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Gangtok or Darjeeling and also Jaldhapara

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Hi

I am arriving with my wife and kids late in April to Sikkim- West Bengal , Where do u think is better to to spend few days Darjeeling or Gangtok. Which town is more pleasent ?

Althouh would u go to Jaldhapara Wildlife Sanctury ? Is it worth the travel ?

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Jaldapara is nice, although getting to see wildlife there is another question. The longer you stay the better your chances I guess, there are supposed to be rhinos there. The surroundings are nice and green though (probably nice for kids, as would be the elephant rides) and it's, well just a mellow place.
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Out of Gangtok and Darjeeling....

Gangtok is a pleasant, but dusty place. For the tourist it is really nothing more than a gateway to the Eastern Himalaya. A place to organise a trek or a trip-out and then rest a couple of days when you come back. It's very friendly, but isn't really a tourist town.

Now Darjeeling on the other hand....
is a very special place indeed. There is still a faint wiff of the Raj about it - there are many crumbling old British buildings. The views of Kanchenjunga are better than from Gangtok (I think). There are a multitude of good places to eat. There is even the wonderful Joey's Pub for a beer. The market is very interesting and there is plenty of shopping for the wife (if she likes shopping). There is also a lively Tibetan community and the interesting Ghoom Gompa. And lots and lots of the best tea on Earth.
I love Darjeeling and want to retire there when I get old (or when I have the cash).

So, whilst Gangtok is really nice, Darjeeling is somewhere very special indeed.
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Question May I help you?

Hi Eran,
Try both Sikkim and Darjeeling (time factor?).

http://www.indiamike.com/india/showthread.php?t=9000

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Hi Eran,

We loved both Gangtok and Darjeeling, although if you are travelling with children I would say Darj has a lot more to keep them amused. As well as the little train, there is the zoo (one of the best in Asia), pony rides and even a fun-fair (of sorts). Chowrasta is a good place for them to meet and play with Indian children.

Family friends who lived and went to school in Darjeeling say it has expanded so much that a lot of the character of the place has gone, but we never saw it 'as it was' so weren't dissapointed. I agree with Rob, it is a very special place - very friendly too, we felt like locals after a couple of days.

Have a great trip.
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The Snow Leopard breeding centre is well worth a visit as well.

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...cat/500/page/5
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I'm thinking of spending some time in both on my next trip. Darjeeling, in particular, sounds great.

I could quite happily while away a few weeks in a nice climate with little hassle and views of Kanchenjunga.
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An earlier thread on Jaldapara + Darjeeling (one of the first where I got involved in fact ): http://www.indiamike.com/india/showthread.php?t=9340
Ah yes Kanchenjunga...

If you have the time I'd say visit both yes, I missed out on Sikkim at the time for lack of such
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Thanks to all of you . I found the answers very helpful . It seems to me I ll gp for Darjeeling ans also organize a light trek in Sikkim from there .

Any recomendation as to a 5-6 days trek which is good for children ?
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Regarding a trek - probably the Singalila Ridge, but speak to Somnath on this forum, he's trekked just about everywhere in this region.
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question regardind children and trek

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Originally Posted by somnath Hi Eran,
Try both Sikkim and Darjeeling (time factor?).

http://www.indiamike.com/india/showthread.php?t=9000

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Thank

I will stay in the area some 10-12 days. Any recomendation for a 5days trk suitable for children
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Hi!
The tour & trek you are looking for is fine at that time of the year, but trekking route will be full of trekkers, so prior booking is required, so you better go with a travel agent and for visiting Jaldapara.

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You could trek up to Dzongri - the views are spectacular from there.
If you want some idea of the views you can get in that area....

http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...cat/500/page/4
http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...at/500/page/10
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Many people also recommend the Sandakpur trek - if you're lucky you get to see Everest.
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Originally Posted by TravellersCompanion Hi!
The tour & trek you are looking for is fine at that time of the year, but trekking route will be full of trekkers, so prior booking is required, so you better go with a travel agent and for visiting Jaldapara.

EDIT NOTE advert removed by steven_ber.

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Originally Posted by somnath Hi Eran,
Try both Sikkim and Darjeeling (time factor?).

http://www.indiamike.com/india/showthread.php?t=9000

Is it helpful?
Sonmath

I found tne schedule you sent me very intersting. All i have is 10 days in which i would like to include 5 days terk. Do u advise me to go to Sikkim for the trek or to remain in the Darjeeling area? Although another member of this forum advised me that it is is high season in late April to book a tour operator in advance.

Thanks for your help. Eran
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