Lachung to Gangtok Food & Travel Journey | North East India Tourism EP- 6

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In the last episode, you saw the exciting journey from Lachen to Lachung. In Lachung, we stayed at the Summit Alpine Resort. The off-season tariff in the resort was Rs. 5000/-, which included bed plus two meals. The peak season tariff goes upto Rs. 6000/-. We really enjoyed our dinner last night at the resort. In the morning, the view in front of our room was absolutely breathtaking. We do feel like spending a day more in Lachung but we have to move on. The weather, peaceful atmosphere, food, simplicity and village life of this place is truly commendable. The size of the room, scenic view from the room, staff hospitality, food, room service – our overall stay in Summit Alpine Resort was very comfortable and enjoyable for us. Hello Friends! Welcome to Visa2explore! This is your host, Harish Bali. We in Lachung right now and we are about to leave for Gangtok. Let me show you our exact location on the map and the route to Gangtok. Just look at the beautiful view in front. Clouds, light drizzling, river Teesta flowing far away – everything is so good. For the past one hour, we have been virtually just sitting here and enjoying the view. This complete place is so beautiful! Sikkim is divided into four districts – North, East, South & West. Right now, we are in Lachung, which is right here. We have to go via Chungthang to Gangtok, which is in the East District, right here. It is an approximate distance of 135kms. It should take us only 5 hours to cover if we make just two stops on the way. If you notice this map, the North district is the largest in terms of geographical area but it has the least number of people in terms of population. It is monsoon season nowadays, light drizzle is falling. As we travel on this road, we feel like taking a break every 15 minutes and just enjoy this weather. Such beautiful weather, such cool air – it is a scene worth watching. If you love waterfalls, trust me, Sikkim is heaven for you. Every few kilometers, there is a beautiful waterfall to see, both large and small. Moreover, you will get to see the most number of waterfalls in the North district in Sikkim as compared to other districts. This is what our driver told us. It has been one and a half hour since we left Lachung and we’ve reached the Naga waterfall. This waterfall is absolutely breathtaking. We had stopped here even while going to Lachen from Gangtok. Look at the beauty of this waterfall and the way the water is flowing down and with such speed. We are back at the restaurant where we had had a meal while on our way from Gangtok to Lachen. It is 10.30 am and we have reached Tingchim for breakfast. They have a lot of recipes for local food. Host: “What can we have for breakfast this morning?” Man: “First of all, welcome Harish ji!” Host: “Thanks!” Man: “Let us go into our garden. We will show you there. This corn I am going to serve you fried. You will get to eat this only once in a year. And then this is a root vegetable, which we will boil and serve with achar (pickle).” Corn fry looks so tempting. They have served it with this chutney. Ummm! I saw it being cooked. The most amazing part of this taste is the onion and tomatoes used in its tempering. To top that, it has black salt and chat masala (tangy spice mix) for seasoning. The combined taste of these four ingredients is super-amazing. It is cooked two ways – with ghee and with butter. They suggested that I eat it with butter as that would taste much better. So, here I am, eating it and I am enjoing it. The chili here is very spicy in taste and I had asked them to not add too much of chili. Mint is working very well with the corn and the chili, though less, is still adding the spice. If you look at it, it is a very simple recipe, but with amazing taste. We enjoyed corn very much. They had talked about this root vegetable called Tarul. I checked it, it is boiled but not cooked yet. So, they told me that if it had been cooked perfectly, I would have enjoyed eating it with this chutney. So, I have been asked to drop it for now and they have served me momos instead. Look at the texture of the momos, it is beautiful! This is the chicken stuffing inside, with chopped onions. Hmmm! Very soft and very tasty! There are obviously no spices in it. But it has a particular flavor. Would you like to know what it is? It is the flavor of sesame oil. I’ve never heard sesame oil being used inside chicken stuffing. But here, it is used thus. Now, let me eat it with this chutney. Hmmm!!! Too good! I’ve already tasted this chutney. It has lots of chilies, mint leaves. I am enjoying the authentic taste of this preparation. Not to miss, juicy also! There are two routes to travel from Tingchim to Gangtok. One is 51kms long and we need to take a left to follow that. The other road is the straight one, which passes through small, quaint villages, leading to Gangtok. This route is longer by 15-17kms but the condition of the road is good. After traveling 25kms on this road, we’ve come to this small village, whose name is… Host: “What did you say the name of the village was?” Man: “Rakdong.” (Host spells it out) Host: “This village is called Rakdong. He will cook two dishes for us. One is this packet that we had already bought on our way. This is dried radish. This will be used to make soup. The second dish will be made of bamboo shoots. This is bamboo shoots, which we noticed while