Day 8: Gangtok
Day 8 of the Enchanting Himalayas with Taj starts early in the morning. Post breakfast, get ready for the local sightseeing tour. The tour starts with visiting the Ranka Monastery. Also called as the Lingdum Monastery, the vihara is the most wonderful one. Offering scenic views, the gompa is considered as the picture perfect monastery in east Sikkim.
Next in the list is the Saramsa Garden, the park is ideal for recreation, leisure and picnic. Earlier, the place was used for growing a medicinal plant but after the practice was discontinued, the garden became a picnic spot. Now, it is dotted with banana, orange, lychee, guava and pineapple trees.
From there, you will be taken to the Ganesh Tok View Point. Ganesh Tok is a temple which is devoted to Lord Ganesh. One has to bend down to enter the temple. An exciting ritual grabs the attention. The visitors plant a saplings on a ground nearby the temple on behalf of those they love. The place also steals the limelight for beguiling with the panoramic views of the entire Gangtok.
The tour continues towards the Enchey Monastery. Meaning of the Enchey Monastery is the ‘solitary temple’. The attractive vihara is a pilgrimage for the flowers of Buddhism. The mystical wonderland is perched amidst the nature’s bounty. The 200 years old monastery gives devotees a feeling of being present at a blessed and serene destination.
Another most popular place to visit in Gangtok is the Do-Drul Chorten Stupa. The huge stupa features a golden top dome. The dome is visible from various places in Gangtok. 108 prayer wheels with mantras inscribed on them in Tibetan encapsulate the stupa.
Subsequently, hit the roads to Tashi view point. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga. Amazing sunrise views cast a spell on the spectators.
An appetizing dinner and a comfortable overnight stay is arranged in the hotel.