Journey to Gurudongmar
|Gangtok...from hotel balcony|
|Near Ganesh Tok-Gangtok|
|local chulbuli baby|
|infront of me stands a wild chicken|
|10-15 kms before Magnan|
|no roads actually|
|cloud is at my level|
|a view point at the middle of our journey|
|dangerous roads at dangerous speed|
|Seven Sisters waterfall|
We reached Lachen at 22:00 and halted at Hotel Cho Lamu(Mobile no.-+919434445053). We have our dinner and gave sound sleep.
We woke up at 5 am and got prepared for Gurudongmar. The distance between Lachen to Gurudongmar is 68kms. This time we will climb from 9500feet to 18000 feet. There were actually no roads but a pathway of boulders. As we climbs up the air gets dryer and we felt the scarcity of oxygen. Probably I won’t be able to express all of my feelings in words, because I don’t have any perfect words in my dictionary to explain the whole experiences. It was scary, attractive, dangerous and addictive. What else!!! Once you started you cannot stop. There cannot be any look back. I can still remember that the day before, from Magnan I saw a peak where I found snow started covering the peak, and during the journey I found suddenly, that stony masculine peak was just standing in front of me with its head up. I realized that the thin lines of snow were actually the snow layers covering the peak. I loved the way it was. It seemed to me that I was moving around my Guide friend and he was looking at me with full of its curiosity. We crossed few terrible land slide areas. We experienced some traumatic scene.
At around 10am we reached Thangu Village. Thangu is a small mountain village with countable families. I wish I could stay there few more time, I could hang around in the valley, and I could lie down on the green meadow. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, hold it for few seconds grabbed the essence and moved forward.
We reached Gurudongmar Lake at 12 pm. There were colourful prayers flag around the lake. The colour of Gurudongmar Lake was greenish blue. With the clouds clearing from the snow clad mountains besides it, the place was looking out of the world. I have no idea what heaven looks like, but it must be something like this. A major disadvantage of this trip is you do not seem to get enough time anywhere. Suman became sick due to high altitude and we had to climb down staying there just for 20 minutes.
|panaromic view of the lake|
|adjacent mountains of Gurudongmar|
|framed with militants|