We got up at 0500 hrs and for the first time in our lives we saw snow being yellowed by Sun. After breakfast we left for "Katao", which is the China Border. That's the way to go...
Snow cladded road, snow covered trees, and finally Katao with Snow everywhere. -12 deg Celsius without warm clothing, we were literally freezing, but our high spirits were still not ready to be dampened.Though it was chilling, but we were having the time of our lives.
While on snow we were not feeling any cold. Vast stretch of our country and the site of China aroused patriotic spirits in our souls and what came out were the slogans of "Vande Matram".
- Rumtek Monastry: 24 km from the capital city of Gangtok. It serves as the seat of His holiness Gyawla Karmapa the XVI, the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism.
- Do Drul Chorten Stupa: The Do-Drul Chorten or Stupa was built by the venerable Truslshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945.
- Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary: Diverse and amazing...Check out yourself
- Tashi View point
- Bakthang Waterfall: While going towards North Sikkim towards Tashi View point this is a wonderful waterfall. One can enjoy snow covered Kanchenjunga snow peaks from this waterfall. Small ropeway to see the falls from above ground level and a cafeteria makes this a worth stopping point.
- Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology:
- Hanuman Tok Temple: Another feather in itinerary, this temple is located around 11 Km. from Gangtok on a branc road from the Gangtok-Nathula highway. This is the place where Lord Hanuman took rest while ferrying Sanjivani herbs from Himalayas to Lanka to cure ailing Lord Lakshaman. Temple is managed by Indian Army and has toilet facility for Ladies and Gents.
- Changu Lake: Trip to Sikkim is not complete without Changu Lake, situated at an altitude of 12,400 ft it is 35 kms away from Sikkim on the Gangtok-Nathula highway which forms a part of the old trade route from India to China. The cool, placid water harmonises with the scenic beauty around which is doubled by its reflection in the lake. A small temple of Lord Siva is constructed in the lakeside. Primula flowers and other alpine vegetation around the lake, lend a pristine beauty to this place. a footpath along the lake takes one to a resting shed a walk of about half a kilometre during the winter months the lake becomes frozen.
The visit could not have been completed without sharing a pic with the locales. They all made our trip memorable.