Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 30th May 2016, 23:48   #1
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

This travelogue could appear more of a comparative type because I could not stop myself from pondering over the past times when we have visited the same place around the same time of the year in 2013. Thanks to Sandip (my companion in the bike trip) for sharing some beautiful pictures for the travelogue.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-13072638_560185487475077_4520497935078691325_o.jpg


North Sikkim, the terrain is said to be the toughest one in Sikkim. The area is prone to landslides and heavy snowfall at some places. Some most wonderful points are there and the place itself has a lot to offer.


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-edited1.jpg
April, 2013


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-sikkim_2017.jpg
April 2016

Day 0 and Day 1 (Kolkata -> Siliguri -> Mangan):
The trip was pre-planned way ahead of time as I was accompanied by my Uncle, Aunt and Mom. Certain essentials were required to be carried with us as elderly people may have acute breathing problems at higher altitude. (NB – Carry some camphor to comfort the difficulty of breathing due to lack of oxygen).


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_2878.jpg
2016 - Starting from Kolkata



On Saturday at around 3:30 pm the AC of the car was on full and we set off. During the travelogue I will try to make you live some of the important moments from the diary of my previous trip. In 2013 we had made a bike trip to North Sikkim and at that time we started at late night at around 10:00 PM. The only reason being to do away with the local traffic on NH-3. This time my fellow friends have updated a piece of information that the Botolbari road has now been improved and is an ideal one to bypass the truck jam towards Dalkhola.


Time and energy both were intact enough to go beyond Siliguri till Mangan. The day we reached Mangan was a Sunday and the District Administrative Center was closed. The formalities for permit was kept pending for the next day.


In 2013 also we had come to Mangan on a Sunday. We were completely drenched when we reached Mangan because it was raining heavily at that time. We took shelter below a rock when a local warned us that there can be sliding rocks there. We had put up at Guddu lodge then which was considered to be a home of bikers traveling to North Sikkim. This time but the place has become worse so I stayed at another hotel just nearby. Finding a hotel was not very difficult there. In the evening we peeped into the local market for a while.


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn2865.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn2867.jpg
2013 - Somewhere at NH34

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0001.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn2869.jpg
2013 - Near Bagdogra

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0015.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0022.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0033.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0044.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn2881.jpg
2013 - few KM before Mangan

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0053.jpg
2013 - View from Mangan after a complete rainy day

To be continued ...
PointZero is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 00:02   #2
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 2 (Mangan –> Singhik –> Mangan -> Singhik):

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_2881.jpg
2016 - District administrative center for permit

In the previous trip, it took us only 30 mins to complete with the formalities of the permit, this time situation has changed. The office has open at 09:30, however the officers have not come. I and my wife alone have come to the office. We kept on walking in and out of the office when at 10:00 a clerk entered the office. Since we were traveling in our own car, we had to have a permit from the DM or ADM who came at around 11:00 am. It took another hour to convince him that I can drive on such terrains and make it to Gurudangmor. I showed him the past permit and shared the stories of my trip to Arunachal in my car. At last he kept our request and granted the permit to Gurudangmar and Yumthang valley. For Katao he said that it can be obtained by making on the spot request if possible.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0620.jpg
2016 - Permit

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0621.jpg
2013 - Permit

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-index_5_1.jpg
2013 - Permit

Meanwhile a police officer received message that the roads are blocked in two places due to land slide. Being worried we looked at each other but we were desperate to move ahead to whatever location we can. After getting the permit we moved back to the hotel to pick-up my mom, uncle and aunt. Wasting no more time we started off but just beyond Singhik we encountered a long queue of vehicle. I parked the car in the queue and walked to the damage point. Few huge chunks of rocks have hindered the road. This is the only road which is used to transport food and essentials to other places of north Sikkim. Not only that the military support to the border areas is also transited through this route. The landslide which had occurred last night due to heavy rainfall has been a reason of concern for both Sikkim Police, BRO and Army. This time Sikkim police took up the responsibility to clear the roads and did not take any help of the army. As there was another landslide from Chungthang slide, so supporting help could not be received from other side.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_20160418_144905.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_20160418_144917.jpg
2016 - The huge landslide.

A crane and some people with drilling machine were deployed to break the large rocks into bits and pieces so that the crane can lift and through it. There were a number of blasts but the job could not be completed that day. Soon rainfall started and by afternoon the job was stopped for the next day. Meanwhile we went to Mangan to use the waiting time to have lunch. As there were so many vehicles blocked there, we knew that the hotels will be packed up in Mangan. I called up my hotel and they also confirmed the same. The next place to looks for a hotel now was Singhik. In my earlier trip I have learned that there is a guest house in Singhik which is famous for the view of Kanchenjunga.

