a VirtualTourist member from Mumbai
i'll be travelling with my wife and 10 yr old kid to gangtok in the 3rd wek of december for a period of 4 nights folowed by pelling for 3 nights and darjeeling for 2 nights...
i would like to know about the weather in gangtok at that time and whether it would be possible to go to tsomgo lake, baba mandir and nathula pass at that time of the year with the child???
secondly, what would be the approximate temp ingangtok and pelling at that time of the year and whether it would be possible to visit north sikkim
i would also appreciate if you could suggest good sightseeing points in and around gangtok and pelling and any other informationthat might be useful
It will be *biting* cold during the period you have selected for your trip to Gangtok, Darjeeling and other places. Do layer up and careful with the child. A suggested itinerary for Gangtok is:
1. Leisurely stroll along main market. It's totally pedestrianised.
2. Enchey Monastry. Revered monastry.
3. Directorate of Handloom & Handicraft for lovely carpets but expensive.
4. Gangtok Ropeway.
5. Tashi Viewpoint (6,100 ft.).
6. Hanuman Tok (7,000 ft.).
7. Ganesh Tok (6,100 ft.).
8. Bakthang Waterfalls.
9. Rumtek Monastry (24 kms. before reaching Gangtok).
10. Tsomgo Lake - (38 kms. Go very early to avoid rush of tourist). Avail a yak ride/safari.
11. Nathula Pass - (14,450 ft. 56 kms. Need Tourism Deptt. permission. Only Indian National allowed and that too, only from Wednesdays to Sundays).
12. Plenty of Adventure Tourism available.
13. Village Tourism available.
14. Check out www.sikkimtourism.travel.
15. Buys: Tibetan-made woollies & jackets; organic tea leaves; bright school bags made of woven cloth; shawls & stoles; Tibetan & Nepali music; Dansberg beer belonging to Bollywood actor Danny Denzongpa; 'churp' - hard & soft variety, made from yak's milk - real yummy ;-)
16. Beware of shops selling *ancient* Buddha figures and other assorted Tibetan religious artifacts.
17. If interested in photographing Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga & Mt. Siniolchu, get up very early, pray for a clear day and head for Tashi Viewpoint. The peaks turn red and then golden as the first rays of the sun illuminates them. Much better than the sunrise from Tiger Hill, Darjeeling. If you look closely at Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga, you may make out the sleeping posture of Lord Buddha with fingers clasped over the waist. The rounded mount is the head and the sharp portuberance is the feet.