Namnang View Point/ Gangtok Ropeway: The Namnang Viewpoint is adjacent to the Gangtok Ropeway. Our driver suggested that if we were going for the ropeway, it is equivalent to viewing the city from Namnang viewpoint. Lasting only for a total of 7 minutes (to and fro journey combined), the Gangtok Ropeway is simply wastage of money. The ticket is priced at 117 INR. The trolley doesn’t halt on the other side; it touches the base and comes back to the origin. Yes, it is true that the bird-eye view of the city can be enjoyed from the trolley, but it lasts only for a few minutes.
We explored all these places in one day (beginning our day at 09:00 AM and finishing with the Ropeway by 4:00 PM). Gangtok Ropeway is less than a km away from MG Marg. Hence, after you finish the ropeway, you can walk your way down the road. Like we have been repeatedly writing that we spent three nights in Gangtok, every evening, we spent our time in MG Marg. Not that we are shopping enthusiasts, but we wanted to soak in the crowd, culture, food and milieu of the capital of Sikkim.
Adjacent to the MG Marg is Lall Market that is known for testing one’s bargaining skills. But apparently, whenever we tried to bargain, the shopkeeper showed us the ‘fixed price’ tag. Though the things/ items, especially souvenirs and small items in the pop shops were economical, we failed terribly at bargaining. Our love for food made us try new restaurants like Chopsticks, Rasoi (Pure Vegetarian), Baker’s Café, Parivar Restaurant, Mother’s Kitchen, and Unique Sweets, Snacks and Bakery.
Gangtok was the last part of our Sikkim Trip. We travelled to Siliguri and stayed in Hotel Jagat (OYO) which was near the Bagdogra Airport. Next morning, we boarded our flight back home.
Sikkim is a paradise on earth. With turquoise- blue streams finding their way through the forests and the green giants overlooking the gorgeous valleys, Sikkim is a state that is bedizened with beauty in all forms.
To know the details of our entire trip, click Sikkim Itinerary.