Darjeeling - Gangtok - Nathula - Lachung(Almost) #TripotoTakeMeToDeoriatal

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I had taken a backpacking trip along with my friend to north-east India. These photos are glimpses of my experience. I still feel a calling for the north-east. The main reason that makes me want to go back are the PEOPLE. I have never experienced such hospitality anywhere else in my travels. We could not reach Lachung as there was a major landslide due to bad weather and we were put up in Chunthang Village for the night. #TripotoTakeMeToDeoriatal

All packed and set to go

Photo of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Andrew Gaikwad

The agonizing wait at the airport

Photo of Mumbai, Maharashtra, India by Andrew Gaikwad

Darjeeling in all its might

Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Andrew Gaikwad

The iconic Glenary's cafe

Photo of Glenary's Bakery, Cake Shop and Café, Chauk Bazaar, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Andrew Gaikwad

The sounds of prayer chants was calming

Photo of Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Andrew Gaikwad

Gorkha War Memorial

Photo of Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Andrew Gaikwad
Photo of Ghoom Monastery, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Andrew Gaikwad

Signature dish - Momos at Hot Stimulating Cafe

Photo of Hot Stimulating Cafe, Richmond Hill, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Andrew Gaikwad

View from Glenary's Cafe

Photo of Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Andrew Gaikwad

#PoutingGoals by cute Kumchen

Photo of Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad
Photo of Casino Mahjong, Ranipool, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad
Photo of Nathula, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad
Photo of Nathula, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad

Nature at its best. -3 C temperture

Photo of Nathula, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad

Enroute Lachung

Photo of Nathula, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad

Weather starts getting worse with hailstones as well

Photo of Nathula, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad

The first

Photo of Nathula, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad

We arrived at Chunthang village and were told that we cannot go further because of bad weather

Photo of Chungthang, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad

We stayed the night at a locals house. Ismail and his family were extremely hospitable

Photo of Chungthang, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad
Photo of Chungthang, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad
Photo of Chungthang, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad

Waking up to snow capped mountains <3

Photo of Chungthang, Sikkim, India by Andrew Gaikwad

We then returned to Bagdogra the next day and headed on to Bhutan. I will post a separate blog on that in the near future. Travelling teaches you what nothing else can. People in remote areas lead a simple and happy life. This makes me wonder why do the rest of us get lost in the rat race and miss out on the beauty of life.

Happy Travels :)

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