Sikkim – Land of Peace and Tranquility

Mt. Khangchendzonga, the world’s third-highest peak is revered by the people of Sikkim as their protective deity and is located on Sikkim’s border with Nepal. Little wonder that this tiny former Himalayan kingdom is such a haven for travelers.


By Air:

The nearest airport is Bagdogra (in West Bengal). Consider booking flight tickets well in advance, for cheaper fares. I booked mine a month in advance. Gangtok is 124kms away from Bagdogra.

From Bagdogra, you can also take a TSA helicopter to get to Gangtok in just 20 minutes. However, their services depend on the weather conditions.

By Train:

The nearest railway station to Gangtok is about 148 kilometers away in New Jalpaiguri in Siliguri. The station is well-connected to major cities like Kolkata and New Delhi. From New Jalpaiguri, you can take a taxi to Gangtok or go to Siliguri Bus Station and catch a state-run bus to Gangtok, which will take you about 5-6 hours.


Summer (March – June) The summers are the best time to visit North-Sikkim as the weather, though on the cooler side, is pleasant. Monsoon (July – September) The monsoons, though not ideal, are a good time to visit North-Sikkim.


Day 1:

My flight from New Delhi landed at Bagdogra airport around 1 pm. It took me another five hours to reach to Gangtok. I checked into Silk Route Residency and after taking a shower took a stroll around the MG Road. After shopping around and quenching my crave for the much-hyped momos (that lived up to their expectations), I retired early to bed as I had to leave very early for Nathu La Pass the next morning.

Day 2:

I woke up to the news that there was some discrepancy with my travel permit (you require to obtain a travel permit to visit Nathu La. More details below). And so, instead of getting dismal about it, I decided to go and explore places around Gangtok.

  • Banjakhri Waterfalls:

    It’s a museum created around a waterfall and beautifully maintained by Sikkim Tourism. After hopping a few more typical tourist sight-seeing spots like Ganesh Tok, Tashi Viewpoint, flower exhibition center and having a nice lunch, I hired a taxi to visit monasteries.


    It was recommended by a travel enthusiast friend. This was my first visit to a monastery, and I am not exaggerating – one of the most beautiful moments of my life! The moment I stepped inside, I was surrounded by such calm and peaceful vibes. The interiors were intricate, minimal and very detailed. Monks, draped in traditional robes, flocked the monastery, all drowned in their own activities. Some sat in prayers, some played the gyaling – a traditional woodwind instrument of Tibet – and others sat outside studying. I met two meditative cats, gray and black in color. The monastery visit left a lasting impression, and I knew at once what I will be re-visiting Sikkim for. [Always trust experienced people for alternatives!].



    One of the more famous monasteries, there is a kilometer long walk to the main entrance after the taxi driver drops you. A very beautiful and enthralling walk, that would not be tiring at all. “DO NOT FORGET TO TAKE YOUR ID CARD HERE FOR ADDRESS PROOF.” After reaching the monastery, I sat on its terrace gazing at the most beautiful mountain view for hours.After the monasteries visit we came back to the hotel. I was falling in love with Sikkim a little more every day.

DAY 3:

At around 1 pm, we started for Lachen.


It is a small town, about 124 km from Gangtok. From the local taxi stand, it took almost 7 hours to reach there, so I will suggest you guys leave as early as 8 am for Lachen. I spent most of the day traveling, halting the cab at some very beautiful scenic point, crossing many waterfalls, and bridges (I have literally lost the count!). The terrain is a little rough, but the view during the journey compensates.
Finally, I checked into Hotel Hill Retreat at Lachen and had a hearty dinner.

DAY 4:

I got up at 5 AM, to a beautiful Sun greeting me, and started the journey towards Gurudongmar Lake.

Gurudongmar Lake:

The road leading from Lachen to the lake is almost 65 km and it took almost four hours to reach there. Again, it is always recommended to start your day early, so you can visit the lake and return by afternoon. It is one of the highest lakes in the world and is considered sacred by both Buddhists and Sikhs. The lake is blessed by Guru Padmasambhava and also by Guru Nanak, and you can start feeling the sacred vibes once you are in its vicinity.
The lake remains completely frozen during the months from November to Mid-May. China border is 5 km on the eastern side of the lake.
After spending 45 mins at the lake, I started my journey back to Lachen, where I reached at 4.

Some things to take care of:

  • As the lake is situated at an altitude of almost 18000ft. you can face breathing issues there. so two days in advance start taking medicine like Diamox [after consulting your doctor of course].
  • Kids or people with breathing issues should think twice before going here.
  • A 2-hours stretch terrain is so rough that, all your body shake and might hurt, so be prepared for that.


