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    Beauty of Yumthang Valley- VII

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    I took many of the pictures while travelling by the Jeep. But in this process I ended up taking about 2000+ pictures in North Sikkim. I am selecting the photos at random and putting it o VT. Feeling tempted? Please do come and visit this place!

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    The beauty of Yumthang Valley-I

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    We visited Yumthang valley on 18th March'09. We started from Lachung at 7.30 AM and by 10.30 AM we were there. Enroute we stopped at many places and captured the beauty of Yumthang. Beautywise it is surely the best place of North Sikkim. Please have a look at the beauty we captured. We got - 4-6 degrees Celcius and lots of snow and snowfall.

    To fasten the beauty of Yumthang Valley in words would be like slighting the creator of such splendor. Yumthang Valley is just right place, where magnificence seeks no bounds. Perched at the bewildering elevation of 11800 ft, Yumthang Valley tenders an awe-inspiring spectacle of alpine pastures, rhododendron forest and snow-cloaked peaks of the Himalayas of India. For many years, Yumthang Valley had been debarred from visitors owing to its proximity with the border of Tibet.

    In the northern district of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is like a surprise that certainly deserves a visit. Yumthang Valley is easily accessible from Mangan by regular jeeps or by hired taxis. During this journey, Lachung is the last destination prior to Yumthang. Lachung lies at a distance of approx 25 kms and serves as an excellent stopover for the tourists on course for Yumthang. However, Yumthang has been made accessible to the tourists, yet foreigners are required to obtain the Inner Line Permit to enter this area.

    Yumthang Valley is also known by the name of "Valley of Flowers". This bottomless vale has remarkable variety of flowers to boast of. Once again to its credit, Yumthang also embraces the world renowned Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary in its region. A tributary of the Teesta flows through the valley and making it all the more mesmerizing in its appearance. To visit this vale, spring season is the perfect time when flowers blossoms at their best. During summers, this valley acts as a pasture land for the yaks.

    Besides its astonishing flora, Yumthang also offers an eye-catching vista of peaks along with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa. Yumthang is also famous for Hot Springs, but actually these springs fall in Yumesamdong region. We have covered them in a separate article. During winters, the whole valley gets enveloped in a thick layer of snow. To put succinctly, Yumthang Valley is an amazing treat where you would become the element of the ceaseless picture exclusive of any sort of infringement.

    Munu at Yumthang. Blow up this picture two persons skiing at distanc We at Yumthang Valley.
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    Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-IV

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    The enchanting beauty of Kalep and Thangu can only be captured thru eyes and no picture can compensate this. I have taken about 1100 pictures of this region and in my view all the pictures are worth loading in VT. But it is not possible as it will take long time to load. So for the time being I shall load some pictures to complete the page and then carry on loading till the time I am bored or my friends find it's not worth watching.

    The Thangu village. Army Helicopter survelience at Thangu. A Tibetan flag at Thangu village.

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    Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-III( Indian Army)

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    Since 2006/2007 Indian Army has opened it's door for North Sikkim for Indian Tourists and Foreigners as well. They have camps at various altitudes and they do provide hot shelter, hot air and sometimes hot tea to the tourists visiting Gurudongmar and Thangu. The Indian Army camp at Kalep provided us water and hot shelter for sometime to get ourselves acclamatised before we go to 17000+ feet altitude. The soldiers were very courteous and cooperative, as soon as we reached we were offered to take shelter at the sentry box which had hot air and a burning furnace. It was a great relief at - 10 degrees temperature.

    Indian Army going strong. Indian Army the fighting fit soldiers. The hot sentry box. The hot air chimney.

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    Beauty of Thangu & Kalep-I

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    We stopped for breakfast at Thangu at about 8.00 AM enroute to Gurudongmar. Next door at Kalep we have our Indian Army camp. Please savour the beauty of these two places as we did.

    Thangu in Sikkim is located at an altitude of 13000 feet. Thangu is about 30 kilometers north of Lachen. Since it is located at a high altitude, the place remains snow covered for most of the time. Specifically from October to March, the land is shrouded with the white blanket of snow. But this whiteness turns to a collage of numerous shades in May with the commencement of the blossoming season. The alpine forests in Thangu is acclaimed as natural beauty fresh from the hand of God.

    In a tour of Sikkim, if one gets torn with the hectic schedules and the hustle and bustle of tourist spots, Thangu of Sikkim would definitely provide the breathing space. On the lap of mother nature, the atmosphere of Thangu is absolutely serene and tranquil. Not too many tourists visit this place, probably for its tedious journey. But one who makes it, realizes that even a thousand miles journey is worth the efficacy of the place. There is only a few small hamlet at Thangu, inhabited by the local nomadic tribes. The green valley of Thangu is trespassed and criss crossed by a number of streams and rivulets, the most important of them are Chopta Chu, Thangu Chu and Lassur Chu.

    Though Thangu at Sikkim is preferred by nature lovers, it has become the mecca to the adventure-maniacs. Thangu presents them with every opportunity of exploration. The routes from Thangu to Chopta Valley and Muguthang are among the most preferred trekking routes in Sikkim. The rivers in Thangu are ideal for white water rafting. Angling and fishing are also practiced in these rivers.

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    Beauty of Gurudongmar-II

    by goutammitra Written Mar 24, 2009

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    The terrain is extremely inhospitable for normal civilians. It requires special training and several days of acclmatisation to make yourself stable at these heights. Eating habits and clothing has to be changed to get yourself at home at this place. But the beauty of the nature makes you forget all once you get there. I am trying to give you all as much information possible as.

