As the year 2015 comes to a close, there are parties and events everywhere for people to let loose and enjoy themselves. As every other place, picturesque Gangtok is all geared up to welcome the New Year with The Jamboree 2016. It is a cultural extravaganza with a combination of music, dance and art, and is scheduled to take place at Ranikhet Park, Adamphool, Gangtok.
There is something for everyone in this five-day long extravaganza. It will start on 27 December and continue upto 31. Some of the highlights of this festival will be exhibition of pottery, painting, photography, handicrafts, sculpture and tribal art, and performances of different kinds. There will be music, dance performances, bike stunts etc.
The art exhibition is a free event whereas you will have to pay a nominal fee for the other performances. The New Year eve celebration will have a fashion show, a DJ, B-Boing, performance by a hip-hop artist etc.
Where to Stay –
The Golden Crest Hotel, Amdo Golai, near Indira Bye Pass Traffic, NH 10, Gangtok 737101, India. Prices start from Rs 2,940 (approx).
Bamboo Grove retreat, Gyatseling | Kazi Road, Gangtok 734101, India. Prices start from Rs 4000 (approx).
Things to Do –
Joyriding on Yak
A popular yet slightly unusual thing to do when you are in Gangtok is to take a yak ride. Situated 35 km from Gangtok and at an altitude of 12,310 feet is the ethereally beautiful Tsongmo Lake. Yaks are ready to take you for a ride around the lake or up the mountain.
You can take a cable car ride through this charming city to enjoy its beauty. The ride is a kilometre long, with 3 stations: Deorali, Namnag and Tashiling. It takes about 10 mins one way and you can see the whole of Gangtok town.
No travel experience in any place is complete without a little wining and dining. Head to Lyric bar which is known for its karaoke nights, have a few drinks and try your hand at karaoke.
By Payel Bhattacharjee