Lachung is 50 km from Lachen and it took almost 2 hours to reach there, including time spent at “Amitabh Bachchan waterfall”. yes, it’s a real place.
Our hotel at Lachung was ‘oh so beautiful’! Of all the places I have been to, I had the most scenic view from here. Can’t forget that moment when all I did was sit on the bench outside our room and gazing at mountains. I can go back to Sikkim just to stay in that hotel again.


DAY 5:

We left for Yumthang Valley at 6 in the morning!

Yumthang Valley:

Also called as, Valley of Flowers, with a river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains! It took 2 hours to reach there from Lachung. Of all the time I spent in Sikkim, that half hour sitting near a bridge surrounded by numerous prayer flags will always stay with me. There was no one around and all I could hear was the sound that Teesta river made. some birds flying over and the sound that the flags created because of the wind pressure. I did not want to get up from there but I had to because I had to reach Gangtok by evening!


So after spending some time in Yumthang Valley, we started for Lachung. there was a different kind of silence inside my body while I was leaving that place. Such places do that to me.
After reaching Lachung we had our lunch and started for Gangtok around 3 pm. We stopped at multiple points again and reached Gangtok around 8 PM.

DAY 6:

And the second last day of the trip was everything. Adventure, emotions, spirituality, patriotism! Finally, at 8 AM, I started for Nathula Pass.

Nathula Pass:

Nathula pass is the border between China and India. It can rain/ snow at almost any time of the day making the temperature go as low as -1-degree Celsius. Nathula is 57 km from Gangtok and including the time taken to reach to the check post, it took around 4 hours to reach there. It is 14000 ft above sea level.

Few things before you plan to head out here:

  • Apply for the permit at least 4 days before. Keep multiple passport size photos and your ID proof with you for the permit form.
    wear warm clothes.
  • Carry a raincoat or umbrella.
  • Avoid traveling with your kids, because of temperature and breathing issues.
  • wear gripped shoes for snow.
  • Photography is prohibited so you can give a rest to your cameras.

Nathula Pass was the place through which the famous Silk Route used to operate until 1962. We climbed till the actual border line in heavy snowfall and everything was freezing there. Also, met Indian and Chinese soldiers. Spoke to them about the difficulty of their job. The Indian soldiers are transferred after every 3 years and they carry everything with them, even the soil of their plants, “because this is what home for them is.”

As per our itinerary, we were to leave for Darjeeling after reaching Gangtok around 6. After we started from Nathula Pass, we took a stop at Baba Mandir.


This temple is dedicated to an Indian army soldier Baba Harbhajan Singh who died in 1968 near the Nathu La. Indian Army personnel who are posted around Nathula Pass have come to believe his spirit protects every soldier in the inhospitable high-altitude terrain of the Eastern Himalayas. This mandir has a very different vibe, that you will feel if you will stand inside the temple!

So while we were there, one army personnel told us to hurry up as multiple landslides happened en route Gangtok. We rushed back to our cars and just after a few kilometers we were stuck because of the landslide. And as it was a Sunday, the labor was on leave so we had to wait for a JCB machine to clear the mess, that took more than 4 hours, with help from the army, volunteers and the generous local people.
Finally, I reached Gangtok at 11 PM and did not leave for Darjeeling.

DAY 7:

Now I have a flight at 1 and Bagdogra is almost 5 hours from Gangtok, I took a cab around 6 and left for the airport.

Now, you can do any of the following things if you have one extra day unlike me:

  • Book a taxi and visit Darjeeling. You can do local sight seeing there. You may visit Tiger hills or Darjeeling zoo.
  • Book a taxi and go to Nepal border for shopping.
  • Visit Namchi for The Namchi Monastery, Ralang Monastery, and TendoHill. The world’s largest statue of the Buddhist Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Sikkim, is on the Samdruptse hill (The Wish Fulfilling hill) opposite Namchi.

Make the choice as per availability of time!

The natural beauty of Sikkim and the warm hospitality of its people are sure to remain with you throughout your life.

If you have any query or need any suggestions, do comment below and we will make sure to revert as soon as we can!

Also, read about our last trip to Hampi here.

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Goat Village- The simple life of Bakrichaap

Its not about a beautiful property in the hills but the luxury of simple living with high thinking.