traveling.” He told me that pumpkin is called Farsi here. These are leaves of the pumpkin plant and one can make a dish out of these as well. So, we might have three, instead of just two, dishes! Man: “Eating Farsi ka munta (farsi leaves), Kisloo and palak (spinach) saag improves eye health. That is why no one in these areas needs to wear spectacles.” Host: “Yeah, even I noticed no one wearing a spectacle in Sikkim.” Man: “Yes, the number of people in Sikkim wearing spectacles is very less.” Host: “Perfect!” This dried radish has a very strong odor in it. He just told me that it is called Sinki here. What they do is chop radishes into large pieces and sun-dry the pieces. Once the pieces are properly dried or dehydrated, they pack these up in plastic bags & bury it into earth. The bags stay in the earth for approximately 14 days. After that, the bags are taken out, the larger pieces are chopped into smaller ones and Sinki is ready. Now, it can be eaten for a year or so. In fact, he told me that this is very good for digestion. It has a very strong odor. This the soup made of Sinki, which I showed you. It is a bit tangy. Host: “Sir, it is a very juicy vegetable!” Man: “Yes sir.” Host: “Also, it is very tasty to eat.” Quite a tasty vegetable! Host: “What is this bamboo shoot exactly?” Man: “The bamboo shoot is very young part of the plant.” (Host laughing) Quite spicy this chili is! Man: “This one is called Dalle Khursani.” Host: “Okay. It is quite spicy!” Host: “This was a matter of chance for us that we were traveling to Gangtok on this road. We ended up meeting you here &having this lunch sitting with you.” Hmmm! The main aim of following this route is that we wanted to eat traditional food wherever we could stop enroute. However, it is a matter of chance that wherever we are stopping and inquiring, we are being told that traditional food is unavailable. Now, we thought we should enjoy the scenic view as well alongside the journey. So, we got to see something that we couldn’t enjoy so far in Sikkim. That is watching the movement of clouds! Look at this breathtaking view! We are at the same height as the clouds and in some areas, clouds are floating beneath us. Just as we were watching the clouds clearly, it took just a minute or so for the mist to come in and engulf the whole valley. Visibility is totally gone now! Gangtok is exactly 24kms from here now and the scenic view is amazing. The road that we are following, it is 70%-80% good and rest, there are smaller patches in bad condition. However, overall, the road is good. We reached Gangtok in the evening. We stayed at Summit Namnang Courtyard & Spa, which is at a 10-15 minutes walking distance from M.G. Marg. We paid a tariff of Rs. 2970, including breakfast. The peak season tariff here goes upto Rs. 4150/-. I have stayed at one of these hotels earlier. I liked the room service, staff hospitality and housekeeping here. They have properties in places other than Sikkim as well, like Darjeeling, Manali, Shimla, Munnar & Bhutan. Our overall stay here was quite comfortable. We left Lachung this morning and while enjoying the waterfalls, scenic view and traditional food, we’ve reached Gangtok. We are at M.G. Marg. It is 7.30 pm and for dinner, we’ve come to Allen’s Kitchen on M.G. Marg. We are eating traditional food here as well. I’ve ordered 3 dishes for myself – Sadeko aloo (potatoes), Chicken sikooti, Karchi marchi (chilies). I tried to understand the recipe for Sadeko aloo – onions, tomatoes, green chilies, coriander leaves, etc are mixed together with diced boiled potatoes and sesame seeds are added further. Chicken sikooti – I’ve told you this is a chicken-based dish. This I’ve told you is Karchi marchi. It is also a chicken based dish, made primarily of chicken liver and gizzard. This is the first time that I am eating potatoes cooked in mustard oil and sesame seeds. It is a totally different preparation. This potato dish has potato, of course, coriander leaves, tomatoes, onions, and it tastes amazing. The chicken sikooti is almost prepared on the same lines. The only difference is that the chicken pieces are fried first and then prepared similarly like the potato The mustard oil is enhancing the flavor here as well. Hmmm! Nice! This is the first time I’m eating chicken liver and gizzard based dish. Very good preparation and good taste! Usually, when I eat a new dish, I feel that I should eat it more than once to develop a taste for it. But it has a very nice taste. I had noticed already that there is a huge quantity of mustard oil that goes into its preparation. There was a time that we used to eat a lot of dishes cooked in mustard oil. But over the period of time, refined oil replaced mustard oil in many ways. These days, a lot of people don’t like the taste of mustard oil. But I like it very much. And whenever a dish is cooked in mustard oil, I develop a special inclination towards its taste. Good preparation, authentic taste and I’m happy that I came here and ate this traditional food. Our food journey from Lachung to Gangtok is complete with this dinner. We have already explored Gangtok food scene. If you missed that video, you will find its link in the description below. Tomorrow we plan to go to Pelling. It is far from here, at least 5-6 hour journey. What we will see or eat, that we will know once we reach there. But that you will see in the next episode. If you have your own experiences related to Sikkim food, do share in your comments. That’s it.Thanks for your time.


