Mystic Meghalaya: Nohkalikai Falls

Nohkalikai Falls is the tallest plunge waterfall in India. Its height is 1115 feet (340 metres). It is an amazing sight to behold. The waterfall is located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth & is one of the must see places in Meghalaya. We spent whole morning staring at the gigantic canvas of natural beauty.

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“Water is the most perfect traveller because when it travels it becomes the path itself!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

According to legends, in a village called Rangjyrteh, upstream from Nohkalikai Falls, a woman named Likai resided but had to remarry after her husband died. Ka Likai (Ka is the prefix given for the female gender in Khasi) was left with her infant girl with no means of income. So she had to become a porter herself. Her work required her to leave her daughter unattended for long intervals but when she would be at home she would spend most of her time taking care of her infant. Ka Likai, who married a second time, couldn’t pay attention to her second husband. The jealous husband killed the infant and cooked her meat after throwing away her head and bones. When Ka Likai returned home, she saw nobody in the house but except for a meal that had been prepared. She wanted to go look for her daughter but she ate the meat as she was tired from work.

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“Look with open eyes and you will see the beauty of the waterfall.” – Anthony Hincks

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“Water is the driving force of all nature.” – Leonardo da Vinci

Ka Likai usually had a betel leaf after her meals but she found a severed finger near the place where she usually cut betel nuts and betel leaves. Ka Likai realized what had happened in her absence and went mad with anger and grief and started running as she swung a hatchet in her hand. She ran off the edge of the plateau and the waterfall where she jumped from was named Nohkalikai Falls after her.

 

A beautiful day: Exploring Perambikulam Tiger reserve, Aliyardam & Masanamman temple

Day 1: We started from Coimbatore at around 8:00 AM in the morning then we had a stopover at Pollachi for Breakfast at the popular vegetarian Gowri krishna restaurant. The tiffins here were delicious. Then we started to Anamalai Masani Amman temple which is located at Annamalai Hills, in Coimbatore district, enroute Topslip.

Masani Amman Temple: “Goddess of Justice”

This temple is believed to answer the prayers of the devotees in 3 weeks! Masani Amman Temple, also known as Annamalai Masani Amman Temple is located around 25 kms from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu.

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The temple is dedicated to Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman who is believed to be a ‘Goddess of Justice’.

Interesting Stories behind the temple:

According to an interesting legend, during the Sangam Era, Annamalai was ruled by a chief called Nannan. He had a big mango grove and was so possessive of it that he appointed check post officials to guard the trespassers. It so happened that one day a woman was bathing in the Aliyar River and a mango came floating to her in the waters. Unable to resist tasting it, she bit it. This was reported to the ruler and the innocent woman was produced before him. She pleaded that she did not steal the mango. Nonetheless, she was executed. Angered by the unjustifiable ruler, her kins killed him in a battle. People then started worshiping her to honor her martyrdom and soon a temple was built for the same. Since the lady was killed, the deity was called as Shmasani, which in Sanskrit means ‘graveyard’. Later, the deity came to be called as Masani.

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Furthermore the temple is said to bless barren women with children and pregnant women with good health..

The Deity of Masani Amman Temple, is one who grants justice to her strong believers. The 15ft long idol is in lying position with four hands, each holding snake, trident, skull and drum respectively. The Neethi Kal, or the Stone of Justice, is a stone that is present in the temple that is believed to have unique powers. Devotees who lost their belongings or were cheated in business by their enemies etc. come here seeking justice. They grind red chillies with the stone and pray. This is believed to free them from all kinds of evil in life.

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Topslip is the Tiger Reserve Forest in small part of Annamalai Tiger Reserve, which is separated from the Nilgiri Hills by Palghat Gap in north. It got its name during British era, as lots of its timber slipped down to the plains below. It is famous for the elephant camp, wildlife safaris, pleasant weather and beautiful views of Annamalai Hills.Perambikulam (15)

Forest Department organizes elephant safaris and jeep rides into the sanctuary. A four hours trek around the forest along with a guide is also available here. Unfortunately due to some issues, forest department  had temporarily closed elephant safari & jeep safari.

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Beautiful view 

Parambikulam: Well maintained Tiger reserve

So we drove to Parambikulam which is just 4 Kms from Topslip. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is a well protected ecological portion in the Nelliampathy – Anamalai landscape of the Southern Western Ghats in India. It is located in the Palakkad District of Kerala.

