Showing posts with label Pelling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pelling. Show all posts

Friday, 18 April 2014

Sikkim and Darjeeling Trip

As summer vacations are here, we decided to visit the hills of Sikkim. It is currently not possible to take self driven vehicles to Sikkim, we decided to rent vehicles and go around Sikkim.
The plan was to reach Gangtok and then continue our road trip in Sikkim finally terminating it in Darjeeling. Following was the itinerary that we decided to follow.

  1. 05-April-2014 Reach Gangtok, rest for the day -- Day #1
  2. 06-April-2014 Local sightseeing Gangtok -- Day #2
  3. 07-April-2014 Leave for the Lachen, Arrive in Lachen -- Day #3
  4. 08-April-2014 Trip to Gurudongmar Lake, Lunch and leave for Lachung -- Day #4
  5. 09-April-2014 Trip to Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Lunch and Leave for Gangtok -- Day #5
  6. 10-April-2014 Local sightseeing in Gangtok, Natu La, Baba ka Mandir, Tsomgo Lake -- Day #6
  7. 11-April-2014 Leave for Pelling vial Namchi -- Day #7
  8. 12-April-2014 Local sightseeing in Pelling and leave for Darjeeling -- Day #8
  9. 13-April-2014 Local sightseeing in Darjeeling -- Day #9

Sikkim and Darjeeling, Summer 2014, Day 8 of 9, Road Trip Pelling Local Sight Seeing enroute to Darjeeling

9:15 AM We leave for the monastery. Pemyangtse Monastery is just across the Mt. Pandim hotel.
The first floor of the monastery has a notable collection of ancient Buddhist antique idols, scriptures as well as sculptures and decorated paintings.Padmasambahva's eight incarnations in fierce form are also seen here.Of particular note is a seven-tiered painted wooden structure, portraying Guru Rimpoche's Heavenly Palace known as "Sanghthokpalri" also spelt "Zandog-palri", on the top floor of the monastery.

The monastery is 15 minutes walk from the hotel. There is a small climb to the monastery but the walk is pleasurable.

10:30 AM We walk to Rabdentse Ruins just around one and half kilometers from the hotel. The ruins seem to be in good condition but not many visitors around. Looks like a places that is not well publicized.

12:30 PM We leave from the Pelling and continue our journey to Darjeeling. As we cross over to West Bengal from Sikkim, you can do river rafting in Teesta River. It is really a fun things to do. It does take around 2 hours.

6:30 PM We reach Hotel Mayfair in Darjeeling. Here is my review of the hotel.

Sikkim and Darjeeling, Summer 2014, Day 7 of 9, Road Trip Namchi and Pelling

After east and north Sikkim completed, the last stop was South Sikkim. We had to leave by 8:30 AM but because of some reasons, our departure got delayed and we could start much later.
9:40 AM Left the hotel for Pelling.
12:10 PM We reached Temi Tea Garden. This is a nice place to have tea.
1:10 PM We reached Samdruptse. The world's largest statue (at 118 feet) of the Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, is on the Samdruptse hill.

3:12 PM We reached Char Dham. This the lunch time as well and there is a good restaurant just before the Char Dham entrance.
3:50 PM After finishing lunch, we entered the Char Dham compound. There is a fee for camera and video camera and large bags are not allowed inside. So it is better to leave them in the cars itself.
This effort, Char Dham, by Sikkim Government is a really good effort. They have tried to create replicas of most North Indian Hindu temples in a single complex. The place is well maintained and clean.
It is a large complex and one must have atleast couple of hours to do justice to this complex. The center piece of the complex is a very large Siva statue with enumerations about facts related to Lord Siva.

6:00 PM We leave the Char Dham complex.
8:00 PM We reach Mt. Pandim hotel in Pelling. Here is my review of the hotel.