Friday, July 29, 2011

Gurudogmar Lake

Panoramic view of Gurudongmar Lake

Located at an altitude of 5,210m , this is the biggest glacial lake located in the northern district of Sikkim.Gurudogmar lake is the second highest lake in sikkim ,second to cho lamu and ranked 15th  in world.It lies in the north district of Sikkim,India,only 5 km from chinese border.It is the source of the stream Chhombo chhu, which ultimately meets another stream flowing from Tsho Lhamo and together forms the Teesta River. This wetland is also considered as one of the most sacred lakes of the state because it was blessed by Guru Padmasambhava.Due to the extremely inhospitable terrain and difficulties associated with reaching the place,visitors having breathing problem is not advisable. Biking to this adventurous terrain  would be life time experiance.and many bikers have been riding to the lake due to its adventurous terrain.For glimpse of of the rides check

for more pictures of gurudogmar....check GURUDOGMAR PICS.

           highest lake


India travel blog 

A trip report of a journey to lakes of and rivers of North Sikkim, made in October 2003. Some images here are taken from a previous trip to Sikkim
Also see: Trek report to Gochela, Sikkim
We arrived in Gangtok after a long and tiring journey of six hours in a dilapidated and crowded jeep. Gangtok is accessible only by road and the steep slopes and curves on the road make your journey much harder. But when we reached the town, we knew we were going to have a good time in the next few days.
It’s hard to find a place flat and big enough to play soccer in Gangtok. The town is built on a series of hills in the Eastern Himalayan state of Sikkim. When you are walking from place to place, you are always climbing up or down which tires you very quickly. We spent the first day in exploring the town and making preparation for further journey. The first thing that we could see when we woke up next morning was a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga, the highest peak in India. It was visible from any point in town as if to prove its might

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Successful Swiss Expedition

                                        Successful Swiss Expedition

Yuksom: A Swiss Expedition team has Successfully climbed Mt Thinchinkhang at 6,010 mtrs (highest mountain peak in Sikkim) in West Sikkim on October 21. The expedition team including Mr. Robert Allenbach (57 years), Mrs. Sussana Cornelia Allenbach (54 years), Mr. Robertus Laan (40 yeas) and Mr. Paul PE Van Rivere (54 years) started their first expedition in Sikkim by climbing Mt. Thinchinkhang on October 15 from Yuksum. After four days long trekking they reached their base camp at Lamunay on October 19 and then after six hours they successfully climbed to the summit at around 7 in the morning of October 21 and concluded their expedition at Yuksum on October 24.

The Expedition was organized by Adarsh Tours and Travels, Gangtok. Mr. Gopal Chettri (MD). The team was accompanied by nine other members which includes guide, cooks and the Sherpas and 13 Yaks. Mr. Robert is working as a technical engineer in Switzerland. He has earlier climbed several other peaks including Mt. Everest in the year 1978 at the young age of twenty eight. Mrs. Sussana (Robert's wife) is a medical assistant by profession. The couple have been mountaineering since 40 years back as a hobby and scaled several peaks in their country and others.

Mr. Robertus, a Dutch national based in Switzerland and a marketing executive and Mr. Paul a public prosecutor in Holland. All the four expeditioners are amateur mountaineers. With the climbing of the mountain Mrs. Sussana has become the first lady to scale Mt. Thinchinkhang in the official record and the expedition team is the third one to scale the mountain. German team and US team are the previous ones to complete the mountaineering at Mt Thinchinkhang.(Shivadeep Rai)

Expeditions in Sikkim in 2000

Expeditions in Sikkim in 2000





Will Bauer


April-May 2000


The 10 member team set up the base camp at Green Lake (4700 m) on the Zemu glacier in mid-April. They proceeded slowly up the east ridge route setting; ABC (5250 m) Camp 1 (5625m) and Camp 2 (6200 m). Route ahead was full of soft snow due to fresh snowfall and they found route dangerous. The attempt was given up at 6200 m on 8th May.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

check list of sikkim birds.