Considering its biological richness, abundance of wildlife and landcape beauty makes Parambikulam Tiger Reserve  one of the most attractive places in the entire stretch of Western Ghats.

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Journey itself was a destination..

Since we went on a day trip we took Van safari which was Rs. 200 per head. They wont start the trip until they’ve minimum of 20 passengers. So we had to wait for around 30 mins for the other passengers to gather.

What did we spot?

Parambikulam- Aliyar Project: Top ranked Embankment dam

It is an embankment dam on the Parambikulam River in Parambikulam tiger reserve. It ranks number one in India as well as in the top ten embankment dams in the world in volume in the year 2000.

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Parambikulam Reservoir view

Kanimara Teak Tree: India’s oldest tree

The bus safari took us to Kanimara Teak tree  which was 450 years old. And it is believed to be one of the oldest tree in India.

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Enroute Kanimara Teak tree

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Captured by Gopro hero5. This is Kanimara Teak tree, India’s oldest tree..

Sunset at Aliyar dam:

Aliyar Dam Reservoir Park is located on the way to Valparai from Pollachi. Placed at the foothills of Valparai. The dam has a park, garden & play area for kids. The dam offers a relaxing environment as the surrounding is beautiful with mountains and greenery all around. A nominal entrance fee is charged for entry into the dam premises..

We managed to explore a historical temple, An adventurous tiger safari & a soothing sunset at Aliyar dam all in a day. Then we headed to Valparai. Overnight stay at Valparai. ..

Info from my perspective:

  1. Parambikulam Park entry fee  is Rs. 23/head for Indian citizens and Rs.300 for foreigners. Vehicle entry fee for  is Rs.70 for car, Rs.50 for a still camera and 200 for a video camera.
  2. Jungle Safari per head Rs.250. Safari duration 3 to 3.5 hours. Timings 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  3. Aliyar dam entry fee Rs.5/head. Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
  4. You can enjoy your trip leisurely by staying in Tree house & going on a night safari.

Stay tuned to see Valparai through my eyes

Travel diaries of RoRboyz: Thailand & Cambodia

Encountering the colorful cultures, great food, Historical temples and superb beaches on a 12-day journey to Cambodia & Thailand. The highlights of our trip includes Bangkok, Phuket, PhiPhi Islands, Ayuttaya, Siem reap, Etc.,

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2017: A year in review

2 0 1 7…. It is becoming difficult for me to remember when it has started and when it ended. At the hour of closure when I sit back and re-collect the best moments of it, then I realized What a year it’s been. Despite the underlying current of what the hell am I doing, I made some incredible memories in 2017… I have then decided to share few of the events and give a glimpse of the happiest things happened to me….

January: A trip to Goa

Highlights of the trip are:

1. Watching the Sunset at Chapora fort

2. Watching the sunset at Dono paulo

3. Saturday night market at Arpora market.

4. Sunrise at Aguada Fort:

February : A trip to Chennai

A 3 day trip to Chennai to attend a conference in SRM medical college. Highlights of the trip.

Highlights:

  1. Marina Beach &

  2. Kapaleeshwarar Temple

Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai is a temple of Shiva located in Mylapore, Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The form of Shiva’s consort Parvati worshipped at this temple is called Karpagambal is from Tamil, (“Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree”). The temple was built around the 7th century CE in Dravidian architecture.

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Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

 

May: My Birthday Month

A Weekend get away to Alampur & Kurnool

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Alampur Navabrahma temples are located at alampur in Telangana. There are 9 temples & all of them are dedicated to Lord Shiva. These temples date back to 7th century A.D and were built by the Badami Chalukyas rulers who were great patrons of art and architecture. Even after a time span of several hundred years, these grand temples still stand firm reflecting the rich architectural heritage of the country.

Konda Reddy Burz, also known as Kurnool Fort, is a bastion that establishes the historical importance of Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh. The rulers of the renowned Vijayanagar Empire built a strategic watch tower here. It is a unique monument due to its singular feature of an underground tunnel which connects the fort to Gadwal, a place 52 km away.  The most remarkable feature of this tunnel is that it passes under the River Tungabhadra, a feat unimaginable during the medieval times!

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Konda Reddy Burz is a proof of the architectural acumen and astute military strategies characteristic of the medieval rulers of India. This is one monument you would be truly excited to visit, to learn about its genesis the mystery behind its existence through hundreds of years and its eternal allure..

