Picture-Perfect East Himalayan hamlet

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DAY: One

'Zung Zung': Let's Go

It was 6:30 on 21st January 2015. Darjeeling mail was too late for foggy weather and had stopped outside of a halt station near about 30 minutes. Most of the passengers were still in dream and without any hesitation me and my friend left our compartment and started gentle walk towards the station. Just a single thought in my mind that if the train is running more late, we will not reach the Silarey Gaon (6000 ft) before evening. My driver already in NJP, actualy he was stay there from the previous night, but we failed to reach in time. We need atleast 4/4.30 hours to reach our first destination.



In Sealdah



Before Arriving in NJP

It was 11 o’clock when we boarded in car for the trip with the new Max and a young, energetic, smily driver, Kumar Pradhan. Each and every time he prayed before journey and then uttered 'Jung Jung'. I asked him about the meaning and he said 'Let's Go'. From the next day before starting, all of we havitated to uttered the sweet word. Without wasting our time we had started our journey through the busy road of Siliguri, entererd the forest range and finally stopped beside the Petrol Pump just before the Sevoke Railway bridge. We need some food as we can’t reach at Silarey before 3 pm.



Stopped for Breakfast before Sevoke Bridge



The Rail Bridge

The small roadside dhaba was good, food was ok and my driver took special initiative to prepare our breakfast as quick as possible. In the mean time we took some snaps, gossip with the late running train. We had paid Rs. 350/- for 7 plates Puri and Chana and Rs.60 for 3 plate omlets as children refused to take Parota.



Busy for Breakfast



From the Dhaba

Ii was too late but our team is in full charged with the Parota, vegetable and cold drinks. Kumar started his car and our children team shouted with Kumar – Jung Jung. National Highway 31A, several monkeys and Teesta was now our co-passenger and without any break we had passed the Kali temple, Bagh Pool, NHPC project Area, kalijhora, Rambi Market and finally halted over the Teesta Bridge on Teesta to view the beauty.



Tiasa on the Bridge



The Running Blue



Try to Capture the Beauty
The national highway NH31 crosses Teesta River here. Darjeeling is on the west of the river and Kalimpong is on the east of the river. The road to Kalimpong takes off towards the right side 3 km (1.9 mi) after the bridge. Without any other short break we passed the Kalimpong Town followed by Upper Dolapchen Link Road. After Kalimpong to Algarah the reparing of road was in progress and we passed the Lava crossing and drive through Pedong-Algarah road. Before the chumirchin Gumpha at 20 mile, Kumar turn and followed the left side road moving up. It was a horrible road for car rider, we all bitterly enjoyed the free roller coaster ride and after driving 5 km, kumar stopped just before the Nirmala Resort of Dilip Tamang. Finally we reached Silarey Gaon at 3:30 pm covering 96 KM.
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Fascinating journey.. can't wait now.. Please start the next episode
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Hi Debasish,
Really superb start. Waiting for more.
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Pictures-cape Silarey Gaon:The First Hamlet

The last 5 Km comes an extremely bumpy journey which makes us hold on to seat for dear life. Then suddenly a vista opens in front of us where mountains bid towards the sky from the rolling forests. A peaceful hamlet of maximum 50 families offering us the most hospitable home stay beckons with a smile. The Mountains and the green forests below and above!!



Road to Silarey



Before Entering the main Village



In front of Resort



The Little Hamlet

We all were horridly jumped out from the car and look around. What the luck!!!!! The mighty Kanchenjangha fully viewed from there and all of us became standstill with its beauty. The temperature was tolerable (may be 7-8 degree C) and all of us returned in real world with the sound of a sweet girl- “Please check in your rooms—your lunch is ready.”



Another Home Stay



Our Room

We entered our room, freshened up and quickly went to the dinning room for our late lunch. It was simple Rice-Dal-Vegetable and egg curry but was delicious due to our hunger.



Late Lunch at Dinning



From the Dinning Window

After lunch all of us enjoyed a beautiful sunset over Kanchenjungha and started roaming within the village till darkness and chill obstruct our enjoyment. We were requested to take the tea and snacks at 7:30 pm. After returned in room, all are started to talk about the next day’s trek. Children started to enjoy their indoor games; elders were still on balcony to view the beauty and feel the silence of the little hamlet.



