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Saturday, October 5, 2013

GANGTOK, SIKKIM/DAY-1 & 4.

TRAVEL DATE - Feb 2013
STAY @ Anola hotel , New Market, Gangtok

We started our journey from  Asansol by Historical Darjeeling Mail in night and reached jalpaiguri in early morning. Once we come out from railway station, there were many  shared Taxi (Sumo) for gangtok and darjeeling We negotiated  the price to take us to gangtok. Except first half an hour our journey followed the Tista River. I fall in love with the beautiful river, it was pristine green water and surrounded by mountains and trees.
My wife and me in traditional dress of sikkim
My wife and me in traditional dress of Sikkim
Rail engine displayed in front of jalpaiguri station
Rail engine displayed in front of jalpaiguri station
Tista river , on the way to gangtok
Tista river , on the way to Gangtok

We reached Gangtok in afternoon and weather was pleasant. We had to take a taxi as other vehicles is not allowable inside the City. After resting for an hour in our hotel, we decided to explore the city. We were staying in MG road, MG road is beautiful street and it reminded me of Europe.

Gangtok
Gangtok 
After walking for some time we hired a taxi for Banjhakri waterfall. It is a small beautiful park with a natural water fall. We spent some time roaming around inside the park. We had MOMOS (which became our staple food for a week) in the small kiosk in front of park before leaving to city

Entrance of Banjhakri waterfall
Banjhakri waterfall


 
 



On the fourth day morning after coming back from lachung, we went to see Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park and the Flower Exhibition Centre in the Gangtok city
There are not many animals inside the zoo.  It houses bear, leopards and many beautiful pheasant . Red panda is biggest attraction of the zoo and the zoo is very successful in captive breeding of it. 
Entrance of Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park
Entrance of Sikkim Himalayan Zoological ParkView from Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park
Red Panda in sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park
Red Panda in Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park
Yak in Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park
Yak in Sikkim Himalayan Zoological Park
Beautiful pheasants of Himalayas
Beautiful pheasants of Himalayas
Beautiful pheasants of Himalayas
Beautiful pheasants of Himalayas
Flower Exhibition Centre is a greenhouse displaying flowers. It was beautiful and  colourful. It displays different flowers around the year.
Flower Exhibition Centre , Gagtok
Flower Exhibition Centre , Gagtok
                         Inside Flower Exhibition Centre , Gagtok
Inside Flower Exhibition Centre , Gagtok
Inside Flower Exhibition Centre , Gagtok
Flower gallery





on the fourth day afternoon we said goodbye to Sikkim and started our onward journey for next destination,