We reached Maneybhanjang by 12:3opm, not wasting a second booked a Landrover to Tumling,our first night stay, and met our guide cum friend Mohan bhai from Highlander Guide & Porter Welfare Association.
We left for Tumling by 2pm. The road was not so pleasant but the scenic beauty all around was worth to make it up. But on ascending further a dense array of fog gulped the entire surrounding making it harder to eye anything on the way.
Our land rover halted at Lamaydhura for lunch, and I was literally cursing our driver for halting at such an isolated place until I noticed a small home-stay after taking not more than five steps. The fog was so dense that one could hardly notice anything even at the closest distance. While the others were busy ordering the lunch, we (Me & Sabyasachi) climbed a nearby meadow to get a better view, but Alas! It was worse than Delhi's smog xD.
We reached Tumling by 4pm and checked in to the trekker's hut of Mountain Lodge we made an advanced booking on from Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Office (situated opposite to City Centre 1 Kolkata).
I was amazed to spend a night with my friends in a timber lodge. By 9pm we were done with dinner. And by 10 it seemed we five are the only awakened soul in this entire mountain village, the watch displayed 5 degree.
And in no time Aritra and Gopal went hibernating in their cozy beds, while Me Sabyasachi and Partha da; the three of us were having a short meeting on the next day plan that was interrupted with an unfamiliar sound, Partha da was lazy enough to come out of his warm blanket, so Me and Sabyasachi decided to give it a check. On opening the door we looked at each others face, a warm smile propagated our lips, it was snowing outside.
Sabyasachi gave the first call, "Partha da! its snowing".
Partha da exclaimed in joy, "Ki! borof porche?" ( what! it's snowing? ) as he jumped out off the bed divorcing his cozy blanket.
I went inside to call Aritra, at first he hesitated but on hearing the alarming news of Snowfall he too got aroused. We decided to take a walk outside.
The entire village was found to be covered with a blanket of snow. It was about 1am of the night, the frozen hands indicated its almost 3-4 degrees. Four of us standing on an unknown mountain village at about 3000m, far from the chaos of the city, realised, "It was worth the wait".