245 Kms from Ramechhap
Best time to visit - October- April
Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.Read More
Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.
After our Journey of Darjeeling, we moved further towards Guwahati (Assam) as it is the major destination near Meghalaya. One can get majority of trains and flights to Guwahati easily. When we reached Guwahati and went out of railway station, shared taxi drivers were shouting "Shillong-Shillong" so we were somewhat relieved that we won't have to suffer in hunting for taxi/bus services. We then went to stay in a hotel for our stay at Guwahati for one day as we had decided to go Shillong next morning. The hotel was average but we stayed there as we had decided to save our money in Hotel costs so that we can spend more for tour.
We reached a cold and wet Darjeeling for Rs 200 per person in a shared jeep. After putting down our bags, we did a bit of Googling and decided to have dinner at the most popular bakery/restaurant in Darjeeling, Glenary's. But this highly recommended spot by Lonely Planet was a major disappointment. I would suggest eating at Shangri-La Restaurant instead, as we did on our second night.
The day before we had booked the cab for our other sight seeing for 1300 INR. The cab came at 4 am in the morning and we headed to Tigerhill for the sunrise.The view of the sunrise and the Kangchenjunga peaks are just breath taking but be prepared for the cold, its freezing out there. You have to go there as early at around 4 am to get a seat there and for a good view, if you are late it would be fully packed and you'll need to stand there for the sunrise.For a good view of the sunrise and if you don't want any one in front of you, you need to sit on east corner of the seating stand and enjoy the sip of hot coffee available there.The Kangchenjunga would be the right side of the sunrise, it was cloudy when we visited so didn't gt the view of the peaks .The next point is ghoom monastery which is sort of ordinary. After that we went to batasia loop,here you can see the toy train crossing by, but make sure you are reach here around 8 am in the morning. The is a must if you are visiting darjeeling. Our driver then took us to the rock garden which is also good, with all the waterfalls. Here we planned to have our breakfast.We had bread-omelette, coffee, maggi noodles and if you want to try something else try wai wai chicken noodles. Our next spot was Japanese Peace Pagoda and with all the darjeeling traffic it seemed to be, and was the most peaceful, calm and serene place in darjeeling. We just sat here for an hour enjoying the view and seeing the world pass-by and clicking some pics as this was our last spot in darjeeling.We came to our hotel around 12 noon and then went for shopping in the market you can get good jackets and other winter wear. And in the evening we left to NJP.NOTES:-1-Frankly, we went darjeeling with lots of expectation but we found it an average place with must-visit places being Tiger Hill Sunrise, Batasia Loop, Rock garden, Japanese Peace Pagoda and the Zoo for the panda.2- Site seeing cost depends on number of points. 3 points for 1000 5 points for 1500 and 8 points for 2000 INR. You can and you must bargain with the rates.3-Day starts early and the sunsets at around 5 at 6 its totally dark and so start your day as early as possible.
After days in the train we finally made it to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station at around in the morning 6 am.Just as you get out of the train you will get the travel agents asking for taxi and hotels.We had done our hotel booking in advance with deals from MMT(Hotel Broadway Annex), so we were just looking for taxi from NJP(New Jalpaiguri) to Darjeeling. We found one agent and he took us to his office outside the station but he was asking for 6000 INR for drop and sightseeing which was way high from our budget.We then went near the station for other options and booked a brand new Ford Figo for just 1600. Darjeeling is around 70-80 km from NJP with all the mountain route so people who get dizzy on such roads be prepared.The road to darjeeling is very scenic, you can see the tea gardens,mountains, good sunrise, toy train and even the Kangchenjunga range on a non-cloudy day. There was some problem with the tracks so the toy train started from kurseong to darjeeling instead of NJP to DarjeelingWe reached our hotel (Broadway Annex) in darjeeling and got fresh and had our breakfast and got ready. We did some local sight seeing on this day.1)Rope way - The ropeway costs you around 165 INR per head,there is a lot of crowd for it so make it early there as its functional till 3 pm. I'll rate the ropeway from low to avg, the carts are not well maintained,the ride is very slow and sloppy.But you can have a good view of the Tea Gardens and the mountain ranges. You can go down have a coffee or so in the cafe down with some photos around and return back up.2)Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park - Then we went to the zoo the attraction here would be the red panda ,bengal tiger and other animals there is also Himalayan Mountaineering Institute to visit.After that we visited the local market chauk bazaar. You can hire a cab for it but we took bicycle on rent from Off Road Adventure (+919832054944) they also have other activities like Paragliding.NOTES:-1-Fare from NJP to Darjeeling if you go by sharing would be 150 to 200 INR and private would cost you around 1500 to 2000 depending on the condition and type of car.2-In the map the distance from one spot to another is around 500M or 1 Km but the roads are full of uphill and downhill which would be tiring who are not used to.
