Sunday, 3 April 2016

Reminiscence of Sandakphu - Wanderwomen's journey - Day 1 - Chitrey, Meghma, Tumling, Tonglu

Who tells it is impossible for a 'Only Girls' gang to Trek Himalaya without any professional trekker's guidance? Basically nothing is impossible when you have the will to do. Finally we did it. 5 ladies where among 4 are the beginners to trek this long trails. So here I start today to share the most memorable trip of my life which had adventures, fun and so many little stories to remember. I will share all the important information about the route, climate and try to get you as much as possible. And I bet you will try this trek after you see the clicks and read this series.

Our plan started in mid of December, mainly from January. Of course the blogs on Sandakphu helped us to plan well. Our trip was of 7 days total. Here how it happened.

Day One : 

We reached NewJalpaiguri station and from there we had to go to Manebhanjan. We booked the car before itself, though later we realized from NJP anyone can get shared car easily to get into Manebhanjan. You can save extra pennies. Really. Normally trekkers start trekking from Manebhanjan towards Tumling. We had less time so we skipped that trek and rather picked a Land rover from there. We booked that before itself. 

For the first time I am using pictures from others.
 Just started our journey at Singalika Entry point. Pic credit : Sanjukta di 

To reach Tumling you first need to get entry pass of Singalila National Park and then you actually start exploring the places one by one. 

Chitrey : 

If you are visiting Chitrey, just don't miss the monastery. It is tenderly beautiful. When we reached, the monastery was closed. On our request they opened it and it was serene. Placing our naked feet over the monastery floor reminded us that yes we were in the paradise of chills. It was damn cold that our feet were sensing numb. But the monastery was beautiful. We prayed, we lit up candles and intense sticks and that brought another charm to the silence. Check the pictures.

Beautiful Chitrey

Naiwrita, Arpita Di and Chai

Inside Chitey Monastery

Meghma :

This village had separate place in my heart. Before two years I got hooked with this place for a write up on Meghma. Then I never knew where the place was, and how to visit there. Just after a little bit google and net surfing I made up my story. Read it here. When I found that Meghma falls in the road to Sandakphu, I could not control my wish to visit the place and feel the air of Meghma - village that is covered with clouds. Even we spotted another monastery in Meghma too. Even that was beautiful too. The Rhododendrons were so vibrant that it filled so much of positivism in our souls. We were carefree, just started the trip and had so many days to go. All plans, excitements and enthusiasms were blushing our faces. We were happiest and luckiest ladies on earth. Sometimes you need your network to get rid of you. Freedom is living your life with only your wish, with no time constraint following you and to swallow nature's bliss drops. It seemed as if we eloped and we had big smiles on our faces. 



Meghma Monastery

Our Gang - From left Chai, Arpita Di, Me, Naiwrita and Sanjukta Di

Tumling & Tonglu:
And there we reached at our destination. Tumling where we had the night stay. Serene village, clumsier than Meghma and Chitrey and of course you can spot tourists here. We settled in our room and got ready for the evening small trek towards Tonglu. We had hot cups of tea and gathered more energy to kick start the first little warm up trek to Tonglu. Tonglu is 2 km from Tumling. Road were hilly and rough. We crossed Rhododendrons and Daphnes in the roads. We walked and walked, watched the clouds touching us time to time and we followed the Sun which was about to set. Anyhow we had to see the sunset from Tonglu top and there our timing was so perfect. We reached the top of Tonglu and the sun said bye bye. At top of tonglu there were several tents and several trekkers were busy in bonfires. Me and Arpita di lied over the green grasses for long and watched Sky. Breathed in and relaxed. Nothing could come on our mind at that time. No worries, no hassles, Only laughter and joy.

Towards Tumling .. Land Rover

Tumling - they were dancing so good

opposite to our lodge

Towards Tonglu 

Aries :P 

Click Click 

Still 1 Km to reach Tonglu

Sunset at Tonglu

La la la ♫♫

Arpita Di .. flowing in the wind

I ♥ this pic. Credit : Arpita di

When we went, it was the time of Full moon. Mountains in moon light can be this beautiful, I never had any idea. It was too chilled at night, sky was clear and moon was bright. White magnolias were visible and the silence was breaking due to windchills. Beautiful Himalaya and beautiful the essence is. Blessed to visit these places.

to be continued .... Day 2 

P.S : Please Mercy for Typos .. 
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