Sikkim is one of the smallest state of Indian union with area of 7096 state was divided into six zones based on vegetation types and altitudes.   Sikkim has  a total of 574 species belonging to 253 genera and 55 families under 16 avian orders.

check list of birds of Sikkim:

1.Snow Partridge
2. Tibetan Snowcoc
3.Himalayan Snowcoc
4. Hill Partridge
5. Rufous-throated Partridg
6. Chestnut-breasted Partridg
7. Blood Pheasant
 8.Satyr Tragopan
9. Blyth’s Tragopa
10. Himalayan Monal and  for more visit--

Biodiversity of Sikkim - Exploring and Conserving a Global Hotspot

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mountaineering in Sikkim


Douglas w. Frieshfield.


The first European to explolre the kanchendzonga area was Douglas W. Frieshfield who reached its base in 1899 from green lake basin area.He also became the first mountaineer to examine the western face of kanchendzonga,which rises from the kanchendzonga glacier.In 1929,German mountaineers made their first attempt on Kanchendzonga followed by another attempt in 1931  but they turned back by poor weather and bad condition  having reached 26000feet.
kanchendzonga was first climed by British expedition led Charles evans  on may 25,1955 .The British expedition honored the beliefs of sikkimese ,who hold the summit sacred by stopping a few feet from actual summit.most successful summit parties since followed this tradition.In 1955,Charles Evans reached Kanchendzonga, a few feet below the summit from Nepal side.
In 1977, an expedition led by major Prem chand  reached a few feet below the summit.In 1987,an Assam rifles expedition attempted the peak.In 1991,an Indo-japenese expedition led by Hukam singh and Yoshio ogata reached the summit of the peak. 

                                                               Siniolchu taken from the Zemu Glacier by Vittorio Sella

Siniolchu(6,888m) is one of the tallest mountains of the Indian state of SikkimDouglas Freshfield described Siniolchu as "the most superb triumph of mountain architecture and the most beautiful snow mountain in the world". 
Siniolchu’s summit was first scaled in 1936 by the German climbers Karl Wien and Adi Göttner.Later Sikkimese Everest climber, Sonam Gyatso, also scaled the top.(source-

                  Kabru, from Dzongri in Sikkim

kabru was first climed  in 1935 by a British,C.R Cooke.He climed alone and without oxygen  reached the summit of kabru north and he became the highest solo climber but his achievement remained until 1953.Pyramid peak was first conquered in 1949 by swiss ,R.Dittert.A British,A .M Kallas,climed the paunhri in 1911.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mountains of Sikkim

Sikkim is the land of  high mountains that seem to touch the heavens and define paradise of nature.Sikkim has 28 mountain peaks and more than 80 glaciers.The world third highest mountain,Mt.Kanchendzonga(8586m)is in Sikkim.The summit of Kanchenjunga is the highest point which can been seen  from almost all part of Sikkim and it falls on the border between Sikkim and Nepal.The two main mountains in Sikkim are singilela range on western border and chola range on eastern range.Most of the peaks in Sikkim remained unscaled because locals considered them sacred and they   feels that if it is climed  they would loose sanctity.

Mountain range of Sikkim.
Kanchendzonga Mountain Range

panaromic view of Mt.Kanchendzonga

Kangchenjunga summit from Sikkim c. 1857

check the beautiful pictures of mountains of sikkim by Sujoy Das

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

pics.of Sikkim by Gautam

Trip To Sikkim 2010

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If you are in Gangtok and  want to explore the beauty of gangtok in the morning and want to capture  the morning life of gangtokian then you should book your hotel somewhere in the M.G marg or Tibet road or  Kazi road.Morning life in gangtok start quite early as compare to Indian metropolian city. The best time  to start  your morning walk in Gangtok would be around 5:30am,just wake up and gear up yourself to enjoy the beauty of gangtok.Just take the  round of White hall,Ridge park,Tshulakhang palace and down to M.G marg and start your day with cup of coffee and newspaper at Baker's cafe or cafe live and loud or Gangtalk restaurent.

M.G Marg,Gangtok,Sikkim.

Ridge park,Gangtok,Sikkim.

White Hall,Gangtok,Sikkim.

Tshuklakhang palace.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Standard hotels in sikkim.

Standard hotels in Sikkim.

     1.Hotel Pandim.


