Hotel Sonam Delek
Travel Blogs from Gangtok
- I had to leave early to make my way to Gangtok in approx. 5 hours. On our way we had to drive up and down 4 mountains with an average altitude of 2000 mtr. and rough roads. On the way we stopped on beautiful waterfalls and the famous and biggest monastery Karma Kagyu Shool, founded 1100 in Rumtek. I had the chance to talk to several Buddhist but …
I woke up around 5am and saw the white peaks again. Too cloudy to see the Kanchendzonga but it's nice to see those summits. This time though I did not wake anyone up.
We had breakfast and checked out as we are heading towards Rumtek Monastery
The route to Gangtok takes 4 hours for 105 km. Typical 25 km/h. We stopped at Rangpo in order to get a Sikkim permit. This is the way to go. It takes no time and no need to provide 5 pictures of everyone. You need a photocopy of your passport and a photocopy of your Indian visa. You should also carry a passport size picture as well, just in case. …
... but in fact we travelled 130km and it took 71/2hrs. Waterfalls cascade over the road and wash it away but they do nothing to redirect the water. Landslides are also a regular occurrence. As you drive along you see people sitting on a pile of rocks smashing them with a small hammer and bagging the smaller stones to be used as road gravel. The dust is also collected for cement. Our hotel is better than last night and we overlook the soccer field where it ...
... for lunch in Kuersong. The road was a single lane in places with many hairpin turns, and non-existent guard rails.... and, oh yeah, there were a few bumps, ruts, potholes, and whole sections that were unpaved. Getting here took all day. We left the hotel in Delhi at 7:00 this morning and arrived in Darjeeling just after ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking