Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Snapshots from Sikkim : V

There are many waterfalls on the road side as one ventures into North Sikkim. We encountered this one just after Lachung on our way to Chungthang.
But can u tell me What the girls are looking at?
The Waterfall or......:p

It was fine sunny morning as we started for Changu lake & Nathu La about 40 km from Gangtok. There was greenary all around as we moved out of Gangtok.
But then soon these green & blue colors were replaced by white and blue skyline.
You can read the travelogue of Changu Lake, Nathu La here or here.

No, no this is not Changu Lake. We saw this small water body betwen Nathu-La & Baba Mandir.

Do u remember the Maruti Ad which claimed that they have their service centre in every nook & corner of the country ! But then SBI (state Bank of India should claim this too :)

Sikkim is a delight for nature lover. It boasts of more than 500 varieties of orchids, some of which are very rare. Our visit to the flower show was an amazing experience. It seemed God has run riot of colors !

One thing u can never forget after visiting a hill station is these cute looking children. With their red round cheeks & small inquisitive eyes they r the ideal portrait for any photographer/tourist.
That's all I have to share with u on Sikkim. thx for joining in this memorable journey.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Snapshots from Sikkim : Part IV

After enjoying Gurudongmar we have to go back to Lachen. The journey was not that comfortable.The dizziness encountered earlier was still playing on my mind. Just before Thangu we diverted for some time to Chopta Valley. You can see the path of meandering river in the valley in the pic.

After the most hectic journey in which we have to face high speed chilling wind in the morning & heavy downpour in the evening from 5.30 AM to 7PM covering 190km (see the map on other blog) we jumped into our bed straightway after reaching Lachung. Next morning was the best I have ever had in my life . Its other matter that I rarely open my eyes before 7 AM whenever I am at home :). Anyway I have described my experience of that morning here.Even if u can't understand the details of the post, those pics will convey the feelings.

Next day we were at Yumthang also known as Valley of Flowers. Though we could not see the flowers in their full bloom as we landed there in April. The best season to see the riot of colours displayed by 24 species of Rhododendrons is May.

Yumthang Valley is surrounded by green forests & high mountains on both sides. The river Lachung Chu with its wide span flows in between.
U can see the other pics and details of the journey at the links below
Yumthang Valley
GurudongMar to Lachung via Chopta Valley