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Old 2nd June 2016, 23:49   #16
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Day 5 continued ...

Now let me dwell again in the past because I cannot move forward without mentioning this story. I have already mentioned about the army post where we were greeted like chief guest. The reason being that a soldier was keen so serve us with piping hot thick milk tea. He had no one to talk to and he was delighted to see us coming so far away on a bike. First when he asked me to come in, I was a bit skeptical as my friend has crossed the turning and could not see us. I told the man that I have a friend with me so let me call him also. He not only served us with tea but also with biscuits, masala peanuts and much more. He said that he will be going home on leaves and so the food in his stock will be wasted. They cannot consume so much food at higher altitudes because then it will be hard to digest. He packed our bags with fruit juice and biscuit packets as a token of thanks.



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Old 3rd June 2016, 00:14   #17
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Day 5 continued ...

It was drizzling and no one like to walk down the valley. Only my aunt and my wife went down and came back in a while. In 2013 we had spent ample time sitting beside the river. The mountains and the river made a perfect picture then. Next stop have to be the rhododendron sanctuary. I stopped at point having maximum number of trees with a verity of colors. Now the photo session started with various pose.

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2016 - Yumthang




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2013 - Yumthang

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Day 5 continued ...

Back to the hotel everyone was starving. After a delayed lunch lazy peoples went back to the bed. We young ones cannot waste sleeping and took our car to waddle around the city. A sign board pointed towards the way to Katao. We kept the Katao plan for next morning. There was a monastery but it was already closed. It opens only twice a day during the prayers. A number of tourist were seen near the river bridge. So another day ended smoothly.

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Returning from Yumthang - 2013



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Random view of Yumthang - 2013


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Day 6 (Lachung -> Katao -> Gangtok):

Early morning I knocked the elder’s room. But apart from my aunt, no one was keen to go to Katao. Katao is few KM uphill from Lachung but still during winters the roads are full of snow and its heard to reach the check post. To our despair even on the way to Katao there was no sign of snow. But traveling itself it was delight there. The whole city could be seen down and the snow clad mountains seen to go down and greed good morning. At the check point a tense situation was already prevailing. A local driver took a tourist loaded sumo towards the border without stopping at the check post. After certain distance they were caught and the vehicle was held in custody. Mean time all other tourist were denied from moving beyond that point. Because of the stupidity of the driver we could not make it to the restricted area.

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Katao till we reach

While going I restrained myself from taking snaps to save time. But unluckily while returning it starting pouring down. All the mountain got covered with dark clouds and the city was no more visible. I cannot share much pictures but the one captured in my eyes will always ponder over my thoughts.

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Returning from katao

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Day 6 continued ...

Back to the pavilion at the hotel where we had breakfast and dumb the luggage to start for Gangtok. In the past we had not been to Katao. Rather we had done the Lachung side first and then gone to Lachen. From Lachung to Dikchu it was a smooth drive and there took the bypass thinking that we would save on time. 8 kilometers ahead of Gangtok there was another landslide. Only one small crane was deployed to clear the road. Measuring the inefficiency of the machine another crane was called for help and only then the road was cleared by 4:00 PM where we could have reach Gangtok by 1:30 PM. By then everyone was starving and we got out of the hotel and went to MG marg. We did some shopping and went to the much waited quality dinner.


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Some Random Picture between Lachung to Dikchu


In the bike trip from Gurudongmar we came down to Mangan and stayed there for the day. From Mangan the next morning we travelled to Gangtok. There was a land slide then also but it was a small one and bikes were made to pass by.


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2013 - View of Kangchenjunga from Singhik

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2013 - returning from Lachen to Gangtok

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Day 7 (Gangtok -> Siliguri -> Kolkata):


We started late from Gnagtok as I knew that It will be long drive to Kolkata. On the way we stopped at Bagdogra to capture some quick snaps. With normal halts for tea and food, we reached Kolkata at 3:30 AM on the next day after 17 hours of drive.


