Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gangtok: Flower Exhibition Hall.

Next stop on our Gangtok sightseeing hall was the Flower Exhibition Hall.  The name should have been a clue to me of what we were in for but my brain was just not engaged at that moment.

We arrived at the exhibition hall and it looked like a conservatory of sorts.


The Entrance fee was 10 rupees so we each handed over our money, got our ticket and headed inside. Yep, a conservatory of sorts. There were raised beds planted with a variety of plants indigenous to the region. Vases held cut samples of roses and anthuriums. That must have been the exhibition part of the hall. I'm sure the place would be a very attractive place if trhere was an actual flower exhibition going on. I imagine dozens of flowers lining the raised beds. But today, there was nothing go on so it looked drab and sad.

In the middle of the room was a small pond. I saw a few small gold fish swimming in the water. A small wooden bridge crossed the pond. That was really all there was in terms of attractions.

In less than 10 minutes, we were in and out of the hall.

Outside, we had noticed a small garden when we had driven by this place on the way up to Ganeshtok. In hopes that the garden would offer better views, we set out to find a way to get to it.




Up a small path that wound through a small hillside garden and we found ourselves standing at one end of a small city park. Benches flanked the walkway. A patch of green grass led up to a gazebo. It looked like a family had gathered there and enjoying some food and drink.

Just beyond the gazebo was a small fountain with the water running.

It was actually a peaceful little place to be on a beautiful sunny day. I don't think there are too many places like this in Gangtok.