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Nov 6, 2013 - 31 October - Gangtok

Today we took jeeps to Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim which is nestled between China (Tibet), Bhutan and Nepal. We had to get special permits to enter Sikkim and there is a strong military presence here. Gangtok is built along a mountain ridge and the views on a clear day are supposed to be spectacular - unfortunately the weather is cloudy and rainy so we can only imagine. On our first day we visited Rumtek Monastery. This monastery was built in the 1960's and is the spiritual home of the Kagyu Buddhist sect. The leader of this...

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Aug 16, 2012 - Gangtok

8-16 Visit MyTripJournal Wiki Info Gangtok Bright sunny day even at 6am so we get up and check out by 7. The shared jeep stand is just down the street a block from Hotel Reegyal where we stayed. We are able to get seats in the middle (Bon won't ride in the far back seat) in a jeep leaving at 8:30 so plenty of time for some breakfast. The road to Gangtok is mostly paved and downhill. See photos. Arrived in this capital of Sikkim about 11am, hiked uphill to New Modern Central Lodge where Buddha, the manager makes us a deal on a big room 6th...

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Jan 20, 2012 - Whatever Goes Up Must Come Down - From the Mountains to the Plaiins

Jan 17 - time to leave northeast India and head for Board meetings in Mumbai. Travel time Gangtok via Bagdogra to Mumbai via Delhi - 16 hrs door to door. All is well that ends well BUT the time between is worth reporting on! Previous night Instructions from friendly but firm ex-Gurkha Guide was "please ensure your bags are outside your door at 6 AM, proceed to early breakfast and departure at 6:30 so that we may have plenty of time for the 1:30 PM flight from Bagdogra." No problem for the compliant Canucks. Note: Bagdogra was 115 kms away -...

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Oct 2, 2009 - Drive via Rabdentse & Rabongla to Gangtok

02-10-09 On our 8 hour drive along the mountain roads and stop at the local market in Rabongla before continuing on through semi tropical forests, cardamom plantations and small villages to Gangtok the present day capital of Sikkim,spectacularly set on a long ridge flanking the Ranipool river and offering many fine vantage points of the entire Kanchenjunga range. Its Friday the 2nd of October, Ghandi's birthday, and there fore another excuse for a holiday in this part of the world which is code for everything being closed and the little...

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Jun 1, 2009 - High Court of Sikkim at Gangtok

Route: Patna - Begusarai - Khagaria - Purnea - Kishanganj - Bagdogra - Siliguri - Sivok - Gangtok - Siliguri Distance covered: 456 Kms. + 100 Kms. + 101 Kms. = 657 Kms. Place of Stay on 01.06.2009 (after midnight of 31.05.2009): Hotel Appolo, Mallaguri Place of Stay on 01.06.2009: Hotel Central Plaza, Hill Cart Road, Mallaguri The next day we came to learn that the condition of Uncle was under control and he could continue his trip in China. Thus, the dilemma of Ankur ended and we felt relieved and happy. We started on one of the most...

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May 7, 2009 - Visit to Enchey Monastery

After spending the better part of both this morning and early afternoon squaring away logistical matters in connection with our upcoming trek to Goecha La in Sikkim as well as our trip to Bhutan later this month, we took a cab to the Enchey Monastery, the Buddhist monastery perched atop a hill overlooking Gangtok. Here we spent about half an hour, checking out the temple as well as the grounds. Thereafter we went back toward the center of Gangtok and stopped off at the Government Institute of Cottage Industries, a center dedicated to...

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May 6, 2009 - Additional Organizational Day in Gangtok

Today we again spent much of the day organizing our trip to Bhutan later this month. As we plan to visit Bhutan a few days after finishing our trek in Sikkim, we have to book the tour now in order to ensure that we are able to visit Bhutan during the time frame when we wish to do so. I don’t like to waste entire days on trip logistics, but it is sometimes a necessary evil. We're expecting to have our Bhutan trip confirmed tomorrow, however. Then we'll be leaving Gangtok to continue on our travels.

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May 5, 2009 - Organizational Day in Gangtok

Today marks my last day on the overland tour I had joined up with in Mumbai (Bombay) about 1½ months ago, as the overland truck left for Nepal this morning. There the tour will officially end, but in our case, Sikkim marks the end of that adventure. While I had a great time on the overland trip, we want to spend more time in Sikkim and in this part of India more generally. I said my goodbyes to everyone from the group this morning, and immediately thereafter, Vikki and I continued planning the immediate next stages of our trip: a multi-day...

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May 4, 2009 - Excursion to Tsomgo Lake

This morning we rode in a hired jeep to Tsomgo Lake, some 35 kilometers away from Gangtok and around 20 kilometers from the border with Tibet. Tsomgo Lake, at 3750 meters high, is at a much higher elevation than Gangtok, and is accessible only by a windy narrow road that is quite hair raising in parts. I would not want my driver to be learning how to drive on that road, to be sure. Tsomgo Lake is quite scenic, but the real novelty on offer at the lake for tourists is yak riding. Local yak herders have put saddles on yaks and lead tourists...

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May 3, 2009 - Visit to Rumtek Monastery

We went this morning with 4 of the others from the overland trip via a rented jeep to the Rumtek Monastery, a short drive outside of Gangtok. The Rumtek Monastery is the primary monastery of the Buddhist "Black Hat" sect. As we arrived at the Rumtek Monastery, somewhere close to a 100 Buddhist monks - each clad in red and gold robes - were in the process of taking down a large pole at least 30 meters high which easily weighed several tons. It was quite a spectacle to watch. The main temple at the Rumtek Monastery is quite elaborate and...

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May 2, 2009 - Heading to Sikkim

We spent most of the daylight hours today in transit from Darjeeling to Gangtok, Sikkim’s capital. The road from Darjeeling, which is located in the Indian state of West Bengal, to the Sikkim state border consisted of a narrow single lane road which wound through the mountains. As the road had only one lane, upon encountering cars and trucks traveling in the opposite direction, a great deal of maneuvering was required so as to allow us to squeeze by one another. The drive proved to be quite scenic, taking us through a number of small...

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Break From the Law

Aug 6, 2008 - Gangtok

*The history part* Sikkim was an independant country until 1975 when the India sent in its troops to depose the Government after a revolt by its nepali-speaking population. Apparently the Indian Prime-minister phoned the then leader of Sikkim and gave him one weeks notice to leave the country as he was going to send in the troops. Nice to let him know. I took a sharejeep to Gangtok, the capital of the state of Sikkim. Buses appear to be rare in this part of India thanks to the hills and the sparse population, so enterprising locals...

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