Darjeeling trip

Day 1

A panoramic view of a hill range. The upper portions of the nearer hillsides have tiled houses, while the farther hillsides and the lower portions of the nearer ones are covered with green bushes. A few coniferous trees are scattered throughout.

We flew into Bagdogra Airport, the closest airport to Darjeeling which was the first place we visited. Darjeeling is located in the northern part of West Bengal. It is noted for its tea industry, the spectacular views of Kangchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO world heritage site. As our flight landed in the night, our drive to Darjeeling took only 2 1/2 hours. We drove directly to our homestay, where we slept after having dinner.

Day 2 

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Sun at sunrise

Today morning, we got up at 3:30 a.m. as we went to tiger hills to see the sunrise. We were told that we will see colours on the Kanchenjunga and then the sun rising. But, due to haze, we saw a small sun out of nowhere, over time it became orange, and then yellow.

After sunrise, we came to the homestay, had breakfast and then went on a cable car ride. The view from the cable car was just so beautiful, I can’t describe it. At the place where we bought the tickets for the cable car, we gave orders for keychains with our names and by the time we finished the ride and came, we got them.

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Red Panda!

From there, we went to the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological park. There the two animals that caught most of the attention were the red panda and the snow leopard as these two animals are endangered. The red panda was so cute!

After the zoo visit, we had a chinese lunch, printed some photos we needed for permits, then had ice cream. Then, we visited a Pagoda, a japanese temple. The place was very peaceful, beautiful and very close to nature. I really enjoyed it.

After returning to the homestay we lazed around for a while, then had dinner. Today, at  dinner we got to try one of Darjeeling’s native curry!

Day 3

Today morning, we left to Mirik after breakfast. It was a 2-3 hour drive. At Mirik, we went pedal boating, In each boat four of us went. We pedalled in a lake, from where we could see people going on horse rides. We returned in time to catch a train from Darjeeling to Ghum.

Ghum is the next train station from Darjeeling. It was a  30 minute ride. Ghum is also the highest railway station in India! The best view was at the Batasia Loop. The Batasia Loop is a spiral railway where the track spirals around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. On the hill top, there is a war memorial. The place is just like a garden. After the train ride, we returned to the homestay and slept after a wonderful momo dinner.

Darjeeling trip is over, from there we drove to Lachung to see more. 

Lachung trip

Day 1

Today we drove from Darjeeling to Lachung. We stopped at Rangpo for breakfast and to get a permit/stamp. Next, we stopped at Gangtok to change cars. From, Gangtok we drove to Lachung, stopping on the way for lunch. The trip was really long and tiring, so we were relieved when we reached our hotel, Applevalley inn.

Day 2

Today after breakfast we went to zero point, where we played with snow. We even made a snowman! Next we went to Yumthang valley, where there is beautiful clear water. We rented boots to play in the snow and also we could get in the water at Yumthang valley because of that!   On the way back to the hotel, we stopped and inspected a hot spring. After returning, we played for a while, had dinner, then slept.DSC01058.JPG

Day 3

Today we left for Mount Katau after breakfast. It was supposed to be and hour’s drive. We stopped at a pine forest while going and clicked some snaps there. Due to less oxygen and too much snow, the army had blocked the road to Mount Katau. So, we stopped at the gate, talked to the army men, and then returned. We found out that most of the army men were engineers and spoke tamil! On the way back we stopped at a place full of yaks to click pictures. We returned to the hotel for lunch and chilled for the rest of the day.

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A small cute bird I spotted

Lachung trip is over, next we drove to Gangtok

Gangtok trip

Day 1

Today we drove from Lachung to Gangtok. We stopped in between at 2-3 waterfalls that were really stunning. We took quite a few pictures at the scenic places. We saw BHIMAN waterfalls, SEVEN SISTER waterfalls and NAGA falls. We also stopped and had plenty of snacks. We reached Gangtok around 3:00 p.m., had lunch, chilled till dinner, had dinner, then went off to sleep.

 

Day 2

Today morning we went on a cable car. It was a little different from the one in Darjeeling. We had to stand in this, but could sit in that. After the ride, we walked to the palace& monastery through a so called ‘shortcut’, which proved to be the longest route one could take. It was a very peaceful place, full of plants. By that time we were all very tired, so we went to M G Marg for a good lunch. The M G Marg there is spotlessly clean. Later, we returned to the home stay. Our plan was to visit the zoo, but unfortunately it was closed.

Day 3

Today morning, we left around 8:15 a.m. after breakfast. First, we went to Rumtek monastery. It was really big!  There, there was a stone structure in which if you threw a coin and it did not fall back your heart is pure(according to our guide). If the above mentioned is the only way to find out if you have a pure heart, then unfortunately I don’t. Inside the monastery, we saw statues of Buddha, manuscripts, pictures of Dalai Lamas and many monks. A short distance from there, we walked to the golden stupa in which there were remains of the previous Dalai Lama. Next, we went to Banchkari  falls, where we had lunch. There, we saw a variety of rope courses. After that, we went to Bhaktang falls and Ghunjang monastery. Before returning to our room, we stopped at Ganeshtok and prayed in the Ganesh mandir.

 

Day 4

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Tsomgo lake

Today morning, we left around 10 a.m. after breakfast. We went to Tsomgo lake. It is a huge beautiful lake. There and many yaks there, and a ropeway is under construction. We could not go to Nathula pass, so we returned. Because of the traffic, we reached only in the evening.

 

The trip is over, we returned back to Kochi after the above.