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    Enchey Monastry
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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    Rumtek Monastery

    by sachara Updated Sep 28, 2003

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    The Rumtek Monastery is the seat of Karmapa Rinpoche.
    This monastery is very impressive in size with a fabulous architecture.
    If you are lucky you can attend a performance of black hat dancers or stag dance in the large courtyard.

    In the neigbourhood of the monastery we visitee also the Nehru botanical garden

    Rumtek Monastery
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    Gangtok, Enchey Monastery

    by sachara Updated Jul 15, 2003

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    The Enchey Monastery was built 150 years ago under the reign of Chogyal Sidkeong Namgyal.
    In the monastery live 90 monks of the Nyingmapa sect. When we visited, the young monks painted the hall, cleaned the dishes and gave the scraps of rice at the dogs.

    Near the monastery from the ridge top you have a good view at the landscape.

    Enchey Monastery, place of Solitude
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    Gangtok, Institute of Tibetology

    by sachara Updated Sep 28, 2003

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    The institute of Tibetology is a museum with Buddhist scripts, ritual objects and art.
    The collection has rare objects, for example
    with silk embroidered thangkas, made for the Dalai Lama and smuggled out of Tibet.
    When we visited the institute, we were the only visitors. It was very special to be there, just the two of us, between all those holy objects in a rather mysterious atmosphere.

    Institute of Tibetology
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    Gangtok, Do Drul Chorten

    by sachara Updated Sep 28, 2003

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    The Do Drul Chorten is one of the most important stupas of Sikkim.
    In the stupa are sacred manuscripts, mandala's from the Dorje Phurba and other
    ritual objects.

    Around the chorten are 108 prayer wheels. You nee to round the chorten always clockwise.

    Do Drul Chorten
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    Lallmarket in Gangtok

    by sachara Updated Sep 28, 2003

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    South of the main bazaar of Gantok you can find the Lallmarket with a lot of vegetables and other food-stuff.
    At sundays the hill-farmers will come with there home-grown products.
    It's a lifely market and we enjoyed to walk around and look at what's going on.

    Gangtok, Lall market

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    Gangtok, houses

    by sachara Updated Sep 28, 2003

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    In Gangtok most houses are built at the sometimes very steep slopes.
    You can reach most houses by road. Everywhere are stairs as shortcut
    Gangtok is an easygoing town and we liked it strolling around.

    From many spots there are big views at the valleys and mountains, if it is not to hazy.

    Gangtok, housing areas
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    Chungtham

    by mantru Written Nov 8, 2007

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    Distance - 95 km ( from Gangtok )
    Altitude - 5,600 ft.

    Chungthang is situated on the way to Yumthang. It is a small town surrounded by high mountains that seem to touch the sky. Chungthang lies on the confluence of two hilly rivers Lachen and Lachung Chu and the starting point of river Teesta has emerged as a major subdivision settlement in North Sikkim. From here the road bifurcates for the Lachen and Lachung valleys. The spot worth visiting at Chungthang is the rock on which legend has it Guru Padmasambhava rested and the imprint on it is said to be his footmark. There is a small opening in the rock which remains filled with spring water Adjacent to the rock there is a small stretch of land where paddy grows, defying the conditions which are not conducive to the growth of this crop here, It is said that while here Guru Padmasambhava had sprinkled a handful of grain on this spot and paddy has grown here ever since. Chungthang is also a good place to halt for sometime for a cup of tea before proceeding onwards to Yumthang. It is predominantly a Lepcha region

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