A dream trip to Dzongu the unexplored land of the Lepchas in North Sikkim

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A dream trip to Dzongu – the unexplored land of the Lepchas in North Sikkim

[SIZE="3"]Dear friends,
Let me share with you the story of my recent trip to Dzongu via Gangtok (I admit it’s a criminal offence to write a travelogue that has been done in Nov and calling it recent…. but I swear that’s my last trip !!!!). It’s a bit off-beat destination but I am sure you will definitely love it. I love Himalayas from my childhood but I must admit that my love to these off-beat places in Sikkim has been enormously triggered by Indiamike and the information we share here are really explicit. After so much help from the Indiamikers before my trip now its my turn to hold your hand and lead you to the unexplored land of the Lepchas where Himalayas bow down to the millet fields attracting you with a handful of cardamoms……

For pictures of this whole trip please follow the link below
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In a nutshell, it was a really amazing trip, staying in a home-stay (had no earlier experience) waking up on the call of the rooster, with the snow-clad Himalayas at the doorstep, watching the colour change on the Himalayas just from the rooftop.... bathing in a hot-spring amidst a jungle….walking in the jungle with million stars showing you the way.....and what not.... really a perfect adventure while exploring the preserved land of the Lepchas.
The hospitality was absolutely grand.... the local foods were really mouth watering and overall the scenic beauty was just superb....Here you can frame Kanchenjungha and the lush green paddy fields in a single frame...
Friends, you must go there.... It was one of my best trips to Sikkim. Of all the Sikkim places I have visited if I rank Gurudongmar as no 1, Dzongu will definitely come at no 2. I will definitely go there again.


Now let’s begin in detail:
Day 1 (1st Nov): After a full working day, we reached Sealdah at 9pm. The train (Darjeeling mail) was perfectly on time. We were very glad to meet Dr S.K.Das and family (an Indiamike friend, heading towards Kaluk Uttare, as we did in 2009) in Sealdah boarding the same train. With deep faith that ‘Sikkim never betrays’ we started moving….. We started to hear the call of the mountains in our heart….

Day 2 (2nd Nov) : We reached NJP at around 8:25 in the morning and booked the front 2 seats of a shared Tata Sumo to Gangtok @Rs 160 per head. We left NJP @9:30 (time wasted to fill the passengers as well as a tyre puncture even before leaving NJP!!!! what a start!!!!) and travelled non-stop to Gangtok. After crossing the military camp, driving through the smooth highway piercing the jungle we suddenly saw an elephant on the side of the road. We were really surprised and the driver friend told us that it will be a great bliss from the Ganapati for our entire tour. After the long drive through that hilly road with emerald Teesta flowing by the side and sudden glimpse of the snow capped hills the Sumo left us at Deorali Taxi stand near Gangtok @1:00 pm. I had contacted Mr Keshang (ph: 9832080172) of Hotel Pandim from Kolkata (info generously supplied by cutiepie, jimmy and other IM friends) and hence took a wagonR @ Rs 90 (call Rupendra 9609819850) to reach Hotel Pandim at Secretariat road near Bhanu path. The room was quite big and clean with all necessary amenities (geyser, sofa, TV etc) and last but not the least a nice small balcony with a majestic view of Kanchenjungha. The location of the hotel was perfect – ‘far from the maddening crowd’ (a 10-15min uphill walk from the MG marg)…the staffs were quite friendly… and the best part of it was it has a rooftop restaurant where you can have your breakfast with sunshine on your shoulders (with the ‘sleeping Buddha’ absolutely free). Though the rate for the view room was Rs750, I had been lucky to get Rs 50 discount.
After a quick bath we went down to MG marg, first booked the Chhangu, Nathula trip with Blue Sky tours (Ph: 9232543905; 3592-205113) for the next day @ Rs 650 each on a share basis (Its better to book the permits early if you want it shared with other passengers, photo and voter ID Xerox required for permit) and then had lunch in hotel Chanchal with chicken meal @ 70 per head. Then got a call from our good old friend Mr Purna Subba of Uttare. We met him at MG marg and were very happy to see him after 1 yr. He was still having that ever smiling face and was always insisting us to visit Uttare for at least 1 night. We assured him that definitely we will visit Uttare while trekking to Varshey. He then invited us to at least have a cup of tea. We were just delighted by the warmth of these simple humble Sikkimese people. They are always there to touch your heart….MG Marg was quite clean and nicely decorated with flowers, lights and fountains. The soft music and the happy Diwali mood made it a nice place to stroll around. As there were not much daytime left we walked down to the ropeway stand and took a ride @ Rs 60 for 15 min (open till 5p.m). We enjoyed the ride with a classic sunset and a panoramic view of the city from the cable car. Returned back to MG Marg after a pleasure walk. Waited there till it became dark. Had a double veg roll@ Roll House (local’s favourite) for Rs 25. Then went to restaurant ‘Hot Stuff’ to have our dinner with chicken roll @ 30 & fried chicken momo @ 60. Food was tasty & delicious. A short walk uphill (short cut) for 15 – 20 min to our hotel Pandim is all to end our first day.

