What is peace for you? Is it a good night’s sleep? The toothless smile on your new-born’s lips? The feeling of absolute freedom? Finally getting a job? Our definitions vary, and rightly so! For me, peace is waking up to snow-capped mountains and clouds looming over them. Standing at the balcony, without warm clothes, with a hot cup of tea, allowing my soul and my body, to soak in the raw beauty of nature. Being a mountain lover, the one place that can never leave my heart or my travel list, is Gangtok! In fact, I find myself longing for carefree strolls along the footpaths of the neat little city, more often than not. Located at a distance of 115 kms from Siliguri, the capital of Sikkim is a must visit holiday destination. The cool temperature throughout the year, the warmth in people’s smiles, the uniquely delectable local food and the cotton candy clouds over the mighty Kanchenjunga, will make you miss the place even before you have left it. Four days in this little hamlet is just perfect for a long-awaited family trip. Day 1: Arrival at Gangtok. A rail journey at night from Kolkata will ensure an early morning arrival in Siliguri. You may take a shuttle or a private cab to Gangtok from Siliguri station or avail the pick up service of the hotel you will be checking in to. Alternately, you can also take a flight till Bagdogra and take a cab from there. Once you reach Gangtok, freshen up, have lunch and rest. In the evening take a walk till M G Marg or Mall road and experience the fun and excitement of mountain shopping. Later, have dinner at the Mall and return to hotel. Day 2: Visit the Baba Harbhajan Singh temple, along the Nathula Pass, built in memory of one of the bravest soldiers Harbhajan Singh and maintained by the army itself. Also, experience a Yak ride by the mesmerizing, cloud-covered Tsomgo lake. Also, stop at view points on your way back to the city. Courtesy: Instagram @sikkimadventures Day 3: Visit the Temi tea garden and take loads of pictures. It is a wide and lush tea garden which will leave your heart wanting for more. Stop at Rumtek monastery and Ganesh Touk. Day 4: Post breakfast, leave for M G Marg and take the rope-way ride across the city. This is one experience that can be counted as unforgettable. Shopping and lunch at M G Marg and leave the city for the airport or railway station, the same day. Courtesy: Instagram @travelgangtok Now, that you have the entire plan of one of the most desirable hill stations of India, pay a visit as soon as possible.
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