June: Glimpses of my June road trips…

A Long drive to Indur( Nizamabad) with my family to attend some family event.

A drive in Mahbubnagar:

Amazing 200kms ride with no destination in mind.. Far away from all the daily routine life.. Thats what I need for a weekend.

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A Short drive near Jadcherla:

A short drive near jadcherla which is hardly around 20kms from my college just for fun.

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Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure..

July:

A trip to Mysore to attend Pulmokarn conference in JSS medical college then a road trip to Wayanad. Highlights of the trip are:

Mysore: The city of palaces

Ambavilas Palace, otherwise famous as the Mysore Palace, is a historical palace and a royal residence at Mysore in Karnataka state. It is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore.

Chamundi hills:

The Temple is clean and was very crowded as it was an auspicious day and could not see inside due to crowd. From outside it is very nice looking Temple and am sure it will be same in inside.

Wayand: An exquisite Hill station

Highlights of the trip are:

Banasura Dam & View point:

Considered to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia, Banasura Sagar dam is one of the prime attractions in Wayanad. Positioned at a distance of around 21 km away from Kalpetta, this dam is made up of boulders and huge stacks of stones. The dam is quite close to Lake Karalad, another tourist spot in Wayanad.

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There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more. -Lord Byron

 

Edakkal Caves:

Edakkal is the only known place in india with stone age carvings. These caves are located 1200m above sea level on ambukthi hills, wayanad

 

Lakkidi view point:

Lakkidi Viewpoint is a popular viewpoint which offers dazzling views of the surrounding cliffs and valleys.

August:

Chandragad fort: A hidden jewel in Telangana

A quick weekend getaway to Chandragad fort is best enjoyed when the sky is overcast, which makes the 80km journey from Mahbubnagar delightful. Driving through the countryside, dotted with paddy fields and hillocks.

I always love exploring new places and Chandragad fort stands tall among all the places I’ve been so far in Telangana. It is a Hidden jewel in Telangana, It has a fantabulous views from the top. The fort sits on a prominent position which command the views in all directions. It is a pleasant place to wander. After witnessing the sunset from here..we named this place as “CHAPORA FORT OF TELANGANA”.

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A weekend getaway to Jurala, Jetaprolu , gadval and ranganayaki temple:

Jetaprolu is a small village in Amanaganti Seema and it is a  Land of Temples in Telangana State. This place has a very beautiful sculptures with lots of heritage importance. Tourist attractions of Jetaprolu are mainly two temples which is called as Agasthyeswara Swamy Temple and Madanagopala Swamy Temple. Looking back to the history it states that the temples were built in 10th and 16th century A.D.

September:

My friend and his family conducted a free health camp in Chevella village, Telangana.

October :

I Started my peripheral posting in Hyderabad for 3months. During the postings, First few days are long, the work is grueling, and of course there was a lot for me to learn.

ROR BOYZ TRIP to Thailand and Cambodia:

Every thing in this trip is a highlight for me. Will be posting a video and blogs in detail.

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Kingdom of Cambodia:

November:

A week trip to Kolkata, West Bengal to attend NAPCON, A national conference in science city.

 

Then in 3rd week a trip to Assam & Meghalaya

Kaziranga National Park tucked between Bangladesh and Bhutan, in the Indian state of Assam. It’s not only one of India’s national treasures but a World Heritage Site & is the home to the one horned rhino!!

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December:

A trip to Rajahmundry to attend NATCON(national tuberculosis conference) in Riverbay. Followed by a day trip to Papikondalu

Hope the New Year with it brings
happiness for you and not a single tear drop
Since everyone just loves you
May all your problems, never again bother you
This is my special New Year wish for you

The Saturday Night Market: An out of box experience

Arpora night market is a ‘must visit’ in Goa. It is a great place & is a fun way to pass several hours. It has many number of food stalls, live music, a cosmopolitan crowd and lots of stalls offering you a variety of stuff from fancy dresses and trinkets to articles for home decoration- the night market at Arpora seems to come out of the Arabian nights. The market has a lot of stalls selling similar goods, so shop around for the best prices; be prepared to haggle for a good deal. The place is worth revisiting.

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Every Artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. -Henry Ward Beecher

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It has the right mix of both local and international crowd, This market has something for everyone. A visit to this market will definitely make your trip to Goa complete..