Last year, 2016, we went on this soul refreshing journey to Darjeeling and Gangtok. That's when i knew i had to write. Write about this beautiful paradise, the people and lifestyle, which is a complete stark opposite of the place that i currently reside in, Bangalore. And i love Bangalore! I love the busy streets, the wonderful cafes, the punk pubs and rocking bars, the carnival malls and the buzz. I love it all. Yet, that is where the difference lies. Both Darjeeling and Gangtok have the same busy streets, pretty little cafes, their own hard rock pubs and in case of Gangtok (tax free) outlets, crowded markets and the buzz. A calmer one, an at-peace one. Maybe its the altitude, maybe the setting amongst those mystic hills but something helps you lay down that guard, that we (metro people) had taken years to build and fortify. And it all starts with the ride.Bagdogra Airport, is the only one that you can use to reach either Darjeeling or Gangtok. It takes about the same time to reach either of them from there, though we decided to visit Darjeeling first. Bear in mind we were the 'foolish' ones, to have decided to visit in August. Why foolish? Landslides. Incessant rain causes it and that makes traveling an ordeal. Bangalore has its own fair share of rain all through the year. So i thought, "Hey how bad could it be?". The ride to Darjeeling, didn't have landslides but when you're riding at the edge of a hill with zero visibility due to the rain and clouds (yes, clouds), one can't help but pray. Hence foolish. But were we?The exact reason of our foolishness made the whole scene so much better for photography and as a memory. Of course you had to wait till the rain stops and in all honesty apart from the first day, we were lucky not find any of it till the end of the trip in Darjeeling. The moist heavy air, the magical parade of clouds, the mysterious fog, the beautiful smell of earth and the green, Oh the green.You can easily find out what you want to visit in Darjeeling and they all are worth it. I'm not going to give you an itinerary. Once you make yours, you start making your own story. What i can tell you is that they are beautiful, all of it. The early morning rides for sunrise and Kanchenjunga sightings, the "tea bagan" visits, the Mall road strolls, the monastery visits. all of it is an experience. The food is healthy, the people are jolly and their smiles are infectious, as is the case in any part of the world.AstrophotographyIt gave me my first experience with something, i had dreamt as a kid even if i had no idea how to do it then. Remember i told you it rained the first day we were there, well that continued till 11 pm in the night and thanks to me, mucking around, i wasn't asleep by then even if it was cold as, well as one cozy sleep requires (important note to never stop mucking around, that's when the magic happens). So the rain was beating down and it was a kind of tranquility that you seldom experience. And then there was another. The literal one.Around 11:30 pm i notice the calm has changed its attire, its more unclad, more natural. I parted the curtains of my room and walked into the balcony. Into a sky that had the most number of stars i had seen in atleast a decade. I almost could tell without any instrument where the Milkyway was. Of course the camera does a better job at it, but boy, all alone walking to the bigger open balcony of the hotel room's floor, setting up the camera for the shot in that shivering cold, under a sky that was cleared, nay washed of its impurities by that blessed shower only to show the jewels it possessed. Unmatched.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:
Having graduated from University of Calcutta, I’ve always had an enormous love for this place. Something about it continues to appeal to me and each revisit brings me some kind of joy. How can I possibly say ‘No’ to another revisit! If not for the emotional attachment I have for the city of joy, I could still learn something new. The workshop on Forced Migration helped me view issues with a new perspective; I made new friends from all over; I enjoyed the rides with splendid views of sprawling tea gardens as we headed Darjeeling- one more place off my travel bucket list! I loved the beautiful Cedar Inn we made our home for a few days; I loved the food, the people, the visit to the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre…just everything about Darjeeling, that reminds me of home in some splendid ways, and simply how the art of travelling has broadened my mind in ways more than one.Delhi (November 2012)
At 2042 metres, Darjeeling was more urbanised than I initially thought. The winding alleys, the vibrant people, open drains that sounded like waterfalls, tea shops in abundance, the overhanging electric wires, the whistling toy train and the missing Kanchendzonga. There were pockets of colonial era buildings with the best views of the valleys down below, and then there are pockets where it is really cramped and congested, where it did not seem like Darjeeling the hill station at all. Our base was Youth Hostel Kadambari, where we settled down on our assigned bunk beds – the dorm was okay with all the bare essentials. YHAI, which organises treks like these is a non profit organisation and perhaps the cheapest around that may take you to the Himalayas. The Sandakphu trek cost me Rs. 5775 including food and accommodation. Moreover, there’s always a chance of bumping into fellow trekkers who will narrate experiences that can last a lifetime.
