Pristine Gangtok City In Mansoon
Post Date: 06-03-2017
Posted By - Soumyajit
Toured from 17-07-2015 to 20-07-2015
Tour arranged by: Self
Tour Type: Group Tour
Hill stations in mansoon have their own magic. Lush green terrain, clean & clear roads, contrast horizons are really awesome during mansoon. This also gives an opportunity to the visitor or tourist to explore the places with less crowd & discounted travel expense. I was looking for a small break from my regular schedule. Few places are highly exquisite during mansoon with splendid flora and fauna. Goa, Kerala , Sikkim, Western ghats lead the list.
This time Gangtok was on top chart for me.As per schedule, we landed at Bagdogra airport on 17th July afternoon. Bagdogra airport is well connected to Kolkata, New Delhi and has a very good user friendly prepaid taxi system managed by city police. One way taxi trip to Gangtok will cost around 2200 rs in off season (mainly during mansoon & winter). It took more than an hour to cross Siliguri city because of horrible traffic congestion. Gradually we touched beautiful NH 31 which guided us through Sevoke and Mahananda sanctuary area. It was awesome to be welcomed by light drizzle and drive through dense forest area with slow instrumental music.
We were informed about the probable landslide at few identified area. Local people and BRO(Border road organization) advised us to be cautious and alert while climbing up the mountain. The road was affected due to continuous landslides and few stretches were controlled by BRO to avoid any accident. BRO has a tremendous presence throughout the stretch. The hard work is really appreciated. Gradually we crossed Teesta river, Ranpool and reached Gangtok at 10 pm. Normally the duration is 3.5 hrs but it took us 6 hours due to heavy rain on the way. You should never be in hurry while driving in hill area. I had prebooked my accommodation at Tashi Thendup hotel which is in Nam nang area and just 5 mins walk from famous MG road.Next day morning, I wanted to take a stroll on MG road . The lifestyle is very simple.