden Stupa which contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa.

Photo of Rumtek Monastery, Rumtek, Gangtok, Sikkim 737135, India by Haritha Priya

En route to Gangtok

Photo of Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Haritha Priya

The grand Singshore Bridge is touted as the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest gorge bridge in Asia. An architectural brilliance with a length of 198 m, the bridge is built in between two hills. An extremely popular tourist spot, the bridge is about 5 km away from Pelling.

Photo of Singshore Bridge, Singshore Bridge, Sikkim 737113, India by Haritha Priya

The beautiful Tsongmo Lake is situated 38 km from Gangtok and at an altitude of 12,400 ft.The lake derives its water from the melting snows of the mountains surrounding the lake. Of legendary beauty, the lake looks different at different seasons. In winter the placid lake remains frozen with the area around it covered in snow while in late spring the profusion of flowers in bloom adds a riot of colours around the lake. For the tourist a visit to the lake offers a wonderful outing. Rides on colourfully decorated yaks and mules are offered at the lake site, which also has a variety of eating stalls serving snacks and beverages. Snowboots and gumboots can be hired here.

Photo of Tsongmo Lake, Tsongmo Lake, Sikkim 737103 by Haritha Priya
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