Day 3 (3rd Nov): Wake up at 5 am in the morning to watch the amazing display of colours on Kanchenjungha from the balcony of our room. The breath taking panorama continued for a pretty long time while we had a nice cup of tea on the roof top restaurant.” We were very happy to touch success right on the first day”. Later had our breakfast with aloo ka paratha & chutney with Kanchenjungha on our backdrop. After breakfast we rushed down to MG Marg at 7:45 & were shocked to find that the car had gone to Vajra Taxi stand (my god…so punctual). We immediately took a cab @ Rs 50 & reached there within 10 min. The shared zeep with 9 members left at 8:15AM. The weather was bright and sunny. Initially the road conditions were not good but with the passage of time it became ok. We first stopped at Chhangu Lake, took some snaps and were even thinking of a yak ride…..(I would suggest to stop at Chhangu for a while to take some snaps as most of the time it becomes foggy in the late afternoon) . Then we drove to Nathu la Pass. Got fresh nice snow all over Nathu la which was totally unexpected. It was really refreshing to have a nice coffee with samosa at the cafe14000 run by the Jawans. After that we headed towards Baba Mandir, bargained with our driver for Tukla, Kupup Lake & Memencho Lake @ Rs 100/head extra. As there was a sudden swing of mood in weather condition in the afternoon (“sikkim’s weather must be a female!!!”), it became completely foggy and we were not able to see anything except Baba’s bunker. The driver had told us about a nice Elephant lake (which I had seen in my 2001 trip) but in the words of my co-traveller “ yahan to chuha bhi dekhne ko nahi mila !!!!” . Came back to Chhangu (with the chuha now in our stomach, screaming!!!) to have steamy maggi & momo @Rs 30 each and enjoyed the foggy weather. Returned Gangtok @6:15pm. The Blue Sky driver ‘Karma’ left us at Institute of Tibetology which was quite far from MG Marg. We had to take a cab to reach MG Marg & complained Blue Sky. So friends while booking make sure that they must leave you at MG Marg or at least at Vajra Taxi stand. After a whole day’s adventure we had our dinner at Hot Stuff again with Fried rice (@ 60) & Chilli Chicken (@130). It’s fantastic.