97 Kms from Ramechhap
It was day 1 i.e. 21st Jan, 2017, a flight from Air India at IGI Airport, Kolkata at 1.45PM. a flight of 1.30 hours which land u in between Himalayas...the view from the window seat was amazing just a minute before u land in Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal.Read More
It was day 1 i.e. 21st Jan, 2017, a flight from Air India at IGI Airport, Kolkata at 1.45PM. a flight of 1.30 hours which land u in between Himalayas...the view from the window seat was amazing just a minute before u land in Tribhuvan Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal.
Kathmandu is a city stuck in a time warp, it is a city with a mind of its own and an impenetrable one at that. With its medieval temples, ethnic groups, convoluted lanes, noisy bazaars and an overwhelming number of hotels, this place is several things at once. Travellers just can't get enough of the intoxicating cocktail that is Kathmandu and the locals are well aware of this fact. It is timeless and often akin to an exotic fairytale and a visit is therefore imperative.
Kathmandu is capital city and yet again full of surprises for an avid traveler . PashupatiNath temple was the main attraction of the city. Being a capital very Crowded place. One looking for peace has nothing to do there. It has some good clubs which play hard rock music.(As heard by locals). Other attractions of Kathmandu are:- 1)Durbar Square 2) ISKCON temple 3)Swayambhu Stupa 4)Muktinath temple
We spent rest days from 5th Sept. to 7th Sept. in Kathmandu. We stayed in Hotel Menang. It was near to Tamale. Tamale is good for shopping. On 5th Sept. we visited volunteer house where volunteers from Italy came to serve orphan children. We spent time with them. On 6th Sept. we visited Pashupatinath temple, Kumari temple, Hanumaan temple, museums. The last day of Nepal trip we visited Monkey temple, Patan, Local kathmandu bazaars etc. At 8 PM we moved to airport to take our flight.
Places to visit: · Thamel · Pashupatinath temple · Boudha temple · Nagarkot Keeping a local map handy is suggested so that you can efficiently plan your day as Kathmandu offers many places to see and visit. #Food Dinner at Bamboo shoot. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant because Sangria here was shit and also because there are much better options available in close vicinity. Lunch at a hotel suggested by localites to try Newari food (specialty of Nepal: Buffalo meat). Here we were also offered a local drink. I had a sip of it. It tasted much stronger than even whisky.
We started for Kathmandu around 9 a.m. Today’s plan was to reach Last resort via Kathmandu, a distance of about 230 km. Note: This could have been changed in our plan to spend 1st 3 days in Kathmandu and the go last resort come to Dhulikhel and go to Ilam instead of going last resort first, coming back to Kathmandu and then again going until Dulikhel to go Ilam. The ride to Kathmandu was lush green. There were fields with rice growing and step farming being done. The roads were smooth with no glitches though needless to say that it was completely mountainous terrain. We reached Kathmandu around 6:30 p.m. Without entering the city, we took a right turn for Dhulikhel. After a ride of around 70 Km we reached Dhulikhel at around 9:30 p.m. and Last resort told us that it takes 3 more hours from Dhulikhel. So without wasting any more time, we continued riding. Initially the roads were good. Few Kilometers away from The Last Resort , an army check post asked us to open our luggage and show them all our stuff. After this post, the road was rough and it was pretty dark. Finally we reached the Last resort. As the name suggests, it is really a last resort.
Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist stupas and one of the largest in world is also located in Kathmandu, close to Pashupatinath temple. A two storey separate section for prayers overlooks the Stupa. Many shops selling beautiful Tibetan handicrafts and jewellery adorn the sidewalls.
