Monday, 19 May 2014

First Look At Gangtok

My first impressions about Gangtok say that it’s a 'city for wanderers' - There are so many unique elements to spot, thus, much to watch and smile at. It’s a city of colours, a city of innocent faces, a city of art and beauty, and much more that I am yet to discover. It’s like the more inquisitive you get about it, the more it amazes you. Today was a spontaneous day, which was mainly spent at MG Road – it was all about walking, lingering randomly at places, people watching, atmosphere soaking, smiling at strangers, coffee sipping and just admiring everything that my eyes could see. There were a few things that I wish I hadn’t seen like somebody deliberately spat in a hedge of flowers. Argh!


A Sikkimese lady at a crockery shop on MG Road. 


Art and culture are the very soul of Sikkim.


MG Road is all about doing nothing ... and yet doing a lot.


Get away from the bustle of life and smell some flowers in Gangtok.


I found MG Road in Gangtok similar to the Mall Road in Shimla, where people loiter around without a care.


And how can you not sit down for a cup of coffee? It's a foregone conclusion to a carefree day. Isn't it? 


Locals soak sun while it is still there ... monsoons are at the door.


Did I mention Gangtok is a city of colours?


The entire MG Road is festooned with flower pots and hedges.


Although most of Gangtok is built on steep areas, MG Road is totally flat. 


Such carvings are a usual sight in Gangtok.


Who's the most beautiful of all? A little princess asks ...


There is no better place to enjoy idleness ...


Laughing Buddha at one of the souvenir shops. 


Suddenly, a huddle of school children rushed by... They looked very cute.


I spotted a florist shop at a weird location - it was under a dilapidated staircase. 


Gangtok has a good traffic system, which makes walking a lovely experience.


It was nice to catch a glimpse of Paljor stadium on my way back to my home stay, Tamang House.

Have you been to Gangtok? What did you like the most about it?

30 comments:

  1. It looks SO clean!!! I'm shocked... looks wonderful

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    1. It IS Rachel :) Gangtok is very well maintained and an ideal city to be explored on foot.

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  2. looking damn so clean...beautiful.

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    1. Yeah, it is! :) Especially MG Road is fantastic!

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  3. Gangtok is so gorgeous Renuka. Longing to visit the place. I heard that there is a road where littering is strictly prohibited and fine is collected. Is it in Gangtok ? Do let me know
    Amazing pictures!

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    1. Yeah, it IS Gangtok! Littering is strictly prohibited here and even the vehicles don't emit pollution.

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  4. Beautiful pictures especially the coffee shot! Your pictures told the entire story. Anyways why do we have a MG road in almost each city? :P

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    1. haha :) yeah MG Road is in Bangalore too. Thanks Sakshi. Yeah, it was a nice casual day and I enjoyed clicking those pictures.

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  5. hiiii... u enjoying Gangtok !! place looks so neat..nice pics... specially the hanging flower pots ! nice :-)

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    1. Thanks Bhawna :) Yup, I'm enjoying a lot here in Gangtok. There is a lot to come. So stay tuned!

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  6. I did not expect Gangtok is so beautiful.. thanks for the post Renuka!!..

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    1. Welcome Rochit :) Yes, Gangtok is gorgeous. :)

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  7. Exceptional captures of Gangtok. Would love to stroll on those cobbled streets. The city looks so inviting!

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    1. That's very kind of you, Niranjan. :) Yes, Gangtok is very inviting - MG Road in particular.

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  8. Thanks for sharing Renuka, it looks like a little slice of peace. Beautiful pics!

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    1. Yeah, Sikkim is a little 'slice of peace' definitely!

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    1. Thanks Paresh :) MG Road and even the rest of the city is very photogenic. :)

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  10. Renuka, I love your photos. It's going to be a great place to really explore! I'm very envious. (http://www.reflectionsenroute.com)

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    1. Thanks Corinne :) It is a lovely place to explore! Your envy is right! ;-)

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  11. Lovely Renuka! Your pics are looking so fresh, wet and clear :)

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    1. Wet! I like that. :) Thanks Anjum :)

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  12. beautifully written renuka...and the pictures are too good..waiting to read more about sikkim...

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    1. Thanks Shredivz :) Yeah, more on Sikkim coming soon!

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  13. Beautiful pictures.....so vibrant and fresh

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    1. Thanks Saumya :) Gangtok IS so vibrant and fresh!

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  14. You have wonderfully descripted the place Renuka. Gangtok is certainly one of cleanest state capitals in India. And it's every locality is bustling with beauty.

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    1. Thanks Anushakti :) Gangtok is certainly my kind of a place - clean, beautiful and so comfy to roam around. :)

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  15. beautiful pictures .. I think I remember that stadium .. and gangtok is indeed neat and clean

    Bikram

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    1. Thanks Bikram :) That's Paljor stadium. Yeah, Gangtok is neat and well-maintained.

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