While my stay here, I realized how easy life can be if only we put our resources at the right place. The idea of making more of what we have from our natural surroundings and opportunities. The Goat Village is an inspiration for many villages and farmers, thanks to the initiative that supports successful sustainable agriculture.

The goat village is a concept of Bakrichaap people who believe in the five basic pillars of environmental conservation – earthly architecture, nutritious food, energy, water conservation and proper waste management. The Goat here is considered as the Mascot because of the Goat Farming and other Agro practices that provide a better livelihood to the locals.

The Goat Village is a 1:30-2hrs hike from base village Panchgani, Uttrakhand. The hike is easy and offers a scenic view of the valley and snow covered peaks on the other side.

Each room is equipped with a double bed plus a window-side sitting area overlooking the mountains, which turned out to be my corner in the room. The place is powered by solar energy, there is no electricity in the rooms but you will be provided with lamps and candles. For charging, one can use the common area plug points. An array of activities can be enjoyed on the surroundings, you can take a village tour, hike to Nag Tibba and ahead to Jhandi or just play the traditional games like gilli-danda, lagori, spinning tops and flying kites in the ground.

Mahesh is a warm host and takes care of guest’s comfort and convenience. He is an enthusiast part of the Green People community that supports Agro-tourism movemement with a self-sustained village. You can get in touch with Mahesh before planning your visit, as he can help with the weather and route details.

Take a break from your busy life to tread a winding path along a farmland, breath in the fresh air, soak in some sunlight and let the silence enlighten your mind. It is a place you shouldn’t commercialize but let un-commercialize you. Bring yourself back to simple living because offline is the new luxury.







































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Kanatal , Uttrakhand

This is our first post on any place in Uttarakhand, which is also known as Devbhumi (Land of Gods). Kanatal is 78 kms from Dehradun and 318 kms from the capital, Delhi. This place is surrounded by beautiful Hills, forests and rivers with scenic beauty all around. And is also famous for the numerous camps made on Mussoorie hills.


I stayed in camp “Little Jaguar” that is also situated on Mussoorie Hills. They offer various packages for stay and camping inclusive of all meals. Camping includes various activities like Rock Climbing, Valley crossing. So it is recommended to go in groups so you can enjoy all this fun with scenic beauty. Also they do bonfire every night.

How to Pass time :

Chamba is 12 kms ahead of kanatal. So after spending one night at Kanatal camps, you can head to Chamba. Also a very famous temple “Surkunda Devi” from where you get 360 degree veiw of Hills. Just, you have to trek for 2km.

When to visit :

You can visit here between May to July. As after that it is too cold and rainy to visit.

PS : Do not forget to take warm clothes as days are pleasant here but nights get bit cold.









































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Barot, Himachal Pradesh

Today places like Shimla, Nainital, Manali are more like commercialized cities rather than hill stations. So, I am telling you about a place probably you have never heard of. In my experience, less you have heard about a place, more beautiful it is going to be. Plus being the explorers, we always love to explore new places!

So here it is.. Barot, Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh.

There are not many places or say spots to hangout there because this small village is itself a most scenic picnic spot you will ever see. From mountains, to rivers, to farms, its like a one beautiful painting on a big canvas. It is famous for its Dam reservoirs and river Uhl.

For people like me, who always crave for mountains and who treat them as their other home, trust me on this you are going to visit this place again and again.

You will not get any luxury hotel here as it a small valley but you will get decent places to stay. I stayed at the Negi’s Homestay. It cost us some 12,00 INR per night. And also they have their own restaurant with decent food.

PS : Barot is also famous for Trout fishes. if you are a fish lover, just give a heads up to restaurant owner and they will catch fresh Trout fishes for you and make you a delicious meal !

When to visit :

Best time to visit this place is March – June. Because after that it is going to be rainy and snowy. Also to escape from horrendous city’s summers, this is the perfect time to visit mountains.

How to pass your time :

Just step out of your hotel and move in any direction, take any trek or just sit by river Uhl. You have found what you came for 🙂

PS : you probably have heard about, “Leave only footsteps and take only memories”. Always carry an extra bag with you to throw your garbage and always carry a ash tray if you are a smoker. Lets not trash the nature please!


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Uhl River


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On a trek in Barot


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Towards Barot Dam


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Surrounded by Dhauladhar ranges


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Barot Dam

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Lansdowne, Uttrakhand

This is our second post on any town of Uttarakhand after Kanatal. Lansdowne is the cantonment town of Pauri Garhwal.

How to reach :

Lansdowne can be reached either by road or train. If you wish to travel by train, nearest station is Kotdwar. We went by car and it took us near about 8 hours to reach there via NH58 and NH 119.