    Going there is now easy, since 2006/2007 Indian Government has opened this place for Indian tourists and foreign tourist as well. One has to obtain special permits to visit this place. For tourists the travel agencies at Gangtok arrange this. Foreigners has to first register themselves at Foreigner Registration office at Gangtok ( Capital of Sikkim) then the special permits can be arranged by the travel agents on production of permits and 4 sets of phtographs. For us we had to provide 4 copies of photographs and copies of passport/ voter I.D/ Indian Driving license etc. as proof. I shall write a tip on that too.

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    Beauty of Gurudongmar-1

    by goutammitra Written Mar 23, 2009

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    The dangerous beauty of Gurudongmar is unexplainable in words, it can only be shared by visiting the place. It keeps on changing with season and temperature variations which could be from about +10 degrees Celcius to - 40 degree Celcius. Life is impossible at this height and only army people or locals survive at this great height. We could stay for about half an hour out of that we felt silight giddiness and loss of breath. Rakhi had a tough time in walking as she was very short of breath. Munu had very little problem. After about 10-15mts Indian Army packed us and asked to leave for safe zone i.e. come down and descend height immediately.
    I have captured lots of pictures, videos which I shall load slowly. Please enjoy the pictures and the videos and yes please rate them if you have enjoyed.

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    Beauty of Gurudongmar-1

    by goutammitra Written Mar 23, 2009

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    The dangerous beauty of Gurudongmar is unexplainable in words, it can only be shared by visiting the place. It keeps on changing with season and temperature variations which could be from about +10 degrees Celcius to - 40 degree Celcius. Life is impossible at this height and only army people or locals survive at this great height. We could stay for about half an hour out of that we felt silight giddiness and loss of breath. Rakhi had a tough time in walking as she was very short of breath. Munu had very little problem. After about 10-15mts Indian Army packed us and asked to leave for safe zone i.e. come down and descend height immediately.
    I have captured lots of pictures, videos which I shall load slowly. Please enjoy the pictures and the videos and yes please rate them if you have enjoyed.

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    baba mandir

    by mantru Written Nov 30, 2008

    Major "Baba" Harbhajan Singh (August 3, 1941–October 4, 1968) (Punjabi: ਹਰਭਜਨ ਸਿੰਘ) was an Indian army officier who died near the Nathula Pass in eastern Sikkim, India. He is revered by the soldiers of the Indian army, who have built a shrine in his honour.
    According to army folklore, Baba is a stickler for discipline and is known to admonish those who do not tow this line. A camp bed is kept for him and his boots are polished and uniform kept ready every night. The sheets are reportedly crumpled every morning and boots muddy by evening. The Major continues to draw a salary and takes his annual leave.
    According to legend, Major Harbhajan Singh drowned in a glacier following the 1962 Sino-Indian War in 1968 while escorting a column of mules to a remote outpost. He was the first casualty of the 23rd Punjab Regiment, and a manhunt was launched to find him. He was found after three days and cremated with full military honours. According to legend, it was Major Harbhajan Singh who led the search party to his body, and later, through a dream, instructed one of his colleagues to build and maintain a shrine after him.

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    Nathula Pass

    by mantru Written Nov 30, 2008

    Nathula is located in the indo-chinese border,connecting to Sikkim and tibet autonomous region of China.The pass is at 14140 feet ,was the part of the ancient silk route.
    Nathu la ,Nathu means listening ears and la means pass,is a trading border between India and China.It was sealed by India after intSino- indo war of 1962,and was re-opened in 2006.

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    Chhangu lake

    by mantru Written Nov 30, 2008

    Chhangu or Tsomgo lake is 40 km away from Gangtok.This lake is situated at 12,000 feet on the Nathula highway.permit is required by indians which will be arranged by the travel agency.For foreigners ,have to obtain special permit.The lake is 1km long and very beautiful.

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    seven sister falls on the way to north

    by mantru Written Feb 25, 2008

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    The seven sister falls is one of the many falls you'll find on the way to north..however this one is quite different..the water has cut thru the stone to make its way down 7 tiers...you can see the pics...

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    Thangu

    by mantru Updated Feb 24, 2008

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    Distance - 28 km ( from lachen )
    Altitude - 13000 ft.

    the route continues from Lachen to gradual ascend of 28 kms through the mountain ridge leads to Thangu. Its alpine meadows are dotted with wooden houses and army camps. The calm water of Teesta flowing through the valley presents a fantastic contrast.
    Thangu is a midway stop for breakfast once you start from lachen.Its a small and beautiful village......lots of warm people around.......the pic below is of a small boy who did not want to be clicked however was curious enought to peep.

    thangu posing at the village the busy street at thangu peeping at us

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    gurudongmar lake

    by mantru Written Nov 9, 2007

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    Gurudongmar Lake (also known as Gurudogmar Lake) is one of the highest lakes in the world located at an altitude of 17,100 feet (5,148 m). It lies on the North side of the Khangchengyao Range in a high plateau area contiguous to the Tibetan Plateau. The stream emerging from the lake is one of the source-streams of the Tista River.

    The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, who is also known as Guru Dongmar. It is located close to the Indo-China Border in the province of North Sikkim, Sikkim, India.

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    Yungtham

    by mantru Written Nov 8, 2007

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    Distance - 145 km ( from Gangtok )
    Altitude - 12000 ft.
    Note : It is a restricted area and special permits are required.

    At 24 kms from Lachung lies Yumthang, the rightfully called the Valley of Flowers as in Flowering season there blossoms vivid colours of variety of Rhododendrons, chimals and blue poppies. Yumthang is located on a flat valley and is near the tree line, the surrounding mountains seems to kiss the heavens. The journey from Lachung to Yumthang has a very picturesque landscape and is lined with Rhododendrons & 108 other types of Orchids which bloom in different colours from April to May. "Come as a visitor for a life-time experience." April and May promises colourful flowers, where as November end to March usually sees snows.

    rhododandron trees on the way

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