Beauty before Sunset



Mesmerizing Sunset



The Evening



Sweet Lady in the Kitchen of Nirmala Resort

I think, All the 3 rooms are best in position and one can view the full valley and the Kanchenjungha from the Balcony. on the terrace of our lodging gives us an ethereal sense of beauty, peace and oneness with nature. We were fortunate enough to have contacted Travel Funda .Within first day journey the lady director severaly called us for our current position and comfortability We took our dinner with Rice/Roti and chicken at 10 pm and quickly go to bed as it was now very chill but not below 5 degree C. At least one need 2 full days to enjoy the beauty of that place.



Late Traveller: Missed the Sunset

We took a very important decision here. If we succeded to view the sunrise from here, we can skip the sunrise for Lungthung for the sake of our child and extend our trip upto Tsomgo Lake as we missed that frozen beauty of the holy lake in 2012.

Good Night my Sweeeeet Silarey....
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Really awesome.
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Debasish,
By reading your TR I'm feeling as I am visiting the place again. Keep writing buddy.
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Bah - Besh dcyouth !
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Lovely photographs and nice description!
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Great report and awesome pics. Well done Deb.
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It appears that your camera has inspired you to work on your photographic skills and truly enjoy photography DC. I've enjoyed every single post (yours and others') of this thread. I feel like going to east himalaya myself. Look forward to reading the rest of your journey.
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DAY: Two

The Memorable Sunrise and mild trek in Ramitey View Point

I woke up at 5:30 and headed towards the balcony. It was dark as the Sun was well below the horizon. The temperature was probably around 5 degree C. It took another 30 minutes to reach the hazy light to Mt K and it was visible clearly with just a small piece of cloud hovering around the top. Then started the colour magic of sunlight on Mt K. All my team members except the children try to capture the beauty of that event. Ohhhh, What a show!!!!! We were so lucky that we get a clear, non-foggy weather during our whole journey except the last morning in Aritar.


Good Mornig Silarey


Cute Dog


Preparing for the Show















The Colour Show



Unknown Peak



My Friend in Enthusiastic Mood

Having the morning tea, we all started to walk through the jungle path to visit the Ramitey View Point which was 1.5 KM from Nirmala Resort. In the morning tea time Dilipji meet with us and insisted to visit the point. The jungle was not so dense and the local path was most of the case dry. But I can’t find any flower or bird during our trek.



Me, pollute the clean air



Nirmala Vilage Resort




Flower in Resort



The Birds




Daily Routine

After a pleasant and leisurely walk of 30 minutes we reached there. The view of Tista from there was breathtaking. I must mention about one dog, who accompanied us to and from Ramitey both the time. May be it was normal that they accompanied with us with the hope of some foods.



Way to Ramitey View Point







Little Hikers with their Cute Guide

One could see numerous bends of Tista thousands of feet below. It was clear morning but some fogs were in the lower side but visibility was not bad. I can’t see 18 bends of Tista from here but we just enjoyed the view and took snaps. The serenity and beauty of this place still attract me to go there again and again.






Just before the main View Point







The Kanchenjungha







View from Ramitey



The Naughty: My Son


The Happy Climber!!!!!!




The Multiple bended Teesta

After visiting Ramitey, we came back to Sillery Gaon filled with sunrays. It looked beautiful. Mt K was still elegantly visible due to the clear weather. After breakfast with Luchi, Squash and hot tea, we boarded all our lugguges on the roof of our Max and started walking through that path which was really not perfect for car driving.



Interesting!!!!



Now our turn to Return



Local Football Ground



The All Mighty



Jung Jung: Let's Start for Next Hamlet

As planned kumar started his car after 30 minutes from Sil;arey Gaon and finally we boarded on the car moving toward Pedong market in the middle. In that way we avoided the bumpy journey through the so called road in between Silent valley to Silarey. Finally after another bumpy 30 minutes journey we reached at 20 mile and now our car started running as its usual speed on normal road towards Pedong.
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Excellent write-up and pics. dc

Waiting for the Pedong part...
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