rahul31357 · September 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Dear sir which is place is best between Lachen & Lachung Cause not decided, M surely plan to go Lachen / Lachung…………

Anil kk prabhu · September 27, 2018 at 4:36 pm


Saswati Mondal · September 28, 2018 at 8:48 am

Aap bohot khaate hay

Mandha Thapa · September 29, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Harish ji im from SIKKIM sachi me muje ap ka video bahut pasand lagtha hai ab tho orr v acha laga jis tara ap ne SIKKIM k bare me video banaya n one more thing the way u said only one word SIKKIM is a heaven now muje v ap k bara me kuch kehena hai from the bottom of my heart u r truly amazing mai ney ap k pura part video dekha hai hamara SIKKIM k bareme jitna vlog ap ney banaya hai maine sabi me comments diya hai ok Harish ji once again thanku so very much for visiting our SIKKIM ..

Raaghav Dayal · October 1, 2018 at 8:48 am

Exploring very well

rahul jhamb · October 5, 2018 at 11:20 am

Too good sir he he.. I lived in Gangtok for 3 years(bhm from pusa)so was lucky enough to travel to almost every part of Sikkim and tried so many kinds of local cuisine.. sir the cost of commuting and stay were a bit high considering the rainy season you were traveling in but otherwise really well documented..

vivek gaur · October 6, 2018 at 12:20 pm

Mujhe to yha shift hone ka man kr rha h,,but itne pese nahi h lol

ready to eat with Madhu · October 7, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Bahot sundar najare hai lovely north east

Lauren jackson · October 8, 2018 at 12:52 am

thes videos you make is inspiring

rahul jhamb · October 8, 2018 at 8:03 am

Sir I have watched all your episodes on Sikkim and really loved them because aap bahut natural way mein document karte ho. Now I have started watching your other videos as well.. all the best god bless

Rahul Sharma · October 9, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Very good sir

Imran Husain · October 11, 2018 at 10:57 am

Traditional food of gangtok … Last month i stayed in Gangtok keepsa Residency … Overall good experience but m enjoying more with your videos

Deepak Bohra · October 21, 2018 at 2:30 pm

V nice

Deepak Bohra · October 21, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Nainital to sikkim kina time lagegaa

Sanjay Patel · October 26, 2018 at 2:41 pm

Sir aap ko to president award milna chaheye for food Germany ke leyay👏👏👏👏🖒

Amit Dixit · October 27, 2018 at 5:34 pm

Sikkim ka off season kab hota h

Amit Dixit · October 27, 2018 at 5:34 pm

What is best time to visit sikkim

Bhavya Bharat · October 29, 2018 at 11:14 am


Anurag Jagdhari · October 31, 2018 at 3:37 pm

बिल अमाउंट के बारे में बताएं तो ज्यादा बढ़िया

Vipulsinh Zala · November 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm

Sir, Sikkim में हम अपनी personal car लेके जा सकते है?

