North Sikkim - reliving the experience

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#1 Nov 10th, 2011, 14:41
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I was inspired by "aditiban" to share my experience of North Sikkim visit. We were lucky to have gone there in Oct,2010 as the place is in such a sorry state now after the earthquake. As aditiban is already on way with a lovely descriptive report on North Sikkim, I thought not to write a trip log, just enjoy its beauty through my pics. I hope the smile on the faces of the wonderful people of Sikkim returns quickly. Scenic beauty of Sikkim is multiplied because of its marvelous people.For all Sikkim lovers, here is my link:

https://picasaweb.google.com/tapashi...eat=directlink
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could not open the link....
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the link is opening for me....i dont know what is the problem...anyway, I am attaching the link again:

https://picasaweb.google.com/1154021...eat=directlink

hope it works this time
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Hi Trisha , I had visited your link yesterday evening , and I must admit , all of the pics are just fabulous - have no word to describe these. Thanks for sharing with us.
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Originally Posted by mithun123 View Post Hi Trisha , I had visited your link yesterday evening , and I must admit , all of the pics are just fabulous - have no word to describe these. Thanks for sharing with us.
Thanks Mithun..credit goes to the lovely natural beauty of North Sikkim..i had just pressed the shutter..Thanks for appreciating.
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I am watching your photos. Getting a different look of Gurudongmar lake. In all the other photos I have seen of this lake the sky is blue, so the water of the lake is also blue. In your photo it is a grey colored lake beneath a cloudy sky.
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Yes, there was also a little snowfall while we were there. And it was biting cold, temperature 5-6 degrees below zero.It had rained (maybe snowfall also) the entire previous night. We could see snow on the grounds right after we left Thangu.
An amusing incident happenned to us at Lachen. Our driver (Pasang bhai) had asked us to be ready to leave at 4am. Imagine waking up at 3am and freshening up with ice-cold water (only one geyser out of 3 were working).But we managed to be ready before 4 and started waiting for him.It was pitch dark outside with constant drizzle.But there was no Pasang bhai in sight.We were staying in the last building in Lachen and could see all the cars passing by for Gurudongmer.Apprehension started building up, none of the mobile networks were working (including BSNL) and we had no idea where Pasang bhai was sleeping. It was close to 5am and we were afraid that we wont be able to see Gurudongmer Lake . Finally Pasang bhai showed up with a serious face (it seems he had asked someone to wake him up but goofed up someway). Anyway, all our frustration melted once we were on our way and the snow-covered peaks started to show up at each bend.
It feels really good to relive these memories. I can now understand where the emotions for these lovely travelougues come from
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Wow! Another report. Cannot access Picasa from work...will surely check after getting back home.

Thanks for sharing.
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Hi trisha,

I have seen your photos,very good snaps, just remembering our trip to same places in 2008. Thanks for sharing...
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wow, seems like a great trip. Your snap evening hues is stunning. the sky resembles northern lights!
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Originally Posted by trisha View Post .....It feels really good to relive these memories. I can now understand where the emotions for these lovely travelougues come from
Interesting description, trisha. Why don't you start a new travelogue jotting more about your trip? It will be an interesting read for sure.
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Very nice snaps

I wonder how is the place after the earthquake
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Originally Posted by soumiksett View Post Hi trisha,

I have seen your photos,very good snaps, just remembering our trip to same places in 2008. Thanks for sharing...
Thanks for appreciating.

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Originally Posted by style_guru View Post Very nice snaps

I wonder how is the place after the earthquake
Thanks style_guru. We can just send them our good wishes.

Hope some IMer visiting North Sikkim now would write their travelouge and give a first-hand account of the situation.

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Originally Posted by sagarneel View Post Interesting description, trisha. Why don't you start a new travelogue jotting more about your trip? It will be an interesting read for sure.
I am thinking of writing anecdotes to some of the snaps I have taken. There is so much emotion and thought behind each snap that describing them may themselves become a interesting read.
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Originally Posted by trisha View Post Thanks style_guru. We can just send them our good wishes.

Hope some IMer visiting North Sikkim now would write their travelouge and give a first-hand account of the situation.
Fingers crossed, Mate.

BTW, as Sagar Babu suggested, why not pen down your trip log? It would be a good read for all of us and would help us recall the moments we've spent at this heavenly place
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Originally Posted by Flash Gordon View Post wow, seems like a great trip. Your snap evening hues is stunning. the sky resembles northern lights!
Thanks for appreciating.This shot was taken near the Enchey Monastery in Gangtok.

We had just reached Gangtok that afternoon and were restless to explore the city. We took a cab to the Ropeway and had a glimpse of Gangtok from air.The view was stunning with the city nestled into the mountains and green mountains on all directions.On asking the local people for other nearby attractions, we were told that the Flower Exhibition centre was just 5 mins walk away (From the Sikkim Legislative assembly). We started walking through the busy city and on each turn we were taken towards quieter parts. 5 mins had already become 15 but repeated asking brought the same answer -"just ahead". We were not habituated walking uphill and became concerned as evening was fast approaching and the exhibition closes at 5pm. All of a sudden a young chap appeared in a Bolero and asked us whether we want to go in his car. We were more than happy to oblige and reached the exhibition just 15 mins to 5. Rigzing was really helpful and got us the tickets quickly.There are some exotic variteies of Orchids and crysanthemums on display, every flower lover must visit this place.

Rigzing informed us that Enchey monastery is nearby and though its close to closing time, we may go and have a look. We had heard that this monastery was around 200years old and so didnt want to give it a miss. In the monastery he also showed us how the turn the prayer wheels and chant "Om Manipadmey Humn". As the monastery was already closed, we couldn't go inside but had a walk around the place. We were rewarded with some brilliant snaps and the monks also obliged us with some photos.

The return to MG Marg through the winding roads in Rigzing's Bolero with Bryam Adams humming in the background and evening setting around us made us think we were in some other country

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