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For being one of the smallest states of the Country, Sikkim offers a huge variety of landscapes. North Sikkim is full of snow-clad mountains, lakes, streams and yaks, while West Sikkim is lush green. Owing to the presence to the Kanchenzonga National Park, you will see lush green mountains and a massive variety of flora and fauna in the West.
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Tsomgo Lake (Changu Lake)
Tsomgo Lake is situated 38 km from Gangtok and at an elevation of 12,400 ft, the ethereally excellent Tsomgo lake is an absolute necessity on each visitors agenda. A twisting street through rough mountain landscape and sharp cliffs takes you to Tsomgo, which implies source of the water in Bhutia dialect. It is heared that in past times, Buddhist ministers would study over the water's shade of the lake to figure the future. The lake is likewise of extraordinary importance for the Jhakris of Sikkim who assemble here every year on Guru Purnima. For the visitor, a visit to the lake offers a glorious excursion. Rides on colourfully designed yaks and donkeys are offered at the lake site, which additionally has a variety of food stalls serving snacks and drinks. Snowboots and gumboots can be rented here. Tsomgo lake is open for both Indian and outside nationals, however international guests must be in a gathering of two or more and need to apply for a guests license through an authorised travel organization.
The Nathula merges the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass is situated, at 4,310 m above sea level, forms as a piece of a branch of the old Silk Road. Nathu signifies "listening ears" and La signifies "go" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Just natives of India can visit the pass, but only after successfull permit from the administration of Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the two open trading border posts in the middle of China and India.The others being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh in Nepal. Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 after various trade understandings. The Chinese government is wanting to extend its rail administration to Yadong, barely a couple of kilometers from Nathu La.
I headed to Tsogo lake. Earlier in the day the lake was clear and there was no crowd. Now the atmosphere changed totally. . It was crowded and the whole lake was covered with fog. People were enjoying the Yak ride and clicking photos with the fancy dressed yaks. The climate was pleasant and I enjoyed a lot. By 1700 hrs I reached Gangtok and as usual I started roaming on M.G Road. Suddenly a unexpected surprise struck me. While I was walking on the street I met one of my school days friend, Souvik. What a way to meet him after a gap of 10 years. It was one of my evergreen unforgettable movement in the trip
Yumesamdong (Zero Point)
Yume Samdong is around 26 kilometers from Yumthang, another acclaimed spot in North Sikkim. Yume Samdong of North Sikkim is set at an elevation of 15,300 feet above sea level. Since the spot is in close vicinity to the border standing between India and China, a special license is required to visit Yume Samdong. The drive through the mountain amidst the unpleasant region of Sikkim is an breathtaking experience.The most imperative essence of the spot lies in the Azalea's scent. Azalea frames a major source of income to local people. They make the crude material out of which neighborhood people make incense sticks. Being set at high elevation, Yume Samdong in Sikkim remains snow loaded consistently. So it is advised to take preliminary measures before a trek to Yume Samdong is attempted. But for trekkers, the course from Yume Samdong to Yumthang is one of the most loved ones. It takes just about an hour drive to reach Yume Samdong from Yumthang. This drive is as sparkling as the spot itself.
Goecha la being my first high altitude trek will always be a special one in my life. I still remember how I ended up on this trek in the month of October, 2014. After coming back from Singapore that year, I was desperately looking for a trip to the Himalayas and I told myself being from Kolkata, Sikkim would be the best option to explore. That was the time I came to know about this most romantic trek of India and what can be a better way to experience Sikkim than doing a high altitude trek on its mountains. I knew that Goecha la trek is not going to be easy one but I was determined to do it.The trek starts from a small, quiet village in West Sikkim, called Yuksom (5670 ft above sea level) and ends at Goecha la pass (16,207 ft above sea level).Day 1 goes up to Sachen, Day 2 up to Tshoka, Day 3 to Dzongri, Day 4 to Thansing, Day 5 to Lamunay, Day 6 takes us to the final destination at Goeacha la pass and then back to Lamunay and continue down to Kokchurang, Day 7 down to Tshoka and finally Day 8 back to Yuksom.You can easily get the detailed itinerary online.Unfortunately, I lost half of my photos I took on the trek, but I am quite sure that the ones I still have with me, will be enough to prove my point that it is definitely not one of the most romantic treks in India but 'the most romantic trek' in India.
