North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok

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23rd May 2013

Tourists @ Zero point..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A waterfall en route to Leaching

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A scenery in front of our hotel @ Leaching

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Another scenery near our hotel @ Lachung..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Shrouded by clouds..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Some more cloud covered peaks..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Local market @Yumthang valley

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Wifey in snow boots

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Yaks grazing in Yumthang valley

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

More landscapes en route

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Snaky roads...

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Aftermath a landslide..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Some roads getting lost into clouds

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Snow capped peaks..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

It's me..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Zero Point @ Yumesamdong

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Snow, snow and snow ..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

The blue skies above..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A landscape @ Zero point

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A panoramic landscape @ Zero point..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Water stream from the snow capped mountains..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

More tourists @ Zero point..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Me and wifey...

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Some green meadows..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Last of the snow capped mountains while returning.

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A water fall at the backyard ..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A handicraft store maintained by Govt. of Sikkim..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Leo Tolstoy on Art..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A beautiful flower..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Flowers at a local nursery @ Gangtok

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A local musician..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Gangtok from Ganeshtok

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Yet another waterfall

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Rumtek Monastery-the largest in Gangtok

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Colourful wall painting in Rumtek Monastery..

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Rumtek Monastery-shot from diff. angle.

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

A monk @ Ramtek Monastery

Photo of North Sikkim – Zero Point to Gangtok by Subhrajyoti Parida

Sikkim, especially North Sikkim, offers a complete package of scenic landscapes, breathtaking natural beauty and some of the most unforgettable memories for any nature lover, besides putting to test one' physical & metal endurance though some of the most dangerous & uneven mountainous tracks right in the laps of the mighty & beautiful Himalayas !

After feasting our eyes on the breathtaking beauty at Gurudongmar Lake, we returned back to our homestay at Lachen for lunch and then set off on our journey to our next destination i.e, Lachung (9600 feet above MSL) for our night halt. The hotel rooms were quite cosy and warm at Lachung. So we had our dinner and hit our beds quite early in the night. Next day morning, the natural beauty all around our accommodation took our breath and literally our hearts skipped a beat. The Teesta river flowing down the hills with roaring noise and the waterfalls just at the backyard were simply some of the most gorgeous sceneries ever seen by us in whole of our trip till that moment. It didn't take much time to us to realise that the our hotel was located just on the foothills of a mountain peak.
Photo of Lachung, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Lachung, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Lachung, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Lachung, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Lachung, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Lachung, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Yumthang Valley is best visited during spring when the valley is dotted with colourful flowers, further beautified by green meadows and grazing animals. But the time when we were there, there was hardly any blooming flowers in the valley. However, we managed to come across small herds of Yaks now and then, as we travelled further higher towards the Zero Point at Yumesamdong. En route we had hired snow boots, gloves and jackets etc., for that extra protection needed for plains dwellers.
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Yumthang, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
As we moved towards the Zero Point at Yumesamdong (15,300 feet above MSL), the weather began becoming chilled. Finally when we reached the Zero Point, which is always covered with snow all round the year perennially, it was rather difficult to prevent ourselves to venture into those snowfields and play with the snow balls as long as possible. The mighty peaks covered with snow and the chilled water streams flowing down the mountains commanded breathtaking and unparallel views. Time came after 2 hours of our personal photoshoots and playing around in snow, to move on for the return journey to Gangtok.
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Zero Point Yumesamdong, North Sikkim, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
We left for Gangtok after returning from Zero Point and having a sumptuous lunch at the Hotel at Lachung. It was almost 10 pm in the night when we reached our hotel at Gangtok. The next day i.e, 24th May, we had an elaborate American breakfast and set off local sightseeing in Gangtok. The first destination in the town was the Govt. of Sikkim's Handicraft & Handloom Museum, followed by the Flower Show at Congeal Palden Thondup Namgyal Memorial Park, the Ganeshtok -a view point just outskirts of Gangtok from where one can have a bird's eye view of the entire town and especially in case of couples, it is worthy of trying out photoshoot in traditional Sikkimese costume. We had our lunch at Ganeshtok and left for the next destination nearby Gangtok..
Photo of Hotel Norbu Gang, Paljor Stadium Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Hotel Norbu Gang, Paljor Stadium Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Hotel Norbu Gang, Paljor Stadium Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Hotel Norbu Gang, Paljor Stadium Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Hotel Norbu Gang, Paljor Stadium Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Hotel Norbu Gang, Paljor Stadium Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Hotel Norbu Gang, Paljor Stadium Road, Arithang, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Our next spot was the largest monastery in Gangtok - the Rumtek Monastery. I feel the Google and Wikipedia can give detailed information about this monastery as far as their history,tradition, culture and the lineage of Buddhism followed here is concerned, rather that me trying to describe it. If you enjoy art and architecture, the monastery has to offer several beautiful and intricate Buddhist paintings to appreciate and forever cherish in memories. By evening, we were back in Gangtok and after some shopping in the local Lal Bazaar we had our dinner there itself. Thus came to end our one of the most memorable trips so far...
Photo of Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
Photo of Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, India by Subhrajyoti Parida
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