This is second in series of my Gangtok Diaries. The first one can be read here.
Post wedding celebrations, with a day in hand and everyone around, we decided for a day tour on 16th.
The plan was initially made with 5 people and 1 cab, which culminated in 12 people in 2 cabs. More the merrier, especially when your expenses are being taken care of :).
Our first stop was Banjakri Waterfalls.
Honestly, it came as a pleasant surprise. Unlike most other waterfalls, the surrounding area has been developed into a beautiful picnic spot, with ample greenery, murals and bridges to make one feel closer to nature.
For the adventurous soul, there are ample opportunities around. We decided to stay afar.
This pic speaks of the fact that nature and man made do blend well if well thought about.
With a great start and high spirits , we headed towards our next spot : Tashi View Point
Hmm, not a great view point, considering there are better spots around. You can visit this place just to put a check mark in the regular itinerary and capture some winding shots to complete the album.
For us, this place also served as the lunch joint. The restaurant down is decent and satisfied our hunger pangs with some tasty momos , noodles, fried rice, manchurian, thupkas and drinks.
Being a Tuesday and amidst chaotic discussions, we finally decided to visit Hanuman Tonk, a decision well made.
The temple is clean, serene and well maintained by Indian Army.
After Hinduism, we shifted our focus to Buddhism and visited the Enchey Monastery.
It was close to 4, had started drizzling and we headed towards the last stop – Ropeway ride.
I had been wishing for this since eternity. Its been close to 2 decades since I had enjoyed a ropeway ride and obviously I was pretty excited. Once it started, the vistas which unfolded revealed the modernization and natural beauty of Gangtok in its full glory.
Our hotel being very close to the ropeway, myself and SJ decided to walk back . A shot from the walk .
All in all a day well spent, with family, food and fun to remember always.
Leaving you with a shot which will always bring a smile to all our faces:
What are we looking at: my sunglasses which fell into the falls as we got drenched in life .