Day 4 (4th Nov): Wake up early to watch the fascinating movie of the rising sun kissing the snowy forehead of Kanchenjungha once again. It was just another classic show & the change of colour from white- pink- red-orange-yellow-white was just spectacular. We needed to get ready by 7:00 as we heard that the Mangan share zeep from Vajra Taxi stand was best available in the morning. We took a cab from our hotel Pandim to Vajra taxi stand @ Rs 60 & reached there within 15 min. Booked two seats to Mangan @ Rs 90 each. While we were leaving Gangtok & heading towards Mangan, Kanchenjungha appearing on the left seemed to be closer and the view nearby Tashi view point was incredible. We were unlucky to get the back seats & hence could not snap. “Everything you can’t shoot… something you need to keep in your heart as sweet memories”. The road condition to Mangan (this is the same route to North Sikkim) was terrible and hope that BRO will take care in near future. We left Gangtok at 8:00 and reached Mangan (66 km) at 10:45AM.
Dupden Lepcha (the owner of the Tingvong homestay) had informed us to have our lunch at Mangan & be ready, so that he will pick up us to his home- stay in Tingvong on his way back home. We had our lunch with chicken meal @ Rs 90 in Malling Residency in Mangan (Ph: Padam Chettri 9609855167, 9733329322) with snow clad mountains for free. The food was quite good. We met Dupden in the hotel itself. He is a nice, smart man with an ever smiling face. He greeted us with smile and told “you have waited so long, now it’s my turn to show you Dear Dzoungu”. He was driving his own new Mahindra Invader along with us and was very happy on his way back home (he went for a 17 days trip to Singapore… Yes from Dzongu to Singapore!!!!) and since I spent quite a no of yrs there we started chatting and became friends within minutes. On our way to Tingvong we stopped at the Dzongu check post where our permit was checked (Dzongu is a reserve area for the Lepchas and you need permits to stay there). That’s why there is no hotel and only 7-8 home-stays are available. All the permit related matters were taken care by Dupden and his brother Sherap to whom I just sent the scanned copy of my voter ID and photo by email. The entry check post area surrounded by the green hills with a hanging bridge to cross the emerald green Teesta will definitely mesmerise you and whisper into your ear “Welcome to the paradise on earth: Dzongu”.

At the rapid speed in which road networks are reaching out to all the nooks and corners of Sikkim, a tranquil spot for a weekend retreat is getting hard to come by. Yes, there are plenty of hotels and resorts located in scenic areas of the state, and if you don’t mind the all-day rattle and hubbub of tourist traffic outside your hotel room, you have a wide choice of locations. But if you are like me, and want to relish the pleasures of tranquil bliss amidst picturesque pastoral environs, consider a trip to Tingvong in Upper Dzongu where you have the luxury to arrive at your destination in the ease of four wheeled transport; having already said that Sikkim’s road have begun to connect all far flung areas of the state, the fact hold true for Tingvong also. However, here public transport noise is limited to a time span of barely a few mins everyday. One lonely passenger jeep departs early in the morning to nearby Mangan and will be heard again only at the day’s end when it returns home. There are of course some personal vehicles (like Dupden’s) but the fact is that their owners choose to keep them static most of the time. “How wonderful to have a road right up to the village devoid of traffic. That was a unique experience”

It takes normally an hour to reach upper Tingvong from Mangan but since we stopped for snaps as well as the villagers greeted us with “Namaste” and Dupden met his fellow mates after a long time, it took us another half an hour more. We left Mangan at 12 and reached Dupden’s homestay at 1:30. The road conditions were a bit bumpy at some places (specially crossing the landslide zone was a bit thrilling) but the journey through the green hills with so many unknown flowers blooming and sudden glimpses of the snow-clad peaks will give a flavour of the raw nature.
Dupden and his family welcomed us in their upper Tingvong home stay and showed us the room. The wooden house surrounded by the millet fields and various veggie farmlands with a view of snow clad Himalayas was really picturesque. In total the home stay has 8 rooms (4 for the guests), 2 non attached toilets including geyser, a well furnished living room for partying indoors and a big balcony to sit and enjoy nature. Our room was big, clean, carpeted and has a window opening to the Himalayas. It can accommodate 3 adults. We were welcomed with a cup of tea along with lots of cookies (as if the family members have returned after a hectic journey). After a quick fresh up we met our new friends Sudeshna and Subhasish (another Bengali couple who came yesterday) and both of us decided to go for a walk to see the cane bridge along with Dupden’s brother Rinchen. Dupden’s kids also joined us and on a lazy sleepy afternoon a group of mountain lovers started strolling crossing the farm lands enjoying the sun and green. As a new road was being built, the existing road leading to the cane bridge became inaccessible and we thought it will be a bit risky especially for the ladies. So we retract back and made a lazy walk uphill to the school ground. The area was nice and calm with even a trekking report posted on the school notice board (wish if my school had that too !!). Here for the first time we came to see a fruit called “Phuncheng”, quite famous among the locals. The kids enjoyed playing football and we with our new friends enjoyed the story of each others Sikkim trips….” Birds of the same feather always flock together”…We returned the home-stay by a different path through the millet fields soaking ourselves in the fresh mountain air and was quite amazed to see that our hosts are waiting for us with a bowl of delicious noodles steaming hot. We were so relaxed and happy as if it was heavenly. After that Dupden treated us (me & Subhasish) with a big mug of “Chhang”, the local millet wine with a nice sour taste while bhabhi (Dupden’s wife) enjoyed Bengali TV serials with our better halves (Yes, they had a Tata Sky connection there !!!!) and Rinchen along with the kids slaughtered a desi-chicken and make preparation for the roast. The whole atmosphere was as if it was a big party tonight. We had a superb dinner with rice, dal, local sabji, chicken, beef and salad….. and they keep impressing to have some more. We went to bed feeling the silence of the hills in our heart as if a dream had come true.