S. J. · November 11, 2018 at 11:18 pm

I think they should charge atleast Rs. 120/- for that Corn Fry because there is lot of labour involved in sourcing the ingredients as well as the quantity they give is enough for one person!

Sourav Poddar · November 12, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Bamboo shoot tastes so good. I last time ate bamboo shoot with pork and that was just too good

Laki Dehury · November 15, 2018 at 3:40 pm

No. 1 YouTube channel

lol lol · November 15, 2018 at 5:32 pm

U should try bamboo ka tastes amazing.i had it in nainital

Gouranga Nayak · November 17, 2018 at 1:33 am

Bahut accha laga

Hemant Karlekar · November 17, 2018 at 6:06 pm

Sir, India is so much beautiful than other countries… Ur vedio ARE Alway good and culture making.. i feel that I have jst visited that place within 15 minutes keep it up..

Madhu Singh · November 24, 2018 at 7:10 am

mujhe ve gumna hai

Pavan Chouhan · November 27, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Good food journey sir. Maza aa gya

Prashant Pr · November 28, 2018 at 9:52 am

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nishant thakur · November 28, 2018 at 6:20 pm

Aapka channel TV ke travel programs se bahut accha he Sir.

Gaurav Potphode · November 29, 2018 at 11:11 am

When are you going to upload episode of Thiruvananthapuram?

Gaurav Potphode · November 29, 2018 at 11:12 am

And Dear sir, When are you gonna come Pune?

Archana Arun · December 7, 2018 at 8:35 am

Bamboo shoot cutting is illegal!!!

new Gen · December 10, 2018 at 6:57 pm

Khana ka paisa vi pay kar raha hey ki aise camera dikhake chutiya bana mey hey to I would like take tgis idea

Anshul Jain · December 11, 2018 at 7:15 pm

Sir very small part hi gantok visit karaya apne

shamim yana · December 18, 2018 at 3:11 pm

Awesome video sir.i remember Darjeeling. Dalle, bamboo, eskus.i miss all these foods.

Phwilao Basumatary youtube · December 20, 2018 at 8:58 am

Testy hoga umnn….

Urgen Gomden · December 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm

बहुत अच्छा लगा आपका भिडियो देखकर और गोर्खाली मसाला कम खाते हैं

amrita pokhriyal · December 22, 2018 at 10:34 am

sir m from uttarakhand
.n m very happy to see k sikkim or uttrakhand k food bhot similar h
.bamboo shoot uk m bhi khate h hm log or ise yaha baskil k sabji bolte h and scooze or pumpkin leaves k sabji v uttarakhand m khayi jati h

naman sadh · December 23, 2018 at 4:13 pm

Srr plzzz jmmu kashmir bi ayiye

Tathagata Majumdar · December 28, 2018 at 6:47 pm

ordinary episode ………but narration extraordinary all time favorite……carry on

Maya Thapa · December 29, 2018 at 9:32 am

Oh waoooo I also want to accompany with you guys…

MyGruhini Food Choices · January 2, 2019 at 10:34 pm

Thank you so much sir for all the information and details in each and every episode. We throughly enjoy watching your videos. Please do visit Odisha sir you will definitely like the food and beautiful places in our state. Happy new year to you and your family.

Jabir Khan · January 16, 2019 at 5:20 pm

What a beautiful place it.

Jabir Khan · January 16, 2019 at 5:27 pm

All foods are looking very delicious & tasty.

