Thursday, 15 October 2015

Memoirs of North Sikkim - Visit to Gurudongmar Lake - Part I ( Thangu )

When you get something best beyond expectation, it seems like a priceless gift. For me, it was more of that kind. As this plan was sudden and I decided to go just few days before the trip, I didn’t get time to check the places I was going to in web. Blindly I folded my worries, loosen myself up ,packed my bags and stepped out. 


From Lachen we started around 3:15 am. Yes for that we woke up at 2:30 am. It was midnight. Darkness surrounded us and heavy sounds of unseen waterfalls were accompanying us. We opted for playing music instead. It was chilled enough and music was somewhat pleasing our head and sleepy eyes. Even after few times from very far we could spot Lachen as fair of tiny lights surviving in those dark mountains. That view was spectacular. Imagine a dark place and all of a sudden you find bunch of fireflies sitting together in a particular place and keep on twinkling the lights. In one word beautiful. Roads were rough and topsy turvy. Continuous jerks were not a big deal anymore. For information just sharing that not a single vehicle start their journey towards Gurudongmar alone, all the vehicles start journey together like a group and because of this we were told to not be late, else that could bring risks. Because if any of the vehicle faces any accident or risk, there should be enough resources of helping hands.  Anyways we saw the morning light coming in again and that was splendid. When it actually lightened bright, we realized we were already in high altitude. We spotted several falls and those falls are far away from human civilization. They were natural and awesome. Tall and fierce falls. 

Around 6:15 we halted at Thangu valley. People live there and yes that is a beautiful village. Thangu valley is situated at 14000 ft altitude from sea level. When we got down we clearly understood that the place was colder than before and nature was open to greet us with warm adorable hug. Several wooden homes are living along the clean middle way road which tends to move towards Gurudongmar. All houses were having a unique phenomenon. Actually in Sikkim I guess this is their tradition. The curtains were way very different than other places. They had a zig zag design on them and another thing is that most of the households hung a hand fan like of thing made of yak’s tail hairs and they are black in color. Even in many Hindu temples we use such kind of thing [Bengali - Chamor]. I know I was worst explaining the thing but yes hope you got it right, if not pardon. So where was I? Yes, the homes are colorful, like blue, green, red and decorated with  flowers in front and guarded with firepots and from where hot smokes were coming up to make us feel chilled.  From Thangu one can easily spot White Mountain hills. Through those red unknown hilly flowers the height seemed magical. Overall Thangu is a small village with neat scenario. Painter can easily plot their next canvas. There was a point where we could see the green valley which was climbing up in a very tilted way to a monastery. We even discovered the way to go there too. Beside those roads, upon the green valley yaks were all around. Their movements were getting alarmed by the bells they were tied to. We wished to go there. But alas!! That road doesn’t meet the way of Gurudongmar. For this one must stay at Thangu for 2-3 days. At the time of getting in to the car when I saw long and tall Tibetan Om Mani Padme Hum flags were waving by and wind chilling air was touching my ears, I literally felt that I was at heaven and yes that was place where Mukti, Freedom could be derived into soul.

Sweet Arpita Di ♥

Can you spot the monastery ?
Check the hill at far .. 


Girls love striking pose ;)

Poses poses and poses ;)

Smoky hot

We were super busy 

Selfie time

to be continued to second part of this post , the actual post on Gurudongmar ....
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  1. Beautiful :) icould imagine as you narrated . I would love to visit someday soon !!!!!

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