Waking up to the snow white clouds the day before left us wanting for more of the same the next day. After we had settled down, we went about looking for travel agents to arrange the next part of our tour. We met a couple at M.G. Marg looking to share a cab with someone for a trip to North Sikkim for the next day. We became friends and joined them to book a cab. Going alone was not affordable for us so sharing with them helped us keep our expenses low. Due to time constraints we decided we would do this trip only to the North and East districts of Sikkim. The constant rains over the previous few days had caused a lot of landslides along the routes and heavy snowfall at higher altitudes.
Sikkim has a strict permit policy to all it's visitors, keeping in mind the security of the border areas. The state is neatly tucked in from all sides. To the North and the East, it is surrounded by Tibet, to the South-East we have the happy Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, to the West there is the famous mountain country, Nepal and the mighty Kanchenjunga massif separating India from it.
One of the workers at the guesthouse mentioned that the room we took had views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. So that night I kept my alarm for sunrise and woke up just to see the morning rays of the Sun falling on one particularly tall peak to the far North. It looked like it was on fire. The fiery mountain awakened my day. We got our ride booked with the couple we met the day before and we were to spend the next 3 days in North Sikkim, high up in the Sikkim Himalayas.