Day 5 (5th Nov): Next morning the rooster’s call from Dupden’s farmhouse served as the alarm to wake us up (as if saying “Wake up man, or you will miss the show”). The morning chill along with fresh air in the balcony was really very pleasant and it was indeed a very good morning. After a quick freshen up we rushed to the rooftop to discover that we are among the very few who are really blessed to be in this paradise on earth. The bluish light was gently waking up the millet and cardamom plantations which started waving their heads on the fresh air hearing the sweet melodious chirpings of various anonymous birds. Oh, it was just heavenly!!. The intensity of light increases with lapse of time and we find that Dupden’s homestay had not only millet and veggie farmlands but also had a greenhouse (to grow tomatoes and brinjals) and fruit plantations such as oranges, guava and lemons. The sun rays started painting the Himalayas (most probably the peak Pandim) and Oh my God…. What a sight…. The colour change on the Himalayas from pink to orange to pure gold was simply majestic. The weather was perfect and crystal clear. We were just spell bound. To make the show more enjoying we were served with a nice cup of tea with lots of cookies even in the rooftop. We were just overwhelmed by the hospitality. Hence our day started in a relaxing manner enjoying the sun on the Himalayas, chatting with Dupden’s kids who were busy watering the various orchid plants on the rooftop. Then we decided to go for a walk through the Tingvong village, taking lot of snaps of the wooden log houses, shy kids running with a cute smile on his face, smoke erupting from the kitchen with a smell saying that the breakfast is ready, pink cherry flowers blooming on the blue sky background, majestic Kanchenjungha standing with its head up …. and what not…. What a rejuvenating walk….. We came back to the home stay to find that Bhabhi had already prepared the breakfast ready for us. Toasted bread with Amul butter & cheese spread (along with sugar, black paper & ketchup), an omelette and a cup of nice tea was served in a very nice manner. They have everything - starting from casserole to flask to tissue paper and cutlery. We understood that they were trained to serve not only the Indians but also to the foreigners in a very hygienic way. We were really impressed. Simply, we did not expect bread in this remote land. We had our breakfast along with the whole family (who preferred rice instead of bread) in their kitchen hearing about their daily life activities.
After breakfast it’s time to say ‘good bye’ to our new friends. But we will definitely meet again someday in another remote village of Sikkim. Dupden informed us to get ready for the morning trip that he will accompany us. We were also told to carry shorts & towel as we will have a nice bath in a hot- spring nearby. That sounds amazing, isn’t it?? So on a sunny morning around 9 am Dupden and two of us started rolling on his Mahindra Invader through the hilly countryside of Dzongu, crossing the hanging bridge over the river Rongyong Chu, enjoying every moment of it. Our heart was singing “Take me home…….country roads”. On the way to the hot spring we came across a very nice picturesque village, Pentong, where you can frame the sparkling Kanchenjungha standing high up right from the lush green terraced fields. That was simply awesome!!. You can also see the ‘Shivling’ (a black outcrop in front of Kanchenjungha) from there. After about half an hr drive we reached another cute village with a small shop. Dupden told us we need to hike a bit and cross a ‘jhora’ to reach the hot spring. After the hike amidst the jungle we crossed the fast flowing stream with the help of Dupden and came in front of a gate like structure. We were surprised to see steamy water was pouring out from 3 to 4 tub like area. A poster showed “do not use shampoo”. There was no one around in the deep jungle, but only 3 of us!! We enjoyed a nice hot bath in each one’s private pool amidst the raw nature encompassed with eerie silence. That was really great. I had seen the Chetan Mainbus falls in Uttare within a dense forest, but believe me this one was simply incredible. After that Dupden drove us to the Rakshak falls. This was a huge falls nearby Tingvong and I faced quite a difficulty in framing the whole falls in a single snap. You can even reach the base of the falls and have a bath. It has an adjacent sitting area to enjoy the falls. Since Dzongu is a reserved area so wherever you go in Dzongu you are the only tourist there. You will definitely have a feeling that you are the only one who is blessed. We came back to the home stay soaked in nature and Bhabhi along with Rinchen as usual were ready with lunch. The mouth watering menu consisted of rice, a special green dal, a Lepcha veggie, beef prepared in a local style, salad with local tomatoes that tested like papaya, and even an omelette for my wife who does not prefer beef. These small things showed us how caring they were. It was just like ‘home away from home’.
With such a heavy lunch we had no option but to rest a while. Rinchen had already booked us that he will took us to an uphill walk to the nearby Kusong village area where there are 2 view points for Kanchenjungha and a Gompa on the way. The whole family had become friend of us and each of them was trying to show his best treasure in the best possible way. You will feel the warmth of their heart so deeply as if you were known to them for a long long time. We can’t believe that we had met them only yesterday. So at 3’o clock two of us along with Rinchen started the hike right from the backside of Dupden’s homestay climbing stairs uphill to the school ground. The small houses with colourful orchids on their balcony were just mind-blowing. Crossing the school through the woods climbing on uphill stairs we reached the Gompa. The Gompa was nothing great but the area was so calm and peaceful you will definitely like to rest a while. After the Gompa the path was less steep but it was completely through the cardamom plantations. Seeing this we understood why Sikkim was called the cardamom capital of India, which produces the highest cardamom in the country. Cardamom grows at the root of the plant and it was already harvested. Rinchen kept trying to find a whole cardamom from the root and he was indeed successful. The fruit was reddish in colour and a bit fleshy compared to what we see after drying as brownish. We reached Kusong village taking lot of snaps of symbiotic orchids growing on large trees, millets being cultivated in the fields, local veggies(such as tomatoes, sweet peas etc) in the courtyard of small wood houses and so on…. The view of Kanchenjungha peaks from the view points was just spectacular. It’s almost sunset and the orange clouds on the blue sky will definitely mesmerise you. I can just walk miles to see this. While returning we stopped at a house with many beautiful orchids. The ladies requested us to have a break and join them for a cup of local salty tea with lots of biscuits. I have no words to express the warmth of their smile but to just feel it. We needed to leave early as the sun had already set and it was getting dark quickly. Rinchen told us that he will take us by a short cut through the jungle. We started hurrying a bit… but when we were through the halfway it became completely dark and we couldn’t see any light from the village. We got a bit tensed as we had only a small torch and we are covering a downhill path through a dense jungle which local’s normally cross in the daytime. Anyway praying to God and relying on Rinchen’s confidence we kept going and going….as if the road was not going to end. We started sweating even in the cold weather but Rinchen was always assuring that we were almost there. He took great care and helped my wife to come down. Finally we could see the head light of a zeep in front of school. Oh what a relief … what an adventure !!. After we came off the jungle we just looked up to the sky and Oh my God…what a sight.. as if the sky has came down creating a roof of million sparkling stars….. We came back and relaxed with a cup of coffee. Rinchen also offered ‘Chhang’ but we refused as we had enough intoxication in this whole afternoon walk. We enjoyed our last dinner in Dzongu with rice, dal, veggie fry and mutton curry along with an apple at the end. What a day to end.

