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Sikkim Diaries-II: Lakes and valleys up north
Trailing through Shangri-La: A quest to reach Gurudongmar in the North Sikkim
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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.
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101 Kms from Thangu Valley
Best time to visit - October- April
Often called as the "Queen of all Hill Stations", this is one of the most popular in the whole world. This place is wrapped by everything beautiful nature has blessed the Earth with. Darjeeling is located in the lap of the Mountain Kanchenjunga and crowned by the mighty Himalayas, there is tranquility everywhere you see. There is the bright red hue of blooming rhododendrons, the peaceful white of the magnolias and also the silvery white firs all spread over the hills and the stretches of hills covered with the emerald color tea bushes. If you are out during the early mornings, the clouds will cross across your face. This is a perfect place for a tourist, ornithologist, trekker, a photographer and children too. The famous toytrain of Darjeeling is now a Heritage of Bengal. The other nearby attractions are Mirik, Mall, Batasia Loop, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Dooars Valley. A trip to this beautiful place is sure to fetch you a lot of memories to be etched in your heart forever.
About Thangu Valley
We stopped at Thangu (a village in the north, not to be confused with Changu, a lake in East Sikkim), which is at 14,500 ft. That break in the road, along with Maggi and coffee was much needed. After an hr of resuming our climb upwards, we reached the final Indian Army checkpoint of our journey at 15000 ft. The café operated by the army here is considered to be one of the highest-built cafés around the world. The checkpoint comes right after we cross the tree line--an imaginary line beyond which, trees cannot grow. From here on, the only vegetation you'll notice is lots of moss and lichens. These too, disappear after a bit and you are left with barren Himalayan topography.
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