Paradise found:North sikkim.

En route North Sikkim

As I sit here to write about North Sikkim,my mind is transported to the lush green valley and the blue colored water of Teesta floating down the snow-covered mountains and the sun rays peeking from the mountain atop,and suddenly I was an Alice in a wonderland.

But it took Alice seven hours to reach there.Phew!

Day 4: Gangtok to lachung

Let the fun(and occasional back aches) begin! For the next few days you will spending hours in your rental car and travelling down the road’s which are not worthy of calling a road.So,make sure you pack up your bag of snacks,some music and optimism.

The green slopes of Sikkim

We started from Gangtok around 9:45 am in the morning and it took approximately seven hours to reach the stunning village rested on the lap of Himalayas.The drive to Lachung is graced with nature’s marvels-the unknown falls gushing in a symphony and the backdrop of mountains is a cheery on the top.Whatever tension or anxiety one is going through in life,once you are in mountains,everything is at peace.

In front of our guest house at Lachung

The moment we entered Lachung,we felt less like a tourist and more like a traveler,there is something very authentic about Lachung and it’s dissimilarity from other hill stations.I felt closer to mountains in this place and this sleepy green hamlet is a site to behold.

After taking rest,we put on our best winter jackets and covered our whole body except the face and went along the uneven road of lachung to explore the local market.There are Tibetan,Chinese and our almighty saver maggi is available.A small market with winter essentials and food shops are found in lachung.We got back to our guest house with hands that no longer felt attached to the body and nose that turned red due to the cold,crispy air.Finishing our dinner,our body gave way to the warm blankets.

Day 5:Yumthang valley and Zero point

The clouds in this part of the world is in love with hide-and-seek,one moment it is passing through the tangles of your hair and the next moments it is farthest from you. As the clouds move away a little,the snow covered mountain came into our view,and what can be more exhilarating and a wonderful way to begin the day.

We started our journey around 6:15 in the morning,and the sun was not up yet in the sky.As our car moved on the bumpy and stony roads,we saw through the glassed window the sun rising behind the mountains and how the rays sprinkled over the whole valley,making it picturesque.It took three hours for us to reach’ Yumthang Valley’.We decided to go to Zero point first and it took one hour more to reach there.

Rhododendrons dangling on the roadside
The mountains of Yume Samdong(zero point)

Zero point or Yumesamdong is situated at an altitude of 15,300 ft above the sea level,it is very close to china border and it can be rightly called a land of perennial snow.The time we went was the beginning of May and snow was still there, though mixed with a little mud.Once you fix your gaze at the scenery around you,and see mountains as high as the sky and the Teesta flowing far away,it appears like a painting of the clouds hanging like flowers from the mountains.Our eyes were ablaze and we stood in silence with a steaming coffee,seeping the chilly air and framing it into our mind.

The majestic teesta river

Yumthang valley is situated at an elevation of 3,500 meters above the sea level and a home to Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.’Yumthang’ in local language is translated to ‘the valley of flowers.’Yumthang valley should be rightly should be called a hidden jewel of India,showcasing a wonderful amalgamation of flora,fauna and various natural spectacles.It is said that in every season,you will witness contrasting geographical character in this region.If you are able to visit in summer, rolling meadows,grazing yaks and a river running through the valley,blooming rhododendrons will take your breath away.

The whole valley is covered with such tiny wonders!

Day 6:Lachung to Lachen

The charming houses of Lachen

Early in the morning after completing our breakfast,we headed out for lachen,a scenic mountain village located at the height of 8,500 ft and a home to Lachenpas,a Sikkimese-Bhutanese community of people.After freshening up, we went out to take a stroll around the market and grabbed hot vegetarian momo in that chilly weather. One thing that attracted me in Lachen is their way of including the traditional architecture in the hotels that we were staying,so that the tourists get a taste of the authentic culture.

The decor inside (Siniolchu Hotel)

Day 7:Lachen to Gangtok

The village appeals to every traveler as it is far from the maddening crowd and Lachen is the starting point for some of the most interesting treks in North Sikkim as well as the gateway to the holy Gurudongmar Lake and Tso Lhamu Lakes.We were unable to go to Gurudongmar because of horrible weather conditions.We set out for Gangtok after finishing the morning breakfast accompanied by steaming tea and delicious jam and bread.

Ending it on a fresh note!

30 Comments Add yours

  1. charisma says:

    A very adventure-like read didi. R photos gulo besh sundor! ❀ ❀

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Thank you maa! bhalo aachis toh?

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  2. Thank you for a wonderful journey. ❀

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Thanks for visiting.Have a good day!

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      1. It was my pleasure.

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  3. The fog within the mountains of the village is magical. Lovely architecture in Lachen πŸ™‚

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Sorry for the late reply.No doubt the fog was something out of the world.Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  4. arv! says:

    Thanks for sharing refreshing post with beautiful pictures in this hot climate

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Hahahaha,yes that place was definitely a cool escape from the heat chamber we live in.Thanks for visiting,Aarav.

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      1. arv! says:

        Great! πŸ™‚

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  5. What a beautiful journey you took me on as you continued your travels my friend,
    You have a wonderful way with words and so loved these lines of yours
    “The clouds in this part of the world is in love with hide-and-seek,one moment it is passing through the tangles of your hair and the next moments it is farthest from you.”…
    So descriptive
    Have a wonderful weekend Neha ❀

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Sue,your words has the ability to make me smile anyday anywhere.Thank you for your warm appreciation.The clouds I saw are too ethereal to be put in words,but that’s the beauty of nature,it leaves you speechless and in awe.Have a nice day!

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      1. Nature’s beauty certainly makes you speechless, Keep enjoying the Moment Neha .. πŸ™‚

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      2. neha98blog says:

        I will,for this is what life is all about.

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  6. Ankita says:

    πŸ’œπŸ˜Can’t express how much I love this place!

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Same Ankita,this place is magic.

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  7. alexraphael says:

    A great mix of photos and words

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Thank you Alex for reading it.Hope you are doing well.

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      1. alexraphael says:

        I am. I’m working on my second book and then back to my novel. I do want to travel too.

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      2. neha98blog says:

        Congratulations on your second book,it will be a blast Alex.My best wishes for this book.Take care.

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      3. alexraphael says:

        That’s very nice of you to say. Thank you.

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    1. neha98blog says:

      Thank you Upan for taking the time to visit my blog.

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      1. Upen Reddy says:

        Welcome! Neha:)

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  8. da-AL says:

    You are a beautiful soul to delight even in the small flowers! Lovely post πŸ™‚

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  9. Sikkim is one place I always wanted to explore, but I am still waiting for that to happen…

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post and I just loved the photo of Teesta river with the snow capped mountains as back drop πŸ™‚

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  10. A Man Deep says:

    The pics look so serene. πŸ™‚

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    1. neha98blog says:

      The place is literally makes you feel like you are so lucky to be alive in this world.
      Thanks for visiting!

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  11. It looks like a beautiful trip. Great photos and words.

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    1. neha98blog says:

      I am glad you liked it.
      Thank upi for visiting. Coming from a photographer, it means a lot.

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