This is the second part of my North Sikkim tour photo series. If you have missed the first part, click here to view the photo-essay on my journey to Lake Gurudongmar.
We reached Gangtok in the afternoon, on May 7, 2016, and headed for Lachung the very next morning. The shared taxis/rental cars for Lachung are available at Vajra taxi stand, just outside the city. Unfortunately, a technical fault was detected in our car right after we started from Vajra. It took some time to get it repaired. Therefore, it was a delayed start from Gangtok at around 12 pm.
The weather was fine and the views were great. The rows of white and colored prayer flags, with the sublime mountains in the background, added a pristine charm to the landscapes.
Unfortunately, the road condition is extremely bad in North Sikkim. It was a rough ride throughout on the broken mountain roads, but the torturous journey was compensated with breaks like these… 🙂
Our first stop was at Seven Sisters’ Waterfall.
There was a natural pool at the bottom of the falls.
And we could see big boys were having fun in the water.
This part of the Himalayas is green and verdant year-round as it receives sufficient rainfall to boost the streams and waterfalls. We stopped as many times as we could to take in the beauty of the hills and rivers on our way.
And took pleasure in small things as well…
There were quite a few waterfalls on the way up to Chungthung, a small town, after which the road bifurcates. One goes to Lachung and the other leads to Lachen, the gateway to Gurudongmar, the iconic lake in North Sikkim.
However, the last and most notable was ‘Bachchan Falls’, which is popularly called so because of its appearance, tall and lean like Big B. 😀 Well, I don’t know if this waterfall is really called so by the locals. I didn’t see any signboard there, indicating the name of this waterfall.
My Sikkim diary will continue. Please don’t forget to share your thoughts on this journey if you like it.
Before I stop for now, here are a few more beautiful moments captured on the way…
And a selfie is the way to go when there is no one to click your pics. 😉
Take care. See you soon.