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Saturday night market is every food lover’s paradise.

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Attar are non alcoholic, pure oriental perfumes extracted from exotic flowers..

If you go to Goa and miss this place, you might want to consider visiting Goa again. The place is also known for the parties which have very nice music. I absolutely loved this market and I can say it’s a MUST visit place.. Happy Sunday my dear bloggers..

North Karnataka: A Heritage tour

This video is just an experimental video because it is mostly shot on Iphone5 and Xiaomi yi & Edited on Iphone. A Trip to some of the Heritage places in North Karnataka which includes Bijapur(Ibrahim Roza, Gol Gumbaz, Jamma Masjid, Barakaman etc), Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami, Dambal & Lakkundi.

The Quality of the video is bit compromised because we shot it in Harsh sunlight and scorching heat.

Discovering Telangana: Mannemkonda-‘The Palamoor Tirupati’

Being a Hyderabadi, I always had this two questions from people during weekends…

  • What do you guys do over your weekend?

  • Don’t we have any weekend gateways around Hyderabad?

In fact, I used to share few places which most of them are aware of it, I don’t really have many places to share to go out for a drive over the weekends from Hyderabad.

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My Beast: The car I drive say a lot about me

I could now realize the fact that most of us haven’t really explored the surreal beauty around Hyderabad. If you are nature lover, yes you have one now which is 2 hours drive from Hyderabad.

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Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. -Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein

Mannemkonda is best enjoyed when the sky is overcast, which makes the 20kms journey from Mahbubnagar delightful. The varied hues of Nature and fresh air rejuvenated my senses. The secluded green valley’s surrounding the hold this temple best kept secrets.

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“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” – Kahlil Gibran

Before we arrived our destination, we had several stopovers to capture the nature at its best. I felt exactly like rolling greens spread like a carpet, floating clouds jealously hugged the Hillocks alongside and a seamless path ahead dotted with beautiful nature.

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For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree

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“Nature itself is the best physician” – Hippocrates. “

Manyamkonda is the hill where the Lord Venkateshwara Swamy Temple is located. This place is very calm, mesmerizing, beautiful and of course a perfect destination for devotees and tourists. It is believed that this ancient temple is more than 500 years old. This temple is located in a cave which is reportedly balanced on top of the three hills. It is considered as one of the important spiritual centres in Mahbubnagar District. Here pilgrims can have a glimpse of the ancient caves where the sages were believed to have practiced penance.Hence this place was called as Munulakonda (Munulu means Saints and Konda means hill) and later as days passed by it has been referred as Mannemkonda or Manyamkonda.

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A view from inside..

On the heart of the forest and on the hilltop, Lord Venkateshwara Swamy could be found majestically. The shrine is located on a hill which is 915 m high and at a distance of 2 Km from the village.

  One can enjoy the nature’s splendour and scenic beauty at the temple. The temple has a beautiful Rajagopuram with the images of Gods and Goddesses carved on it. Very rarely we can find Lord Venkateshwara as a “Swayambhumurthi” which means self manifested. Seeing Lord Venkateshwara in the forest, with lush greens is truly a blissful experience.

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Spending time in nature is healing energy..

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Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven. -John Lubbock

If you are a nature lover and wanted to spend time peacefully plan for a trip to Manyamkonda. Have a nice week my dear friends!!

Bhutan Diaries: A day in Paro

After bagging some unforgettable memories & pictures in Chelela Pass.  We made our way to Paro which was a one hour ride from Chelela pass. We were waiting for this day from a long time because of the most exciting place called Tiger’s nest monastery a.k.a Paro Taktsang. Paro is a place of peace and serenity with colorful buildings. This charming town Paro is very small compared to Thimphu. It lies on the banks of the Paro Chhu(river). It seems that the main street was built only 30 years ago, is lined with colourfully Concrete buildings, painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants. A walking tour in Paro will be your best experience to explore Bhutanese Culture. It hardly takes an hour for you to complete the whole walking tour..

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The main street of Paro, is lined with colourfully painted wooden shop fronts and restaurants, decorated with the beautiful flowers and few multistorey buildings.

National Museum of Bhutan: Ta Dzong

Our First stop, Since we visited Paro on Saturday we had to hurry, in order  to visit the famous Paro museum because it gets closed at 11AM on Saturdays. The museum is located beautifully but is also prone to thunders as the original museum was damaged after being hit by a thunder in the year 2013.