It was only 4-5 KM away from the affected place but then even that was also packed up. The owner was good and suggested us to stay in a spare room for the night because getting a hotel would be impossible now. He made all necessary arrangements for five of us to make our stay as much cozy as possible. A Bengali family was also walking to and fro as they have already made booking in Lachen and if they stay at Singhik they have to spend some extra bucks for the hotel as well as the car. This was pinching their pockets. After getting the information that the transit has started they left. The owner give us the good news that the big room can be given to us as they have left.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_20160418_145559.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_20160418_172057.jpg
2016- Mobile snaps while roaming around the Singhik Tourist Lodge.

In the evening we had a conversation with a couple who was traveling on a bike from Siliguri. The guy was army officer who was traveling with his wife. They made me feel nostalgic and while chatting I shared my past experience with him.
We went to bed early to see the sunrise from the hotel because it had been raining the whole day so it was expected that the sky will be clear tomorrow.

The story was a little different during the bike trip. In the morning we had bought some plastic bags to pack our clothing and three pairs of gum boots. After permit we travelled the muddy terrain of Mangan towards Chungthang. My friend’s bike was sliding as the back was light where else the tail slide was less in my bike because I had a pillion. The gum boots was an ultimate utility for such roads as we could put down our feet to maintain balance without fear. By evening we had reached Lachung where some of our friends have already put up. They were travelling via packed tour. Luckily one of then was walking down the roads when we came across him. He asked us to stay at his hotel and we agreed to it.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn2891.jpg
2013 - Starting for Lachung after filling petrol in Mangan.

To be continued ...
PointZero is offline   (6) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 11:20   #3
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 3 (Singhik –> Singhik Monastery -> Chungthang -> Lachen):

With the break of dawn we jumped out from the bed and peeped through the window. It was still dark and cloudy so we reluctantly went to bed again. Everyone in the room was awake but no one wanted to come out of the blankets. After some time my uncle creep out of the bed and went to the balcony. His rejoice forced everyone to have a look at nature. The Golden peaks were crouching out of the black clouds on the onset of first rays of the sun. Marvelous! This one view is the USP of Singhik guest house.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9167.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9183.jpg
View from our Hotel at Singhik

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9187.jpg
Singhik tourist lodge

The owner had informed us that there is an old monastery at a trekking distance of 1 KM. I asked if anyone was interested to do a small trek, but only my wife and the couple traveling on bike were enthusiastic. An army officer can never miss a chance of adventure. We climbed to the 1st monastery but did not have the energy to go to the 2nd one which was about three KM trekking distance from the 1st one. Near the monastery a local who was actually from Nepal greeted us with warm welcome. After this brisk trek we came back to the hotel to get ready.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9192.jpg
inside the old monastery

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9197.jpg
local near the old monastery. My friends(on bike) sitting on right side with red jacket

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9199.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9202.jpg
Around the monastery

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9208.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9212.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9213.jpg
Some view from the monastery

We knew that the road would not be cleared before midday so it was no point starting early morning. After a delayed breakfast we swiftly moved on but it was of no use. The rescue mission was still on but this time at a speedy pace. It was highway and the army personnel were worried about the soldiers at the border. As the traffic from this side has halted for two consecutive days, a scarcity of fuel and food has already risen in Chungthang onward.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_20160419_084408.jpg
Packing done .. ready to move

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9129.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9130.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9131.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9216.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9246.jpg
Some random pic between Singhik Tourish Lodge and The effected area

However in spite of all efforts it was evening when the roads were clear for the vehicle coming from Chungthang side. Vehicle from the Mangan side ran as if they were chased by some tyrants. On the dark road the trail of headlights were visible from far distance. The road condition was worse after Chungthang but still we had to maintain the pace as we did not wanted to be left out from the queue.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_20160419_105859.jpg
Still the work is going on.. but another JCB support came on other side

Somehow by 8:30 pm we arrived at Lachen Hotel. The owner was worried about us so he waited at the door steps. Dinner was ready and arranged and after that we went to bed early because next day was a tough one. We had to start by 3:30 AM for Gurudongmar.


Road from Mangan to Lachen.. HD View requested

To be continued ...
PointZero is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 11:32   #4
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 3 continued ...

