Morning at around 9, we 3 couples total strangers to each other met for the first time, exchanged pleasantries and then took off in mahendra for lachen from gangtok. It was a 7 hour exhilarating drive from one mountain to another , lush green vegetation along the way, small streams against the backdrop of rolling grasslands flanked by towering mountains . Lachen is a small village comprising mainly of guest houses and motels lined on both sides of the highway . When we reached there , evening was setting in and in just about an hour or so, when the sunlight was long gone and night was around the corner, out came our jackets around our full sweaters. It was getting really chilly i can tell you.