Sikkim Diaries: Serendipity at Nathu La Pass

Watching snowfall has always been a beautiful dream for me. Never did I imagine that I would experience it and that too, in the month of May when it is the peak of the summer season in India.

Yes, it happened to me a couple of years back in Sikkim.

It was the second week of May. We set out to visit Tsomgo Lake (Chhangu), Baba Mandir and Nathu La (Himalayan pass) from Gangtok. It was cloudy when we started at 10 in the morning. By the time we reached Chhangu it started drizzling.

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I have seen so many beautiful images of Tsomgo Lake with its bluish water. Unfortunately, it was only shades of grey all around that day. Only the prayer flags added a dash of color to the landscape.

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After a brief halt by the lake, we headed towards Baba Mandir. We had a bowl of steaming Momo at a restaurant beside the temple dedicated to the brave soul and legend Baba Harbhajan Singh.

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baba mandir, gangtok, sikkim

By the time we resumed our journey to Nathu La it was raining heavily. Hailstones lashed the road making it slippery and harder to drive. For a moment, I thought we won’t be able to make it to Nathu La this time due to poor weather condition.

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Little did I know then that the bad weather would soon turn out to be a boon for us! ūüôā

It was getting colder as we drove up the zig-zag roads. After some time, I noticed that the hailstones looked unusually white.

We asked the driver to stop. As the car stopped, I opened the door and stretched my hands outside.

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Gosh! It was not raining anymore. It was snowing! :O

snowfall, nathula, sikkim

When we finally reached Nathu La, it was white all around. Soft, white snow covered the entire place.

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I didn’t have my gloves with me, therefore, managed to click only a few snaps with quivering fingers.

At a distance, the Indo-Chinese border gate was almost invisible in the mist and snow.

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nathula pass, sikkim

It was freezing outside and soon I had to retire to the warmth of our car. This snowfall was completely unexpected but it was truly AMAZING an experience! A memory I would cherish all my life.

Snowfall‚Ķ or luck by chance! Whatever it is… a selfie is a must. Hope you recognize me…¬† ūüėČ ūüôā

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Did you ever experience serendipity? Please do share your story with us in the comment section.

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Watch This Epic Journey to Himalayas – Goecha La to Ladakh

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Journey to Himalaya is an epic adventure of our Goecha La trek, Sandakphu, Spiti Valley and Ladakh Journey. Himalaya drone shots, time lapses of Goecha La, Sandakphu, Spiti Valley and Ladakh were used to create this video.

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Author Bio:

Debarup, the founder of Top Five Buzz, is a passionate photographer and a traveler. He loves mountains and wants to explore every curve of it. His dream is to travel around the world to enjoy the nature in every part of this mighty earth.

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This Spiti Valley Time Lapse Video Shows Why India is Truly Incredible

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Spiti Valley is the paradise for all mountain lover from India. It is one of the most searched places after Ladakh.

My wife and I visited this heavenly place in September 2017.

It was my dream to create another video of Spiti Valley after my Ladakh Time Lapse video. So here it is, this timelapse video of Spiti Valley cover a part of Kinnaur (Sarahan, Sangla, Chitkul, Kalpa, Nako) and Spiti Valley which includes Mudh Village, Langza, Kibber, Komic, Kaza, Chandra Tal.

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Watch This Incredible Spiti Valley Time Lapse

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Author Bio:

Debarup, the founder of Top Five Buzz, is a passionate photographer and a traveler. He loves mountains and wants to explore every curve of it. His dream is to travel around the world to enjoy the nature in every part of this mighty earth.


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Spiti Valley Solo Girl Hyperlapse – I’m Walking Away

Spiti Valley Solo Girl Hyperlapse

Here is a hyperlapse video in Spiti Valley. It is based on a Solo Girl Spiti Valley Journey.

It’s a dream for most of the girls to travel solo and explore the mountains, other places. This video can inspire them to go and travel by their own, like we say just go solo.

Where and How I made this Video?

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Hope you guys like it.

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Author Bio:

Debarup, the founder of Top Five Buzz, is a passionate photographer and a traveler. He loves mountains and wants to explore every curve of it. His dream is to travel around the world to enjoy the nature in every part of this mighty earth.
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The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Relax

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Imagine, you are riding through rugged mountain roads. It’s almost noon and you are tired of a long, bumpy ride. ¬†As you take a U-turn, you see a waterfall and discover a small pool at the bottom. With warm sun above the¬†head, taking a plunge in the cool water would be the best way to relax and rejuvenate yourself. Do¬†you agree? ūüôā

In North Sikkim, you will find plenty of such waterfalls with naturally formed pools. Although I didn’t get a chance to take the splash, the sight of local boys playing in the water was pretty relaxing, too.

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The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Fun at Zero Point

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The sight of snow covered lands, playing with snow, throwing snowballs to each other – all of these are so much fun!

Well, if you¬†are from the colder countries, you may not understand the zeal and excitement, as it is a common thing you see in every winter. However,¬†people like me, who belong to¬†India, a tropical country, don’t get to see snow unless we travel to the Himalayan region in the north.

These pictures are from my trip to Zero Point, North Sikkim, (14000 ft above the sea level) where snow reigns throughout¬†the year. You see… kids and adults, both were having great fun in the snow. ūüôā

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Prayer Stones: The Cherry on Top

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This is a snap from my Sikkim Tour photo-story series. The¬†clear reflections of the¬†snow-covered peaks in the still waters of the¬†sacred lake, Gurudongmar¬†could make a decent picture. I think,¬†the heap of prayers stones in the foreground works like the¬†cherry on top to make this frame look more interesting and meaningful. What do you say? ūüôā

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