|Water Bodies and Brick Kilns (The Red Portions)|
|People Waiting To Deplane (Chaos)|
|View Of A River|
|The Meandering Of A River|
|Wayside Fruit Stall|
By the time we reached Gangtok it was around 20:45 hrs. and the journey was so tiresome that we just had dinner and turned in.
|View From My Room At 05:30 hrs.|
|Same View At 07:15 hrs.|
Started for Nathu La early the next morning at around 07:30 hrs. Nathu La is a pass connecting China and India ("La" means "Pass" in Tibetan) and lies on the old "Silk Route". Nathu La is situated at a height of some 14,140 ft. above sea level and it is at the border between India and China. The distance from Gangtok to Nathu La is only 50 Km. but it is all uphill all the way and the roads are extremely bad. This was due not only because of rains, but also because the ghat (mountain) roads were being widened by the Border Roads Organization. It was raining heavily also. Rain really spoilt the whole trip. There is an observation post out there from where you can look into China. You can get more information about Nathu La here.
There is a small water fall on the way to Nathu La known as the Kyongnosla Waterfalls. There is only a small stall there where you can get some snacks, coffee and tea.
|Entrance Arch To The Border Outpost|
|The Conference Hall and Observation Post At The Border|
|The Ramparts On The Border Between India And China (Indian Side)|
|Small History Of Baba Harbajan Singh|
|Entrance To The Samadhi (Memorial)|
|Photo Of Baba Harbajan Singh|
|Another Photo Of Baba Harbajan Singh|
|Army Personnel At Baba's Memorial|
You can also see a waterfall from this location but which cannot be accessed.
Further down you pass the Tsongo lake situated at a height of some 10,000 ft. There are "Yaks", hairy large cows, on which you can take a ride if you are so inclined.
|Foldable Fan At The Souvenir Shop|
|The Yak At The Lake|
The other places of interest in Gangtok are a Cable Car Ride and a Monastery which we did not visit as there was no time.
The best thing about going to Sikkim is the drive from Bagdogra to Gangtok were on your side you are accompanied by a fast flowing river. The air is pure and fresh and the scenery is quite breathtaking. So is the drive from Gangtok to Nathu La. Unfortunately, it was raining throughout the trip and so the scenery could not be enjoyed.
|Roasted Corn Cobs Being Sold|
Incidentally, the world's highest Golf Course is the Yak Golf Course at 13,025' (3970 m.) in Kupup, East Sikkim as measured on 10 October 2006 and can be found in the Guinness Book of World Records.