In the bike trip we had halted at Lachung on the 3rd and 4th day and covered the Yumthang side first. For some reason or the other, we had always been late to enter Lachen. At the time of the bike trip we had left Lachung at 7:00 am and at the hotel itself my friend’s bike had a flat rear tyre. A new garage has opened in Lachung where we got it repaired. Then just as we crossed the city again there was a 2nd puncture. The garage was nearby so we came back to the mechanic again. The owner of the garage had a shop and the lady served us with some canned chicken stir fried. This time the tyre was checked meticulously so that no more leaks occur. It was an unlucky day, in spite of all efforts a third puncture happened but this time at a greater distance from the last one. I took my bike and brought the mechanic because the spare tubes have already been used. This time my friend was banging his head with his hand as he was literally pissed off. The 4th and 5th happened while approaching Chungthang and two punctures was in two bike, my friend’s rear wheel and mine front one. At Chungthang there was a garage but it had only engine oil changing facility but did not have any puncture repairing kit. The only lucky thing was that both the bikes as well as the tyres were of the same model and the complementary tyres were puncture. Then only places to repair the tyres was either Mangan or Company. Mangan was too far away and was on another route, so the best option was Company. Company was a construction company which was constructing a tunnel in Chungthang. My bike was fitted with the front wheel of my friend’s bike and my wife sat on the bike holding the two tyres in her lap. I remember the incident of entering a under construction tunnel there which was vacated for blasts. A man saw me coming out of the watery tunnel and stared at me as if he has seen a ghost. He told me that the workers have gone for lunch and so this time was used to make blasts to extend the tunnel. After lunch we can find the mechanic. The mechanic basically repairs the flattened tyres of large crane or tractor.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3218.jpg

So after all this we dragged our bikes on the same worse roads and reached Lachen at 7:30 pm. It was raining cats and dogs when at the Lachen check point the officer advised us to stay at Lachen at the last hotel and leave early morning for Gurudongmar. Even then we could not reach Thangu and even this time also we could not. Last time it was the inability of the vehicle and this time was the natural calamity.

To be continued ....
PointZero is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 12:45   #5
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 4 (Lachen -> Gurudongmar Lake -> Lachen):

Let’s come out of the flashbacks now. No one had a good sleep at night but still everyone was ready by 3:30 AM. As the engine started, the calmness in the town was lost. All of us were packed up in warm clothes from head to toe. Last time the chilling air knocked my ears and so I had severe headache. So this time I made it a point that I cover my ears and use camphor if I feel suffocated. The curves were sharp and the roads were that of boulders. It was pitch dark and we were climbing uphill like hell. I was unable to guess the type of road ahead so missed to maintain the required momentums at certain points. At one sharp turn we got stuck and I had to ask everyone to get down.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0398.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0400.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0401.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0403.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0405.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0407.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0414.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0415.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0426.jpg

Some snaps from 2013 bike trip..on he way Lachen to Thangu

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-img_20160420_054739.jpg
Entering Thangu at early morning 2016

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9268.jpg
Similar view - 2016


In 2013 the roads from Lachen to Thangu was average but now it has worsen. With the break of the day the visibility improved. The roads was steep because within few kilometers a height of 16000 feet was reached (Thangu). We halted at Thangu just beside the one we had halted in past. Nothing much has changed here, only the snow has changed their course. There was no trace of snow but there was some in 2013. We had tea and bought some popcorn there.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0429.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0432.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0435.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0442.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0447.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0448.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3240.jpg
2013 - Thangu


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9278.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9287.jpg
2016 - Thangu

To be continued ...
Attached Thumbnails
Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0406.jpg  


Last edited by Aditya : 7th June 2016 at 11:12. Reason: Removing a pic due to rule #11. Thanks!
PointZero is offline   (7) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 15:57   #6
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 4 continued ...

We reported at Giyagaon where we took rest for some time and submitted original copy of the permit.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0452.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0453.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0459.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0463.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3248.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0467.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3254.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0477.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0483.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0491.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0493.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0494.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3268.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0495.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0498.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3272.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3276.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3278.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3279.jpg
Snaps from 2013 bike trip (Thangu to Giagaon Army Check Post)






Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9300.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9309.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9319.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9320.jpg
Snaps from 2016 car trip (Thangu to Giagaon Army Check Post)

To be continued ...
PointZero is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 20:51   #7
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 4 continued ...

Giyagaon onwards the road was mind-blowing. The dark road appeared to be a runway in the midst of serene mountain valleys. This pitch road was absent in 2013. Folk of yaks gazed beside the river. The evaporation of the snow from the mountain tops was clearly visible in the bright daylight. Only a few meters before the lake the pitch road ended. At Gurudongmar my wife was feeling suffocated so she stayed inside the car. I clicked some quick snaps.