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My Mom

In comparison to the present trip, the bike trip was much more exciting and adventurous. Though the comfort level was more in the car but I think in spite of odds we faced, the bike trip was much more rejuvenating. The places were far more beautiful. The golden peaks in the mist of the rainbow delighted us after a long tiring day of punctures while on the way to Gurudangmor. At each and every check point we were greeted and appreciated for the attempt we had made. In those days, very few people had been riding on the bike to north Sikkim. This time as the number of tourists travelling in their own car has increased, the importance has been lost.

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Excellent travelogue PointZero. Great pictures of a wonderful land.

What you've said is right. While a car offers more comfort, a bike is more exciting.

It's indeed magical when the rays of the sun fall on the mountain peaks to make them appear golden. You managed to get a very nice picture of the Kanchejunga.

Loved the roads cut out in the mountains and the switchbacks. It's been a long time since I drove or travelled on such roads. Treacherous as the mountain roads appear, the thrill is unmatched.

Nice videos as well.
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North Sikkim has been always my favorite part. Wonderful photos from both the trips.


How tough do you think it would be to get permit for my EcoSport ? You have a Bolero and many hired cabs are Bolero/Max, so it is relatively easy to convince them. But what about small cars ?
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Thanks Aditya, Even I was amazed to see the encroaching golden peaks for the first time.

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Excellent travelogue PointZero. Great pictures of a wonderful land.

What you've said is right. While a car offers more comfort, a bike is more exciting.

It's indeed magical when the rays of the sun fall on the mountain peaks to make them appear golden. You managed to get a very nice picture of the Kanchejunga.

Loved the roads cut out in the mountains and the switchbacks. It's been a long time since I drove or travelled on such roads. Treacherous as the mountain roads appear, the thrill is unmatched.

Nice videos as well.
that traveling in a Bolero is always an added advantage to convince officers in such areas. Same time I don't think it will be a big issue for your ES as it has higher GC. Carry a copy of old permit (higher altitude drive) with you, it will help you to get the permit.

Also Samba has a amazing travelogue of North Sikkim with Sedans, Hatchbacks - http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...backs-suv.html (Sailed through North Sikkim in Sedans, Hatchbacks and an SUV)


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North Sikkim has been always my favorite part. Wonderful photos from both the trips.


How tough do you think it would be to get permit for my EcoSport ? You have a Bolero and many hired cabs are Bolero/Max, so it is relatively easy to convince them. But what about small cars ?
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Fantastic pictures PointZero. Enviable trip! Enchanting misty peaks. True that words cannot define nature & your camera speaks for it!

"It took another hour to convince him that I can drive on such terrains and make it to Gurudangmor" - Beyond papers & procedures, wondering that we need convince! them to get the permit.

You have a good writing skill, shuffling effortlessly between 2013 & 2016, still keeping track of both the trips! I felt like reading Ashwin Sanghi's books!
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Amazing travelogue and pictures PointZero! It is amazing the way you have remembered and stopped at the same places to take pictures even after 3 years. Also good to see that you are enjoying the Bolero and taking it to places where it is meant to go
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Superb travogue tutai da. Rated 5star. The pictures are amazing and so is your journey. And your memory regarding the locations of the pics from previous trip WOW!!! And kudos on utilising the bolero for what it is meant to do. Wish to see more of the travelogues like this.
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I am really shocked after getting so much appreciation.
Many many thanks to all of you for your kind support, and YES..... I am enjoying the Bolero very much.


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Fantastic pictures PointZero. Enviable trip! Enchanting misty peaks. True that words cannot define nature & your camera speaks for it!

"It took another hour to convince him that I can drive on such terrains and make it to Gurudangmor" - Beyond papers & procedures, wondering that we need convince! them to get the permit.

You have a good writing skill, shuffling effortlessly between 2013 & 2016, still keeping track of both the trips! I felt like reading Ashwin Sanghi's books!
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Superb travogue tutai da. Rated 5star. The pictures are amazing and so is your journey. And your memory regarding the locations of the pics from previous trip WOW!!! And kudos on utilising the bolero for what it is meant to do. Wish to see more of the travelogues like this.
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