282 Kms from Ramechhap
Best time to visit - September to December
Gangtok is the capital city of the north Indian state of Sikkim. Built up as a Buddhist journey site in the 1840s, the city got to be capital of an autonomous government after extinction of British principle, however it joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist focus and a base for climbers sorting out licenses and transport for treks through Sikkim's Himalayan mountain ranges. Settled inside higher crests of the Himalaya and relishing a year-round gentle calm atmosphere, Gangtok is at the center point of Sikkim's tourism industry. The accommodation business is the biggest business in Gangtok as the city is the main base for Sikkim tourism. Summer and spring seasons are the most prominent visitor seasons. Large portions of Gangtok's occupants are utilized specifically and in a roundabout way in the tourism business, with numerous inhabitants owning and working in Hotels. Ecotourism has risen as an essential monetary action in Gangtok which incorporates trekking, mountaineering, stream rafting and other practices. Read More
Gangtok is the capital city of the north Indian state of Sikkim. Built up as a Buddhist journey site in the 1840s, the city got to be capital of an autonomous government after extinction of British principle, however it joined India in 1975. Today, it remains a Tibetan Buddhist focus and a base for climbers sorting out licenses and transport for treks through Sikkim's Himalayan mountain ranges. Settled inside higher crests of the Himalaya and relishing a year-round gentle calm atmosphere, Gangtok is at the center point of Sikkim's tourism industry. The accommodation business is the biggest business in Gangtok as the city is the main base for Sikkim tourism. Summer and spring seasons are the most prominent visitor seasons. Large portions of Gangtok's occupants are utilized specifically and in a roundabout way in the tourism business, with numerous inhabitants owning and working in Hotels. Ecotourism has risen as an essential monetary action in Gangtok which incorporates trekking, mountaineering, stream rafting and other practices.
Let's start with GangtokGangtok is the capital of Sikkim and is the starting point of Sikkim as you'll be able to book your trip, hotels and cab/taxi from Gangtok. Gangtok is famous for MG-road which is the main center of attraction due to it's European street style. See the magical Gangtok through the eyes of roadaviator.
Gangtok from here is a little over one hour away. We booked a hotel online on the drive from Siliguri to Gangtok, a decision that would reap a variety of rewards. First and foremost, Gangtok has A LOT of options. Hotels are spread all over the city, from budget to luxury; every place offers the best of hospitality. So, it is highly suggested that you pre-book before reaching Gangtok so precious time is not wasted scouting around.
Sikkim had always been the dream destination. The state intrigued me with it's unusual terrains, beautiful people and magnificent vistas. Sikkim is a landlocked state and has three international borders i.e. for China, Nepal and Bhutan. This fact makes travelling to remote corners of Sikkim a bit tedious and expensive but believe me, it's all worth it.Zuluk is an unorthodox destination in East Sikkim, it's a village with a population less than few hundreds. But those few hundreds are more than welcoming and most likely the kindest people you will meet on this planet.How To ReachOne can directly reach Zuluk from Bagdogra airport and Jalpaiguri railway station through a 7-8 hour road trip but due to the unplanned nature of our vacation, we decided to go for Zuluk after we reached Gangtok. And that was a blessing in disguise. The road trip from Gangtok to Zuluk is roughly 100 kilometres and takes 4-5 hours based on the number of stops you take.PermitsYou need to have permits for Zuluk from the local authorities. These permits can be taken from the help of tour operators or hotel staff. The latter came in handy for us and our permits were ready for the very next morning. If you are planning to take your own car, you will need to spend more time in getting your permits.TransportFrom Gangtok, the only option available to us was hiring a private vehicle. No shared cabs, bus or government vehicles. You can get a private vehicle for this trip anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 depending upon how good you are at negotiating and how much time you have. Although, it was bit expensive, I wouldn't have it any other way. I stopped the vehicle at a number of occasions because of the incredible views and that wouldn't have been possible in a shared cab.Where To StayZuluk has plenty of home stay options that range from 600 to 1000 per person. And it includes all three meals. I haven't seen any online options for booking these home stays other than Airbnb which I would highly recommend during season. As it was off season, we were able to get a nice home stay for two people at 800 per person without prior booking.I believe I have shared all the information you will need to plan this trip and now I will let my pictures do the talking.
