Being born and brought up in a small hill station like Nainital my love for mountain is eternal. Every time there is an opportunity to escape the hustle bustle of a city I leave no stone upturned to plan a trip to the mountains. A similar opportunity struck last year in June and after contemplating on several destinations we finally decided to explore Gurudongmar Lake situated at North Sikkim. The original planning was for Ladhak but however since we only had a week and with limited time in hand North Sikkim looked a better destination from Mumbai. Nothing initially worked as per plan and just a week prior to the trip 2 out of our 4 friends had to withdraw their plans to travel due to some genuine personal concerns. We were therefore in a dilemma, whether to continue or reschedule our overall plan. However, after a trail of discussion with the only friend remaining we finally decided to embark on this journey by ourselves. The cost was surely a burden as we were just two now but as always, our unwavering compassion to travel & explore compelled us to continue on our plans with minor amendments.
Since the perfect time to go to Gurudongmar is advised from November and June we took this trip in the month of June. I would like to highlight to you that the monsoons made this trip even more exciting and adventurous. We started from Mumbai via Flight to Bagdogra and then took a 3 hours journey from there to reach Gangtok. It rained during the entire journey and to our surprise we witnessed a major landslide while on our way on the first day itself. We were stuck in a jam for an hour as the main road was closed to remove the debris. I have been trekking and traveling in hilly destinations since my childhood but this was for the first time I saw a sight of a live land slide. This definitely scared us and as my friend has not been used to traveling in hills, we at one moment did think on questioning our traveling decision. However, seeing the confidence of the local people and our driver it seemed that these landslides were a regular phenomenon during the season. Taking this as a relief we also convinced ourselves and continued our journey further.