North Sikkim – December 2013

Travelers:

1. Chandan Bhosle
2. Logesh Kumar

Travel Itinerary : Dates:7th Dec to 13th Dec 2013

7th Dec  : Gangtok , Reach from New Jalpaiguri.
8th Dec  : Gangtok – Lachen,Halt. ( Lunch and Dinner)
9th Dec  : Lachen – Thangu – Chopta Valley andhighlight of this day being Gurudongmar Lake at 17,110 feet and Gurudwara.Night stay at Lachung
10th Dec: Lachung- YumthangValley..Return to Lachung and onward to Gangtok
11th Dec: Gangtok – Day return visitto Changu Lake,Baba Mandir & Nathula Pass
12th Dec: Travel to Darjeeling
13th Dec: Gangtok – Bagdogra.

Hotels:

Gangtok  : The Blue Star Hotel on Room only basis. (7th/ 10th & 11th Nights only)
Lachen    : The Cholamu Lodge on Full Board (8th)
Lachung  : The Travellers Inn on Full Board.(9thnight)

Day 1: 7th December

We reached New Jalpaiguri railway station from Guwahati where we had been to visit one of our colleague marriage. Day began well and after getting off we called Vilas to help us out on finding the transport. Later we found a cab who was willing to drop us to Gangtok at Rs.1750 and he shared his number as well in case we wanted to visit Darjeeling.

Day 2: 8th December

Today is the day we were eagerly looking for. We started our journey towards Lachen passing via Mangan. Our photography session started immediately after we boarded the Xylo cab. Some of the photographs displayed here speak for itself. We reached by late evening and checked into The Cholamu Lodge. The staff were very courteous and were garlanded when we reached the hotel. Was a fantastic feeling for us. Our driver Pradeep was gem of a guide and car driver. Not only he had tremendous patience but also equally interested in showing all the places even when the night was turning on while we reached Lachen.

gangtok_day1

We are starting from Gangtok to Lachen on 7th December, 2013. Surendra came to meet up with us as representative from Himalayan Fantasy

Day 3: 9th December
This day marked with our visit to Gurudongmar Lake. We were consistently briefed by Vilas and when we reached there, we were speechless looking at the beauty of this place. Some of the areas of this fascinating lake was already frozen and sun falling on it gave a nostalgic experience apart from happiness to the camera for shooting. Pradeep was very fun loving and showing us all the places and fascinating thing of the journey was the Tibetan plateau at Gurudongmar. Infact this lake is so good that it is hard to leave the place. Get in touch with Vilas of Himalayan Fantasy if you want to know mysteries of this lake.

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This day, we drove to Gurudongmar Lake from Lachen and reaching Lachung in the evening. Nothing like this we had seen before.

Day 4: 10th December

lachung and zero point

We started early passing through Yumthang Valley and Yumesongdong. Really breathtaking views of the mountains and feels good to reach Zero Point.

After such a nice natural splendor, it was time to proceed towards Zero Point in Lachung and visit the amazing valley of Yumthang and complete the tour with visit to Yumesongdong. It was a memorable experience especially playing in snow and singing and dancing with music along with some other tourist who had arrived there. The feeling was thrilling watching Zero Point which is starting point of India. We spent good time with another group dancing to the beats of music.

Day 5: 11th December
Today, we were to visit Nathula pass, sogmo Lake and Harbajan singh temple. As suggested by Vilas, we also went to see Elephant lake which was an awesome sight.

nathula and tsogmo lake

Today we were excited to see Indian border at Nathula and also some exotic places like Elephant Lake and World’s highest Golf Course. Pradeep took us there and was an awesome sight

Day 6: 12th December
Today, we started to Darjeeling and on the way, had nice ride seeing this tea town blooming. Later in the day, we checked in to the hotel and started exploring Darjeeling. Vilas had suggested some places where we could do shopping and romaing around and was a very nice experience indeed.

Darjeeling visit

On the final day, it was Darjeeling visit and then heading back to Bagdogra to catch flight to Bangalore.

Day 7: 13th November
This day was very hectic one. Early morning visit to Tiger Hill to see the sunrise and then to Ghum Monastery, followed by Batasia loop visit, HMI and Peace Pagoda. There were many other places to visit, but then since our flight was in the afternoon, had to return back to Bagdogra to bade goodbye to Sikkim and Darjeeling. Thanks to Vilas from Himalayan Fantasy and Surendra for having organized such a nice tour.which is always memorable in our hearts. And we would like to say special thanks to Pradeep without whose help, we could not have been able to see this wonderful land of Sikkim in his fantastic car.

Our dream tour came to an end and are eager to have another one this year with Himalayan Fantasy.

Thank you very much for reading.
You can contact us to know more on this tour or on our experience with Himalayan Fantasy at:
1. Chandan Bhosle – chandanbhosle@gmail.com
2. Logesh Kumar – logesh.hello@gmail.com

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