Echey Gaon-Rishikhola-Nathang-Zuluk-Mankhim --A Photostory

Reply
#1 Oct 11th, 2014, 21:03
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
india
Posts:
537
  • aditiban is offline
#1
[B]28th sept 2014 , Day 1 :[/B]

Crossing NJP



















And the car took a right turn from Ramdhura towards Echey . A change so visible , a silence so felt…it was the way through the Echey forest…a small kachcha road taking us up towards Echey Gaon…the way through which beautiful girls were running down to Ramdhura to cheer the Echey football Team playing against Ramdhura today.



Darjeeling Mail reached NJP at 9 am and It took around 3.5 hours to reach Echey from NJP. The Car and Homestays were arranged by Mr DK Khawas of Echey Gaon (5800 ft) as per my choice.
The tranquility of the place could be felt as our car parked below DK’s home. It was so serene , so calm , so quiet. Colourful flowers , green plants, small huts , smiling villagers welcomed us . Around twenty stairs took us to DK’s Homestay. There was a new building too but we selected the older one because it was in the vicinity of DK’s house and one could interact with them from the verandah itself and was also on the upper slope of the hill giving a much clearer view of the far horizon, though the newer ones were more spacious. Currently there are total six rooms for guests with western toilets . We were given two rooms in the first floor , one was 4 bedded and the other two bedded though our group consisted of two couples only.

Colours







DK's Homestay at Echey









We reached Echey at around 1.30 pm . DK was not present as he was on the way from Kolkata after attending a tourism seminar. His family took a lot of care so that we feel at home. We were given buckets full of hot water to get freshened up. The temperature was cool and after taking our bath we were called at their dining place. We were served a hot sumptuous lunch and trust me they are wonderful cook.





After taking our lunch our two small guides Kashish – DK’s daughter and Angad – DK’s nephew took us out for a village tour . The way through the Squash plantation, we reached a small playground and we returned to our childhood days with both these cuties. This was just beside the primary school of the village.





Squash















As the dusk was falling we returned back and were served with hot crispy onion Pakoras and Darjeeling tea. Their wholehearted effort to make us feel at home was truly sincere and could be perceived. The evening fell like the delicate dew drops…the softness of the dimly lit hamlet … the melody of the nepali folk songs down the hill …. the dance steps of the teenagers in the lights of the lantern …. Simply intoxicated the air.

Romance in the air







Echey under darkness



We had to cancel the plan of Bonfire as it started drizzling. DK had not returned yet. I was eagerly waiting to meet DK. Among the heavy rains we were called for dinner and there came DK,the family was happy to see him back. We started chit chatting , DK was telling about his experiences in the seminar , how he started with the Homestay , how people were laughing at him when he started with this idea…he told he has plans to plant Rhododendrons in Echey as the climate would support flowers to bloom … this was truly a good idea. We also tasted pure honey and a big bottle would cost you around 750 rupees.
With the sounds of heavy rains on the roof we went to sleep…..
#2 Oct 11th, 2014, 21:14
Join Date:
Oct 2010
Location:
kolkata
Posts:
2,770
  • abhinandab is offline
#2
Excellent aditi,waiting for more
#3 Oct 11th, 2014, 21:43
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
india
Posts:
537
  • aditiban is offline
#3
Quote:
Originally Posted by abhinandab View Post Excellent aditi,waiting for more
Thanks abhinandab ... It will come soon
#4 Oct 12th, 2014, 00:27
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
india
Posts:
537
  • aditiban is offline
#4
29th sept 2014 , Day 2 :


I woke up at 5 am and ran quickly to the verandah to see if Mt K had revealed herself….and among the wet smokey clouds was the dream visible. I jumped with joy and called others, everyone ran to the verandah to see the golden sunrays kissing Her. Our joyful minds celebrated this special moment with lots of cheer. The subtle environment, the chirping of birds, the pageant of white clouds and the shining striking Kanchenjungha …..what else should I expect from a vacation !!









With noted Science scholar Mr Samar Bagchi



DK helping senior guest to go to her room





Breakfast under the sky



Saying Bye to DK





From Echey we bid adieu at around 10 am and started for Rishikhola (1800 ft). On the way we visited the Jalsa View Point , Jalsa Bunglow , The Cross Hill and The Pedong Monastry. The monasteries always attract me like magnets. They seem like an abode of peace for me. The monks’ detachment from worldly pleasures is very hypnotic to me. We spent almost an hour chatting with the monk in the monastery, praying to Lord Buddha … a soul full of peace as we were given the Holy Water (with Camphor and probably Honey) by the Monk.

