Gangtok, Sikkim Sightseeing places & Typhoo | Episode 3

Gangtok, Sikkim Sightseeing places & Typhoo | Episode 3


Today’s day started at a disappointing note. We crossed the 3rd mile checkpost at 9.30 am this morning. We travelled 15 minutes further and saw a traffic jam on the road. There had been a landslide further up on the muddy road. A few vehicles were stuck in the mud. We waited for 3 hours for the road to be cleared. The JCBs were employed to clear the mud off the road and this whole process continued till 2 pm. Now we are not going any further. Since the tourists are asked to return from there by 2.30 pm, we won’t be able to go to Nathu La, Changu Lake, Baba Temple, etc now. I am very disappointed at this turn of events. Another point of disappointment for me is that I spent so much time seeking official permission for videography at these places, and now we cannot use that permission. Now, I can do this leg of journey tomorrow but if go for that, I would have to miss my trip to the North. You can see the map here. We want to go to Lachung and Lachen in the North and spent a night at each location. After that, we will go to the West part of Sikkim and then to South. In South, we will spend at least 2 days in Namchi. Right now, we are standing at the 3rd Mile, as you can see in the map in front. I had paid Rs. 8000/- to the taxi for our journey to Nathu La today. So, since we cannot go there, we are going for a local temple visit to Hanuman Tok. The historical significance of this temple is based on an ancient lore regarding Lord Hanuman. When Lord Hanuman was on his way back from picking up the Sanjivani booti (medicinal herb), it is believed, he spent some time here at this spot to rest himself. Devotees have been paying obeisance here since historical times. The Indian Army handles the administration of this temple. Along with the temple visit, you can even spot the Kanchenjunga peak from this spot. However, to have a clear view of the peak, you need to come here when the weather is clear, for instance in the months of October-November. Since it is monsoon season right now, the weather is cloudy. I saw a lot of medicinal herbs being grown here in the temple garden. I loved visiting this temple. We have come to the Handloom & Handicraft Emporium. The first thing that I noticed here was these women weaving this carpet with their hands on this loom. They also have a sales counter from where you can purchase these carpets. Host: “Sir, what is the price of this carpet?” Man: “This is a 4×4 carpet and its price is Rs. 8700. These are car seat carpets. These carpets are handwoven from pure wool.” Host: “Alright. What is the price of these?” Man: “The price is Rs. 4480 for this whole set of 3 pieces.” Students come here to learn the art of Thanka painting too. Afterwards, they can also pursue that as a professional career. Host: “What are you painting?” Boy: “Eight lucky signs.” Host: “Eight lucky signs!” Host: “Very nice! So you are learning this?” Boy: “Yes.” Host: “Very nice! Wish you good luck.” This is the wood carving section inside this complex. You can see beautiful designs being carved on wood pieces. There is the handloom section right next to the wood carving section. They also paint these beautiful traditional masks and sell them as well. It was a good visit. The timings of visit are from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays are holidays. Take a look – it is just 3 pm right now and the visibility is so low. This doesn’t look like an afternoon at all. There are clouds everywhere. The rainfall has stopped just now but it feels like it is still raining. We are traveling from one point to another within Gangtok. Quite a beautiful weather! Although, monsoon is not the right time to visit Sikkim but still we are enjoying it. Right now, we have come to Ganesh Tok Temple, where a small statue of Lord Ganesha was established in 1950. This larger statue was later established in 2007. Tourists come here often to pay obeisance. Outside, the view from the temple complex is pretty despite the fact that the fog has reduced visibility. If the weather is clear, the view would be even better, I’m sure. We enjoyed our visit here. Woman: “We are at the Ganesh Temple in Sikkim. We are from Chhattisgarh. We had heard a lot about the Sikkim Tourism and it is really a beautiful place. You can see there is fog here. The weather is so beautiful. We’ve just reached Ganesh Tok. Host: “Panditji, can you please tell us something about this temple?” Panditji: “Yes Sir. This temple was established in 1950 by a man in whose dream Lord Ganesha appeared in the form of this small statue. In 2007, another larger statue was established here. Due to the efforts of the last government, the number of tourists to this place has gone up.” Host: “Okay. Thank you!” Panditji: “Jai Ganesh.” Host: “Jai Ganesh!” Whenever you come to Gangtok, you will definitely be asked to visit this flower exhibition. Look at all these beautiful flowers here. I feel like stopping in front of every plant and watch it at leisure and try to learn more about it. You can visit here between 8 am and 5 pm and 7 days a week. I was checking out this flower named Alastromeria. Let us go a bit further. This flower is named Hydrangea. What a beautiful flower! Beautiful! We can also see Sikkim’s State Flower here, which is Orchid. I think it is right there! This is the flower of this state – Orchid. These round flowers right beneath the Orchid are called Football Lily. I loved coming here and watching all these flowers. There is this shop selling local food right outside the exhibition complex. They gave me this Typhoo to eat. This looks like a combination of at least 4-5 single momos. Look at its size! How big it is! They gave me some soup with it as well as this red chutney, which is served at every table. I can feel that a rainfall is imminent. This is called Typhoo here and they have added a boiled egg inside as well. Hmmm! Nice keema (mincemeat)! I will need to eat this Typhoo in small bites obviously, because I cannot eat it whole at once. Hmmm! It is good and fresh! Another good thing is eating it here in the open, with slight rain falling around me. I am definitely enjoying it very much at this moment! I noticed this in Gangtok that this red chutney is very hot in terms of the chili factor. There is chili even inside the filling. The taste of this Typhoo is decent. I think I like the stuffing even more than the outer skin. They could’ve improved the outer skin by making it softer but stuffing is good! Again, the spices are at a mild level, which is another remarkable thing I’ve noticed here. Whatever you eat, the spices will be light. This chicken soup is very bland in taste, thus, not very delicious. In the next episode, you will see me traveling from Gangtok to Lachen, in North Sikkim. The most important thing that I learnt from this journey was the reason why it took us 10-12 hours to cover a distance that should have taken us 5 hours. This is because the journey is really beautiful. If you have visited the Nathu La pass or Baba Temple, do share your experiences with us in your comments. I will look forward to your comments. We will meet soon with a new and exciting journey. Till then, goodbye! See you soon!