By Air: Jolly Grant Airport is the nearest Airport to Lansdowne situated at a distance of 148kms.

Where to stay :

There are very less number of hotels in Lansdowne and that too are not worth the tariff they offer. But one has to make a choice. We stayed at Shri Gobind Highway motel which is 10km before Lansdowne. This motel is owned by a family who cook fresh homemade food as per your order. The food and stay is pretty cheap. But be mindful that it is not a luxurious hotel and the expectations should match the price you pay. Basically, its kind of a home stay.

How to pass your time :

~ Bhulla Lake : This lake is maintained by Army. You can spend a restful evening here and also try boating in this small pond.

~ Enjoy the sunrise and sunsets : Here, sun rises and sunsets are like bliss if you are able to catch them. (Pictures are enough proof).

`~ Trek : We started trek in midst of the first forest we saw. It was just in front of our motel. We spent 3 hours roaming / sleeping / resting / walking in jungle and it was so silent !

FOOD : Wherever you eat, because you are in mountains, Pahaadi daal should be included in all your meals. In sweets, Baal Mithai is the most famous dessert along with chocolate barfi ! *sluurrrrp*

Best time to visit :

Visiting there between March to October is highly recommended otherwise its too cold to step outside.


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Road Trip- Manali > Ladakh

We cannot describe Ladakh as a gem because its nothing less than whole crown. The only person who can understand what I am saying is the one who has lived it, the beauty and simplicity of this place.

Ladakh is a region of Jammu and Kashmir which is surrounded by Kuen Lun mountain range to the Great Himalayas.

As we planned this trip, we took flight from New Delhi to Ladakh and then covered Ladakh to Manali via Road. Undoubtedly it was the road trip of lifetime.


By Road : From capital, Ladakh is 1250 km.
Manali – Leh highway is one of the most tricky but most beautiful highway in India. It follows,
Manali – Rohtang Pass – Keylong – Jispa -Baralacha La – Bharatpur – Sarchu (state border) – Pang – More Plains – Tanglang La – Upshi – Leh. We took the same route from Leh till Manali. Travel time is unpredictable because weather keeps taking U – turns with every turn you take. It is advised to complete the route in 3 days taking breaks at Sarchu, keylong or pang,

By Air : Delhi to Ladakh is 1h 20min flight. And main Leh is like 20 mins from the airport. PS : do not sleep during flight else you are going to miss most magnificent views you will see in your lifetime.

STAY : Here, home stays are the most preferred and convenient option to stay. They are cheap plus they can cook you whatever food preference you have.


Hanle : It is 250 kms from Leh. It took us around 6 hours to cover the journey. Route from Leh to hanle is beautiful. We got a home stay there and the couple cooked us delicious meals. Hanle is famous for The Indian Astronomical Observatory.

Khardungla or K-Top : It is one of the highest motor-able road of India. We hired Bikes to travel from Leh to K Top and i was frozen at 18,379 ft but every moment i spent to reach there was worth of that bumpy ride i will never forget.

Tso Moriri : It is the most scenic lake i have ever seen in my life. You know when you are sitting by the lake with heavy wind crossing your face from everywhere and there is no one to be seen for as far as you can see. That moment get frozen in your brain for long.

Shanti Stupa : It is one of the most calm and peaceful places i have visited in my life. It is Big, it has drums playing, it has people chanting but still the calmness you will find inside you despite all of this is hard to be found anywhere.

Pangong Lake , Nubra valley , Magnetic Hills : These places I am yet to cover but i can assure you i am not dying before i visit them.


Yep, every one is going to face this specially when you are travelling by Air. It is advisable to consult a doctor about the medication you should take before you start your journey.


My fav part of travelling, yay! Sku and Thukpa is the main food of Ladakh. Sweet tea, Momos (Meat and veg) are available at almost every stall you will visit.

Half of the population of ladakhis is Tibetans so delicious Tibetan cuisine is what you will find very easily,


The best time to visit Ladakh is from June until September.

From Sand dunes to snowfall to rains to lakes to mountains, Ladakh has it all. I hope you plan your next trip here soon.

I hope our story helps you plan your next trip. Adios!


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Srinagar, Kashmir

Where to go?

Srinagar, the capital of Jammu and Kashmir. It lies in the Kashmir valley, on the banks on jhelum river. The city is famous for its gardens, lakes and houseboats.

Where to stay?