Way to Gurudongmar (HD View requested)

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9401.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9403.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9440.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9444.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9322.jpg
2016 - On the way to gurugongmar



Last part to reach Gurudongmar

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9340.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9350.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9351.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9354.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9356.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9363.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9364.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9368.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9369.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9378.jpg
2016 - At Gurudongmar Lake

To be continued ...

PointZero is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 21:24   #8
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 4 continued ...

Gurudongmar Lake, also known as Gurudogmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world, located at an altitude of 17,800 ft (5,430 m). It is sacred for both Buddhists and Sikhs . It is said that in 8th century Guru Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche in his visit to Tibet discovered the lake. The lake was full of ice and the local people lacked drinking water in winters. To resolve the problem he slashed the lake with his stick and that part never froze henceforth.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0500.jpg
2013 - Way to Gurudongmar .. there was no tar at all

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0501.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0502.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0503.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0504.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0505.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0506.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0507.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0508.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0510.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0511.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0512.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0514.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0516.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0522.jpg
2013 - Way to Gurudongmar .. Random Snaps

Earlier as the story of the lake goes, only a small part of the lake was water but this time the whole lake had water and only a small part of the lake was turned into ice. We did not spend much time considering my wife health. At Giyagaon my wife gave up and had to be supplied with external oxygen in the army camp.


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0529.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0530.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0531.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0533.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0540.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0542.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0553.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0560.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3291.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0569.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0570.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0571.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3284.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3293.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0580.jpg
2013 - The same lake was completely frozen.
PointZero is offline   (3) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 21:38   #9
BHPian
 
Gujarati's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Texas, USA
Posts: 139
Thanked: 438 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Excellent trip report. Beautiful terrain; wonder why more people don't make this trip. Especially in modern day when so many nice vehicles are available that could easily make this trip.

Thank you for doing the report.
Gujarati is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 31st May 2016, 21:44   #10
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 4 continued ...

During the bike trip she did suffer rather she was jumping with joy having conquered a height of 17800 on bike. On the way to Gurudongmar from Lachen the view of the rainbow and the shining golden peaks rejuvenated us from the tiredness of the puncture day. The snow walls on either side of the road segregated us from the rest of the barren land. Each mountain seemed to have been painted with different mix of brown and black color. The floating snowy clouds seem to be so closed that it could be touched with our hands.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3283.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0555.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3287.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3305.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3310.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3312.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3320.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0587.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0588.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0590.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0592.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0598.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0599.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0601.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3331.jpg
2013 - Some Random snaps while returning from Gurudongmar







Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9384.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9386.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9389.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9410.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9415.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9426.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9428.jpg
2016 - returning from Gurudongmar

By afternoon we were back to Lachen. No one had proper food and rest so we extended the stay in Lachen for another day. In the evening we all walked along the road where we met my Army friend again.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9473.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9477.jpg
On the way to Lachen



Returning from Guridongmar

To be continued ...
PointZero is offline   (5) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2016, 14:34   #11
BHPian
 
pduttaghy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Guwahati
Posts: 53
Thanked: 43 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Beautiful travelogue/ photologue Pointzero.
Could you tell me if they issue permits to SUVs only or any car with a higher ground clearance is allowed.
pduttaghy is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2016, 18:29   #12
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Thanks Gujarati,
I don't think it will be very difficult and I did the bike trip with my wife (as a pillion) in a very normal bike Pulsar-150.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Gujarati View Post
Excellent trip report. Beautiful terrain; wonder why more people don't make this trip. Especially in modern day when so many nice vehicles are available that could easily make this trip.

Thank you for doing the report.
Thank you ver much pduttaghy,

What do I know permit for Lachung, Yumthang, Zero Point will not create any issue. But for Gurudongmar, you may need to show some prove or previous experience that you have already achieved such altitude with your personal vehicle. I know one person who did the similar trip in Maruti-800 in 2014. But current road condition between Lachen to Thangu is very bad. High GC vehicle should able to make it and there is no restriction in permit.