100 thoughts on “Gangtok, Sikkim Sightseeing places & Typhoo | Episode 3

  1. Sir subscriber suddenly increased since you published 3 videos in a week .. See this is the effect of more videos and it is a good move to show separate videos of places to visit as your channel name is itself visa to explore. Keep a separate video for this whenever u visit . It should be shown in the weekdays so there will be many more videos in a week.

  2. Visa2 explore channel is India's number 1 channel….
    MIND blowing shutting From Sikkim Gangtok
    THANK you so much sir…. You are great harish Bhai

  3. Mind blowing location.. thank you harish Bhai… we are wait to YOUR SIKKIM APISODE number 4….. very good lage raho

  4. Hi Harish ji. Dekhke bura laga ki aap Tsango Lake,Baba mandir aur Nathula border nehi ja paye. We went there in the month of October . and it was an awsome view then . So little suggestion, before travel always check the local weather. keep it up and best wishes.

  5. Disappoint hum bhi nathula pass nahi ja paye the mujhe laga apke video ke through i will c nathula pass..but aap bhi nahi ja paye ..weather is awesome loved it ..and yes hanuman tok flower valley ganesh temple we also visited all these places.. in d end we love ur videos.. thank u so much

  6. We went to the 24th February, Great place. Half of the lake was ice and there was a great atmosphere. Going back in February this year.

  7. Gang-Tok,Hanuman-,Tok,Ganesh-Tok… Figured out that "tok" means hilltop in Sikkimese…Tok in hindi is last point(เคถเคฟเค–เคฐ)…
    nice video amidst challenging circumstances…Learned a lot from your calm n cool composure and 100% positive attitude Harish…Best Wishes…

  8. Verry sad that you couldn't go at decided palces but destiny is a thing to consider too…..
    Everything doesn't go as per us
    Other wise i always love your videos
    And you are great that even though you didn't visit that places, you saw what you had great

  9. fog , nice view
    this one shows that no one can stand in front of natural
    no problem sir , AAP weather dekhlo next 2 3 days ka uske hisab se apna plan change kariye

  10. Wow sir sometime I wonder how u mannage your videos do you have any sponsers for your videos because I think this is very costly

  11. Gangtok & Sikkim series was Amazing,… Looking forward to next videos.. Keep up the good work.. All the Best & Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Hello sir , we are going to sikkim on 13th sep. Kindly give us advice and suggestion about it. We special want to go north sikkim, lachen, yumthang, gurudongal , nathulapass etc.
    Waiting for your respone
    Thanks

  13. Harish bhai i believe u have not visited jaipur as of now.My request is whenever u wish to make any episode on jaipur pls accompany me as i belong to jaipur and also i am a very big foodie so will take u to the legendary places in jaipur.

