Thursday, May 3, 2012

Gangtok, Tsonga Lake

Sometimes the best plans go wary, on our vacation to North East, we planned  many destinations, but  slipped to   spend  time in Gangtok itself. Albeit it was a great delight to walk on the Mall road daily in the late evenings and early morning.  

The Mall Road at  10 PM (above) and 5 AM (below)

Close to Nathula Pass is the Baba Mandir at an elevation of about 13000 feet, this is a simple temple built in honour of an Indian Army Solider.  People make a beeline for Gantolk braving treacherous road, landslides and snow to visit (hats off to India tourists and the BRO who do their best in building road at this heights).      But Alas, we couldn't visit Nathula Pass which is just 3 kms away, but requires special permission, again improper plan.

A lake shaped like India on the map on the way down from the Baba Mandir                                             

Ths Tsonga Lake lies in between the Mandir and Gangtok. A beautiful lake surrounded by hills  

and many Yaks, provide a  a good photo op

We could though manage to make it to Rumtek Monastery. Said to be the largest in Sikkim.


R.Ramakrishnan said...

Nice pics from Gangtok. Serene lake. Loved the yaks & the monastery.

Kannada Cuisine said...

I was waiting for this one :) It is so beautiful.. wonder when we would be able to visit the place! By the way think of listing your blog on various blog directories. It will give you good exposure. (Indiblogger is a good one to start)

Indrani said...

I visited Gangtok during the analog days! It is a beautiful place. Hope I can revisit sometime. Thanks for these shots.

Gurgaonflowerplaza said...

Amazing the visit was worth…

Rajesh said...

Wonderful views of the city.

joshi daniel said...

nice street views :)

P.N. Subramanian said...

My son and daughter relished this post. (me too) as they had been there.

Steve Green said...

Amazing pics. Thanks for sharing.

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