How many times has it happened that right in the middle of a long trip, one that is meant to encompass many destinations, we find ourselves unwilling to let go of the "home". A place, that somehow steals your soul and hides it in its surreal aura. A place that makes you wonder your priorities and has the ability to fix that small niggle, that hairline fracture in your heart. A place... Or sometimes it's the road, the journey, the flight of transit that lets you be.
Covered in snow, and surrounded by Christmas trees tingling with fairly lights, Gangtok is the perfect place to enjoy the winter cheer. Perfect for places to visit in January in India for travellers who enjoy snowfall, because Gangtok will have plenty of it. You can also go around to the Nathu La pass, or visit the Namgyal Institute Of Buddhism, which is considered to be the largest institute in India for Buddhism studies. You can also drive to the Tsongmo Lake, which might just be absolutely frozen and a mind-boggling sight!How To Reach: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, which is 120km away. You can also take a train to New Jalpaiguri and then take a taxi from there to Gangtok.
Next morning, when I woke up I had decided that this is not the time to remorse. I had come so far not to be disappointed or sad, happiness is always in our hands. I stood up in the line again hoping for a positive result and finally I withdrew cash. The next thing that I did was to file a complaint in the bank about my amount being debited. For a moment, I thought that my time was being wasted by visiting these banks and ATM. I had come so far not to do this....But this was a learning for me, I did discovered that in difficult times how did I react, what decisions did I take. I was left all alone in this situation and made to fight it, I had to be victorious.After doing all this work, I decided to do some local sightseeing. The first place I went to was Hanuman Tok.
Gangtok This honeymooners’ heaven is also the perfect place to let your wild side loose with your mad gang. Whether you go trekking, eating, or clubbing—Gangtok will assure that there’s a twist in the tale. The duty-free goods are just an added bonus. Don’t forget to make friends with a yak as you take a bumpy ride on its back through this amazing hill-station!
258 Kms from Ramechhap
Pokhara's beauty is best expressed in poetry, yet even a thousand odes wouldn't suffice. It is the perfect place to relax and soak in the views of snow-capped mountains and the meandering river. For those who find solace in adventure sports, Pokhara is just the right place. Despite being home to a number of fancy hotels, it is simple and as laid-back as it could possibly be. Interestingly, this little escape is also the gateway to some of the finest treks in the world. Read More
Pokhara's beauty is best expressed in poetry, yet even a thousand odes wouldn't suffice. It is the perfect place to relax and soak in the views of snow-capped mountains and the meandering river. For those who find solace in adventure sports, Pokhara is just the right place. Despite being home to a number of fancy hotels, it is simple and as laid-back as it could possibly be. Interestingly, this little escape is also the gateway to some of the finest treks in the world.
Pokhara is arguably the most beautiful city of Nepal. The main attraction of this city is Fewa Lake . A beautiful lake on the foot of Annapurna Range .On a clear shiny day one could get the most beautiful scene of Annapurna Range's shadow in the lake's water. Apart from lake visitable places are :- 1) World Peace Pagoda 2) Davis Fall 3) Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave 4) Exquisite Nepali and Chinese cuisine.
The final day of the Royal Trek begins with quick descending climb down to Bhirchowk. From Bhirchowk, we tread along the jungle trail down to Talbesi via newly constructed Rupakot Resort. Couple of hours trek brings us to Khola Chheu from where we will be escorted back to Pokhara.
Pokhara is the second largest city of Nepal. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world — Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu — are situated within 30 miles (linear distance) of the city, so that the northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas. Pokhara valley is rich in water sources. There are many lakes there. One lake which we surely suggest you should not miss is Phewa or Fewa lake. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokhara Pokhara is around 200 Km from Lumbini. The road for Pokhara is mountain trail but the roads are well built with few bad patches in case of landslides. The ride was mesmerizing with river on one Side and mountains on other.As we had started after lunch, we continued late in the evening and in the night we reached to ‘Pokhara’. #Stay Late in the night at around 12 am, we got into ‘Lake Peace’ hotel. This hotel was away from the heart of the city, as we reached really late but in case you would like to stay in Pokhara , we suggest lake view road which offers many hotel options. #Food at Pokhara Lunch at ‘don’t pass by me’ restaurant where the food was good, the location was nice with a lake view Dinner at a Korean restaurant called Apple café can be found near Gorakha museum. On lake view road, you could chillax at Blue café which offers live music and happening crowd.The city also offers many dance bars, though I would suggest, you should go there only to have a hearty laugh. Day in Pokhara Places to see in Pokhara Bullet base camp Mahendra caves Sarangkot Gorkha museum #Bullet base camp It’s located on Mansawar road. To our dismay,it was closed as its owner from Holland had gone back to his country. https://www.facebook.com/bulletbasecamp
Post breakfast, we left for Pokhara as we decided to roam the all of Kathmandu on return. Hence,we took a picturesque drive to the enchanting city of Pokhara. On arrival, checked into our hotel Hotel Landmark. The rest of the evening was left to enjoy the serenity and magnificence of the Himalayas or enjoy a leisurely walk around the serene Phewa Lake. Early next morning took an excursion trip to Sarangkot for sunrise. After breakfast, enjoyed a half day visit to Bindabasini Temple, Gupteshwar Cave & Davis Falls followed by a boat ride on Lake Phewa. Evening at around 6 pm we came to our rooms and were getting ready to leave for Kathmandu, the next morning.
