Splash of colours swaying to the music of wind with prayer flags tied to a string. Drifting clouds play peek-a-boo from behind the hills. The mountains are scant with cloud covering them in a thick cottony envelop of mist clearing just enough at times to show a hint of the beautiful snow-capped mountain ranges of Kanchenjunga. Pockets of cantonments assuring you of your safety and wellbeing. Curvilinear roads cutting through the thicket of trees winding into slithering patterns of a snake. A profusion of green that brings a sense of enchantment to the journey. A journey that takes you to the land of Nepali speaking, Lepcha speaking people with a cheerful face and affectionate heart. As you travel through this beautiful land of tea estates and small streaming waterfalls you feel an overwhelming sense of being in an adventure were stories of Gulliver’s travels and Robinson Crusoe start coming to life. So we started our journey with steaming cup of Tami tea and day full of hope.
Places you can visit in Sikkim are
- Hanuman Tok
- Ganesh Tok
- Banjhakri falls
- Temi tea gardens
- Guru Padmasambhav Samudruptse (Buddha) in Namchi
- Siddeshwara Dham
- Nathula Pass
- Tsomgo Lake
- Baba Harbhajan singh temple
Hanuman tok (it is said that Hanuman rested there on his way back with Sanjeevani Mountain) and Ganesh Tok are the easiest to access from Gangtok. Hanuman tok is maintained by Indian army with a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga range and a panoramic view of Gangtok city. Don’t miss the fun adventure activities like Paragliding, rope walking etc.
As you travel to the south of Sikkim you reach the spectacular Padmasabhava Samudruptse statue in namchi which stands at a height of 118 feet (world’s largest statue of Phadmasambhava). Siddeshwar dham was built recently and has a 87ft high Shiva and the place is dedicated to lord shiva with replicas of four revered shiva dhams in the country (Jagannath, Dwarika, Rameshawaram, Badrinath).
Nathula pass located 54Km east of Sikkim is at a altitude of 4310m and is the one of the two open trading borders with china (It is guarded by Indian army and only Indian citizens can visit it with a permit). Baba harbhajan singh temple is built as a shine in the honour of an Indian army soldier-Harbhajan Singh and it is believed that his spirit protects and safeguards the soldiers in those uninhabitable mountains of nathula.