Welcome to Our Hotel

We take pride in the fact that we are a small and
 affordablefamily-run hotel located in a quiet,
bamboo-lined street inGangtok, Sikkim.

                2.HOTEL HUNGARY JACK.

Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim is located at the altitude of 5200 Ft.
(1547 Mt.) withthe spectacular view of Mt. Khangchendzonga, the town
provides the ideal base for travelthrough the state.

Hotel Hungry Jack is situated in the heart of the Gangtok town. Hotel
 Hungry Jack accompaniedwith all the comforts of modern day living.
Bus / Jeep stand situated at the eye slink away from the hotel.

note:list of hotel in sikkim will change every
week,so keep visiting.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Heaven called "SIKKIM"by lucky-vagabond

Heaven called "S I K K I M"

Its been pretty late I am putting this travel on blog. In fact almost 4 years, but this was one of the most adventurous trip of my life. I hope you will also enjoy as much as I did.To start with I have only a few words....

"Sikkim is sheer magic"

This is not just the most beautiful place in the world but cleanest and safest too. Mists, mountains and colorful butterflies, coupled with unique culture and natural landscape, Sikkim is a picture of perfection and pristine purity. Nestled in the Himalayas and endowed with exceptional natural resources, Sikkim is a hotspot of biodiversity and development. Though small in size, yet Sikkim has been identified world over as an important repository of germplasms of unknown dimensions. Perhaps, there is no part of the world, which offers more spectacular panorama with every turn of the road as Sikkim.

With a thrilling and ecstatic mood we (Me and Vinu) started from kolkata in the n
ight of 20th October' 06. It took 13 hours of excitement to reach Silliguri at around 3 PM next day. Tea estates and light rains welcomed us, aura was simply overwhelming and we were smelling TEA in the atmosphere. We hired a cab for Gangtok, which took 4.5 hours coupled with some great experiences of our lives (Vinu knows what I mean). It was 8 in night when we reached our hotel, by the time Gangtok was chilling and we were with our spirits to counter the cold coz we were without WARM CLOTHES.After dinner we were soon venturing out on the streets of gangtok and were restrained only by unwelcomed rains .We finally went to sleep with a dream of surrounding Himalayas and an impatient soul restlessly waiting the night to pass.

DAY 2: What a morning that was, clouds under our feet!!! 
The panoramic and snow covered Kanchenjunga was calling us. With adrenaline rushing in our veins, we started our march towards Yumthang Valley. Vinu was honing his photographic skills, nature was unfolding with each passing mile. Waterfalls, Landscapes, Vegetation were simply breathtaking and we were relishing the pristine beauty of the land. We were going up and the temperatures were coming down.Without enough winter gear, we never got a chance to feel cold. Why so....? It was very hard to miss out such extravaganza of nature, we never got the time to feel the cold. Check out...
Further closer to the falls:
I am an extreme adventurer too, I found it easier to cross the bridge, this easier way:
But guys do not try this..some of the things should be left to crazy guys like me..The place is enticing, but keep on moving, as cold sets in really fast.

Cup of tea was never such refreshing as it was at 10,000 ft, 5:30 PM and with cold kissing our spines. Finally we reached Lachung at 8,620 ft., our night stay. What a night that was, when we two vagabonds meandering in sub zero chilling temperatues whistling, singing and SHIVERING in the cold. We finally restrained when cold became unbearable. I had fish for the first time since nothing was available and I liked it.
(Lachung provides the base for an exploration of Yumthang 11,800 ft).
DAY 3: To Yumthang and Katao 
We got up at 0500 hrs and for the first time in our lives we saw snow being yellowed by Sun. After breakfast we left for "Katao", which is the China Border. That's the way to go...

Snow cladded road, snow covered trees, and finally Katao with Snow everywhere. -12 deg Celsius without warm clothing, we were literally freezing, but our high spirits were still not ready to be dampened.Though it was chilling, but we were having the time of our lives.
While on snow we were not feeling any cold.  Vast stretch of our country and the site of China aroused patriotic spirits in our souls and what came out were the slogans of "Vande Matram". Join us..

