Friday, October 14, 2011

Backpack to Gangtok

Backpack to Gangtok
If you are planning  to spend your vacation in one of the hill station of India then why not backpack to Gangtok,Sikkim.The nearest railway station  to Gangtok is New Jalpaiguri station,Siliguri and the nearest airport is Bagdogra,Siliguri which is 110 km from Gangtok,Sikkim.Taxi from N.J.P to Gangtok is available from N.J.P and the fare is around Rs.150/- and if you are coming by plane then you should catch taxi to Gangtok from S.N.T(Sikkim National Transport),Pradhan Nagar,Siliguri.The tempo fare from Bagdogra to S.N.T,siliguri is Rs.15/- and the taxi fare from Siliguri to Gangtok is Rs.130/- and the bus fare is Rs.75/-.Journey from Siliguri to Gangtok would take approx.3hours and once you  reach Siliguri taxi stand,Gangtok,you would get plenty of taxi to Lal bazaar or Bansilal petrol pump(below M.G Marg) from nearby Siliguri taxi stand.
Accomodation here in gangtok range from luxury to budget and if you are looking for budget hotel then you should look out for hotel   in and around Siliguri stand,Deorali and Tibet road.

Day 1 and 2.
Gear up yourself to explore the beautiful Gangtok city starting with M.G Marg.Here in M.G marg you would find many beautiful restaurent ,some roof top restaurent offering you many American,Continental ,Indian and Native food.M.G Marg is the central point of city and one can witness the sikkimese culture and tradition and blending of eastern western culture and one would love the peaceful environment of M.G Marg.Apart from M.G.Marg, there are many places in Gangtok which can be explore by walking.Some of these places are Deorali Chorten,Namgyal Institute of Tibetology,Rope way ride,Ridge Park,White hall,Enchey Monastery and Lal bazaar.

Day 3:Bakthang falls,Ganjong Monastery,Tashi view point,Ganesh tok and Himalayan zoological park.

Bakthang falls is a beautiful falls which is 2km from gangtok and it is on the way to tashi view point.The best way to visit this  falls is in the morning.Go to childern park ,look for taxi  to phatak on sharing basis which cost you only Rs.20/-and it would take 15 minutes to reach there.There is a cafetaria just beside beautiful falls  and which is the best place to do breakfast .From there catch taxi to phatak(nearby Tashi view point) which cost you Rs.10/-.then you would reach Ganjung manastery ,place where one can find peace and you can see monks chanting mantras.From there, Tashi view point is 5 minute walk .From tashi view point one can see mount kanchenchendzonga and beautiful landscape of north sikkim.
Hire taxi(drop) from tashi view point which may cost you 200/- and head toward Ganesh tok and Himalayan zoological park.From Ganesh  tok,one can get bird eye view of Gangtok.  And from there while returning one can walk down to chandmari town and from there one can get taxi to gangtok on sharing basis.

Day 4.Return to airport /railway station.

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