Khangchendzonga National Park
I jumped out of the bed, got hold of my camera, and rushed out to the hotel balcony. As I looked out of the big window, I was greeted with the view sought by everyone coming to Pelling and which had eluded us so far because of the weather: that of the majestic KANCHENJUNGA, resplendent in all its snow capped glory.The best and closest view of such a beauty would ever have got. I took several pictures of the mighty Kanchenjunga, sharing some of the enigmatic views of it.Pelling is the only place in India where you will get such a stunning view of the Kanchenjunga.The indelible sunrise.We were not complaining any more after the life's best gift that we got from Pelling.After witnessing such transcendental view of the Himalayas, we were not in the mood to pack up our bags and pull up our socks and return to our mundane lives. But we have to do . That is the reality. So, after we had our breakfast and coffee we checked out from the hotel and bid adieu to the rendezvous Pelling around 8:30 am and hired a shared transport to Geyzing-> Jorethang and finally to NJP station and our journey through the road was predictably uneventful . We reached Kolkata and our home early next morning. We all shall be reminiscing this trip for our lifetime.And suggestion from me would be if you want to witness such indelible sunrise over the mighty Himalayas, please do visit Pelling in the months of October-December when the sky remains crystal clear and you will get unobstructed view of the mountains.We all bow down before your highness - The Unfathomable Kanchenjunga.P.S. All the photographs above have been taken with my Nikon D3200 DSLR camera, lens used kit lens. Let me know if you liked the travelogue. Also do share your own experience if you have been to PellingThis post was originally published on Sayantan Mukherjee's Blog.
Khecheoplari Tsho is a huge lake found 27 kms from Pelling and is a very common visitor touring point. The lake is thought to be one of the sacred pools of Sikkim. The lake stays covered up in the rich forest spread. It is said that birds don't allow even a solitary leaf to glide on the Khecheoplari lake surface. There is a motorable street from Pelling straight up to the lake area. The spot is well known among trekkers. There is also a mobile trail from Pelling to Khecheoplari (5 hours). It is also possible to trek to Yuksom from Khecheoplari which takes 4 hours. For those keen on spending a night or two in this spot, there are a couple of basic inns in the town close-by. There is also a traveler's hut intended to give housing to the general population who go on pilgrimage trips to visit Khecheoplari. The tour begins at Pelling and proceeds through Darap Village and Rimbi falls before coming to Khecheoplari.
I find local folklore the most interesting in any place. So, here is a local legend. Baba Harbajan Singh is a hero not only for the locals here, but also the army. He was a soldier who dies during the Indo-China war. There are various stories leading his sainthood and subsequent worship by the people and the building of this temple. One states that he appeared in a fellow soldier's dream and instructed him to build a shrine. Other states on how his spirit would give the soldiers warning prior to the attack during the war. In general, he is believed to be protecting the soldiers stationed there and is revered as a saint.
Lachung is a town and a very famous Hill station in North eastern part of Sikkim, India. The town is more or less 125 kilometers (78 mi) away from the capital Gangtok. The town's economy has been supported by tourism as the district has been opened up by the Indian government. Travelers originate from everywhere throughout the world to visit the town in the middle of October and May, particularly on their way to the Yumthang Valley and the Lachung Monastery. Dialects talked here are Nepali, Lepcha & Bhutia. Amid winter the town is normally secured in snow. Lachung is likewise the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek, which begins from Yumthang Valley and finishes at Lachen Valley. The people living in Lachung mostly make their earning by serving the visitors who keep coming throughout the year to visit Lachung. The government has is also very helpful in providing assistance to the visitors.
