North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake

Tripoto
20th May 2013

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

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The first view of Gangtok from the balcony...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The foggy town of Gangtok...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The usual narrow lane in any hill station...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

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

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

View of a roadside eatery..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Serenity which no words can describe...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The valley that nestles Gangtok downhill...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Himalayan peaks gradually getting taller..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A curious native..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A waterfall en route...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

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

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Some more destinations around...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

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

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Alas ! our SUV broke down..

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Thanks God ! there are friends around to help..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Shaky shot, trying to capture a very tricky turn

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A SUV behind us negotiating muddy & slippery track

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Some SUVs ahead of us..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A lonely path between the mountains..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Teesta in a hurry to catch the mighty Brahmaputra

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A snap with our driver, Deepak..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Guardians of our Nation

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In memory of our Super Heroes..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Misty & cloudy landscape

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A light drizzle at Thangu Valley.....

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Enjoying the serene Thangu..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Clouds consealing the mountains..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Clouds giving way to the mountain top..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Shots in and around Thangu valley

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Just few kilometres from the destination..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The dry & barren world...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The snowy peaks of Himalayas..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A snowy peak shot with lens zoomed out...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A breathtaking landscape..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

No man zone !!!

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The serene yet dry landscape.

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Snow clad peaks en route...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

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

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The destination - Gurudongmar Lake ...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The very serene & sublime Gurudongmar Lake..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

A panoramic view opposite of the Lake...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

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

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The lake that is blessed by Guru Nanak

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The monastery entrusted to look after the lake..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The clear blue skies..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The praying flags along the banks of the lake..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The Buddhist scriptures on walls of the monastery

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Tall colourful praying flags in the vicinity ...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Time to return to among my species..

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

The clouds casting shadows...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to Gurudongmar Lake by Subhrajyoti Parida

Au Revoir !

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The narrow lane @ Lachen leading to out homestay..

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Our homestay @ Lachen (8838 ft.)

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Some info on the Gurudongmar Lake...

Photo of North Sikkim - Gangtok to 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 !!!

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