My friend Sonia Pande Chakrabarty, her husband Basabjit Chakrabarty and their very cute darling son Arjun Chakrabarty recently went to Sikkim on a short trip. Sonia was kind enough to share lot of pictures of her trip along with her travel experiences.
Chakrabarty’s travelled from Delhi by flight to Bagdogra and from there took a Cab to Pelling and embarked on road journey of 5.5 hours. Initial journey of about 30 Kms was quite rocky because of road conditions after which they entered Sikkim towards Pelling. She had done the booking with Sikkim Taxis for her entire sight – seeing journey. They enjoyed their hotel stay very much and what to say of sightseeing to waterfalls, monasteries, hilly rides, tea gardens …what not.
I take pleasure in sharing the photographs in an exclusive PHOTO-ESSAY for my esteemed readers.
Today, travelers like Chakrabartys embark on the journey of Sikkim to discover mystical wonderland of spectacular natural beauty. The panoramic perfection of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga, the heady scent of flower-bedecked meadows, the vibrant culture, rainfalls, waterfalls, lakes, monasteries, tea gardens and the infinite variety of its flora and fauna which made their holiday quite fascinating.
Their first outing was at Mall Road in Gangtok…where the first shopping turned out to be for umbrellas as they were caught unawares of the showers and it never stopped drizzling that day. But they had good fun at Bheegi Bheegi Mall road. After that they visited Flower Exhibition in Gangtok. However the weather kept playing hide-n-seek, at times sunny, at times dark even rainy, this way they had complete 180 degree experience of weather in Sikkim.
They visited Goodriche Tea Factory where they had some great tea tasting session. It seems Chakrabarty’s had great time at various falls like Banjakhri Falls, The Khangchendzonga Waterfalls, Rimbi river water falls and Khecheopalri Lake. They captured beautiful view of Elgim Mount Pandim which was very close to Pemayangtse monastery. One moment which they will always cherish, the splendid view of majestic and snow clad Kanchenjunga. Their visit to Tathagata Tsal in Rabong, South Sikkim and Tashi view point monastery need a special mention.
I must say they were in the lap of nature all through…mountains, clouds, water, forests, flowers…you name and Sikkim offered them.
A small word about breathtakingly beautiful Sikkim, which should be ideally on very wanderer’s wish list.
Sikkim is a small state in northwest India, bordered by Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal. Part of the Himalayas, the area has a dramatic landscape including India’s highest mountain, 8,586m Kanchenjunga.
Sikkim is also home to glaciers, alpine meadows and thousands of varieties of wildflowers. Steep paths lead to hilltop Buddhist monasteries such as Pemayangtse, which dates to the early 1700s.
Sikkim – the land of mighty and majestic mountains, green valleys, wilderness & sense of adventure, delightful cuisines, peaceful and crime Free State. Not only this, it is also hot spot of biodiversity and a mixture of things that would make any place on the earth a delight to visit. All this has made Sikkim the hot destination for Tourism that it should be. Virtually unexplored, offers unique opportunities in almost all the major aspects of Tourism. The State Government in the past years have given top priority and importance for development of sufficient and required infrastructure for the development of tourism in the State.