Amazing frame, isn’t it? I clicked this one in Gangtok while strolling near the Himalayan Zoological Park. A scene that seemed straight out of Twilight’s Forks, this was captivating. Mist was coming rolling from the hills around, shrouding everything in an air of surreality. The only earthly feature was this scooter perhaps. I so wanted to take a ride on it but there was nobody around to plead for keys! Though this was the middle of summers in Sikkim, it looked more like autumn with all those tree colours around.

For more photos and tips for Sikkim, check out my photo essay on Sikkim here. And though I promised you watermark free images for the Photo Story of the Day series, I couldn’t do it for this one. Yes, in my routine forgetfulness, I’ve misplaced the original file :/ To know of more amazing and less talked about things to do in Gangtok, read this blog post on Gangtok. If this has intrigued you enough to reach for your backpack, here’s some essential information on how to reach Gangtok and what to do there.

Where is Gangtok and how to reach it?

Gangtok is a major town in Sikkim, one of the north-eastern states of India. It’s nestled in the lower Himalayas and is insanely gorgeous. More than that, it’s one of the safest places I’ve travelled to in India. On clear days, Gangtok can get you stupendous views of Mt Kanchendzonga.

Charming, warm people are the great lure of this place. I them.

You can reach Gangtok by taking a flight to Bagdogra Airport and then taking a cab to Gangtok. It’s at a drive of around four hours. Alternatively, you can also hop on to a helicopter at the airport and reach Gangtok in some style. The nearest railway station, at some 124 km, is at New Jalpaiguri.

What to do in Gangtok?

My perfect itinerary for Gangtok would include lot of paneer rolls from the Roll House at MG Road, a drive to Lake Tsogmo (12400 ft!), a tête-à-tête with the Snow Leopards, Himalayan Bears and Red Pandas at the Himalayan Zoological Park, cups of Masala Chai (again at MG Road), a very interesting visit to the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and more. Read it all on the blog post on Gangtok here.

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