View Point



Jalsa Bunglow




Hostel of the Monks at Pedong Monastry




















From there we reached Rishi Eco resort run by Pranita Pradhan , daughter of Sebastian Pradhan. We reached this place with an expectation of a leisurely scenic spot and a matching (compared to DK’s) attention. Dear IM’ers before I explain about the beauty of the place I must mention to you the worst supervision of the resort. With zero focus on attention, cleanliness, hygiene this place is in utter mess. They do not pay any sort of concentration towards the tourists coming here . Food quality extremely poor with lots of spice and oil. Pranitaji hardly comes and interacts with the tourists, in fact I did not even see her face a single time. Dogs and cats were more in number here than people. Dogs and cats will come and lick over your plates and leftovers. Cats will roam around your feet and given a chance they will jump into the table and don’t be surprised if you find some canine hair in your food. The serving staffs were kids and would never understand the importance of attending you after serving you the meal. Its quite natural from the kids because people who are managing the place need to teach the kids . In the evening when we showed them the condition, one burly “gentleman” suddenly came and scolded the kids and disappeared again.
In short next time if I visit this place I would certainly avoid this mismanaged “eco resort”.
Well…. The nature as it promised kept its words. The glittering water of Rishi River, the gurgling sounds of the flowing water, a cool breeze; the shimmering “Kaashful” (white flowers) made us feel the presence of The Eternal Durga Maa. We did not waste a single minute, kept our luggage in the room and jumped into the river. The chilling water washed our city lagged body and soul. The day and evening in Rishikhola was a total relaxation, total fun.











The next day our plan was to stay at Nathang Valley (13500 ft). A height gain of almost 11000 ft. in a single day.DK called us and asked us to keep some popcorn and garlic along with us. They help during breathlessness. We were already carrying Asthalin Inhaler.Rooms :







Another Eco Resort



The Trail

#5 Oct 12th, 2014, 00:44
Join Date:
Oct 2010
Location:
kolkata
Posts:
2,770
  • abhinandab is offline
#5
Thanks for reviewing reshi eco resort and warning us about its conditions.Any other resort you suggest that would be a better choice?One more thing, is mobile network available at reshi?
#6 Oct 12th, 2014, 01:37
Join Date:
Jul 2014
Location:
South Africa
Posts:
745
  • SinghAlongSA is offline
#6
Excellent pictures, liked them, thanks for sharing.
#7 Oct 12th, 2014, 01:53
Join Date:
Aug 2010
Location:
United States
Posts:
4,418
  • DaisyL is offline
#7
Love the photos, aditiban! Thank you for posting them.
#8 Oct 12th, 2014, 02:00
Join Date:
Oct 2007
Location:
Kolkata
Posts:
2,942
  • asishdas is offline
#8
Excellent read. You have carried your readers with you very well. The pic titled "Romance in the Air" has been very appropriately captured. Well, your other pics are equally good. Thanks for sharing.
#9 Oct 12th, 2014, 03:07
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
Bangalore
Posts:
937
  • mithun123 is offline
#9
Great story Aditi .. Excellent snaps. I would be waiting for the rest. Thanks very much for sending me the link.
#10 Oct 12th, 2014, 08:46
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
india
Posts:
537
  • aditiban is offline
#10
Quote:
Originally Posted by abhinandab View Post Thanks for reviewing reshi eco resort and warning us about its conditions.Any other resort you suggest that would be a better choice?One more thing, is mobile network available at reshi?
There was rushing retreat and farmhouse...morning we could see several staff serving in rooms.... one may try there...others are welcome to give their views...because I too am in need of this info for next visit to rishi 😊
Mobile network with 3G available...so no worry those who need to use
#11 Oct 12th, 2014, 08:48
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
india
Posts:
537
  • aditiban is offline
#11
Quote:
Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Excellent read. You have carried your readers with you very well. The pic titled "Romance in the Air" has been very appropriately captured. Well, your other pics are equally good. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you sir.....��....most pics are taken in my mobile.....some in my hubby's dslr.... rest will follow soon
Last edited by aditiban; Oct 12th, 2014 at 10:03..
#12 Oct 12th, 2014, 08:49
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
india
Posts:
537
  • aditiban is offline
#12
Quote:
Originally Posted by mithun123 View Post Great story Aditi .. Excellent snaps. I would be waiting for the rest. Thanks very much for sending me the link.
Thanks dear....it will be posted soon
#13 Oct 12th, 2014, 14:09
Join Date:
Jul 2013
Location:
kolkata
Posts:
282
  • Nature-all is offline
#13
Nice Aditi....come up with more.....we are waiting
#14 Oct 13th, 2014, 15:03
Try to be a Traveler....not a Tourist
Join Date:
Jul 2012
Location:
South Kolkata
Posts:
1,853
  • dcyouth is offline
#14
Ahaaa!. Before starting my journey in that region in January, 2015, a superb details log with lovely snaps are raise my hunger for my upcoming Silk Route Trip.

Great aditiban.

Debashish
#15 Oct 13th, 2014, 18:56
Join Date:
Apr 2011
Location:
india
Posts:
537
  • aditiban is offline
#15
Quote:
Originally Posted by dcyouth View Post Ahaaa!. Before starting my journey in that region in January, 2015, a superb details log with lovely snaps are raise my hunger for my upcoming Silk Route Trip.

Great aditiban.

Debashish
Great ! January will be too good....specially nathang....we need a detailed travelogue from you too
Reply

Similar Threads

Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views Forum
Trip report – Sillery Gaon – Zuluk – Mankhim in January 2013 May 30th, 2017 17:38 134 38986 Sikkim
Zuluk/Nathang or Lungthung best place to stay ? Aug 20th, 2014 10:14 1 2638 Sikkim
Journey to Zuluk & Mankhim Jan 7th, 2014 15:53 106 39021 Sikkim
ZULUK>>ZULUK>>ZULUK(pedong,zul uk,mankhim,darjeeling) Aug 3rd, 2012 11:23 0 1841 Sikkim


Posting Rules

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Forum Rules»
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2
© IndiaMike.com 2017
Page Load Success