Monday, February 11, 2013

Part 1:- Amidst uncertainty which always glooms with me defying all the odds finally YES finally post almost 3 years in service the LTC was long due I oops rather we finally manage to pull it off. Sameer , Lalit, Prem, Munna, Raman, Rajesh, Mohit, Prem and me (Amit kumar singh) had previous stints of numerous discussion, multiple location and sessions after session went in vain but its true sometime u decide things in a whisker. The consensus was unanimous for Sikkim (the land of mystique. It’s been about a week but when I raconteur I feel delighted ethereal and the experience was surreal. Though it is almost difficult to express some of the things we experienced and confine them to lucid language because u need to be there to experience the pristine and tranquillity that prevails there.
Day 1: Delhi->Bagdogra->Kalimpong           Date: 24/01/13
 Distance: 1500 Km -> 75 Km
 It was an early start of the day we had to assemble at New Delhi express metro station by 8 in the morning as usual i was running late and which in turn resulted others excuse of following my footsteps. Well we finally reached airport terminal 3 and to our surprise the flight was running my was (haha late by an hour and half), We had an enjoyable and extended photography session at the terminal. So i was suspicious and anxiety gloomed as i was about to get hands on with my first short with flying and yes that felt great the best of the feeling came while takeoff and at touchdown. It was an exceptional 2 hours of my life flying. So we reached Bagdogra and we had a nice start as our driver was already waiting for us to continue to next leg of our journey. We set off to our voyage on a high note with 6 days of nonstop travel and exposure to the land of mystique and less known. Our transfer from airport to the 1st destination involved rigorous and some skilled driving alongside devastating and lucid river testa, we passed few hydro power projects under construction to our surprise we were informed that in few years the road the village we were travelling through would be submerged and would be galloped by Teesta. It took nearly 4 hours and tiresome journey for us to reach Kalimpong.
High’s of the day: My 1st flight : Travelling alongside Teesta for almost 50km : surreal landscape
Low’s of the day: tiresome travelling
Day 2: Kalimpong->Gangtok Date:25/01/13 Distance: 80 Km Exploring kalimpong : it is small hill town in west Bengal with some magnificent and vivid landscape, from vast mountains to a river flowing through the valley and above all we had our 1st stint with mount Kanchenjunga from our hotel window. We conquered one of our fear of height here as we plunged into the 1st opportunity of paragliding at deolo hill, later we went to Durbin Dara monastery to our bad luck the head lama at monastery died a day ago hence the entry to the monastery was restricted to lama’s and to other Buddhist. We ended our day with moving from Kalimpong to Gangtok with another adventurous road trip.
High’s of the day: paragliding the experience itself felt great, as soon as I jumped from the cliff and my legs left contact from ground I felt sane WITH GAINING altitude and the gush of cold and pure air made me believe things were real and it was me flying- flying high, rising. I never wanted to come out of that utopia. Though what i felt was ephemeral but would certainly remain with me forever.
Low’s for the day: None what so ever for the day Click here for Kalimpong’s photos travelling
Day 3: Gangtok->Nathula Dated: 26/01/13 Distance: 55 Km
Conquering indo Chinese border on the eve of republic day, another day with vivid feeling from patriotism to gusto in every member of our group, Respect for our border force and there can be nothing that can compensate to what they sacrifice for protecting us, Nathulla border is somewhat stifle from the outer world and one need to get a prior permit to visit the place. The day also embarked travelling to baba mandir and Tsomgo lake which is holy for the local sikkimies.
High’s of the day: altitude of 14200 ft Sub zero /below zero temperature and u can literally fell your heart doing the extra work to make u breathe Vivid landscape at that altitude Yes snow and the spark that make you were sunglasses and can arouse the child in you to play with snow and throw snow balls at each other. Low’s of the day: 2 of our friends suffer due to high altitude and yes cold that can make u go numb but you might fell in love with it for sometime. Click here for NAthuls's Photo To be continued........

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