83 Kms from Ramechhap
The well preserved ancient Newar town, known for its artistic excellence, splendid courtyard and palaces, pottery and weaving industries and rich customs and culture, is a ‘living heritage’ in itself. The literal translation of ‘Bhaktapur’ i.e. “place of devotees” is well justified by its magnificent temples, artwork, festivals and religious celebrations. It was enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The place is like an open air museum, best for aimless wandering and exploration. The ‘culture gem’ of Nepal, Bhaktapur is extremely picturesque and inspiring. So simply put on your best walking shoes and get ready to have a good peek into the famous Newar culture and tradition.
Bhaktapur is a "living Heritage" displaying the vibrant depth of Newari culture. The main square of the city, is a conglomeration of stone art, metal art, wood carving and terracotta art and architectural showpieces. The golden gates, siddhi laxmi stone temple, taumadhi square, Durbar square and peacock window are the main attractions of Bhaktapur. This amazing city is not only displaying you its century old fabulous art, architect and cultural heritages but also offer its unique eastern hospitality, delicious newari cuisines, luxurious accomodation, unforgettable handicraft souvenirs, various restaurants, hotels, guesthouses, home stays and curio shops respectively.
Bhaktapur city is located 14 Kms east from Kathmandu. Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, is an open museum for everyone to see stand-still lifestyle & culture of ancient era. Entering the Durbar Square (palace square) through the Royal Gate, the sparseness of the temples is immediately apparent, compared to the profusion in the Durbar squares of Kathmandu and Patan. Many of the highly decorated buildings and shrines were destroyed in the 1934 earthquake. However, the main square still contains a few temples and other architectural show pieces; the Lion Gate, the statue of Bhupatindra Malla, the Palace of 55 windows, the Bell of the barking dogs, the Batsala temple, the Nyatapola temple and the replica of Pashupatinath temple. Bhaktapur is one the cleanest ancient city in Nepal.
94 Kms from Ramechhap
I liked the Patan Durban Square cultural heritage.Read More
I liked the Patan Durban Square cultural heritage.
238 Kms from Ramechhap
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,September,October,November,December
Charming and unspoilt, Yuksom is a Himalayan land with maple, birch and magnolia trees and an array of monasteries. This East Sikkim village is also the gateway to Mount Kanchenjunga and is a worthy addition to the eco-tourism villages. The Dubdi Monastery is said to be the oldest of its kind in the whole of Sikkim, perched on a hilltop. An hour's trek from the village will take you to this beautiful place wrapped in greenery and peace. The Kartok Gompa and the Ngadak Chenpo Chorling Gompa are the other monasteries that offer an insight into Tibetan culture. Yuksom is also the base for several treks, the most famous ones being Goechala and Dzongri. There is nothing much to do after sunset but to watch and enjoy the silence of nature. Try the yak cheese momos – a local delicacy, and wash them down with Hit and Dansberg, two local brands of beer. For accommodation, choose a cozy Tibetan homestay over anything else.Read More
Charming and unspoilt, Yuksom is a Himalayan land with maple, birch and magnolia trees and an array of monasteries. This East Sikkim village is also the gateway to Mount Kanchenjunga and is a worthy addition to the eco-tourism villages. The Dubdi Monastery is said to be the oldest of its kind in the whole of Sikkim, perched on a hilltop. An hour's trek from the village will take you to this beautiful place wrapped in greenery and peace. The Kartok Gompa and the Ngadak Chenpo Chorling Gompa are the other monasteries that offer an insight into Tibetan culture. Yuksom is also the base for several treks, the most famous ones being Goechala and Dzongri. There is nothing much to do after sunset but to watch and enjoy the silence of nature. Try the yak cheese momos – a local delicacy, and wash them down with Hit and Dansberg, two local brands of beer. For accommodation, choose a cozy Tibetan homestay over anything else.