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The original museum was damaged after being hit by a thunder in the year 2013.

The museum is now shifted in the newly constructed building adjacent to the old one.  The Paro museum shows you the history and present of Bhutan like any other national museum in the world.

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Paro city overview from a viewpoint in Ta dzong comple

The most interesting part of it was the display of various birds of Bhutan and the history was also captivating enough. After a knowledgeable visit to the national museum.We explored the town as our driver was a locale of Paro so he was introducing us the culture of Paro and was explaining us differences between Paro & Thimphu. We stopped our vehicle at a viewpoint where Paro airport is visible.

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Paro Airport has been described as “the most difficult commercial airport in the world”.

Paro Airport: World’s most challenging airports

It is the sole international airport in Bhutan. The airport is 6 km from Paro in a deep valley on the bank of the river Paro Chhu. With surrounding peaks as high as 5,500 m (18,000 ft), Airplanes on approach pass by 5,500m Himalayan mountain peaks, and the 1,980m runway length presents a double challenge, due to the extremely high density altitude at the site.it is considered one of the world’s most challenging airports.

We had a small stopover at a home cum restaurant for having Brunch.  We had some authentic Bhutanese food which was yummy too.

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Inside of a Bhutanese House cum hotel.We had a Colorful Local lunch.

Kyichu lhakhang: Oldest temple in Bhutan

Then our next stop was in Kyichu lhakhang which is believed to be the oldest temple in Bhutan.This temple is popularly believed to have been built in 659 by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet, to pin down the left foot of a giant ogress who was thwarting the establishment of Buddhism into Tibet. Only the history enthusiasts Me, Karthik and Lalla had paid our visit to this temple. And of course we wrapped up our visit in 30mins. The temple is extremely sacred for the Buddhist and it does tell you a story of Bhutan history and old architecture as we see lots of prayer wheels encrypted on the walls of the temple.

After paying our visit to this historical temple we started to the most exciting part of our trip ‘Tiger’s nest Monastery’ a.k.a Taktsang Lhakhang. Stay tuned to read more about our trek to the Tiger’s next monastery…

North Sikkim: An Incredible Journey

On 3rd of April, 2015, after a big party a day before in Gangtok, it was pretty hard for us to wake up the next morning. With great struggle, we finally woke up at around 7AM and got ready for the most exciting trip. We got ready and after having breakfast we headed for the taxi stand, (where the actual trip to North Sikkim starts) taking a taxi from our hotel in MG Marg for INR 150. Mr.Lahiri Ji was waiting for us at the taxi stand. We were supposed to start by 8:00 AM but we reached late. On reaching the stand he guided us to our car. The car driver was furious and started howling at us for being late. We planned to even the score during the journey :P. All were waiting for us. There was a Bengali couple along with us, waiting to start the most incredible journey to North Sikkim.

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That’s Me and GK

We departed at around 9:30 am in a Mahindra Bolero from Gangtok Taxi stand. Lachung is a very small town around 120 kms from Gangtok. It’s at an altitude of 9600ft. We were informed, that we will get to see 3-4 view points during our journey from Gangtok to Lachung, however our driver Kanniah was nice enough to stop wherever we asked him to stop for sightseeing.

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This is my Favorite capture in North Sikkim..

Our first stop of the day was at Seven Sister’s waterfalls. These falls were adjacent to the road with a stream of water flowing down from the mountain top.

We almost skipped many stops. We’ve seen many tourists who are being hurried by their drivers. But our driver was very patient and he never rushed us. So we had an amazing time. Because of his patience he made our journey itself, a destination.

We had a quick stopover at Phodong for lunch. The food we had was delicious, with a backdrop of the beautiful and mighty Himalayas. We were served rice, Chicken, Pickles, Daal, Potato, some kind of beans and a piece of egg. We’ve never seen our friend Prashant eating like that before. He was going on eating,  he was unstoppable.

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Restaurant with a backdrop of Himalayas enroute Lachung.

After lunch, we headed towards Mangan (district headquarters) a few kms further to Mangan is Singhik viewpoint which offers a panoramic view of Mt.Kanchenjunga and Teestha Valley.

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Sikkim never ceases to amaze you with stunning landscapes..

Due to heavy fog, we didn’t get a view of Kanchenjunga but the view of Teestha was priceless.  Moving ahead and we kept on gaining altitude and the sun rays were getting weaker and weaker, the temperature dipped rapidly.