18,000 ft., -12 Degrees cold and lack of Oxygen soon had its first victim, when one of fellow co-passengers collapsed and we had to tun back to lachung. After leaving them to hotel we started for Yumthang valley. all throughout the way you will be greeted with such magnificent landscapes:
Yumthang is where the treeline ends, but rhododendrons still bloom. Lofty mountains covered with colourful vegetation and snow, freely dispersed waterfalls were simply breathtalking. As if this was not enough we reached Yumthang and and and......Sorry I got lost again....

Crystal clear Teeshta river, snow cladded mountains on both sides,
guzzling winds and Yaks running were ample proof of God's marvel creations. Why humans are destroying the mother nature? We were witnessing fury of Nature too, every time we tried removing our caps, chilling winds threatened to pierce off flesh from our bodies. We also forgot about our empty stomachs and it was Parle-G and Kurkure (Vinu ensured un-ending supplies). 
We were thirsty but we did not had any water with us, so I devised my unique way to satiate my thirst...
Necessity is the mother of inventions...
(Another hour's drive beyond Yumthang takes one to Yumesamdong (15,300 ft.), an area where the sweet fragrance of Azellia, a plant used as incense by locals permeates the air).

The surroundings had made us nostalgic and we have forgotten the count of time. But but but...all of sudden, our driver reminded us that we have to get back to gangtok by today night and he seemed to us the villian, who was jealous of our good time. Nevertheless we started our descend. Return journey was as eventful, and we were witnessing some left out spots.
It was dark when we reached gangtok. We dumped our luggage in a hotel and again set out for exploring gangtok, first thing we had was Dinner, how much we ate even we don't remember.

Day 4: Local Sightseeing and Day of Departure

We started with first glimmer of sun shine to cover all the local places. We visited:
  1. Rumtek Monastry: 24 km from the capital city of Gangtok. It serves as the seat of His holiness Gyawla Karmapa the XVI, the head of the Karma Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. 
    It was built by 16th Karmapa, in 1966. Rumtek Gompa of India is almost a replica of the original Kagyu headquarters in Tibet. Perched at a height of 5800 ft, it comprises of the main shrine-temple, the monastery, a retreat center, a monastic college (Shedra), a nun's hostel, some stupas, a protectors shrine and other establishments for the community, along with a number of other religious institutions. Every year, a dance festival is held here, on the 28th day and 29th day of the 10th month of the lunar calendar.

  2. Do Drul Chorten Stupa: The Do-Drul Chorten or Stupa was built by the venerable Truslshi Rimpoche, head of the Nyingma order of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1945. 
    Inside this Stupa, there are complete Mandala sets of Dorjee Phurba around this Chorten, which is one of the most important Stupas in Sikkim, are 108 Mani-lhakor(prayer wheels). These prayer wheels are turned by the devout Buddhist while chanting "hail to the jewel in the lotus ", to invoke Buddhisattva.

  3. Fambong La Wildlife Sanctuary
    Diverse and amazing...Check out yourself
    Himalayan Palm Chivet...
  4. Botanical Gardens: Check out the diverse Flora and Fauna of our country..
    Flowers to all who visit here:

     Gold Fishes...

  5. Tashi View point

  6. Sikkim Research Institute of Tibetology

  7. Changu Lake: Trip to Sikkim is not complete without Changu Lake, situated at an altitude of 12,400 ft it is 35 kms away from Sikkim on the Gangtok-Nathula highway which forms a part of the old trade route from India to China. The cool, placid water harmonises with the scenic beauty around which is doubled by its reflection in the lake. A small temple of Lord Siva is constructed in the lakeside. Primula flowers and other alpine vegetation around the lake, lend a pristine beauty to this place. a footpath along the lake takes one to a resting shed a walk of about half a kilometer.during the winter months the lake becomes frozen.
The visit could not have been completed without sharing a pic with the locales. They all made our trip memorable.

In the afternoon we started our retun journey with our heart left behind in valleys of Sikkim. If I will get time again,  will visit sikkim again before I get too OLD. I do not know when that second chance will come...
I do want to scale Kanchenjunga...Anyone interested, can drop a line for the extreme adventure. See you guys ......


satellite image of INDIA.

satellite image of SIKKIM


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