North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake

Tripoto
20th May 2013

Nature at Her Best @ 17,800 ft. (5,430 mtrs.)

Photo of Nature at Her Best @ 17,800 ft. (5,430 mtrs.) by Subhrajyoti Parida

The first view of Gangtok from the balcony...

Photo of The first view of Gangtok from the balcony... by Subhrajyoti Parida

The foggy town of Gangtok...

Photo of The foggy town of Gangtok... by Subhrajyoti Parida

The usual narrow lane in any hill station...

Photo of The usual narrow lane in any hill station... by Subhrajyoti Parida

No network zone starts @1,600 m (5,200 ft)

Photo of No network zone starts @1,600 m (5,200 ft) by Subhrajyoti Parida

View of a roadside eatery..

Photo of View of a roadside eatery.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Serenity which no words can describe...

Photo of Serenity which no words can describe... by Subhrajyoti Parida

The valley that nestles Gangtok downhill...

Photo of The valley that nestles Gangtok downhill... by Subhrajyoti Parida

Himalayan peaks gradually getting taller..

Photo of Himalayan peaks gradually getting taller.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

A curious native..

Photo of A curious native.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

A waterfall en route...

Photo of A waterfall en route... by Subhrajyoti Parida

Slowing down the shutter speed, by a shutter bug..

Photo of Slowing down the shutter speed, by a shutter bug.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Some more destinations around...

Photo of Some more destinations around... by Subhrajyoti Parida

The very (un)friendly & bouncy route starts..

Photo of The very (un)friendly & bouncy route starts.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Alas ! our SUV broke down..

Photo of Alas ! our SUV broke down.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Thanks God ! there are friends around to help..

Photo of Thanks God ! there are friends around to help.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Shaky shot, trying to capture a very tricky turn

Photo of Shaky shot, trying to capture a very tricky turn by Subhrajyoti Parida

A SUV behind us negotiating muddy & slippery track

Photo of A SUV behind us negotiating muddy & slippery track by Subhrajyoti Parida

Some SUVs ahead of us..

Photo of Some SUVs ahead of us.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

A lonely path between the mountains..

Photo of A lonely path between the mountains.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Teesta in a hurry to catch the mighty Brahmaputra

Photo of Teesta in a hurry to catch the mighty Brahmaputra by Subhrajyoti Parida

A snap with our driver, Deepak..

Photo of A snap with our driver, Deepak.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Guardians of our Nation

Photo of Guardians of our Nation by Subhrajyoti Parida

In memory of our Super Heroes..

Photo of In memory of our Super Heroes.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Misty & cloudy landscape

Photo of Misty & cloudy landscape by Subhrajyoti Parida

A light drizzle at Thangu Valley.....

Photo of A light drizzle at Thangu Valley..... by Subhrajyoti Parida

Enjoying the serene Thangu..

Photo of Enjoying the serene Thangu.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Clouds consealing the mountains..

Photo of Clouds consealing the mountains.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Clouds giving way to the mountain top..

Photo of Clouds giving way to the mountain top.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Shots in and around Thangu valley

Photo of Shots in and around Thangu valley by Subhrajyoti Parida

Just few kilometres from the destination..

Photo of Just few kilometres from the destination.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

The dry & barren world...

Photo of The dry & barren world... by Subhrajyoti Parida

The snowy peaks of Himalayas..

Photo of The snowy peaks of Himalayas.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

A snowy peak shot with lens zoomed out...

Photo of A snowy peak shot with lens zoomed out... by Subhrajyoti Parida

A breathtaking landscape..

Photo of A breathtaking landscape.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

No man zone !!!

Photo of No man zone !!! by Subhrajyoti Parida

The serene yet dry landscape.

Photo of The serene yet dry landscape. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Snow clad peaks en route...

Photo of Snow clad peaks en route... by Subhrajyoti Parida

It's me ! - braving the freezing breeze @16,000 ft

Photo of It's me ! - braving the freezing breeze @16,000 ft by Subhrajyoti Parida

The destination - Gurudongmar Lake ...

Photo of The destination - Gurudongmar Lake ... by Subhrajyoti Parida

The very serene & sublime Gurudongmar Lake..

Photo of The very serene & sublime Gurudongmar Lake.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

A panoramic view opposite of the Lake...

Photo of A panoramic view opposite of the Lake... by Subhrajyoti Parida

The mighty peaks at the other end of the Lake..

Photo of The mighty peaks at the other end of the Lake.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

The lake that is blessed by Guru Nanak

Photo of The lake that is blessed by Guru Nanak by Subhrajyoti Parida

The monastery entrusted to look after the lake..

Photo of The monastery entrusted to look after the lake.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

The clear blue skies..

Photo of The clear blue skies.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

The praying flags along the banks of the lake..

Photo of The praying flags along the banks of the lake.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

The Buddhist scriptures on walls of the monastery

Photo of The Buddhist scriptures on walls of the monastery by Subhrajyoti Parida

Tall colourful praying flags in the vicinity ...

Photo of Tall colourful praying flags in the vicinity ... by Subhrajyoti Parida

Time to return to among my species..

Photo of Time to return to among my species.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

The clouds casting shadows...

Photo of The clouds casting shadows... by Subhrajyoti Parida

Au Revoir !

Photo of Au Revoir ! by Subhrajyoti Parida

The narrow lane @ Lachen leading to out homestay..

Photo of The narrow lane @ Lachen leading to out homestay.. by Subhrajyoti Parida

Our homestay @ Lachen (8838 ft.)

Photo of Our homestay @ Lachen (8838 ft.) by Subhrajyoti Parida

Some info on the Gurudongmar Lake...

Photo of Some info on the Gurudongmar Lake... by Subhrajyoti Parida

Our (me and my wifey) trip to North Sikkim (which included some more places too apart from Lachen & Gurudongmar) was undoubtedly memorable which we are going to cherish for the life time. Even now also, after more than 2 years of trip, we miss those breathtaking sceneries and unparalleled natural beauty which are hardly to come by for city dwellers like us....

We strongly recommend this beautiful journey if you are truly mad about offbeat destinations & don't have any breathing related ailments. The road from 5,200 feet to 17,600 feet above Mean Sea Level (MSL) will surely leave you mesmerised & craving for more !!!