PrinzZ Is back · January 30, 2019 at 11:45 am

Sir I love watching your videos but need more side scene's plz

Maitrayee Mukherjee · February 6, 2019 at 11:57 am

I actually travel with you people…awesome travel diary. Keep up the good work.

Jitender Singh · February 9, 2019 at 6:57 am

amazing video

Gourav Agarwal · February 15, 2019 at 2:42 pm

Sir plz try momo at the mg Marg organic market it's awsm

sribash paul · February 16, 2019 at 6:55 am

Shillong, meghalaya aao kabhi waterfall dekhna hai toh

Varsha Kava · February 26, 2019 at 4:19 am

Hamesha ki tarah good video. Very good 👍

Vicky Rock · March 1, 2019 at 11:32 pm

Par mahga h kuch yougester tourist ke liye agar budgets 15 20 hazaar ho to nhi jaa skte

Kushal Thapa · March 6, 2019 at 10:22 pm

Plz sir is number pa call kareya ga plz sir 9119212627

Kushal Thapa · March 12, 2019 at 6:28 am

Sir plz app ka number do na

Joydeep Nath · March 17, 2019 at 6:31 pm

Mera ek experience hain ki mujhe sikkim main ak raat khana hi nehi mila itna ghatia sa hotel par main aur mere family rahe the

music lover · March 23, 2019 at 1:09 pm

Sir yeh aap homestay ko kaese arrange karte hain zara bataiyega? it's very adventurous,main yeh try karna chahunga

kaus Boss · March 28, 2019 at 6:37 am

Sir I need your help . I'm going to visit Gangtok and I have planned to stay 3 days & 3 nights there…1st day I'll visit local place second day Nathula pass so,i want to know that if I go to lachung to 3rd day can I return back at about 12 noon in 4th day to Gangtok…plz ans me sir…

sanyuktaish · March 31, 2019 at 6:01 am

Love your video, sir. Exploring local food, interaction with local people and your presentation are amazing. Started from third video of Sikkim, ended up till last video on Sikkim series.

Akshay Srivastava · April 1, 2019 at 11:15 am

Apne booking pacakag kaha se liya tha.suggest any good travel agent info please

human 4 · April 4, 2019 at 6:39 am

Mustard oil is better than that f*** refined oil

true indian · April 6, 2019 at 11:33 am

Pumpkin k saag Bengali house me v kafi popular he , & east Bengali cuisine me Bamboo shoot v banaye jate he

Sunil Kumar · April 8, 2019 at 8:03 pm

Nice state

Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke All episodes · April 12, 2019 at 5:58 am

Hahaha…when u ate that Dallae(chilli)😂😂 u never expected it to be so hot I guess

GUJARAT CLASHERS · April 17, 2019 at 3:11 am

Uncle ese hi videos banate rahiye ham ghar bethe bethe hi gum lege thank you very very much. I am from Gujarat

Seema Prasad · April 18, 2019 at 6:38 pm

Thanks for all the new dishes. Am going to get recipe from google and make. Continue the good job

Sital Fai · April 24, 2019 at 11:59 am

adorable destiny

Anisha Neelam baa Baa · April 25, 2019 at 5:21 am

Sir aap bahut simple ho I liked it AAP bahut Aache se explain kr rhe ho and kaise AAP khana khane ho toh meko bhuk LG jati hai AAP Ko dekh ke😅😅

crazy pals · April 26, 2019 at 9:14 am

One thing I HV noticed u enjoy every meal …and eat local food great ❤ Ur vlog👍
Ps:u look alike booman Irani🤗

Ranu Banerjee · May 3, 2019 at 9:52 am

Thora kam khao nahito mota hojaoga or traking nahi karpaoga

AJAY THAKARE · May 3, 2019 at 6:31 pm


Ranjeet Singh · May 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm

Sir… I. want to know, can we go zero point from Gangtok by our own car. Please suggest.

