Day 07 (01-April-2018)
Tiger Hills in Darjeeling:
Tiger hills is located at an elevation of 8482Ft from Sea level and the highest point in Darjeeling, Its around 11Kms from Darjeeling. We booked separate cab on the previous day itself and as advised by the hotel receptionist left hotel by 3:45AM and reached there around 4:30AM. Beacsue we reached bit early found nice place to see both sunrise on the East and the Kanchenjunga on the opposite side.
Be prepared for a cool windy morning and few shops are there which sells winter wear, coffee, tea and little snacks.
So spent time by watching the increasing crowd and different people around. And the much awaited Sun started to show up by 5AM with a huge welcome applause by the crown and it was amusing to watch and lucky to see the Kanchenjunga peak when the sun rays hit the peak, which is feast to eyes and within 30 Minutes foggy clouds covered the peak.
Darjeeling – Gangtok
Around 9AM we reached the taxi stand to head towards Gangtok through shared Taxi and paid Rs 250 per person.
Distance : 96Kms | Travel time : 3:30 Hrs
Gangtok is nestled among the high peaks of Himalayas at an elevation of 5410ft, northern Indian state of Sikkim. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim blend with tradition and modernity, one of the most famous hill station in India
Places to see in Gangtok:
Tsomgo Lake, Menmecho Lake, Nathula Pass, Hanuman Tok, Banjhakri Water Falls, Shiv Mandir @ slow clad peak, Baba Mandir, Do Drul Chorten Stupa, MG Marg & Shopping, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Rope car, Khanchenjunga view, Seven Sisters Water falls,
When we started to descend through winding hills from Darjeeling, a bit of sadness got added as we will be missing the “Queen of hills”, however once we reached Sevoke city the dark green color massive Teesta river started to give loads of eagerness when it winds through thick forest and the bottle green color river started to travel along with us till Gangtok.
309Km long Tista river soriginates from Himalayas flowing through West Bengal, Sikkim and Bangladesh before emptying in Bay of Bengal. Either we were traveling along or crossing the Teesta river throughout the journey from Sevoke- Kalimpong-Rangpo-Sikkim. River rafting is one of the famous water sports at Teesta river.
Coronation Bridge is one more major attraction in Darjeeling, which connects Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts of West Bengal. The entire bridge is supported by an arch and the two ends were fixed on the rock layers on either side of the river.
We checked in at Hotel Helia near MG Marg and took a local taxi for local site seeing.
Gangtok rope way
First we went to experience the Gangtok rope way and one should definitely try this for 360-degree view of tea estates, valley and Kanchenjunga. If you look down, you can see the Deorali Bazaar and the whole Gangtok township and good for first timers who never traveled in cable car.
Do Drul Chorten Stupa
Do Drul Chorten Stupa is located in a hillock at Gangtok. Need to reach this place by a short but a steep climb and this Stupa was built by Trulshik Rinpoche in 1945. WE took one full round by rotating the 108 prayer wheels saying “everyone should be happy”, “everyone should live in peace”. We also participated the prayer along with monks who were chanting hymns and instruments were played along with the chanting was a wonderful experience.
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology
Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, is a museum in Gangtok built in 1957 and the foundation stone was laid by 14th Dalai Lama. It’s one of the world famous institute that does research in the area of Tibetan language and culture. In the museum they have kept old coins, swords, scrolls with hand paintings, ancient manuscripts, literature and Manjushri image from Tibet. This land was donated by late king of Sikkim Tashi Namgyal.Timings: 10AM to 4PM from Momday – Saturday | Admission fee Rs 10