Firstly we went to Norbugang Coronation throne. At Norbugang Coronation Throne in Yuksom, the three Lamas who came from Tibet used to meet in a bid to strengthen their hold in Sikkim. The lamas came to Yuksom in 1614 with a purpose to strengthen their hold on Sikkim and preach the people about Buddhism. On the coronation site there is a park called Norbugang Park.
29.10.2016It's the last trek day. Everyone is happy cause now this difficult and exhausting trek is going to be over in 6hrs. We all were very excited to get back to civilization and getting our normal lives back but little did I knew that I'd miss this trek and the fellow trekkers more than I missed my friends when high school ended. We had Breakfast and started the trek by 8:00hrs.Today it was exhausting and difficult. Cause we had to go down. I realised going back down seemed easy but it was tough as hell.My feet were paining and now my blisters also burst. Along the way I realised something that I am in pain but I am not tired at all. I am a marathon runner. Coming back to low altitude with high oxygen levels I felt this energy running through me and I was trekking easily but then again after 3 hrs I was exhausted. I took a break and started again. After 6 tuff hrs, were about to reach base camp but our trek leader Aakash asked us to wait for others because we started as a group and we must finish as a group. So we waited and we started again when everybody came. I am really competitive by nature , I had to finish first and so was my friend Dheeraj. And before we know we are racing to get to base camp. He suggested that we should finish together. I agreed and we finished the trek together.We reached base camp by 2:00hrs. This was now the first time in 8 days that I'll be bathing. It was no doubt the best bath if my life. Now everybody got freshen up and now the party was about to start. We started partying at 16:00 and finished at 24:00 .. Harshali paid up and bought me a bottle of 100piper's.And so we partied till we dropped.That day I ate beef and pork also for the first time in my life. It was delicious. Though pork wasn't so good.
Yuksom has a rich history to its name, and to unravel its mysteries you will have to go there yourself. Yuksom was home to the first Chogyal (monarch) of Sikkim. This December, take on an adventurous journey to an unexplored, rugged yet beautiful town that has been preserved from the outburst of tourists. While in Yuksom, explore the local monasteries and get to know more about Buddhism. To have a good time, get to know the different kinds of cultures and people that call Yuksom home. Yuksom tops the chart for being an adventurous place to visit in India in December.How to reach Yuksom: The nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri and from there you can hire a vehicle to Yuksom.
I am a restless medical student.After giving my first yr exams I decided to travel somewhere, but I didn't get a chance to do so.I was feeling this emptiness inside me, a hunger to fill my soul with adventure and thrill.Now around Diwali I got 20 days off .. all my friends had plans to travel somewhere but I didn't. I was surfing on bookmyshow when u saw goechala trek. I booked it through INDIA HIKES and I was on my way to Sikkim on 21.10.16Reach the bagdogra airport by an early flight. I am the first one to reach . After waiting for 3 long hrs others arrive and we share a cab to the base camp. The drive to the base camp is an 8 hrs long ride. And I am sharing this cab with 5 other people.I have the window seat. Person next to me us really nice.. good person.. he gave me stuff to eat (chocolate and gum). We all are talking and laughing, enjoying the ride when suddenly the person sitting on the other window seat pukes. He didn't speak much before also, kind of an introvert person and out of nowhere, he throws up in the car.Driver stops the car , he cleans up.. The guys name is arvind, 32yr old male from the hot city of Chennai.. it was his first trek. He didn't seem fit for the trek. He is fat and ugly(I was judging) and I don't think he should be here. I hate him,he is just creating a mess. But I don't care much about it.Anyways,We start the drive again , I doze off for 3 hrs .. It's noon now.. we stop for lunch at this little place. But the food was amazing. But I couldn't figure out there chicken , it's not zesty and I don't like it that much. But rest was good. One more thing.. the views were amazing during the drive.. we reach the base camp at 20:30 , tired as hell. At 21:00 we get dinner. Everyone's talking to each other. Now I am surrounded by 19 total strangers with whom I'll be spending next 10 days trekking through forest....