Muhammad Rizwanuddin · May 8, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Yr bohat mazy han ap ky

Hitesh Malhotra · May 9, 2019 at 8:09 am

Sir plz aap Bata sakte hain aap konse month mein sikkim gye they 👌👌👌👌

Raj Manandhar · May 11, 2019 at 10:27 am

oy bakchol….khana kam khaa…ghum jyada u ass..hole

Anjali angek gurung · May 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Hamareee momo ma masa la nai hota ha

queen forever · May 12, 2019 at 11:38 pm

Traditional food of my state making me tempting

MD SUJOL ISLAM · May 17, 2019 at 8:00 pm

hello. in sonam canteen.rakdong. the guy told you about 3 things. which is good for eye 1. pumpkin leaf , 2 ? 3?. I did not understand that.

Pradeep Yadav · May 19, 2019 at 9:32 am

Sir Sikkim mein koi kaam milega

Praveen Singh · May 24, 2019 at 3:07 am

￰मसूरी को भी एक्स्प्लोर करो भाई

CLASHERS CLASH · May 28, 2019 at 10:54 pm

Try moms in Allen kitchen near pizza hut

Tushar Garje · May 29, 2019 at 7:47 am

So beautiful nature🌿🍃

Gum Nam · May 30, 2019 at 10:50 am

Kya wahan Gaw Rakshak nahee

Jayraj Shah · May 30, 2019 at 11:47 am

We like your videos…way you describe all in detail ..

Jayraj Shah · May 30, 2019 at 11:49 am

We would like to join you for your next trip…

K Dorjo · June 1, 2019 at 9:07 am


the legacy · June 7, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Sir did u went to gurudongmar lake . Plz reply

Ujjwal Anand · June 11, 2019 at 5:23 am

Bomboo shut ko jharkhand me banskareel kahate hai.

Nikesh · June 15, 2019 at 3:37 pm

I'm from Nepal's plain (Tarai) area. We get 'dalley khursani' only in Hilly areas like Ktm, Pokhara, Dharan, etc. It's so much hot to eat it alone, can't stand that spiciness 😂 But if u crush/ cut it, and add in curry and meat, it just enhances the taste. Curry/ meat/ gravy made with this 'dalle khursani', the flavour is just too good.

Shantala Nayak · June 19, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Innocent villagers, traditional food, lovely waterfall green nature. No words to describe, and your simplicity

Rajeev Sharma · June 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm

Mja a gaya sir

Subhra Prakas Barman · June 26, 2019 at 10:53 am

Hi Harish ji, aapka videos dekh rahe hai ek ek karke, bahu t e achha tarha aap explain kiya hai aapka tour. Informational and interesting hai aapka videos. Ek information chaiye , if there are any hotels/homestay in Lachen/Lachung where we can stay with our pet ( a small spitz dog) . I f you have any information on this, please let me know.

Vinay Pratap · June 27, 2019 at 9:37 am

I like your way of talking and explaining. Plzz put some more videos

pranay golam · July 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm

Wow beautiful seems & I like traditional food. Its too good.

tamna Arzo · July 15, 2019 at 12:18 am

Carey good I love this chat all to good

lalitkumar kumbhani · July 23, 2019 at 6:49 am

Sir ….aapka vdo orrr traveling guide lazavab hai….har vdo mai kuch na kuch naya milta hai ..orr kafi maza aata hai …
Ekdam mast ….aap to chha gaye sir you tube pe ….
Bahot adbhut vdo banate ho….
Maan gaye bossssss……

Ankit Rao · July 23, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Muje bhi mustord oil pasand h

Rain_Man25 · July 24, 2019 at 12:01 pm

2:18 Its Like Waterfall Is Coming Out From Heaven.

Rain_Man25 · July 24, 2019 at 12:07 pm

10:26 Seriously That's Amazing View.

Rohan Bansal · July 27, 2019 at 2:39 pm

What was the time of your sikkim visit ???… How is the weather likely to be during Sept first week ?

Chitra Pal · July 28, 2019 at 3:20 pm

yes yahaan green veg jyada khaate hai . Jo health k.liye achii h wow

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