I plan on staying in Gangtok for three nights. I had planned on going to Kalimpong, but I really like it here as it has all the mod cons such as hot water, electricity most of the time, internet, and a nice room with a view of the mountains when the mist clears.
The capital city of Sikkim is Gangtok. The road became much better and then Gangtok appeared like a large Indian town on the slopes of the mountain. I climbed the hill to the Enchey Gompa – the oldest capital’s monastery on Saturday as it is closed on Sunday. Next day I took a long walk along the ridge to the former Royal Palace and back up to Enchey Gompa and then up to the view point about 15 minutes further up. Since I was up this high I went to visit the Zoo which is another two kilometers up a steep slope and saw a Snow leopard. There seems to be only about 20 animals in the huge zoo complex.
The streets in Gangtok are very steep; you are always going up or down. Probably the only exception in MG Marg – wide walking-only street in the heart of the town with fancy shops and Sikkim Tourist office
It is sunny today so the second sunny day in almost two weeks. It is great for walks in the area.
Today is dry day which means no alchohal is sold in the bottle shops or in restaurants. It happens once a month on the full moon day. So I did stock up on Port (from Goa) and brandy. The Port is actually not bad and I have not had wine for almost 2 months so it is a nice treat!
On November 23 I take the train back to Kolkata and plan to spend 2 more nights in Kolkata as I really like the city in spite of the pollution and noise and I did say I love the Broadway Hotel where I am staying!