 

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Roads are not drive friendly..Hope they’ll be get better…

We reached Chungthang around 3:30 P.M. From Chungthang the road for Lachen and Lachung bifurcates. Lachen is approximately 30 kms from Chungthang and Lachung is around 23km. Our next stop was at Lachung for an overnight stay. We reached Lachung at around 4:30 PM, then we checked in at a hotel. It was pretty cold in Lachung village, the temperature was below zero degrees Celsius.

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Sikkim is a Land of Highpasses and stunning Landscapes

We could hear the icy winds roaring across the mountains. We were given a couple of rooms on the first floor of our hotel. Later on we went to capture the beauty of this Magnificent tiny village. We finished exploring the whole village in about an hour. After shooting some footages for our Video, we got back to the hotel.

 

Our driver Kanniah took us to the Army Base. We never knew that going with him will be such a memorable experience. He almost knew every person in the village and even in the army. He took us to the Military Canteen. We bought some snacks and had a chat with the army men at the canteen. Luckily we met a soldier who could speak Telugu, who shared his life experiences and his love towards our nation. Photography is strictly prohibited so we couldn’t click any pictures with him!! Soon after Kanniah was done with his work , we started from there, while returning we had a quick stopover at a small home, there we had local wine and chai !! After a while we got back to our hotel and had dinner. Back to bed!Himalayas (39)

Day 02:

We were supposed to start at 5:00am to see Yumthang valley. Unfortunately there is no geyser or hot water in the hotel. So had to freshen up with cold water. We were amazed to see the snow rugged mountains around our hotel. We didn’t notice anything the day before because of the intense fog around us. It was our first sight of snow rugged mountains in Sikkim. Quite fascinating it was. Now I believe in ‘Love at first sight.”Himalayas (10)

The Yumthang Valley is at an elevation of 3,564 metres and is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim. It is popularly known as ‘Valley of Flowers’. During the spring months(April-September), the area blooms with rhododendrons, primulas, poppies, iris and other flora. Even though we took this trip in April, we hardly found any flowers there. We missed seeing the real beauty of Yumthang. No one in our group was interested in visiting the hot springs in Yumthang. So we skipped it.

 

It was around 7 AM, we thought of extending our trip to Katao border and Zero Point. Generally both Katao border & Zero Point are not covered in the tour, but we negotiated with the driver to take us there. He charged 500 bucks per head and agreed to take us to those places. We reached Katao border at around 8:30 AM. We were warned by the Soldiers about the ferocious dogs. I am always afraid of dogs, so I was very cautious while going there.  On the other side of the gate, Photography is strictly prohibited. Finally, a quick hike on a cliff, we found a good place to capture the beauty of the peaks. Here we had a good conversation with Telugu speaking Aunties whom we met in Gangtok before. After enjoying and playing a lot with Snow, we left for Zeropoint at around 9:30 AM.

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“He who climbs upon the highest mountains laughs at all tragedies, real or imaginary.” (Friedrich Neitszche)

 

We arrived Yumesdeong famously known as zero-point, It wasn’t so cold eventhough we were at an elevation of 13700 feet . And the view from here is breath taking and the joy we had while playing with the snow and making the snowman and snowwoman was priceless. Sunrays cascading on the Snowcapped mountains made it look like, as if it were made of gold. All those beautiful Mountains, lovely Snow, striking Sunlight and clear blue Skies..

Oh God, this is what I am looking for. Going to Mountains is not an adventure, Going to Mountains is finding Happiness. Thank you god for making my life more meaningful by taking me to these mountains. Then we headed back to Lachung. At around 1:00PM, we reached our Hotel in Lachung again, after having lunch and freshening up, we departed to Gangtok at around 2:30 PM and reached back at 8:00pm.

Tips from my perspective:

  • Initially we paid for  3D/2N – Lachen – Gurudongmar Lake & Lachung – Yumthung Valley. But due to heavy rains and landslides the road to Gurdongmar lake was blocked. So we got our money refunded. Then we changed it to a 2D/1N – Lachung with Yumthung Valley.
  • It is mandatory to take a Travel Agency to visit North Sikkim.
  • Permits, Food and accommodation everything will be taken care by the travel agents.
  • If you are planning a trip to Sikkim, Don’t miss North Sikkim..

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