Namchi is a small town located at a 4 hour drive from Gangtok. If you are a religious soul, you cannot afford missing Namchi for the magnificent gamut of temples and if you are not a religious soul, u can’t miss it for the fantastic views. Now…since you are anyway going to Namchi, come with me for a walk through..
Radha krishna Temple: there’s a huge and beautiful Hindu temple on the way to Namchi. It has got idols of many hindu gods and goddesses with a lovely Radha Krishna statue in the center.. It is a two storied temple with all the idols on the second floor. Do pay a short visit before heading to the chardham.
Cost : nil
Time taken : 15 mins
Sai Mandir : There is a beautiful and huge temple of sai baba along the chardham way. So people tired of the crazy queues and quick crowded darshan at shirdi sai baba could get numerous hours of peaceful oneness with almighty here.
Time: half hour
Char Dham : Also called the Siddheshwar dham, this is a magnificent place with supreme religious value. Spread across acres of land, it has a shiva temple and a gigantic shiva statue of around 90ft tall (I was like ‘OMG’, quite literally.. ) surrounded by 12 “jyotirlings” (radiant shrines of lord Shiva located across the nation) which are periphered by the 4 dhams (the world renowned dwarka, rameshwar, badrinath and jagannath) of india. It is said that u ought to visit the 4 dhams once in your lifetime. This place has also got accommodation of 100 rooms which are basic, spacious and clean. A decent pure veg restaurant is also available.
Cost: Rs. 50 Per person + 30 Per car
Time taken : till u don’t feel like coming back
So no more long queues for praying. No more struggling around the country in search of ‘moksha (salvation)’ and ‘mukti (emancipation)’. Your One stop solution is right here see i told u, Namchi is awesome!
Temi Tea Garden: Sikkim would have no regrets of having only one tea estate as temi tea gardens is widespread and offers wonderful views. Don’t forget to get a panoramic shot here.
Cost : nil
Time taken: half hour
MG Marg: It is probably the best mall roads amongst all hill stations in india. Neat and organized. No vehicles allowed, big bonus. This place has got damn lively vibes and great food. Enjoy delicious food, shop till u drop at the hundreds of shops, try your luck at online gaming or simply sit by the benches put up and enjoy the numerous passers by.
Places to eat at MG Marg:
Roll house- the best place to have momos and wraps in entire sikkim! Pure veg and deluctable.
Bakers cafe : amazing cafe, more than superb ambience and good coffee. Did i just hear “perfect”?
Rasoi : a north indian restaurant with good taste. Paneer and dal fry cravings, anyone?
Parivaar : another typical north indian restaurant serving delicious food.
Food court : now come the chats, pavbhajis and idlis. Great place to have a variety of things!
Places to stay:
Mayfair: This the most expensive, classy and famous resort in Gangtok. Mayfair and now Deltin are the only two options where live betting and gambling can be tried. It is legal in Sikkim but all other places just have online gaming.
Deltin: a recently started hotel, this is an obvious choice for people wanting gamble it hard. You may or may not have a room to go for gaming. However Entry charges apply.
Greendale: Damn friendly staff, great views of the valley, right on the main road and proximity to the mg marg. Oh wait, its on a great budget too!
Heliya: This hotel is slightly downhill and within 1 km from MG Marg. You would get courteous staff and good rooms and nice view from their terrace cafe at the 6th floor.
Hostel: Are u on a tight budget? Try this hostel:
Tag Along Backpackers
Gohills Orchid Hostel
Places to shop: People in Sikkim are extremely well dressed and damn fond of shopping.. the shopping options in Gangtok will drive u crazy. Best of brands, local shopping, shopping at the sight seeing spots are all fantastic and perfect value for money. So be ready to shell out some (rather more) extra money for shopping.
Overall Sikkim is beyond beautiful with stunning sights. The people here are torch bearers to humility, respect, way of living, spreading smiles.
I love u to the core, Sikkim
This trip is originally posted on: Mileandsmile.com