Day 6 (6th Nov): We wake up in the morning to enjoy the classic show once again. Had a nice breakfast along with tea. Its time to pay and say good bye. I contacted Sherap Lepcha (Dupden's brother) from Kolkata who had quoted me Rs 800 per person per night. After my request he had agreed to make it 750 per person per night (totalling Rs 3000 for 2nights for two of us in a double bed room including fooding and travelling) and he also made the permit free. Other homestay charges were even more expensive... so after a lot of talking with 3 home stays I decided on Dupden's homestay @ Tingvong village, upper Dzongu... and we were lucky to be with Dupden's family....I had seen the other Dzongu home stays too, including the Mayallang homestay (while on our way to Tingvong)...but it was more of a concrete... (though the website looks pretty attractive) and pretty expensive (it was charging 1200 per person per night at that time). Dupden accepted the cash with a big priceless smile. We realized that there are some things you cannot buy even though you have a MasterCard. Our heart ached to leave. We wanted to stay some more… 2 nights were really very short for Dzongu…. so many places to see in this serene remote area. Dupden told us to come back again with at least a week in hand so that he will take us to trek Keushong via Tholung. Bhabhi had booked 2 seats in the only zeep to Mangan while Rinchen carried our luggage to the main road. (We took shared zeep from Dzonu to Mangan @ Rs 50, Mangan to Singtam @ Rs 80 and Singtam to Siliguri @ Rs 120). All the family waved their hands to say good bye. Good bye Dupden… Good bye Dzongu… we will come back again.

