In the lap of Himalaya-West Sikkim

#1 May 13th, 2015, 00:50
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Part-I

Well to start with, there was not any proper plan on the table except 2 numbers waitlisted tickets of Darjeeling mail, reservation made upto NJP.

Though I had thought of re-visiting Barsey, West Sikkim, this time with my wife, still I was in dilemma whether to visit at that place since the staying option at Barsey was very basic. On the other hand, due to this specific reason, my mind compelled me to target Barsey so that my wife can experience some basic life-styles as because I believe mountains are not always meant for spending luxurious holidays and if you want to enjoy the beauty of nature, not only you have to explore it to the fullest, you have to go WILD for it!!!!!!!

To my surprise, the waitlisted tckts final status stood to RAC, in spite of the fact that the hills were hit by a massive earth-quake epicentred at Nepal. The train reached NJP at 8:10 AM and it was raining a bit. We took an auto destined to Shalugura and got down at Payel Cinema hall stop-Jorethang stand. We hired a shared vehicle. Bolero MAX

The road from Melli to Jorethang is terrific!!!
You will wonder that its better to walk than to travel in car.

After about 2:40 hrs, we reached Jorethang. It was hot and there was no sign of woolen garments. I thought of throwing my luggage full of thick jackets.

As a refreshment, we took a Dannsberg beer along with beef momo in a shabby restaurant. It was really refreshment. The manager was himself drunk. Cheers to Sikkim culture!!!! Spreading message of universal brotherhood, Sikkim as always!!!!

Again we started for Okhrey. En-route Okhrey, drivers have many important things to wrap up. Guess what??? Buying the basic amenities and take them up the hills for us.



You now where they pack the eggs. Its amazing !!!!




The road from Jorethang to Okhrey was a pleasant one via Sombaria. At Sombaria, we enjoyed hot veg momos and WIWI. It was delicious. .

We reached Okhrey at about 3 o clock and the driver charged us Rs. 100/- head. From there, one has to proceed towards Hiley by reserving a car. We requested the driver to take us and he agreed for an additional amount of Rs. 500. We reached Hillley, and it was a soft trek up the hills to Barsey. It was already 4:30PM and we took a target of reaching Guras Kunj by 6 o clock, before its dark.

The journey up the hills was very very adventurous !! because of the fact

a) that there was no body except us
b) The forest trapped the cloud and it was haunted like atmosphere every where with visibility reducing down to almost 2-3 meters.
c) My wife kept on complaining about wild animals, notorious people. Though I had full faith on Sikkim people.

At last at 6 o clock, we reached at the top. My wife prayed to god. I enjoyed the beauty.

................To be continued
Sourabh Bose



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Wow, Mr bose..
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..... My wife prayed to god. I enjoyed the beauty.
Ha ha ha...that is exactly the situation for all of us, isn't it?
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Part-II

After reaching there we found that many people are already camping there. Kudos to all the travelers!!!! They kept aside the feeling of earthquake tremors and were determined to travel and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas and the varieties of Rhododendrons.

There were many groups from Cognizant, TCS and everybody were enjoying the cold climate. Oh!! One thing, I forgot to mention that it was a chilly weather. The jackets were on and I thanked my wife that she packed the jackets and woolen garments in the luggage.

We enjoyed a light meal which Pusai had prepared for us. Pusai is the care-taker of Forest Barrack and he is a cook of great class. Believe me, this man if given opportunity at some restaurants and hotels of metros will create magic with his skill. He is the man of great simplicity, politeness and honest. He had made a good arrangement for us in a seperate room. We enjoyed the light meal having daal, chawal and egg omlette. Hot food served in a cold and chilly weather at 9800 ft height. You cannot describe it in words.

After having the meal, we went to the kitchen to sit in front of fire. We enjoyed 2 pegs of Old Monk rum with some onion pakoras. We met with other groups who were destined to Sandakphu via Phoktey Dara. We had friendship with a group from Kolkata, who planned to descend down at Buriya Khop and were destined at one day stay at Hee Bermiok. My wife insisted me that to club our remaining plan with them as she was not willing to trek down through dense forest where sunrays hardly enters.

The beauty at the Varsey/Barsey cannot be described with words, cannot be captured with lenses. You have to feel it, with your own eyes.




In the dinner, we were served hot rice, daal and chicken. After having the dinner, we retired at the bed as we were very tired arising out of the whole day journey. Early morning, we woke up early so that we can get a glimpse of Kanchenjanga range but everything was in vain. Fog and fog everywhere. We finished our breakfast with garma-garam paratha and sabji and dressed up so that at-least we can enjoy the views of rhododendrons.



We captured few snaps of different varieteis and colours of Rhododendrons.













The day was spent in taking snaps, giving addas, having sips of rums, hot foods, chickens etc. It rained heavily in the night and I prayed GOD to keep the sky clear for us so that we can get a glimpse of Kanchenjanga range.

The next day morning was a rewarding day for us. Overnight rains had made the sky crystal clear and we got a 180 degree view of the Kanchenjanga range.




Mount Pandim with a zoomed view!!!!AMAZING!!! The scenic beauty was magnificient. These are the reasons why travelers come down here covering thousand and thousand of miles.



After having the breakfast, our group started trekking down from Varsey to Buriya Khop. We started at morning 8 o clock and it was a four hour moderate trek straight down. Few snaps captured are worthful to share.

Unknown Flower.




Scenic beauty. Isnt it beautiful??



Spotted a Golden billed blue magpie.




Sparrow




A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles




At the end, I must say that the gladdest moment in human life, I think, is a departure into unknown lands. A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.
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Yes it is. These situation make the trip memorable. Believe me.

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Nice description & photos Sourabh.
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Many thanks Somnath. Thanks..


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very funny written with beautiful pictures Sourabh Bose

Thank you so much.

What' s day that you arrived NJP?
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Thanks PompomperJa. I arrived at NJP on 1st of May. When did you arrive? From where??


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Thank you so much.

What' s day that you arrived NJP?
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Originally Posted by Sourabh Bose View Post Thanks PompomperJa. I arrived at NJP on 1st of May. When did you arrive? From where??
I arrive Bragdrogra on 1 May also But I'm in Gangtok, Tsomgu lake and Darjeeling till 4 May.

I prepared so much cloth for cold weather also. The weather are nice not cold much as 2 years ago at the same time
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Ok Nice. I have seen your blogs. Where do you stay now??
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I stay in Thailand. This is my working office.
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Wow its very nice.

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