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    Exploring the city of Gangtok

    Pankaj chose a refreshing and soothing vacation destination for his family to the misty and quaint mountains. His trip reflected a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment after their exploits led them to a memorable family trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling. He booked a package via TravelTriangle for INR 76000 that included their flights, transfers, sightseeing, and breakfast.

    Pankaj and his family in Sikkim

    One of my friends had recently come back from a trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling and his review of the place was simply amazing. Their reviews made it easier for me to convince my family for a vacation to the hills in the North-east. After searching on the internet for packages, I came across TravelTriangle which gave me the option to customize my package and select the agent through whom I wish to go for.

    I found a suitable package and a favorable 5 nights/6 days itinerary with “Fly Smart” agency. Finally, we were set for our much-needed break into the hills.

    Day 1: Arrival in Gangtok

    Arriving in Sikkim

    Our journey started with an afternoon flight from New Delhi to Bagdogra. Upon our arrival in Bagdogra, we could easily locate the agency taxi present to receive us at the airport. We started our ride to Gangtok from here and which was some four hours away. Finally, we reached our hotel at 9 pm and since we were already tired, we simply checked-in and slept off the night.

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    Day 2: Nathula Pass  


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    We woke up this morning for an early breakfast and got ready to visit the Nathula Pass by 8 am. On our way to Nathula, we saw famous tourist attractions like the beautiful and serene Tsomgo Lake which was followed by a trip to the Baba Mandir.

    Pankaj on his way to Nathula Top

    Later on, as we were about to reach the Nathula Top, we were stopped by the authorities since my child was an infant and the weather conditions at the top (which is 4310M) were too unstable for a new-born baby.

    Nonetheless, it was a good start for us in the friendly city of Gangtok and post the sightseeing, we returned back to the hotel in the evening and called it a day.

    Day 3: Gangtok City Tour  

    Exploring the city of Gangtok

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    On the third day, we were scheduled to do a city tour of Gangtok. The taxi we hired was ready for us to begin the tour early in the morning. Since it wasn’t possible to cover all the spots in one day, our taxi driver advised us and took us to the best places that were there in Gangtok.

    We were really impressed with how informative and knowledgeable the driver assigned to us was. He helped us in reducing our travel time and maximizing our vacation experience. We started off with a visit to Hanuman Tok and Ganesh Tok- temples devoted to lord Hanuman and Ganesh respectively which are maintained by the Indian Army.

    Pankaj and his family enjoying the gondola ride

    After taking the blessings from the almighty, we headed towards the Tashi view point. It is a point near Gangtok which provides a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga Peaks. As our city tour ended, we visited the MG road in the evening and indulged in some shopping and dinner.  Later on, we proceeded back to the hotel for the night.

    Day 4: Darjeeling   

    Visiting Tea plantation in Darjeeling

    We had a delicious breakfast this morning post which we got ready for our trip to Darjeeling. We checked out from the hotel and got into the taxi and started our journey. En route to Darjeeling we stopped and witnessed amazing tea gardens. It was an awesome experience and we were really glad to have a sip of tea here, in the place that was world famous for its tea. After an extended journey of 6 hours due to a landslide, we finally reached our hotel in Darjeeling.

    Our hotel in Darjeeling was a below average experience since our requirements were not fulfilled. Also, we had booked a toy train tour for the next day from this hotel and were charged a lot of commission per ticket. 

    Pankaj and his wife in Darjeeling

    Day 5: Darjeeling Sightseeing  

    Pankaj's family capturing memories

    This day, we woke up very early around 4 am to catch the sunrise over the Kanchendzonga peak. It was really magical to witness the mountain range early morning as the sun gradually lifted the darkness right in front of us. Following the peak visit, we had some breakfast and then proceeded towards the Zoological Park and History museum.

    Our final destination in Darjeeling was the Peace Pagoda which was a nice experience. We wound up our day with a joyful tour in the toy train and this fun-filled train ride was definitely the number 1 attraction in Darjeeling. Post the ride, we headed back towards our hotel to rest for the night.

    Day 6: Departure

    Visiting the local hotspots in Darjeeling

    We woke up early this morning, got ready, had our breakfast and then checked-out from the hotel. The taxi was ready to drive us to Bagdogra for our return journey. We thanked our driver for making our journey comfortable and enjoyable and then took his leave. Our exciting journey had ended!

    Spending time with my family in such a beautiful place was definitely a blessing. A part of me always wanted to explore the North-east and I’m glad I finally got a chance to go on a family trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling.

    Pankaj making the best of a rainy day

    High Points:

    • Toy train was enjoyable for my family and me
    • Got to spend time with my family away from the tension and pressure of my job.

    Low Points:

    • Services in the hotel in Darjeeling were poor.  In our package, we had customized for two rooms with decoration and dinner for that particular day. Our rooms weren’t decorated and the hotel staff wasn’t aware for the dinner and they delayed it as long as 11pm.

    Tips for Travelers:

    • Do not plan to go for Nathula Pass if there is an infant traveling with you.
    • It is better to book toy train tickets yourself rather than relying on other hotels.

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