Buddhist Circuit, Himalayan Travelogues, Trips to North East India

Trip to Sikkim 07-11 May, 2017 Day four – return from North Sikkim to Mirik, WB

Stay in Hotel Mountain Retreat was relaxing, got up around 8 am to find heavy rains all around! I had planned to go for para-gliding at Ranka, near Gangtok but rains played spoil sport. Rains stopped around 1.30pm and I dashed to SBI Gangtok, where a young officer arranged taxi to drop me at Mirik Monastery at very reasonable charges.

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View from my hotel window showed heavy rains
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Clouds were all over the place, making the weather look gloomy
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I ventured out after rains stopped in the afternoon
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In front of M. K. Gandhi on famous MG Road, Gangtok, which is the main shopping area

Stopped at a wayside local dhaba near Rangpo, had Chicken Thukpa, a local dish of noodles, diced chicken in watery gravy/soup. The weather was so pleasant, I could not resist stopping at Sikkim Manipal University.

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Chicken Thukpa was really piping hot and delicious
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Entrance to Sikkim Manipal University
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Students waiting for transport near Sikkim Manipal University
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Weather remained the same, with dense clouds but thankfully, did not rain

 

Next stop was at confluence of Teesta and Rangeet rivers, where I came across bunch of bikers, who were going for a long drive.  However, did not like the sight of lots of plastic bottles littered around that place.

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Confluence of Teesta and Rangeet Rivers
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Group of bikers getting ready for their onward journey

 

Crossed sprawling Peshok Tea Estate, a lesser known but a beautiful place for photography.

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Peshok Tea Estate, Dist Darjeeling
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Photo op in tea estate, surrounded by clouds
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This tea estate was having rows of conical trees

 

Crossed lovely villages, having beautiful houses.  It was a great sight to see variety of flowers on the way.

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Lamhatta village house having lovely flowers on first floor
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Al village houses were seen with lovely flowers and people!

 

Ghoom Railway Station is considered as a heritage attraction.  This railway station of  the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is the highest railway station in India.  It is situated at an altitude of 2,258 metres (7,407 ft).  It was getting late so could not visit famous Ghoom Monastery.

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Ghoom Railway Station also has a small museum, showcasing it’s history.

 

Crossed Pashupati Bazaar, which is on the border of Nepal, where my phone was showing “NCELL” a network provider of Nepal.

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Ncell is visible on left hand upper corner, showing signals from Nepal

 

Finally reached Mirik Monastery at 7.15 pm, where I was received by my Lama friend, who took me straight to monastery guest house and then to monastery canteen for dinner. Vegetables, pulses and flour etc are all produced locally, using organic manure. Had a comfortable stay in their guest house.

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I had a comfortable stay in this room, with attached toilet
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Had dinner of Roti and sabji, grown locally

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