– To stay in one of the house boats atleast one night is a must.
However choosing a boat can be a challenge, as there are more than 1000 boats.
Kindly check the location/view and facilities provided in the houseboat.
We recommend you the Gurkha houseboat. It has royal spacious rooms.
– Taj Vivanta is as dreamy as it could be. The tariff starts from Rs.15k per night.

When to go?

Summers and Spring are the best time to visit Srinagar as it is very pleasant.
Winters can be a bit too cold and also has problem of blockage of roads.
*One Warning, please read the news before you plan your trip, as there are alot of curfew because of local issues.

What to do?

The exquisite Dal Lake and Mughal Gardens will make you believe why it is called the heaven of earth.
– Boating in the Dal Lake
– A visit to the Mughal Gardens of Jammu & Kashmir
– Hazratbal Shrine, is a mosque situated on the left bank of Dal Lake and is considered Kashmir’s holiest Muslim Shrine
– Martand Sun Temple
– Parasailing above the Dal Lake
– Take a trip around Wular lake and Manasbal lake
– Shop the famous Kashmiri Handlooms

If you cannot afford to stay in The Taj Vivanta, go for a coffee may be. and enjoy the most beautiful sunset of your lifetime.


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Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

Where we went?

Narkanda is located in Himachal Pradesh, 2hrs ahead of Shimla. And approximately 420kms i.e. 8-10hrs from the capital, New Delhi.

Where we stayed?

Seetalvan Orchard, is honestly the reason we went to Narkanda. The place is a home away from home.
The staff is very humble and simple pahari people. The food is great too, and I would personaly suggest you to request the cook to serve you with Pahari food atleast once while you stay.
It is actually situated in Kotgarh, which is almost 15-17kms ahead of Narkanda.
The roads are clean and safe, can be travelled mostly by car/local bus.

Tariff 6-7k per room per night.
For Bookings you can also call on 09805594069

When to go?

It is a place you can visit all through the year. It is covered with beautiful orchads in the spring season. In the months of March-April-May, you can see a magnificient view of valley covered with flowers and fruits all around you. But if you are a snow lover, you can also visit here in the months of Dec-Jan, that is exactly when we took the visit too. If only you should ignore visiting here, ignore the monsoons.

How to reach?

-By Train: You can board the Himalayan Queen from Delhi to Kalka and then a bus ahead to Narkanda. Cabs are also available at Kalka Railway Station.
-By Bus: There is no direct bus between New Delhi and Narkanda. You can take State Transport Bus from New Delhi to Nahan then take a taxi from Nahan to Narkanda
-By Car: Delhi- Ambala- Himalayan Expressway- Shimla- Kufri- Narkanda- Thandedar- Kotgarh.

What to do:

– Trekking: If adventour is your thing, visit the Hatu Peak. It has a breathtaking view of the Himalayan Range.
– St. Marys Church is a local heritage point
– Tani Jubbar is a small holy lake for seightseeing
– Saharan is a very old Indo-Tibetan temple

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Naukuchiatal – A Lake with Nine corners

We were planning a weekend trip and only options we got were Rishikesh, Nanital, Jim Corbett, Neemarana fort. And if you are a travel junkie, i can write it on piece of paper that you have covered all these places like in the beginning when you started to travel.


When in doubt, choose mountains. We chose, Naukuchiatal, which is a small hill station in Nainital district. Very famous, “escape festival” also happens here once a year.


BY ROAD : We hired a Innova and reached there in 9 hours from Noida. It is 320 kms from Delhi and 26 km from Nainital.

BY TRAIN : Nearest station is kathgodam which is 6 km from Naukuchiatal. There are 4 direct trains from Delhi to Kathgodam.

There are no direct flights for this place.


March – June and September – November . During these seasons temperature is comfortable for sightseeing.


We chose to camp here instead of staying in lodges and hotels. We took a deal which included our camping in the forest, bonfire during cold nights, and all three meals. There are numerous places that give you the same deal and packages anywhere between 2000- 4000 INR per person.


– If you love adventure then you are at right place. Parasailing and paragliding are the most common sports here.

– Visit Bhim Tal. It is just 5 km from Naukuchiatal.

– Visit Rani Khet which is just 8 km from Naukuchital. It is a small hill station situated in Almora district.

– If you are here in May then you can also attend the ‘Escape festival’ which is organized by Potheads at Lake Resort.

– kayaking in Bhim Tal

PS : Carry your own liquor specially if you are planning to stay in camps. These guys provide nothing but ice.

I hope this post will help you in planning your next visit.






































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