Quote:
Originally Posted by pduttaghy View Post
Beautiful travelogue/ photologue Pointzero.
Could you tell me if they issue permits to SUVs only or any car with a higher ground clearance is allowed.
PointZero is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2016, 18:46   #13
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 5 (Lachen -> Chungtham -> Lachung -> Yumthang -> Zero Point -> Lachung):

We were already running late from the scheduled time. While travelling to North Sikkim, never plan without a buffer time because there isno certainty at all. Anytime anything can happen so always be prepared for whatever comes your way. One whole day was wasted due to landslide and health issues. So today we had to cover Zero Point and stay at Lachung. Without any halt we entered Chungthang fast. Made some more copies of the permit. Already had hotel booking in Lachung because the hotel owner of Lachen had a friend’s hotel out there. Made an entry in the hotel, dumb the bags and transverse to Zero Point.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9483.jpg
Bye bye Lachen...

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9491.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9499.jpg
Near Chungtham

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0121.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn2910.jpg
On the way to Lachung

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9524.jpg
Ready to move for Yumesamsong (Zero Point)

At the onset of the rhododendron sanctuary, everyone was overwhelmed with joy. The beautiful flowers and the bright colors brighten everyone’s face with a smile. For me and my wife it was the 2nd turn so the joy was a little less. Rather we could notice that most of the trees have been cut down and show there were less flowers in the area. At some places due to soil erosion the plants has been uprooted. My past pictures in this sanctuary looked stunning.


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0342.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0344.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0371.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0379.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0380.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0381.jpg
Some pic from 2013 trip inside the rhododendron sanctuary

I had learn that a new lake has also formed before Yumthang valley. Recent earthquake has brought down a complete hill and the rocks have rolled down to the river blocking a small part of it. This small part formed a new lake.


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9604.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9591.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9598.jpg
the new born lake before Yumthang.

To be continued ...
PointZero is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2016, 19:02   #14
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 5 continued ...

I kept these place for the return trip and decided to reach Zero Point first. If the weather turns bad we will not be able to climb. But when we reached the army post where in 2013 we were greeted as a chief guest, we were literally annoyed. My wife kept on grudging that we are not going to get any snowfall this time. Till far places we could not see any trace of ice. In 2013 this post was full of snow, we prayed so that we could witness some snowfall at some more height, but all in vain. Last time we could not make to Zero Point because the roads were fill of thick snow. The tyre of the bikes gave way. The snaps can show how we were standing there with our boots dug inside the snow.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3004.jpg
My friedn Sandip

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3005.jpg
My Wife

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0201.jpg
My Ride

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0203.jpg
My Way

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0206.jpg
Me and My Wife

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0207.jpg
Me and My Wife

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0210.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0214.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0215.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0216.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0220.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0226.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3011.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3010.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3015.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3020.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3023.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3024.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3029.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3032.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3040.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3047.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3050.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3054.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3055.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0228.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dscn3056.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-dsc_0238.jpg
Some snaps from 2013 bike trip - On the way to Yumesamdong

To be continued ...
PointZero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 1st June 2016, 19:25   #15
BHPian
 
PointZero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Kolkata
Posts: 244
Thanked: 1,207 Times
Default Re: Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary

Day 5 continued ...

At the highest point there was a small chunk of snow where the river has frozen. People were dancing on the small chunk. Any ways but for my mom this was more than enough. My mom was shivering but still she did not hesitated to click some snaps sitting on the ice.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9610.jpg
Zero Point

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9621.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9634.jpg
we

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9643.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9645.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9646.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9648.jpg


Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9652.jpg
My Uncle

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9653.jpg
my Mom

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9658.jpg
Uncle and Aunt

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9664.jpg
my Mom

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9673.jpg
My wife

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9674.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9684.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9686.jpg
Mahindra Brothers

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9705.jpg
Me

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9708.jpg

To comfort everyone we had noodles, boiled egg and channa. Living back the past memories we came back to Yumthang valley.

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9723.jpg
Returning from Zero Point

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9737.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9750.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9760.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9778.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9794.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9814.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9819.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9824.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9832.jpg

Kolkata to North Sikkim - Drive to relive the golden pages of my diary-tkd_9848.jpg
Returning from Zero Point

To be continued ...

Last edited by Gannu_1 : 5th June 2016 at 22:06. Reason: Removed a sentence due to rule #11. Please take care of this in the future. Thanks!
PointZero is offline   (4) Thanks Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bucket List Item! Cross Country Drive - Mumbai to North & East Sikkim vikram31 Travelogues 57 24th August 2016 21:19
10 Days - Darjeeling, Kalimpong,Gangtok and North Sikkim BlackPearl Travelogues 57 14th October 2015 19:21
Diary scribes of an XUV500 - Drive from Kochi to Coorg dhanushmenon Travelogues 27 6th March 2015 15:42


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 19:27.

Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks