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Gurudongmar Lake
Lachen, Sikki
Gurudongmar Lake, also noted as Gurudogmar Lake, the lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, otherwise called Guru Rinpoche, originator of Tibetan Buddhism who went to the lake in the eighth century. It is one of the most noteworthy lakes on the planet, situated at a height of 17,800 ft in the Indian state of Sikkim. The lake can be reached by street from Lachen via Thangu. As indicated by a legend, when Padmasambhava went to the lake he saw a favorable phenomenon in the lake and after that he thought of it as a decent augury to enter the territory of Sikkim, then known as Demojong. It is currently said that the lake provides a shelter to any pregnant lady offering prayers to God at the lake. The lake looks small at the spot where devotees offer love, yet the bigger piece of the lake is not visible because of uneven geography impeding the complete perspective at this area.
Rumtek Monastery
Rumtek, SK, India
The Rumtek Monastery also noted as the Dharmachakra Center, is a gompa situated in the Indian state of Sikkim close to the capital Gangtok. It is a point of convergence for the sectarian pressures inside of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism that portray the Karmapa controversy. Initially constructed under the course of Changchub Dorje, twelfth Karmapa Lama in the mid-1700s, Rumtek served as the fundamental seat of the Karma Kagyu heredity in Sikkim for quite a while. The religious community is at present the biggest in Sikkim. It is home to the group of monks and where they perform the customs and practices of the Karma Kagyu ancestry. A stupa made of gold contains the relics of the sixteenth Karmapa. Inverse to that building is a school, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies. The Rumtek Monastery is highlighted in the 2014 Indian mystery thriller novel, The emperor's riddles by Satyarth Nayak.
Banjhakri Water Falls
4 Km From Gangtok, Gangtok 737101
Banjhakri falls is a remarkable touristy spot in Sikkim. There is very popular story behind this spot and its name. The word "Banjhakri" means woodland shaman, now if we separate it further "Boycott" implies primitive and "Jhakri" implies shaman. Shaman is a priest among specific people of northern Asia, viewed as one with recuperating and supernatural forces who can impact the spirits and achieve good and evil. Furthermore, it is these Shamanistic practices that are delineated by means of the dolls in this amusement park. Some of these portray customs, some recuperating ceremonies and others the start process in the life of a shaman. All these are entirely fascinating as is the waterfall that thunders down from a height of say 70 feet. Few facilities have been built for the visitors to go closer to the waterfall and take a shower.This a ideal place for kids to enjoy and is also best for family hangouts.
MG Marg Market
M.G. Marg, Gangtok
"M. G. Marg otherwise called Mahatma Gandhi Road or MG Road is a street which is viewed as the town focal point of Gangtok. The street and the territory around it has changed throughout the years. It is currently more like a long extend of open shopping center or lane square where local people and visitors take recreation walk or simply sit and unwind on one of the numerous seats laid along the center and both sides of the street to absorb the vibe. The whole range is free of trash, smoke ,vehicle and any other mode of transportation. It's a ""Person on foot"" zone and vehicles are not permitted on this 1 kilometer stretch of the street. In line with government's green activity, all structures on both sides of this street are painted with green colour. The Statue of Unity overlooks MG Marg. The statue includes the figures of Bhutia Chieftain Khye Bumsa, the Lepcha pioneer Thetong Tek and his wife Ngo-Kong-ngol. Shops in MG Marg are open from 8am to 7pm. "
Dzongri La
Yuksom Dzongri Trek is one the most mainstream short high elevation trekking destination in Sikkim. Dzongri trek is a shorter variant of the Goechala Trek. This specific trek begins from Yuksam and winds up at Yuksam in 5 days. Dzongri trek is extraordinarily suitable and intended for the trekkers who needed to investigate more in shorter duration of time. Indeed Dzongri and Dzongri La is the best spot for a mountains' perspective and its extents in the Sikkim Himalayas. Alongside Mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga 8585m - The third most noteworthy mountains on the planet, the absolute beauty seen amid this trek from Dzongri, View Points from here are Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabur north, Mt. Kabur south, Mt. Kumbhakarna, Mt. Simvo and many more. The best time to visit Dzongri is from mid March-April, and afterward from September to mid October, in order to maintain a strategic distance from snowfall and storm downpours.
Temi Tea Garden
Temi Tea Gaeden, Tarku-Damthang Road, SK, India
The Temi Tea Garden set up in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim spreads over an area of 440 acres. The greenery enclosure lies in the middle of Damthang and Temi Bazaar along the road to Singtam.The tea delivered here is appreciated worldwide, commanding high prices in world auctions. The government possessed Tea estate today creates around 1 lakh kg of tea every year. Temi tea is planted along steep slopes running from 1200-1800m. The production line is arranged at 1500m and the street upto it, is lined with cherry bloom trees. Driving in November when these trees are in blossom is similar to traveling through a pink fog past, which one can see the sparkling snows of Khangchendzonga.The drive upto Temi takes you through mountain sides rich with greeneries. As of late the Institute of Marketology (IMO) of Switzerland has certified this tea garden as organic and thus the quality and interest of this guaranteed item has increased rapidly.


Thimphu
Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,October,November,December
One would assume that Thimphu is still settling into its role as the capital of one of the happiest countries in the world, Bhutan. Simple at heart, grappling with growing commercialisation, Thimphu is bustling with energy and is the heart of the country. Thimphu is a delight to explore if history interests you and also if you want a break from the quiet and serenity of Bhutan. Brimming with cafes, nightclubs and restaurants, the city welcomes people from all over the world with open arms. While here, do check out Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the National Folk Heritage Museum which offers a peek into the life of the Bhutanese people, especially the rural way of life. There are tons of parks, gardens and galleries in and around Thimpu and you cover most of these in a single day depending on your interests. The exhibits here range from archaic to contemporary and are definitely worth taking a look at.
Paro
Best time to visit - March,April,May
Bhutan has gradually become a popular tourist destination. And if you are visiting Bhutan, you can't possibly miss the lovely city of Paro. Considered to be one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, it is definitely a must visit! A perfect mix of culture, beauty, nature and history, Paro offers you an experience unlike another. Do visit the unofficial Taktsang Monastery or Tiger's Nest, which is a delight for trekkers and explorers! Located on a hill, the trek to this monastery is something you'll always remember. Do carry water, wear proper shoes before you start your trek lest the number of halts increases your trek time. Another wonderful place to visit is the National Museum of Bhutan which is located in a former watch tower and hosts a collection of artefacts tracing the history of Bhutan. Among other places to visit, Rinpung Dzong and Drakhapo are definitely worth visiting. The Paro market is also a great place to explore and makes for a perfect location for an evening stroll. If you don't want to stay in the city, Paro is where you should head to. The lush valleys here are a delight to explore and the streams and meadows are nothing less than a postcard.
Malda
Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,July
The twin towns of Malda and English Bazaar make for an unusual holiday destination. Serving as a gateway to Bengal, one usually spots Malda on the way to Siliguri from Kolkata. Malda is a very small city, though the places surrounding it are considered to hold great architectural significance. Some of these destinations are also mentioned by the Archaeological Survey of India, including Gour, Farakka Barage and Jouhra Kali Bari. Gour, the erstwhile capital of Bengal is home to the original footprints of Lord Mohammad and it is very well preserved here. Adina is home to a beautiful mosque and if you have a few hours to spare, this small town deserves a visit. If you are a history buff, Malda will be a pleasure to discover, though you'll have to do a little research before setting out to explore.
Phuentsholing
Best time to visit - March,April,May,September,October
A thriving commercial centre and a gentle mix of various ethnicities, Phuentsholing is a beautiful small town located in southern Bhutan. This is the town where the gorgeous big Bhutan gate is located and also where you can get your visa to visit Bhutan. While you wait for the visa, you can visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, a small temple representing the heaven of Guru Rinpoche, located at the city centre. This temple houses statues of manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and paintings on Buddha's life and times. The Kharbandi Goemba situated in the city is a charming monastery illustrating the life of the Buddha. From the monastery garden, you can get a fascinating view of Phuentsholing town and its surrounding plains. The local landscape and markets are fun to explore and offer the first peak in Bhutanese life! Phuentsholing has a great food scene as well. Don't forget to try the delicious meat dumplings and the chicken corn soup at the Zen restaurant. Once you are done exploring the quaint towns and completing all government formalities, take a bus or cab forward to visit Paro or Thimphu.
Jaigaon
Best time to visit - March,April,May
Lying on the India-Bhutan border, Jaigaon is not a tourist place, but is frequented by tourists on their way to Bhutan. The border area is the location of the majestic Bhutan gate, which brings you face to face with Bhutanese architecture. The gateway is covered in beautiful illustrations of dragons and has authentic Bhutanese artwork all over it. The town has many small and big hotels, where you can halt the night before moving on to get the visa at Phuentsholing, on the other side of the gate. The border area has some street side food stalls, which sell momos and chowmein. The Jaigaon region is quite small and can be easily covered on foot. This destination also houses the very unique Dalsinghpara Buddist church, which is an amazing amalgamation of Buddhist engineering and Christian spirit.