Yuksom is a refreshing break from the crowded trails that you get during the peak season. Visit this place in the off-season to enjoy its real beauty. Travel to Yuksom, which resides just on top of the Kanchenjunga National Park, from where the trek up to the world’s third highest mountain begins. It is a quiet town that is sure of bringing you peace. You can visit monasteries in and around Yuksom, the nearest is Dubdi Monastery, which was made by the first Chogyal and also the Khehceopalri Lake. November is an off-season here, as it starts getting colder and the weather is fantastic!To reach Yuksom, the nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) (150 km) and the closest airport is in Bagdogra (155 km).Off-Season In NovemberA sleepy hamlet on the outskirts of Shimla, Mashobra floats in a British aura with the scent of cedar in the air, and tall pine trees to cast shadows on you. Famous for its apple orchards and endless terrace farms that meet the slopes of the mountains, Mashobra has maintained its old world charm while adjusting to people around. You can explore Mashobra’s forest sanctuary and the jam factories, or drive to Shimla for a day.The nearest airport is the Shimla airport (12 km) and the closest railway station is the Shimla railway station.
Its first capital of Sikkim, Yuksom has special religious and cultural significance. It has a number of famous Buddhist monasteries and historical monuments. Being at the head of the Khangchendzonga National Park and as the base camp for trekking to Mt. Khangchendzonga, it has large influx of mountaineers from all parts of the world. The village people, as stake holders in biodiversity preservation of the Rathong Chu valley, where the village is situated, have played a significant role in trendsetting and promotion of eco-tourism in the area. The inhabitants of this village have most successfully adopted promotion of ecotourism not only in the region but also for other similar areas in Sikkim. Yuksom is thus considered a model village for eco-tourism.
Situated at an altitude of 5840 feet, the natural beauty of Yuksom, historically known to be the first capital of Sikkim, is serene, colourful, and inspiring – all at once. Perfect for meditative day-walks, it is also the trailhead for the Khangchendzonga Trek (Dzongri & Goecha La). However, apart from trekkers, Yuksom is yet to attract the large share of tourists who still prefer to soak in mountain views from the now over-crowded Pelling. In Yuksom, NGOs promoting eco-tourism guard the interests of villagers by helping them set-up and promote homestays, which not only serve as an additional income for the villagers but also give visitors an opportunity to live out an authentic village experience in Sikkim. Food served throughout the course of your stay is completely organic, with most ingredients growing in the front yard. Meals include local delicacies like momos, millet rotis, healthy leafy noodle soups, rice and traditional meat dishes. Don’t forget to try the ‘Chhaang’ – a kind of beer made of rice/ millet, which is a favorite with the Sikkimese across the state. Chhaang is offered in a tall bamboo container called Tongba, and is drank warm. Like most village houses, EZOM also has its share of farm animals – yaks, pigs, goats, chickens – you name it. And if you are ever in need of a cosy cuddle, Peechu the adorable house cat will be at your service.
Yuksom is a historical town in Geyzing subdivision of West Sikkim district in the Northeast Indian state of Sikkim. It was the first capital of Sikkim established in 1642 AD by Phuntsog Namgyal who was the first Chogyal (temporal and religious king) of Sikkim. The coronation site of the first monarch of Sikkim is known as the "Throne of Norbugang". Yuksom is where there is the Norbugang Chorten near the Norbugang throne, the place Namgyal was crowned and several monasteries and a lake. The dynastic rule of the Chogyals lasted for 333 years.
From Pelling, we continued towards Yuksam, where we were greeted by villagers singing merrily as they went about their day, birds chiming in, yak bells tinkling, and streams providing harmony. We feasted our eyes on one of the snow peaks poking out above the mist settling in on the green mountainsides. Quiet and peaceful. We were drawn in like moths to a flame and we spent the next 4 days visiting with locals at little tea shops, hiking through the countryside, and cooking our dinner. Trekking through the mountains around Yuksom is the main reason a few straggling travelers end up there. The arduous 10 day treks up to the snow mountains or Goecha Peak require permits, and thus are expensive ($30-50 day). Just picking a path and seeing where it leads is a rewarding alternative.