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Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by VahanPujari, Dec 7, 2015.

  1. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    The frozen stream while falling down from the mountains

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    THE Zero Point.....

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  2. VahanPujari

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    Day 10......Contd.....

    Zero Point


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    We bade goodbye to Zero Point at about 12 noon. Zero Point truly lived upto its name. THe cold was severe, chilling winds.... but the beauty was such that we couldn't resist staying there for more than one or one & half hours almost.
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  3. VahanPujari

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    Day 10.....contd.....

    On the way back....from Zero Point to Lachung...


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    Yumathang Valley..... We were tired so didn't descend


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    A few months back, there was a huge huge avalanche of boulders. For 6-7 kms, there were gigantic boulders lying everywhere. The driver said that for almost 15 days the road was closed. The enormity was such that it was unbelievable to see that the roads are operational after such a severe avalanche. The following photos do not show even 1% of it.

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  4. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Day 10....contd....

    We reached hotel back at around 2 pm, had lunch, packed our stuff & left for Gangtok at about 3.30 pm. We were late as it was almost 5 hours drive to Gangtok. We came back from the same route that we came from. Lachung to Chungthang and then to Gangtok. We reached Gangtok at around 8.30 pm and checked into the hotel.

    Day 11.....Gangtok-Nathula-Old Silk Route-Zuluk Loops-Kalimpong

    This was going to be a long day as we clubbed 2 days into one. The original plan was to travel from Gangtok - Nathula - Zuluk Loops - back to Gangtok and then the next day proceed to Kalimpong by noon and enjoy / relax there. But since we couldn't go to Nathula on 16th / 17th Nov, we crunched the Kalimpong half a day sight-seeing & settled for making it just a night halt stay.

    We left hotel at about 8.30 am. Nathula permit is given only to a limited vehicles & usually given to travel agents turn by turn. We were told by our agent that it is turning out to be difficult to get it. However, he used his connections & got it in the morning. THis took time and by the time we were at Nathula Checkpost at Gangtok, it was 9.20 am

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    Stopped here for Tea and did some shopping. Jackets, shoes available at very reasonable price.


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    Tsomgo (Changu) Lake.....

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  5. VahanPujari

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    Day 11.....contd....

    Nathula



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    Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir. This is the new Baba Mandir. The earlier one is near Kupup.


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    World's Highest Altitude Golf Course.....

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    A typical Sikkim Village Shop....


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    The Elephant (Hatthi) Lake: We were wondering if it's shape will be like elephant as is being said. It was. And quite precisely so !

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  6. VahanPujari

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    Day 11....contd....

    The old silk route....

    I was quite excited to travel on old silk route. Little did I knew that it was going to be one of the most scenic route I have travelled till now ! The entire drive was fabulous. All around you are beautiful awesome views, magnificent sights & amazing skies. You can clearly demarcate sort of Stratosphere & Troposphere. A clear line on the sky at the same level as you are separating clear blue sky above and clouds below it, you being above the level of the clouds. Magnificent. Awesome.

    The photos starts with Kanchenjungha range first.

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    There were a couple of spots where tourists were playing with the snow and my kids started asking us to stop. We didn't stop there. Too many tourists and we were getting late. But after a few minutes when we looked at kids' faces, we asked the driver to stop the car at roadside at a spot & had some fun with kids.
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    .......and the show begins....... :)

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  7. VahanPujari

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    .....contd.......

    The Moon


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    Zuluk Loops started appearing in sight......

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    One of my favourites snap...

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    Great, Simply great! @VahanPujari, thank you for the heap of pics you shared here! Worth printing in large size and outing on the walls.
    Yoy could take snaps of the Nathula Pass area, particularly as you ascend the last few meters! I remember that Military-men prohibited us from clicking any pictures till we reached the fence (back in 2008). They allowed to click the area on China-side. The set-up looks better there now than when we went. Usually tourists return to Gangtok from Nathula and aren't aware of Zuluk beauty.

    Thanx for the beautiful pictures. It takes much effort to put al these here.
  9. King CM

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    @VahanPujari - WoW !! :happy: Nice compilation of pics.. most of them wallpaper worthy. You really have lots of patience to post so many pics and do the writeup as well. For people from South, like me, its quite far away and needs more planning. Till then its worth e-touring the places from your posts. Nice Effort.

    - CM
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    .....contd.....

    Thambi View Point....

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    Resort @Kalimpong ......
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