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… Continue reading Trip to Sikkim 07-11 May, 2017 Day four – return from North Sikkim to Mirik, WB
Day 3 in North Sikkim (8th May, 2017) Before I start sharing my experience of this challenging trip, it is extremely important to understand the prerequisites of such trips:- 1. Physical fitness (at least start walking daily for 40-45 minutes, 3-4 weeks before such trips). People with high BP should consult their physician before starting). 2. Heavy jackets, thermal wears,… Continue reading Trip to Sikkim 07-11 May, 2017 Day three in North Sikkim – Zero Point, Yumthang Valley, Gurudwara Chungthang & Gangtok
A friend of mine had arranged my stay at Paigong (near Chungthang), which is at 9000+ feet. Got up early and started at 7.30 am, stopped at Lachen, a small town, to have tea etc at Ingredient Restro Bar and then moved on to Gurdongmar, reached at 12.30pm. I was inspired by my family… Continue reading Trip to Sikkim 07-11 May, 2017 Day two in North Sikkim – Gurdongmar and beyond
Getting back on track: After a "Downtime" of 3 weeks, due to Jaundice, I was back on my trips and this time I took off to Sikkim for some exciting places! Met Lama Chulthim Bhutia, from Mirik Monastery, who had come to Delhi for getting visa to US. Crossed various landmarks, driving alongside Teesta River. Keep a watch over… Continue reading Trip to Sikkim 07-11 May, 2017
US travelogues: It was a real challenge to plan this trip in a short period of one week but we did it! Applied for US Visa, on-line, on 24-June-2016, visited VFS Global for biometrics (photo and fingerprints) on 30-Jun-2016 and finally to US Embassy on 07-Jul-2016 for final interview. All four of us were called… Continue reading Planning a trip to the US? Read this first….
In last week of March'18, I had a visitor to my office for some personal work, who invited me over to his place at Lal Tibba, Mussoorie. I, too, was looking for an opportunity to pay my obeisance to the Himalayas, so it just clicked and I embarked on a 3 days/2 nights trip. Left… Continue reading HIMALAYAS CALLING – UTTARAKHAND GARHWAL
Day 2 of Ladakh Adventures: Pangong Lake via Changla Pass on 27-Jan-2018 Started from ITBP Officers' Mess at Choglamsar by 7.15 am, taking the Leh-Manali highway upto Karu. Our driver-cum-guide Mr. Jigmet Dorjey stopped for taking fuel after a kilometer, which took more than normal time as even diesel thickens at sub-zero temperatures (it was… Continue reading How I survived (and thrived) on my Second Day of Winter Ladakh