Sachen is the spot that is not explored to the world. Discussing improvement, the city is not having numerous assets. It is the slope station having constrained convenience and facilities. Sachen is found near another slope station of Sikkim known as Goechala La Pass. Goechala is well known for trekking and experience significant others are coming to the town at incessant interims. On the off chance that you plan to reach Sachen, then you are finding the opportunity to visit Goechala also. Next close traveler spot is Yuksom that is one all the more trekking spot. Discussing Yuksom it is the chronicled town of West Sikkim set up in 1642 ADs. There are numerous base camps in Yuksom, however you need to enroll for this camp ahead of time. The seats are constrained, and individuals from diverse roots are continually attempting to reach Yuksom. One will consider themselves lucky after visiting this place.
As you climb towards Gochala Pass you can appreciate the shade of straightforward torquise of Lake Samiti-A frosty lake in the Onglathang valley. The consecrated Samiti Lake situated at an elevation of 4250 m trail is the perfect spot for outdoors and you can lose yourself in the sentimental isolation of this lake as it reflects snow topped mountains. From this small sized lake, the Teesta River takes birth as a stream scarcely a foot wide. The water in the lake plays with ice before getting solidified in winter. The impression of the mountains on the lake triples the excellence. Everything looks so ancient that you very nearly hope to see a Dinosaur pass by. A herd of birds, the cranes swims on the serene ice water of Samiti Lake. These flying creatures are migrators from Russia, China and different parts of India. If you love to trek then this is a place you must visit.
Kanchenjunga South Peak
If you love adventure and adventurous activities interest you, Kanchenjunga is the place for you. Climbing the world’s 3rd highest mountain will definitely interest you. Kanchenjunga which stands at an altitude of 8586 mts calls for technical expertise because the route to the peak is almost unknown. It was dangerous, but it was thrilling. Each expedition that we did, was altogether an entirely new experience. We experienced undiscovered dangers and unexpected pitfalls along with avalanches, falling rocks etc. Trekking at Kanchenjunga is definitely an Experience of a lifetime.
4) Kanchenjunga Falls It is the Biggest waterfall in Pelling. You can have Momos, Wye Wye noodles, Fried Rice , and some other fastfood items here. Also you can have packed snacks, choclates and other items. Local Traditional wearable jewelry and costumes available here for women to take photographs.Entry Fee - 20/- per person.
Kokchurong Trekkers Hut Goecha La
The Goecha La is the name of a very high mountain pass in Sikkim and is a part of the Himalayas. The most attractive thing about this place is that you get a perfect, mesmerizing view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga from here. This place is also like a base camp for those who are aiming to scale the high peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The Kokjuong Trekkers' hut are permanent tent like things to help out the trekkers a little during their journey. It is not a luxurious living place but atleast somewhere you can escape from the strong winds and get some basic things to eat.
drive to lachen
A town in the North Sikkim District of Sikkim, this is located at a height of more than 2500 meteres. The name 'Lachen' means a big pass and the Sikkimese government is trying to promote this place as a new tourist destination. The annual yak race called thangka is held here every here. Lachen is like a gateway to Gurudongmar Lake and Chopta Valley. A drive to this place is an adventurous 6- hour journey and is a memorable experience for the rest of your life or till you experience it again.
an organic oasis in Sikkim, even locals need permit to enter the original Lepcha area. (though getting a permit is a breeze) walks, kanchenjanga views, organic farm food, no hotels, butterflies of the weirdest and beautiful varieties, bathing in rainbow stinted waterfalls, sulpjur springs, farmers home, small hikes and treks to tented camps
Then we went to Kathok lake. Kathok lake is a beautiful and serene lake in Yuksom (West Sikkim) where one can spend endless hours in the quietude of nature.We spent few time there and then left for the famous Dubdi monastery.Dubdi monastery is often addressed as Yuksom Monastery; it has an elaborate painted interior area. Images of divinities, saints, other symbols and collection of manuscripts are exhibited in the monastery. You have to do little bit of trek about 3kms to reach here.The monastery has got some beautiful landscape view. We spent some quality time there and enthralled by the beauty of the nature.