Places to see around Dzongu:
Lingthem - A short but steep hike up from Passingdang village. Great views of Mt. Kangchenjunga and Dzongu Valley.
Hee Gyathang - Is in Lower Dzongu. It has a small lake, considered to be sacred by the Lepchas.
Pentong & Sakyong – Two cute villages with nice view of snow-capped mountains.
Tholung Monastery - 20 Km from Passingdang. Every three years, Tholung treasures are put on display. It has a cane bridge one can try to cross - excellent experience!
Traditional Lepcha House Museum - A model of the Lepcha house built in the traditional style. Houses a museum inside it. Located in Namprikdang, near the confluence of Teesta and Rongyung Chu Rivers. Surrounding area provides great opportunities for Butterfly watching.
Waterfalls - Dzongu is full of waterfalls. They can be seen cascading down from every second hill. Lingzya falls is the best among them. Rakshak is another one. Try a bath here!
Tingvong & Kusong - Two beautiful villages, a short hike apart.
Keushong - Reach here after backpacking for 3-4 days. The most pristine place in Dzongu probably. This place has a very beautiful lake and hills all around it. The valley is covered with flowers in the right season. Dupden arranges everything for this trek. Tingvong> Lingzya falls> Tholung> keushong and back.


Places to see around Gangtok:
Please follow the thread below for details, post no 12.
http://www.indiamike.com/india/sikki...6/#post1071728

Accomodation details:
Dzongu: (i) Tingvong homestay, upper Dzongu (best in my opinion)
Contact: Dupden Lepcha 9800254465; 9593783043; Sherap Lepcha9434174685
Email: sherapl@rediffmail.com
http://sikkimhomestays.com/main/dzongu-home-stay.html
(ii) Mayal Lyang homestay, Passingdang village
Contact: Gyatso Lepcha 9434446088; email: Gyatso@mayallyang.com
http://www.mayallyang.com/Homestay/About_Us/Dzongu/
(iii) TECS homestay, Tingvong, Upper Dzongu
Contact: Ongtshering lepcha 9434174856 ; email: otpakimu@yahoo.co.in