  14. เคฐเคพเคœเค•เฅเคฎเคพเคฐ เคธเฅเคฌเฅเคฌเคพ says:

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  15. when we see yr video its like we are at that moment but sir i feel really sad that you could not make your plans fulfill, better luck next time

  16. Hari bhai Sabse pehle to maafi maanguga …..kyonki bohot din Baad net chaalu Kiya aur aapka video dekha….yaar ek baat to Maan Ni padegi ki aap itna lively ghuma dete ho …ki patniyaan bhi naaraaz Hoti hongi jab unke pati aapka video dikha dete ho "" ki ari bhaagawan ghum lo ,,ye video dekh ke hi maza as jayega๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜""""…..vo bhi sochti hongi lo is Baar bhi kahin nahi ghumaane le Gaye ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Bohot achha lagaa aapko dekhke .aur bohot hi achha Laga aapka video dekh ke aanand aaya..ki har naye din aap naye hote Jaa rahe ho aur mein purana๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜,,, ….dusra ye ki pandit ji ko dekh ke aanand aa Gaya ,,pakka pandit g lag rahe the vo bilkul Bethe hue thappe se.. pehli Baar kisi north east waale Ko dekha ,,,jo itna healthy he. Nahi to duble patle hi hote he vo….Kher pandit g he zyada bolenge to bhasm kardenge๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  18. Kher serious note pe ye kahunga ki achha ho aap agar Apne har video mein ye kahe ki "" agar logo ka yahan aana ho to Pz gandagi na kare ,,kachra na feke apni zimmedaari samjhe ,,, logon se unnecessary ghagda karke Apne state Ko defame na kare ,Sabse pyar se mile bole khush rahen aur khushiyon Ko baante""

  19. Awww..flng so sad for you that u cudnot covered your desired places๐Ÿ˜”
    Told you Sir that monsoon time is never good for hilly areas as the actual Beauty of the places can only be captured from oct-March ..
    Nway,nva mind there is alwz a next time sirjee..๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š..

  20. Jannat hai sir, awesome place and food, thank you for showing Sikkim in detail. Will definitely go there when i come to India next time๐Ÿ˜Š

  21. Sir Ji love ur Vedio ,Etna ache se tho waha jate tho bhi Koun describe karta,apke saath humari bhi traveling ho rahi he,Wo bhi free free free,Etne ache Vedio aur Apki simplicity,baat karne ka tarika,hr food KO enjoy karna aur Hume bhi bina khaye swad dilwana,hands off,me apke saare Vedio dekhti hu,aur jarur dekhti hu,Aapne nature ki khubsurati es pure trip Vedio me Jo dikhai he usske liye thanks,jitni tarif kare km he,sir ese Vedio banate rahe,thaki hum India dekh sake,jaha na ja sake apke saath Aapke Vedio Dekhte hue jaye,India ka food aur khubsurat jagh explore kare.

  22. Not ranting or complaining, but you just butchered your Taipo!! That is no respectable way to eat one! But there is always grace saving moment the next time you visit!

  23. So beautiful views, lovely style of presentation ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘fog I love the fogy weather.keep enjoying

  24. kindly tell me maximum coast of 7 seater car like innova for visit total sight scene of gangtok(east sikim and west sikim)

  25. Life doesn't always go according to the plan,

    Sometimes heading in a new direction can be scary until you,

    Realize you are headed toward a new and exciting destination..๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  26. Harish ji

    Nice videos. My nathula trip also got cancelled because of snow fall. 7500 Rs permit charges waste. Dimaag kharab.

  27. All hillstations of India : meghalaya, sikkim, arunachal, tripura, munnar, ooty, Mount abu, uttaranchal, Himachal, darjeeling, etc are green paradise. Very peaceful places. On the other hand we have amazing beaches of karnataka, konkan, etc. Culture in varanasi, bodhgaya, rameshwar, etc. So much diversity in India.

  28. Sir, your videos are very informative and interesting. Keep up the good work. What time of the year did you visit Sikkim? We are planning to visit Sikkim in May 2019 and would like to know a bit about the weather conditions. Thank you.

  29. Sir apke video muja bahad pasand h…..
    Sir nathula ke raste me or bhi jyada falls h..rasta me weather or bhi achha h…

  30. Undoubtedly ur content are world class… I'll watch all the episodes of this series….
    Just a suggestion, please make a video of around 10 mins that will keep people engaged without feeling any kind of boredom…
    Anyway thanks for putting such a quality content before us… Keep it uo

  31. Sir your videos are truly amazing…….U inspire to travel around india and explore the beauty of our country……very neat editing…….full of content๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  32. Sir i am travelling in the month of may12-18
    Sir please tell me how will be the weather will it be there?
    Sir please reply๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  33. Last week came back from sikkim and today i saw ur vedio….yeah Nathula and baba mandir is great feeling….i loved it….totally patriotic ๐Ÿ˜

  34. Oh you missed baba mandir and nathula pass, the two most important places…..I was lucky visited there….

  35. We were at Baba Harbhajan Singh temple in May 2019. It's a great combination destination. Also saw Changu Lake (Tsomgo). Yak ride, snow play etc.
    It's a great lifetime experience.

  36. sir u missed best place hope u visit soon again , tsongo lake n menmecho lake so many small lake n near baba mandir there is beautiful waterfall i m missing that place in east sikkim ur big fan watching from israel

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