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Pic of the day

Posted by @bhitalks on July 9, 2009


View of the landscape and skyline of Teesta Valley

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Summer of 2009 – Photos

Posted by @bhitalks on July 1, 2009

The photographs that we took during our trip to Tinchuley and Sikkim are ready.

You may view the slidehows here:

  1. Summer of 2009, Part 1
  2. Summer of 2009, Part 2

 We hope you will like the photographs as much as we did.

Thank you all for patiently standing by for the complete series of this trip.

– Jaishree & @bhimanyu

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Summer of 2009 – Acks…

Posted by @bhitalks on June 1, 2009

This trip of ours would not have been possible without the help of our friends. We appreciate and acknowledge their support..

Kingshuk Bagchi: Our friend at Kolkata. For literally forcing us on Tinchuley!

Santanu Bhaumik: Our friend at Kolkata. For commiting us into this trip. His support in convincing us for Tinchuley is gratifying. His extended support in securing arrangements for us is invaluable!

Dipendra Gurung: Our host at Tinchuley (the Gurung Guest House). For hospitality we can never forget!

Didi: Our co-host at Tinchuley (the Gurung Guest House). For a home away from home!

Milan: Our escort and concierge at tinchuley (the Gurung Guest House). For his spirits, cheerfulness, and enthusiasm with which we got introduced to this wonderful place!

Gelek Gyatso Bhutia: Our tour organiser at Gangtok. For tailoring our itinerary for Gangtok and Nathu-la.

Karma: Our escort at Gangtok. For helping us soak the serenity around Gangtok. Especially, the gorgeous Lingdong monastary.

Sachin: Our escort on the drive to Nathu-la. For his composed driving and letting us enjoy this beautiful valley.

Rahul and Poonam: Our friends at New Delhi. For extending their help to secure our return tickets.

We thank you all for making this trip a memorable one for us.

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Summer of 2009 – Day 9

Posted by @bhitalks on June 1, 2009

Phew.. finally we are going home! After 8 long days of awesome holidays, we are now just not feeling like going back. From what we experienced in the hills, the 45 degree heat of Delhi coupled with noise, crowd and pollution is scaring the hell out of us!We were on cloud nine while returning home!

Got up late today. Lazy. Got ready lazily. Thanks to our friends, the tickets were confirmed and so was our drop to Bagdogra. Took us hardly 45 minutes to reach the airport. 

We landed at Delhi at about 1700 hrs. Reached home by 1900 hrs. Missing our holidays now!

Missing Tinchuley especially!

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Stranded at Siliguri

Posted by @bhitalks on May 31, 2009

Temple at Siliguri


With nothing to do at Siliguri, we decided to enjoy whatever we had on our hands! This photograph on the left is of a beautiful temple near Savin Kingdom on the Darjeeling road. We saw this from the road as we walked down to the park. Perhaps the dusk added to the beauty of this temple.


Archery at Savin Kingdom, an amusement park at Siliguri


We had fun at the amusement park (Savin Kingdom) in Siliguri. For these 2 hours we became children. Uninhibited and hell bent on trying everything!

Shown in this picture on the right is Jaishree, trying her hands at archery!

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Summer of 2009 – Day 8

Posted by @bhitalks on May 31, 2009

Humph… The time has come to leave back a week’s full of refreshing hills, clean air and pristine waters only as memories to cherish!

We had our train back from NJP at 1300 hrs and so we started early by 8, so as to reach there in time. It took 4 hours for us to reach NJP. Meanwhile all this time I had been checking on the status of our ticket from my iPhone and it was stuck at W/L 1. Hoping for it to get thru when the charts are released, we waiting impatiently at the station with increased heartbeats. When the charts were out, our jaws dropped as our ticket was still at W/L 1 and looking at the heavy rush of tourists this season, there was absolutely no hope. When the train arrived, we tried to find out from the TTE if we could be accommodated in any class, not necessarily 1st AC, and he expressed helplessness!

So here we were, stranded at an unknown place with no tickets and brain blanked out. We just sat at the platform watching our train moving on, sans us. Time to call up our friends and seek help. Enquired about the flights from Bagdogra and found that there were none left for today. So we had no option but to spend the night here at Siliguri and try for some flight tomorrow. And that is what we did. With the help of our friends, we lodged ourselves at a decent hotel and got our tickets on a flight tomorrow. I would consider that as very lucky indeed, because chances of getting a flight ticket at this moment were bleak owing to the heavy rush of tourists. I still don’t know how, but we got the tickets and it cost us Rs.31,000! The way the airlines vary their fares based on various factors on a particular sector!

By the time we checked in to the hotel and go fresh it was already evening. Siliguri… what do we do? Sit back and wait for tomorrow? No way… it should be just another place on our holiday trip! And so be it. We enquired about Siliguri and found out that although there is absolutely nothing to see around, but we can try Savin Kingdom, a small amusement park a kilometre from our hotel. We walked up to the park which is on the Darjeeling road, and dashed right in. We tried all rides and games and had uninhibited fun as if we were children!

After having spent nearly 2 hours there, we are back in our hotel now. No hush, our flight is late tomorrow and we can sleep to our hearts desire.

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The Tsomgo Lake

Posted by @bhitalks on May 30, 2009

View of Tsomgo Lake

The Tsomgo Lake also known as the Chhangu Lake in local parlance, is a small beautiful lake situated at an altitude of 12,400 feet. Surrounded by steep mountains on all sides it is a charming sight to watch. The streams from the mountains that rush towards it look like silver streaks from a distance.

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The Silk Route

Posted by @bhitalks on May 30, 2009

the Legendary Silk Route, the only open trade route with China at Nathu La

The photograph on the left shows the NathuLa Business Channel. These are the gates to the famed trade route between India and China. Legendarily known as the Silk Route, this is the only open trade link on the Sino-Indian border. On the left of this gate is India and on the right, China. The single barbed wire fence can also be seen in this picture, dangling down from the platform where we were standing.


Chinese soldier shaking hands with children at Nathu La


The picture on the right shows a Chinese soldier shaking hands with children on the Indian side of the border. The barbed wire fence can be seen clearly. The platform on the Indian side is a bit higher from the ground than the Chinese side.

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Panoramic Frontier!

Posted by @bhitalks on May 30, 2009

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This photograph was done in panoramic mode at about 1300 hrs. This provides us with a panoramic view of the Sino-Indian border at Nathu La!

Towards the left of those concrete stairs is China. Towards the right is India. You can notice the snow clad Himalayan ranges in China towards extreme left. The blue-capped hut-like structures on the near left of the stairs are the Chinese posts. The one up higher up is a watch post that the Red Army uses to keep a watch on the roads on the Indian side! One Chinese soldier is seen here climbing up to the post on a call from his Major. If you click on this picture and open it up in original size, you will see another Chinese personnel manning the watch post.

Towards the right of the stairs that fortified wall like structure is the Indian army bunkers and posts.

What a sight!

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Snow in peak summer!

Posted by @bhitalks on May 30, 2009

At Nathu La, Jaishree in the snow

Just as we started our final climb up to the Nathu La, it started snowing. At first it was a slight drizzle, then rain and then snow. It made our trip worth it. Who would have expected snow here in the summer of May! However, not all was covered in snow, as most of it had already melted during this summer. There were a few patches of snow here and there which were the last remains of the snow that had covered the entire area last winter.

Jaishree didn’t waste a single moment to find the biggest chunk of snow and dashed for it. This photograph shows her on top of a huge rock of ice at Nathu La.

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