Sikkim 2018 Part 2

Hey guys I’m back with the second and final part of my Sikkim trip. Let’s start it right where I left. Day 3 in Sikkim started very early for us. It was almost a 9 hour journey from Gangtok to Lachen. The roads are great, so it was a smooth ride to Lachen.dsc_0134-01 We reached Lachen in the evening, clicked some photos, fooled around a little, had drinks with our driver and slept early. We had to leave for Gurudongbar Lake at 5 in the morning. There are a hell lot of army check posts in the way so photography is pretty much restricted until you reach Gurudongbar, where you’re free to click. Seeing so many army people, tanks and training made me feel really proud of the Indian Army, it’s like at least -10 degrees there most of the time and they work their ass off in those tough conditions away from their friends and families, I mean hats off to them man! Alright now coming back to the trip, Gurudongbar Lake is at 17000 ft. above sea level, so people suffering from diseases such as diabetes and pressure problems should consult their doctor before-hand cause I saw people getting sick there due to low oxygen. It is considered a very holy place by the Hindus, Buddhists as well as the Sikh.img_20181108_093228003-01 Its amazing man, I can’t even describe it in words how beautiful it was. We stayed there for half an hour and then came back to Lachen. On the way back to Lachen, we visited Kala Patthar which is like a really cool place with lots of snow.img_20181108_124143567-01 We headed for Lachung which is like a 3 hour ride from Lachen. Next morning we went to Yumthang Valley. A scenic beauty with a river flowing alongside. The valley is full of Rhododendron flowers during March and April. We came back to Lachung, and started our journey back to Gangtok where we stayed the night. Next morning we started our journey for Rolep. We went through Changu Lake again, The New Baba Mandir, The Old Baba Mandir, Kupup Lake, Silk Route and Zuluk on our way and reached Rolep in the evening where we stayed in a home stay.

The next day we just relaxed with no journey at all. So much of time in the car at such an altitude really takes toll on your body so a day of rest is really needed. In spite of this, we really did some fun activities like visiting secret waterfalls, bathing in the refreshing mountain water (which is really rejuvenating after such hectic days), and having Tongba all evening with a bonfire specially arranged for us. Tongba is a local drink which is basically made from fermented millets.img_20181111_172156-01 It’s really tasty, not that strong and is served in a bamboo container with a bamboo straw which I found really cool. Also I made a new friend there, our driver’s little kid. Next day we head towards NJP Station in the morning, and get on our train for Kolkata ending our trip. This trip will always be really special for me. Although it was physically very draining, the amazing places and the great company of my friends made everything worth the effort.dsc_0184-01 I got to learn a lot about the local people and their cultures, met a ton of really cool people and ate some really lip smacking food. Memories made in Sikkim will always be cherished. I would seriously recommend Sikkim for all the mountain lovers out there, believe me, you’ll be mesmerized by how beautiful this place is and how awesome are the people. And also, HAPPY NEW YEAR guys. Let 2019 be full of joy and happiness. And also good food, like seriously how can I forget that!

Sikkim 2018 Part-1

So like every year, I went for my annual trip with my friends in November, this time to Sikkim. But unlike other years, this time instead of four, there were seven of us. Me, my friends Debrup, Procheto, Rahul, Snehasish, his brother Shubhasish and my hi junior Sourav. It was one hell of an experience. And believe me when I say it, Sikkim is a very underrated travel destination. Every breath of fresh air you take there is the best alternative to the polluted city air, the cold af breeze that just makes you forget all your problems that you left behind. This trip will always be remembered as one of the best trips of my life. Let me give you some details of everything.Station

So I started my trip on 4th November. Caught a train from Kolkata Station (train- Garibh Rath) at 9pm. Reached New Jalpaiguri station the next morning at 8 am. We had some light breakfast, and then left for Gangktok. We had booked a Bolero for the entire trip. It took us around 6 hours to reach Gangtok including the cigarette breaks and the tea breaks. We had booked a house from Airbnb. It was an amazing place. A very spacious and clean house, with two bathrooms, two bunkbeds, three single beds, a living room, a dining cum kitchen with all the necessary utensils and cutlery, an induction , an electric kettle and a refrigerator. It cost us 3270 per night which is a pretty good deal for seven people. We went to MG Marg afterwards and had a great meal at Dragon Wok. We had Beef Momo, Pork Fried Rice, Stir Fried Beef and Beef Thukpa. Also, lots of Hit Beer. We came back and slept early as we had to wake up early the next dayIMG_20181105_181715-01IMG_20181105_181542-01IMG_20181105_181538-01IMG_20181105_183140-01IMG_20181105_175716-01-01

We left for Changu Lake the next morning at 7:30am. It is very necessary to leave within 8 am as the traffic in Gangtok is disgusting. On our way to Changu we stopped for breakfast at a place which had the best Veg Momos I have ever tasted, with a fresh made roasted tomato chilli chutney. Every car stops at this village. I would recommend you to go to the first shop for these amazing momos.IMG_20181106_093537-01 Also they make great coffee. Then we went to The New Baba Mandir. Stopped there for a while, had some more momos at the army canteen, and while coming back, stopped at Changu Lake. We stayed there for around an hour and then left for Gangtok. On our way back, we had lunch at the same place where we had our breakfast. Some of us had Maggi, while I and the rest had egg curry and rice. Since everything is organic in Sikkim, everything tastes so fresh and so good here. Even the simple green leaves coked with just some garlic and chilli tasted amazing. We stopped by MG Marg on our way back to pick some bottles of that amazing Hit Beer. The dinner that day was a disaster, we had pork rice where there was only pork fat and no meat. We made the mistake of not eating from MG Marg, so I would suggest you guys to please eat your dinner from MG Marg. We packed our luggage and slept early as we had lots of travelling to do the next day.

The Sikkim Trip will be a two part series. Follow my blog for more such posts.