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Tumling

Sudarshan Raj
Next day was when the real trekking started .After having a nice breakfast we left the hotel at 8 am and reached Maneybhanjan and further to Dhotrey from where our trek was going to start.By the time we reached sandaphu it was dark sun had set.Reaching sandakphu at that moment felt like winning a marathon tiny droplets of sweat comming out in that chilling winter left our faces filled with smiles.Shouting and running we reached our hotel where warm soup and fire in middle of hall greeted us which brought a great relief to all of us.At Dhotry our teams got decided and each team was given a travel guide who would be assisting us for rest of our treks.Hear we got prepared with minor checkups and starded our trek to Tonglu which is at a height of 3070 mts. the trek from Dhotrey to tonglu is about & kms steep uphill trek through tarred and uneven terrain.At tumling we stopped for tea and snacks.By the time we startend the next leg of trip for the day towards Tumling it was 3 pm.Tumling is a tiny village at a height of 9600 ft .enroute tumling we enjoyed some magnificient view of mountain ranges.Clouds added a new dimention to the mountains beauty of which is hard to describe with words.Clouds running past our cheeks giving a chilling sensation anf filling our hearts with fresh energy that t0ok us to tumling without being exhausted.At tumling we settled at shikhar lodge .By the time we reached hear sun had went down and temperature dropped ,we started feeling cold.But fire at the lodge along with hot tea brought a great amount af relief along with smile.All team members sitting around the fire talking and enjoying sharing our expiriences .Now as the Night came we all had a magnificient view of the sky.We hadn't seen the sky more clearer and brighter in our life.Pindrop silence with amazing night sky soaked in our thougts is a expierience we all must have it makes us realise we are part of God's amazing creation.Thanking god for this wonderful day we slipped into our cozy blankets and fell asleep imediately.
DAY 1 – REACHING TUMLINGAfter a good night’s sleep, we set off early in the morning. It was to be a six day trek and I mentally pulled myself up to face a gruelling day ahead.As part of their Go Green initiative, Indiahikes has made it a point to provide all its trekkers an ‘Eco-bag’ to prevent littering in the mountains. The trekkers are also encouraged to pick up trash they see along the trails, during the trek. This, I think is a thoughtful initiative by them to help keep the mountains pristine clean.The trail to Tumling, our first day destination was a journey of 14 km with steep ascents and descents. As we set out for the day, the youngest member of our trekking group, Shrihita, who was all of eight years, took the lead, skipping and dancing all the way. She was accompanied by her parents and I was amazed to learn that it was her fourth Himalayan trek! The world is full of surprises.Walking amidst the tall pine trees with the sun playing peek-a-boo and the occasional glimpses of the faraway mountains was enthralling. The forest soon gave way to a clearing and lo, behold! the Sleeping Buddha was in sight. The sight of the snow capped peaks brought a lump to my throat and oh, how I had missed them! Just at that point in time, I remember thinking I would give anything to stay here always, soaking up the simply divine atmosphere.
DAY 1 – REACHING TUMLINGAfter a good night’s sleep, we set off early in the morning. It was to be a six day trek and I mentally pulled myself up to face a gruelling day ahead.As part of their Go Green initiative, Indiahikes has made it a point to provide all its trekkers an ‘Eco-bag’ to prevent littering in the mountains. The trekkers are also encouraged to pick up trash they see along the trails, during the trek. This, I think is a thoughtful initiative by them to help keep the mountains pristine clean.The trail to Tumling, our first day destination was a journey of 14 km with steep ascents and descents. As we set out for the day, the youngest member of our trekking group, Shrihita, who was all of eight years, took the lead, skipping and dancing all the way. She was accompanied by her parents and I was amazed to learn that it was her fourth Himalayan trek! The world is full of surprises.Walking amidst the tall pine trees with the sun playing peek-a-boo and the occasional glimpses of the faraway mountains was enthralling. The forest soon gave way to a clearing and lo, behold! the Sleeping Buddha was in sight. The sight of the snow capped peaks brought a lump to my throat and oh, how I had missed them! Just at that point in time, I remember thinking I would give anything to stay here always, soaking up the simply divine atmosphere.
Indrarup Saha
We reached Tumling around 10.30 am in the morning and put up at Mountain Lodge - already pre-booked. There are other two-three decent lodges here like Sikhar Lodge and Siddhartha Lodge - but the view from one of the 1st floor rooms of Mountain Lodge is probably the best. That day though, we did not get to see the Sleeping Buddha from Tumling. We hoped next day we would ......We spent the rest of the day loitering on the concrete road just in front of the lodge, photographing the uphill road which looks like the Great Wall, chatting with drivers and the locals.
Vaswati
We were greeted with a bowl of hot Wi Wi. It was heavy cold. After getting fresh, we wrapped ourselves with warm clothes and came up on the road.