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    • Day275

      Sikkim in the rain

      April 20, 2018 in India ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Sikkim, der nordöstliche Staat Indiens, grenzt an Nepal, Buthan und China und ist für ausländische Touristen nur mit speziellem Visum und auch dann nur begrenzt bereisbar. Aber Sikkim soll nicht nur um einiges sauberer sein als der Rest von Indien, sondern auch ein wunderschönes Bergpanorama bieten und damit ideal zum Wandern sein.
      Auch die Jahreszeit ist perfekt. Eigentlich.

      Leider begrüßt mich Gangtok mit monsunartigen Regenfällen und vielen Wolken. Von Bergen keine Spur. Trekking, mit der Aussicht auf immer die gleiche Landschaft und dann noch mit der Pflicht, einen Guide zu bezahlen, ist da auf einmal nicht mehr so attraktiv.
      Gangtok selber erinnert mich dabei stark an ein Städtchen in Europa. Leider aber auch an dunkle Herbsttage.

      Also hab ich kurzerhand einen Flug und Nachtbus nach Rishikesch gebucht. Hier dann morgens bei Sonnenschein weg zu fahren lässt mich zwar wieder zweifeln, aber ich bin mir recht sicher, dass ab Mittags wieder die Welt untergeht. Also aufs Bauchgefühl hören und los 😊.
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      Ja Kiki, 😄 du wirst noch ein schön Wetter Turi.


      Hier will auch keiner , dass du im Regen stehst - also fahr ruhig weg !

    • Day54

      Sweet gang in Gangtok

      May 3, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      When entering the hostel's dorm, i was warmely welcomed by a swiss girl (from Lausanne), and two indian guys (from Raipur, Chhattisgarh, one of 3 lately created states in 2000, in central India).
      We formed a perfect team to explore the city. After cycling through Nepal and part of Sikkim without meeting any fellow travelers, it felt good to hang out with some ! Aashish and Anikeit were about to finish their trip in Sikkim, Fani was about to start a 10 days meditation retreat. But its often at the crossroads that you make nice encounters...

      These guys were really sweat. Fany accompanied me for some clothing and grocery shopping, the guys offered me a mini laughing Budha to bring me good luck. This was fulfilled the very same evening, since Santosh invited me again to his home and even came to pick me up in Singtam to avoid me a tough 8 km ascending slope. The thali was even better the second time....
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    • Day26

      Rumtek Monastery

      May 26, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Originally built under the direction the 9th Karmapa Lama in the mid-1700s. Rumtek served as the main seat of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Sikkim for some time. When the 16th Karmapa, arrived in Sikkim in 1959 after fleeing Tibet, the monastery was in ruins. Despite being offered other sites, the Karmapa decided to rebuild Rumtek. To him, the site possessed many auspicious qualities and was surrounded by the most favorable attributes. For example, flowing streams, mountains behind, a snow range in front, and a river below. With the generosity and help of the Sikkim royal family and the local folks of Sikkim, it was built by the 16th Karmapa as his main seat in exile.

      After four years, construction of the monastery was completed. The sacred items and relics brought out from Tsurphu Monastery, the Karmapa's seat in Tibet, were installed. On Losar in 1966, the 16th Karmapa officially inaugurated the new seat, called "The Dharmachakra Centre, a place of erudition and spiritual accomplishment, the seat of the glorious Karmapa..

      The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim and is home to 300 monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A golden stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies.

      Again this monastery was different to other's we have seen, I am still not getting a clear understanding, all the different Lama's are very confusing but everything the guides tell is very interesting.
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      That was a mouthful to read! It’s another colourful one though.

    • Day91


      April 14, 2016 in India ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      סיקים, בדרך לפאלינג,בגלל מבול וברד החלטתי להמשיך בבוקר לפאלינג במערב ולחזור לגאנטוק אחר כך. זו נקודת היציאה שלי מסיקים ממילא. וכמה תמונות מהדרך אל גאנטוק

    • Day25

      Sonam Delek Hotel

      May 25, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

      Today's drama continues. We pull up out the front of what look like a descent hotel only to find that they did not have our booking and no vacant rooms. So our guide suggested the hotel that they usually stay at. We went to this hotel to check out the room, as we did not like the rooms we were given in Darjeeling. The hotel right from the start was going to be a worry but we looked at the room in case the outside was misleading. Once inside it was as expected, it was more like a kids room with 2 very low single beds and looked terrible so we declined and proceeded to another hotel suggested by the guide. It is now getting late and I was getting cranky and upset so we had to take whatever was now on offer. This is another dreadful hotel but as it is the holidays and the Indian people are escaping the heat to the cooler places and apparently Darjleeing and Gangtok on on their lists. Not sure why as they are both dreadful places dirty, smelly, crowded and not much to do.

      The only plus of this Hotel is apparently from the balcony right outside our room we can view a sunrise which is a little different. We will not see the sun actually rise but it glows over the moutnains.

      This Hotel also has a powerpoint in the shower recess which is very weird. To make it worse there are heaps of very loud children and parents hanging around outside our room. One plus is the dinner menu does not look that bad so fingers crossed.

      Maybe tomorrow will be better.
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      Good view at least.

    • Day26

      Checking Out

      May 26, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      We have decided to change the itinerary and move Hotels closer to the airport tomorrow. Two reasons our concern of more landslides as last night there was heavy rain and the second this place is horrible and now that a few things are closed why stay in Gangtok
      What sort of tour company uses as items on their itinerary that are closed on a Sunday.

      We will do 4 hours around Gangtok. Along the way I will research Hotels and pick one rather than rely on the tour company
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      Somehow I don’t think you will be rating it 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor!

    • Day25


      May 25, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      What can I say.

      We decided we would have some alcohol with dinner. Guess what, it is "Dry Day" so we had water. Dinner was so so. The entree and mains came out together. Just as well we did not pre order dessert as well.
      By the time we had finished entree one of the mains was cold. We asked if they could heat it up and they obliged and reheated in the microwave located in the dry day bar. Then dessert came out. We had ordered vanilla ice cream and a banana fritter. The ice cream was for the fritter. The ice cream came out first and started melting while we waited for the fritter. Banana fritter then came out except it was a bowl of fruit covered in custard. The waiter said it was a banana fritter. John went to the manager who understood english a little better to sort out our order. The ice cream was nearly a puddle when the banana fritter finally arrived covered in chocolate sauce (not what we ordered) which was yum for me but not John. We poured the Ice cream over the fritter, it tasted Ok.

      Now back in our room to watch a movie
      Oops the power went out and the bed is so hard we may as well be on the floor.

      Come on tomorrow.
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    • Day26

      A few different view points of Gangtok

      May 26, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Sightseeing around Gangtok has started. Not much to see around here as I mentioned most things are closed in a Sunday. We tried going to one of the attractions but we could not get through as the locals are still celebrating the change in government and the roads were blocked.

      We then continued to a few different view points which were lovely, just a shame that the cloud cover was still blocking the view to the Himalayas.
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      The scenery is nice. Shame about the rest of it.

    • Day9

      Abenteuer Himalaya, Tag 1

      November 14, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Gangtok, Hauptstadt des kleinen Bundesstaates Sikkim. Nach einer 18-stündigen Gewalttour von Kalkutta. Der Inlandtourismus ist nicht zu übersehen. Hoffentlich finde ich noch eine ruhigere Gegend.

      Hallo Mathias, mit Freude und Spannung verfolge ich deine Reise! Vielen Dank, dass du uns daran teilhaben läßt. Liebe Grüße Hilde und Heinz


    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Gangtok, गंगटोक, গ্যাংটক, སྒང་ཐོག, Гангток, گنگتوک, ગંગટોક, गान्तोक, ガントク, 강토크, Gangtokas, Gangtoka, ഗങ്ങ്ടോക്ക്, गाङतोक, ଗାଙ୍ଗଟକ, ਗੰਗਟੋਕ, गङ्गटोक्, கேங்டாக், Ґанґток, گینگٹاک, განგტოკი, 甘托克

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