Northeast India has always been one of the least accessible regions of our country. Partly because of geographic barriers that have not completely restored infrastructure. This is also an advantage because the region is less explored (and exploited) by tourists.
We visited Sikkim in the last week of January, when many warned us that “it will be too cold”. However, we wanted to see the snow, and we did not compromise on that. Despite being known for adventure tourism, we asked our tour managers to organize a family trail because we also had elders as part of our group.
Our trip started in Bombay from where we went to Bagdogra, West Bengal. From there, an SUV had to take us to our hotel in Gangtok, Sikkim. To say that this four-hour ride in the mountains is uncomfortable would put it lightly.
However, the stunning natural beauty we witnessed made us completely forget about everything else. On the way, just as we crossed the site of the hydrated dam Teesta IV, we were finally able to see the river Teesta in all its splendor.
We have also seen the Crown Bridge, which is apparently one of the few open bow bridges in India.
The itinerary of our first day had only one element: to visit the Tsomgo or the inhabitants, Lake Changu. Since this is a restricted area, mandatory authorizations have been made in advance.
After passing through the checkpoint, we realized that this beauty deserves to be overseen by our armed forces. It is magical to see the clear blue sky in the context of the snowy mountains. It also refers to the feeling of national pride that is in our country.
In the immediate vicinity of Lake Tsomgo, there are no restaurants, but huts, which serve the Wai Wai Cauldron with noodles and momos. In frozen temperatures, these local delicacies have a heavenly flavor. We suggest supplementing them with black tea, which helps to overcome high altitude diseases and displacements.
Close to the frozen lake you can also opt for yacht rides. While we were concerned about the torture of our animal friends, the guides assured us that they only had male yaks here.
“We left mummies and babies at home,” a yak pilot explained patiently, adding that the yaks have a carrying capacity of 300 kilos and that we would all be like “a bird in the back.”
Despite making jokes at our expense, we were finally persuaded – even though we had a 10-minute walk. The Yaks, we have discovered, are the cleanest animals; It is the benevolence of nature for them.
These four-legged inhabitants of India’s cleanest state, Sikkim, have approached a survey conducted by the National Bureau of Sample Survey (NSSO) – they naturally have all toilet, from fur to poo.
The second day was reserved to visit some of the famous monasteries. Buddhist culture unfolds in Sikkim and is evident among the inhabitants of peace. It was a pleasant surprise to see anyone missing out on the cold of the traffic jams.
In fact, it was “who is stuck and let me help the poor soul.” Most drivers agree as bhau (brother). We even saw someone lifting a rock off the road so drivers after him did not face similar problems.
However, the calm of Buddhism did not prevent the architectural splendor of its temples. Here, all the monasteries are colorful and vibrant with intricate details that adorn statues and pillars. In some monasteries, there is an arrangement to buy souvenirs, with pearls being the specialty.
The state is developed in natural beauty and the government has taken several measures to conserve nature. One of these places is the Conservatory of Plants.
It was created in 2015, under the aegis of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and helped the Sikkim Conservation and Forest Management project to create a recreational and conversational space. This place is a must for those who have an inclination for ecological conservation.