Jalpaiguri
Best time to visit - February,March,October,November,December
The city of Jalpaiguri is located in West Bengal on the banks of the Teesta River, at the Himalayan foothills. It is a major trade centre and a transportation hub connecting North Bengal to the rest of India. Jalpaiguri is very strategically located with Bhutan in the north, Bangladesh in the south and Nepal not so far off. Significantly, it is situated in the narrow corridor connecting north-east India to the Indian mainland. Though Jalpaiguri has no popular tourist destinations of its own, it is favourably located from the hill stations of Darjeeling and Gangtok. The Gorumara National Park and Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary are also in the vicinity. The city of Jalpaiguri is located in an interesting topography criss-crossed by rivers and hills. Even with a mixed population, the place has cultural harmony. Jalpaiguri has an art gallery, town clubs, parks and a few temples. The beautiful Teesta River is a sight and more alluringly the city is surrounded by tea cultivations along the hill slopes in the periphery that make for a picturesque view.

About Thangsing

25.10.2016Woke up at 4:00 hrs and had to climb to the dzongri top early in morning to see the perfect surise. The trail was narrow and beautiful. It was a 2HR climb  and was worth it. From the top you could see lamune, the last camping site and the mighty kanchenjunga peak was visible.We came down to the camp site at dzongri at 8:00hrs , freshen up , had breakfast and started our trek for thansen.Today was a 8hr trek and the views were the best today.First we had to climb this peak with a steep incline which was pretty tough but I did it.Now came the beautiful meadows. They were green, orange and red colored with the beautiful sunshine above the views were amazing.Now after around 2 and half hrs of meadows came small waterfalls. Green little trees and bushes and water going through all of them. Water was all around and we were jumping on rocks to cross it, occasionally stumping my foot in water and slipping and balancing myself back. I cannot explain how beautiful it was in words. I don't have the pics of that time yet. Then came a decline trail, not too steep , more or less plains with fog all around.It was magical.Then came narrow paths with water going through it, it was slippery. On my right side was steep mountain with water sliding through it, on my left was steep downward decline with brownish red shrubs. Now came a steep downward decline to a big waterfall. The decline was a 2hr trek through dense forest. It was just as if I was in another world, I saw things that I cannot believe myself. The dark green shrubs and curled up trees and bails and huge rocks and occasional small waterfalls through the way.The decline was tough but somehow I managed to do it. From here the next camp site wasn't far.At the valley of this peak was a cottage and this place was called kokchurang. We sat here for a while, refueled ourselves and started the trek again.Now we crossed two waterfalls and then we had to climb up this another peak for like another 1 and half hr.The waterfall was beautiful and besides it was a range of huge and by huge I mean freaking huge rocks covered with green algae or some type of grass(not sure) and more over the whole scenery was covered with light fog. And so the scene was magical. It was imaginary. I sat there at the edge overlooking this scene, tired as hell but feeling the view. I was eating my lunch at that time. I kind of felt alone at that moment and also realised that we humans are so puny in front of nature. I was deep thinking. Then came harshali, she sat alongside me and we both were eating pulav rice(lunch) and enjoying the view.I don't know weather it was the view or it was real but I felt kind of attached to her and attracted. I didn't say anything(must be infatuation). We are good friends.(Shouldn't be confessing things like these here 😝😝)Then came the trek leader and others, I continued the trek up the hill and soon others caught up to me. And we continued the trek together. Now as we reached the peak the trail was huge rocks, had to cross them, then we trekked alongside a waterfalls and then reached THANGSING . It was covered with clouds and was freaking cold . Couldn't see anything in front. It was thrilling though!We stayed till night in the cottage at this camp site talking about stuff of all kinds and debating about different subjects. At 1600hrs it was snack time .. got pakodas for snacks. They were delicious.At this time I was tired and sick of mountains , I was having a little bit of home sickness and had blisters all over my sole of feet. I was even missing facebook and snapchat 😂😂😝.And now the weather was getting worse. Our trek leader announced that if the weather stays this way the next day also, we would have to forfeit the trek and return back. It was 0℃ and windy and at night it was -4℃.Everyone had dinner at 20:00hrs and went to sleep .THANGSING :3,932m
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