Once there, it will be easy to check into the innumerable hotels, resorts, villas and bed and breakfast inns which are run mostly by locals. It is usually recommended to get regular rooms without bothering much about the much-hyped “room with a view of the majestic mountains” as they incur heavy damage on the pocket and also because one would naturally be viewing the same mountains upon going outdoors! Choosing lodging near the M.G.Road is a good idea as it is centrally-located, is very near the mall and local eateries. Prices per night for a single room can be as low as $20 (INR 1000 approx) for a bed and breakfast.
Foodies will be delighted to learn of the many local delicacies and international cuisine which is offered by the people of
. It is
mandatory to sample the many varieties of “Momo”, which is meat or vegetables
stuffed in flour dough, moulded into dumpling shapes and either steamed or
fried and served with a special red chilli sauce [each outlet is said to have
its own unique blend]. Thukpa is a common meal choice for the Sikkimese; it is
a noodle soup with meat or vegetables. For those who enjoy pork dishes, the
Phagshapa is a must-try; it is basically pork fat which has been stewed with
dry chillies and chopped radish. Those who enjoy a good pint of beer will enjoy
a bamboo container full of Thomba or Change, which is local beer which has been
made by fermenting millet with yeast. It is mandatory to sip the beer straight
out of the bamboo container with a bamboo pipe, thereby making this a rather
unique beer-drinking experience! Sikkim
Among the many places to visit, the Nathula Passis an attraction which must not be missed. It is only available for Indian passport holders, and permission for visits must be applied for and acquired 24 hours before the trip. NathulaPass is the Indo-China border which is guarded by both Indian and Chinese soldiers who stand facing each other at an Altitude of 14790 feet.
For those who prefer quaint village sceneries to bustling commercial areas, Pemayangtse or Pelling village in
Sikkim, offers much natural beauty, peace and quiet as can be
expected from a comparatively unspoilt tourist hotspot. The village proudly
houses the ancient Pemayangtse Monastery which was built in 18th century A.D.
and follows the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Pelling also offers a
spectacular view of Mount Kanchendzonga, which is known as the guardian deity
of . Sikkim
The historic Rumtek Monastery is located 24 kilometres away from Gangtok, and is one of the most popular attractions for tourists and spiritual peace seekers. It was originally built in 1730 by the 9thKarmapa, but was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt. The monastery offers peace and sanctity, and houses the world’s most unique religious scriptures and manuscripts.
Another common and therefore crowded tourist attraction is the Tsomogo or ChangoLake, which is located near the Indo-China border at an altitude of 12.400 feet, 34 kilometres away from the state capital. It remains frozen between January to April and is considered to be holy, and the head of all the lakes in
Shopping in Sikkimis fun on M.G.Road where one can easily buy clothing and footwear at throwaway prices. Locally manufactured alcohol such as Dansberg are cheaper than other brands, and local cherry liqueur and crème de menthe are also worth a taste. Naturally these products are only available within the state, so sampling them and taking a few bottles home as gifts is a good idea. Free Wi-Fi is available in some cafes, and the friendly locals are always on hand to help in times of need. Most commuting is done via small mini vans or larger SUVs [for long trips], and given the potential of some drivers to overcharge, it is always advisable to do research on fares and rates before boarding.
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