Thursday, October 4, 2012

Banged the buck in Gangtok-Day3

3rd October'12

Nijhum'da banged on our door at 6 o'clock in the morning shouting from the outside that the sky has cleared.It took another 30 minutes for us to be ready to negotiate in next  one minute the rate to Tashi viewpoint & Hanuman Tok for a grand view of the Kangchendzonga. While on our way to Tashi view point, we stopped for just a while to take a snap at the Bakhtang falls.

We reached Tashi in a matter of minutes and climbed up 114 stairs to reach the view point, which has the best view of the Mount Kangchendzonga or Mount K . One doesn't get to see the entire mountain ranges within striking heights of Mount K but Mount K is magnificent in itself here. A diagonal sheet of thick cloud hung over Gangtok but was not big enough to obscure Mount K.

 We were heading quickly to Hanuman Tok for the real view but once we reached that place, the view on the east side was completely blocked by clouds. We climbed up to the observatory tower and was fortunate   enough to get a partially-clear view of the west side  with the snow-capped Mount K and other peaks. I had an OM moment there and then .
While on our way downhill to Gangtok, we noticed schoolkids trekking up long kilometers from their villages to reach schools situated on the hillside. Characterized by their leisurely gait and cheerful appearance , the school kids were aptly photogenic.

The balance part of the day was spent in taking the view from the rope-way and walking down to the Tibetology museum. The latter has specimens from rituals of Tantric Buddhism. Human skulls that would have held nectar of blood. Besides the museum had ancient manuscripts depicting ancient wisdom from Pragna paramita.  

 The disappointment of not being able to make to the Nathula pass was obviated soon enough with the morning success of viewing Mount K & subsequent visits to other  notable places of Gangtok. The bang for the tourism buck was made in the morning itself but it really seemed as if nature was plotting in our favour to present us those small windows of opportunities to ensure that our bucks really banged.

The day ended with another bout of rain and a misty night thereafter. We are planning to leave tomorrow and hoping that the road to Siliguri is free from blockades.

1 comment:

Shantanu said...

Loved the short travelogue series on your latest Sikkim tour. Reminded me of a Sikkim tour which we took in the early nineties; when money was in short supply but everything in the hills looked so mysterious and awesome.