India · 7 Days · 11 Moments · December 2016

Trip to Sikkim

30 December 2016

Nathula pass (4310 meters), Tsongmo lake (Changu lake) (13000 ft) were beautiful. Nature at its best. Amazing to see the strength of Indian army and their perseverance in such terrain.

29 December 2016

Rumtek monastery near Gangtok. Very beautiful though a bit underwhelming after seeing the sprawling monasteries in Tibet. Unlike Tibet, they were very clean in keeping with Sikkim culture of cleanliness! Kids finally got to shop a bit.
Bandhurka falls near Gangtok. Beautiful falls but too much human intervention to beautify it has taken away from its natural beauty.

28 December 2016

Morning tea with views of Kanchenjunga, Mount Pandim, Mount Kabru as they shine golden in the morning sun! Complete bliss!

27 December 2016

Today was another wonderful day at Pelling. Highlights were the gushing Kanchanjengha falls where the kids did zip lining followed by some fab views of the stream. Streams flowing in mountains are so beautiful, and make me really happy!!
Saw the glorious Kanchanjengha early morning from our hotel Elgin Mount Pandim. Spectacular is the only way to describe it. Followed this up with an early morning walk to Pamayangste monastery which also had amazing views of the Himalayan peaks.

26 December 2016

Pelling - some more wonderful pics from today. Walking and sitting on the small bamboo bridge on the stream was fun. Kids had a blast.
Fab day at Pelling. Wonderful Shingshore bridge over a deep gorge, waterfalls, stream, and Old Sikkim ruins all made our day. Pelling is beautiful, well maintained and very clean. Very few people was icing on the cake.

25 December 2016

Early morning outing to Tiger hill, beautiful sunrise, great view of Kanchenjunga. Kids were really cold but the view made it all worth it.

24 December 2016

Day 1 was a trip to the Japanese temple and pagoda, followed by a trip to Himalayan mountaineering institute. It was amazing to see the pics and equipment of those who have climbed Everest. Our guide was also super and had great stories to tell.

23 December 2016

Started our trip with a stop at Darjeeling! Great weather though dirty and crowded hill station. Mayfair was a good hotel with awesome food. Stopped at a cute little tea shop on the way.