Gangtok: Lots of hotels, to name a few:
(i) Hotel Pandim @ Bhanu path; www.hotelpandim.com
Mr Kesang 9832080172; email: hotelpandim@gmail.com
(ii) Mintokling guest house@ Bhanu path; www.mintokling.com
(iii)Hotel Versay Regency@, Upper Sichey district court road, 9830767710/ 9474351664/9832037419. Email: siddha.ch@gmail.com/sikkimvr@gmail.com
(iv) Hotel Disha : Contact Manoj @ 9832502185
(v) Hotel Silver Fir : 9434445600
(vi) Hotel Sunflower/ Kanchenjungha inn : Contact sudip @9830485413

Dzongu map
http://www.himalayan-homestays.com/pdf/dzongu.pdf

For more informations and details, see:
http://www.indiamike.com/india/sikki...ngtok-t114532/

http://www.indiamike.com/india/sikki...009-a-t100095/
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bhai amit,
tomar awpurbo lekhata pore matha ta thik thakche na.next jokhon jabe ektu deko.chobi gulo khub sundor hoyeche.lekhata bar bar porte hobe.khub bhalo.


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Thanks Biswajit.....for your comments....
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Superb!!! I was eagerly waiting for your trip report since last few month. Hard to believe its a place on the earth, so heavenly. I was just planning for a trip to Dzongu. But after your trip report, I will definately go there. Thanks for all the pics, I have no words to describe these- Just out of the world.
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Thanks Mithun, just go there.... its something different.... raw nature...I will also go there again
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Another gem of a report Amit, Excellent writeup with great details and valuable information. Enjoyed every bit of it and nothing surprising why so many here were waiting for this report for so long.
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dzongu

Initially a travel coy had offered dzongu in my package, but the other aspects were so measly for the exorbitant sum they charged that i needed to forsake his quote and go for alpine nature beyond.

Your detailed posting is wonderful, and the contact nos pretty useful.
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Great, Amit!! You traveled in November last year and you took several days, I traveled to day and it took only half an hour (through your eyes and narration). Believe me, it looked like I'm just back from Sikkim. I don't know whether I will be able to make it ever, yet I have no regrets, you took me there!!! Keep it up!!
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@Kshil

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Originally Posted by kshil View Post Another gem of a report Amit, Excellent writeup with great details and valuable information. Enjoyed every bit of it and nothing surprising why so many here were waiting for this report for so long.
Thanks Kaushik for your appreciation... I really love that comments from you friends...Actually I want to give you the feeling... its something extremely different and amazing....that's why I need to write every minute detail of it so that you can get the correct flavour.....sorry for kept you guys waiting....but as you know the best things are always achieved with patience!!! ha ha
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Originally Posted by osirisisis View Post Initially a travel coy had offered dzongu in my package, but the other aspects were so measly for the exorbitant sum they charged that i needed to forsake his quote and go for alpine nature beyond.

Your detailed posting is wonderful, and the contact nos pretty useful.
Ya I understand its pretty expensive.... speciallly when they charge the room rent also separately per head per night....thats why I need to bargain and request a lot... otherwise I wouldn't have make it...
my suggestion, don't go thru any travel agent..talk or email with them directly....
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Thumbs up @Ashish Das

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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Great, Amit!! You traveled in November last year and you took several days, I traveled to day and it took only half an hour (through your eyes and narration). Believe me, it looked like I'm just back from Sikkim. I don't know whether I will be able to make it ever, yet I have no regrets, you took me there!!! Keep it up!!
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Asish Das
Asish Babu,

Your words really touched my heart....it will really be an inspiration to write wherever I go....I am sure you will definitely make it....Its reachable...there is solid road...and after all you are evergreen at heart, man.... I will help you whatever way I can, to see you in Dzongu... Then I will be travelling with you....
take care
Amit
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nice trip report. i am eager to visit this romantic place. Thanks Amit
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As usual a very nice write-up, Amit. And so much information that will be really handy if someones plans to visit the place. Keep up the good work man
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Excellent trip report, Amit. I don't know if any of you watch the "Rocky and Mayur" food show on NDTV Good times ... that "Roll House" was featured in one of their shows on Sikkim.
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Great write up Amit. Really good.
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