Gurudongmar lake is one peaceful place to be. It is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m) in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is a lake which is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, founder of Tibetan Buddhism who visited the lake in the 8th century. The whole journey to that point is calming and also a challenge. You go around the month of April and you realize how beautiful a place, where you can hardly breath as there is very thin air up at 18000 ft, can it be(Source- Google). It is said to be a holy place to visit as the Sikhs say that their guru had passed along that lake and in literal words Gurudongmar means door to the lord. We had hired a vehicle(bolero) and we started at 5 am in the morning and reached around 10 or 10:30.
Phodong Monastery, North Sikkim: Located 28 kilometers from Gangtok in North Sikkim, Phodong Monastery was built in the early 18th century but an older monastery had pre-existed the current one.9th Karmapa was invited by the king of Sikkim, where he founded three monasteries : Rumtek, one of the most important monastery of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Phodong and Ralang Monastery.
Yuksum Homestays was begun in 2002 by the Khangchendzonga Conservation Committee to advance group based tourism in the area. At first seven homes were recognized to run Home Stays and they were furnished with fundamental preparing on the best way to address the guests' issues. At present there are ten homes working as Home Stays. These Home Stays permit guests to encounter the conventional method for living through a trade of society. You can take part in neighborhood exercises, figure out how to cook nearby food or participate in farming exercises like kitchen planting, and so on. Yuksum today is an attractive visitor destination and the base for the absolute most energizing treks in the area. It is likewise of extraordinary verifiable significance to the Sikkimese with the first Chogyal delegated here in 1642. There are numerous spots of religious and authentic enthusiasm for the range like the Dubdi and Sangachoeling cloisters. You can also visit the wonderful Khecheopalri Lake considered heavenly by the Sikkimese.
This week long stay and ride around the creeks and narrow winds in the hills would have got you familiar with the wafting smell of momos (baked dumplings), 'Chhang' and the twisting-turning topography of Sikkim. This journey to Hee Bermick winds around paddy fields and hamlets, with a small detour to the Singshore Bridge, which is the second highest bridge in Asia. And for a more Sikkimese aunthentic feel to your day, we stop over for the night at Dhungay Homestay. Distance cycled: 60 km
The Lachen River which flows from the mountains meets the Teesta River at a point called Chungthang. From here we travel north again on the other side of huge mountains along the Lachung River to the village of Lachung. We made it to the village by late afternoon the same day. Situated en route to Yumthang Valley, this area is known for its varieties of Rhododendron flowers. We stayed here for another high altitude cold night and decided to head to the valley in the morning.
Ravangla is in the South Sikkim District of Sikkim and this Buddhist Stupa is originally known as the Ravangla Buddhist Park. The centerpiece of this park is a huge statue of Lord Buddha and this was inaugrated by the 14th Dalai Lama on the occasion of the 2550th birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha. This is surrounded by a number of famous monasteries and is also a part of the Himalayan Monastery Chain.
tenzing retreat lachung
The Lachung River is a tributary of the Teesta River situated in the North Indian state of Sikkim. It is a boss tributary of the Teesta, which is a critical waterway in Sikkim alongside Rangeet River. The town of Lachung is perched on the rocky bank of the stream more or less 23 kilometers (14 mi) from Chungthang. It is at Chungthang where the Lachung and Lachen streams meet and offer ascent to the Teesta. The waterway is 2,500 meters (8,200 ft) above sea level. The waterway has its source in a lake, somewhere down in the Himalayas close to the Indo-China fringe. The worn out scopes of the mountain make the spot difficult to reach. From here, the waterway streams down in a south-westerly bearing and joins with another obscure stream at a spot simply above Lachung town. The tributary waterway is additionally a thin one with little water in the winter. The waterway proceeds with its course downwards through the Lachung valley till it meets River Lachen close to Chungthang.
We reached Phamrong Falls, located between Yuksam and Gerethang, this is the highest waterfall of West Sikkim presents a magnificent scenario especially during Monsoon.A gentle gradient footpath takes one to a viewpoint for a closer view of this mighty gush of water. You have to climb near about 230 stairs to reach the proximity of the falls. From the top you will get the magnificent view of the valley. After returning from the Yuksom tour, we requested our driver to drop us at Upper Helipad , where you can spend some lonely time with the nature and also can enjoy with hot momos and coffee.