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Hello Gangtok

Posted by @bhitalks on May 28, 2009

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Hello Gangtok

 
MG Road Market, the main market place in Gangtok. When we reached to this place, it started raining. The market is paved with stone and looks awesome with peculiarly beautiful street lamps and flowers baskets hanging from those lamp posts. It was peak season and the market was crowded with tourists. Starkly different from other cities, Gangtok is composed of multi-storied buildings that are closely packed and strewn on the hills. Another noticiable structure in Gangtok and other towns of Sikkim is the pedestrian walkway. Enclosed with green coloured railings, the footpath is on the left side of the roads and runs approximately 35 kilometres across Sikkim.

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Summer of 2009 – Day 5

Posted by @bhitalks on May 28, 2009

Today we were to leave Tinchuley and move on to Gangtok for the remainder of our trip. We left after the breakfast at about 1030 so that we could reach Gangtok well before evening. A surprise awaited us when we were all set to move. The Gurung Guest House gave a heart-warming farewell. Small token gifts like tea from the personal tea estate of the Gurung’s and a traditional silk muffler presented to us by Didi, really touched our hearts.

Our stay at the Gurung Guest House was a dream come true. This is not a house but a home. Personalized attention, affectionate care and flexibility makes it a different experience. Jaishree was served on demand! She uttered the word fish and it was there, as if waiting only for her demand! She talked about chicken and presto, Didi was right there with a plate! And yes, how can I forget, the food here is all organic. Everything is home grown in their own farms and gardens. Only salt is perhaps something they have to procure from market. Food is so fresh and so palatable that it invariably left us craving for more. Buzzing with activity from dawn to dusk yet tranquility prevails here. It just can’t get better than this. We will cherish this stay for long long time to come.

As we drove to gangtok, it was another experience of its kind. Crossing the river Teesta and then heading into the valley that leads to Sikkim provides a mesmerizing view. From one hill to another we crossed valleys and mountains to reach the border-town Rangpu. This check-post screens the visitors and leads in to Sikkim from West Bengal. From here on, the drive to gangtok was all urban. Interestingly unlike other places, here in Gangtok you cannot make out when a town ends and another starts. They are all so seamlessly interconnected! The roads are maintained by the BRO (border roads organisation). The national highway 31A is well maintained and perhaps good work done to clear up the landslides that caused the blockages during the last couple of days.

We reached the taxi stand at Gangtok at about 1430 where Dipendra and Milan (our hosts at Tinchuley) handed us over to the local tour operator named Gelek Gyatso. We bade thankful goodbye to both and moved on into Gangtok.

As it was already after noon, there was no schedule for today. We were to rest and get ready for the excursion tomorrow. We checked into Hotel Mintokling (another family run guest house) at Bhanu Path and rested for a while. We got freshened up and then decided to take a walk down to the market. There is only one main market called the MG Road. At 1700 in the evening an entirely different view awaited us.

The Gangtok MG Road Market is beautiful adorned with great looking street lamps and flower baskets hanging from the lamp posts. The entire stretch is stone paved and looks elegant. It started raining no sooner than we started exlporing the market. We had no cover! We had to walk all the way back to our Hotel and by the time we reached, we were all drenched! What weather! Nathu la pass was inaccessible until yesterday and just as weather was getting to clear up, this rain! Not Again!

Lets see. We’ll wait until tomorrow.

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Farewell Tinchuley

Posted by @bhitalks on May 28, 2009

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Farewell Tinchuley

Another day. We are all set to leave Tinchuley for Gangtok, for the remainder of our trip. Gurung Guest House gave us a heart-warming farewell with this traditional silk muffler presented to us by Didi. It was like a dream spending the last 3 days at Tinchuley. The guest house was more of a home than a house. Impeccable services that were rendered to us with personalized attention and care really touched our hearts! It just can’t get better than this. We will be reminiscing the time we spent at Tinchuley for a long time to come.

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Splitting tree to save our way

Posted by @bhitalks on May 27, 2009

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Roadblock saved!

 

On our way back to Tinchuley, we took a detour through a forest in Takdah. The dense forest at the dusk appeared a dreamy sight for us. With tall trees all around us, it seemed as though we were in a different world all together. Shown in this picture is a tree that was uprooted during the rains in last couple of days. What a sight it was! This tree got uprooted and fell right onto another tree on the other side of the road splitting it straight through the middle. Had it not been the other tree, we would have got stuck as the only way out of this jungle was to go all the way back in reverse gear! There was no way we could have turned the Bolero!

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Lemme drive

Posted by @bhitalks on May 27, 2009

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Lemme Drive!

While returning to our guest house at Tinchuley from the Triveni ‘Sangam’ mini-beach, Jaishree tried her hands at the wheel of our Bolero. For her, it was a thrill drive through the steep mountaneous roads of the Teesta valley. For me, it was an edge of the seat experience especially whenever she manouvered the jeep round the curves. For our driver Milan, keeping an alert watch, it was more tiring than driving himself! Nevertheless, these five-ten minutes were quite a fun for Jaishree and she really enjoyed driving on the hills.

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Handle the catch!

Posted by @bhitalks on May 27, 2009

 

Handle the Catch!

Handle the Catch!

Jaishree tried her hands at fishing with the help of some local fishing guys. Shown here in this photograph is her catch which she couldn’t hold for more than a few seconds! The ticklish feeling had her throw it down no sooner than it landed in her palms! Just long enough for this photograph to be taken.

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The Triveni or ‘Sangam’

Posted by @bhitalks on May 27, 2009

This picture was taken right at the banks of the two rivers. From the left is the Rangeet coming in to join the Teesta which is flowing in from far behind on the right. The Teesta with Rangeet merged in, then continues towards the near end on the right. This is a view that just captivates you.

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Triveni view point

Posted by @bhitalks on May 27, 2009

Triveni view point offers a panoramic view of the ‘sangam’. This is the point where the rivers Rangeet and Teesta meet. This junction divides the land in to Sikkim, West Bengal and the earstwhile portions of Bhutan.

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Summer of 2009 – Day 4, contd.

Posted by @bhitalks on May 27, 2009

Looking at the gravity of landslides, we had to cut short our visit to Darjeeling and return back.

We then decided to return back to Teesta valley and enjoy the forests on the way to Triveni. We drove through the jungles to the Teesta Tea Estate. Lush green stretches made our day. We even tried sliding down the tea plants in the slopes and had fun doing so. Jaishree was just freaking out laughing at me slipping down and getting stuck at a shrub.

Continuing from the forests we reached the Triveni view point. This view point has been developed just to provide a panoramic view of the ‘sangam’. Triveni is the point where the river Rangeet joins the river Teesta and provides for a magnificient view. The Rangeet is comparitively rapid than the Teesta. This junctions divides the land into the parts of Sikkim, West Bengal and erstwhile portions of Bhutan.

We then drove down further right to the shores of the rivers and spent some time on the white beach. Jaishree even tried her hands at fishing but could not handle the catch! The moment a fish landed in her hands she couldn’t suppress the ticklish feeling and immediately threw it down! At least she held it for a couple of seconds just enough for a photograph to be taken.

After having spent nearly an hour or so at this mini-beach we drove back to our guest house at Tinchuley. Let’s see if the weather improves tomorrow and the landslides get cleared up for our trip to Gangtok.

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Teesta Tea Estate

Posted by @bhitalks on May 27, 2009


Tinchuley and Takdah valley hosts quite a number of tea plantations. This picture is of the Teesta Tea Estate. Tea plants give a green slush to the entire landscape.

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