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Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling May 17th 2022

Day-5: Gangtok to Pelling via Chardham and Buddha Park At last, there was something to see in Gangtok. On Day-5 we were to travel from Gangtok to Pelling. As usual, taxi was expected anytime between 9 and 11. Fortunately, we could start the day at 9.30. Four places in Gangtok were on the list: Flower show, Do Drul Chortan Stupa, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology and Handicrafts center. Last two were closed due to weekly holidays. Flower show has good collection of flowering plants arranged nicely. As the number of photographs is just too many for this blog, I will put up elsewhere. Funny part was that every visitor wanted to be photographed himself/herself with the flowers. Selfie culture has changed the definition of photography. You are always in the center! Next was the Do Drul Chortan ... read more
39-Do Drul Chortan
40-Do Drul Chortan
41-Do Drul Chortan

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling March 22nd 2013

je rajouterai terre de montagnes sans routes! Car on a du réviser nos notions de mauvaises routes. Je pensais avoir vu le pire dans mes périples en Inde et en Amérique de sud, mais il faut toujours garder son "optimisme", le pire est toujours possible. Et nous l'avons expérimenté au Sikkim ou toutes les routes sont en haute montagne, soit en réparation soit en construction. Certaines régions n'avaient pas de routes jusqu'à il y a 2 ans. Nous avons roule sur de "routes de la mort" sans garde-fou, en lacets serres, en pentes abruptes, avec de trous incroyables, de la boue profonde et de rencontres épeurantes avec des camions ou autres jeeps sur la seule voie coincée entre un mur de roche et un précipice sans fond!. On a eu en plus de la pluie, du ... read more
Reparation de route
Details. fenetre de monastere

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling April 12th 2012

Our next stop is Pelling in West Sikkim. It is easy to get around Sikkim in "Share Jeeps". They run often & are inexpensive, but crowded. This time we hire a jeep to take us to Pelling. The road is narrow and rough in places & includes very steep climbs and decents. We travel thru beautiful country & what I can only describe as "cloud forest", very lush vegitation, with lots of ferns and moss. Arriving in Pelling we walk to Pemyangtse Monestary, one of the oldest & most important in Sikkim. There, we are blown away by the wooden sculpture on the third floor, "Mandala of Padmasambhava's Heavenly Abode". It is a 3D wooden mandalla that took to monk who built it 5 years to complete. Next day at dawn, the clouds clear for a ... read more
View of Kangchendzonga
Rebdentse former capital of Sikkim

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling December 6th 2011

Il Sikkim fa parte dell' Unione Indian solamente dal 1975 quando, a seguito di un contestato referendum, gli abitanti di questo antico regno himalayano hanno inaspettatamente "scelto" di rinunciare alla loro indipendenza per diventare India; la gente del posto si chiede tuttora come cio' possa essere successo, e cosi', ormai da qualche anno a questa parte, si puo' entrare in Sikkim con un semplice permesso scritto rilasciato dalle autorita' indiane e non si necessita di un visto, come quello che serve tuttora per entrare negli atri regni ancora indipendenti di Nepal e Bhutan. Il nostro obbiettivo e' chiaro: l'avvistamento della misteriosa ed effimera montagna che ormai da giorni sfugge ai nostri occhi: la maestosa vetta del Khangchengdzonga! E' cosi' che un italiano, un olandese ed una israeliana si danno appuntamento e si ritrovano a bordo di ... read more
Le anguste valli del Sikkim occidentale
Pemayangtse gompa
Sangachoeling gompa

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling June 19th 2011

For a relaxing or an adventure holiday sikkim is puuuurfect ! The scenery is like imagining sugary mountains ,crystal clear lakes,rivers etc.,and the white fluffy sky.But i can never forget the smell of fresh grass and big meadows....oh!beautiful. The main thing to eat that you should try there are momos you can have them either non-veg or veg .Now to talk about the landmarks ,well me myself has not gone to many but lets say you'v seen bangalore's M.G road &how stuffed and crowded it is well sikkims M.G road is just the opposite.When i went there i had icecream and had gone to ask for a tissue paper ,well he said that "nope" no where on M.G road do they give tissues & i was shocked! I'll say it is defenitly child friendly and all ... read more

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling February 17th 2011

Tras 43 horas de tren, llegue' a Calcuta, el viaje ha sido muy bueno, he visto el Victoria Memorial, y la ciudad no me ha parecido tan mal (menos humo y ruido que bombay). En mis planes no estaba venir a Calcuta, pero es ruta hacia mi próximo destino ......SIKKIM En Calcuta solo paso el dia, y a la noche otro tren hasta Siliguri (3 noches en tren litera) perdi mi tren desde Calcuta por culpa de gran atasco de trafico en la ciudad pero tuve suerte y encontre otro a las 22:00, desde Siliguri por la manana otras 6 horas por carretera de montana hasta el estado de Sikkim, total de viaje unos 3000 km y 70 horas, este viaje en autobus fuel peor que hice hasta ahora, porque debido a una huelga en Darjeeling, ... read more
kanchendounga dia 18 febrero  HIMALAYA
kanchendounga con Zoom
Subida a Monasterio Sanga 2.300 metros altitud

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling January 27th 2010

Geo: 27.3016, 88.2327I really like Sikkim, the scenery is really amazing with the steep hills and looming mountains above. It's a nice place to come and relax and take in the silence before heading into the more crowded places. It's amazing to drive through the valley's and seeing houses built on the most extreme slopes and in the most random places where even getting access would be a hassle.After taking a 5 hour jeep ride from Gangtok to Pelling we settled into Hotel Kabur. Two French girls, Anna and Lucie, who took our jeep also stayed here. Hotel Kabur is a nice little place to stay with a nice restaurant up the top. Here we found a whole bunch of other travelers.We grabbed some dinner and headed for an early night, it was pretty cold so ... read more
Sunset Over The Hills
Khangchengzonga View from Accomodation

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling February 3rd 2009

Initially I’d wanted to take the scenic narrow gauge railway to Darjeeling (yes, I think I’m becoming an anorak), but that was before I’d been ill in Kolkata. The scenic train would take another 7 hours, assuming it didn’t come off the rails again(!), and having just about managed 10 hours on the overnight train from Kolkata without being sick I decided not to push my luck. Instead I hooked up with an Irish/Kiwi couple, a French/Belgium couple and a few locals, got a shared jeep. Two hours later saw us in Darjeeling where a hike up the steep winding streets with our rucksacks had us wondering why we’d picked the furthest hotel when every other building seemed to be one. Sat on the roof terrace a while later though it was all forgotten as I ... read more
The monastery at Kalimpong
Pemayangtse monastery, Sikkim
Sunrise at Tiger Hill

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling November 29th 2008

VON DARJEELING aus konnten wir schon einen blick nach sikkim rueber werfen! in der ferne kann man namchi, die bezirksstadt von suedsikkim, auf einem bergruecken sehen! sikkim.... erst seit 1975 bei indien, davor jahrhunderte ein umkaempftes koenigreich, dessen herrscher, die chogyals, die macht ueber ein verschlossenes, der neuen welt schwer zugaengliches gebiet, hatten. (indien hat den letzten chogyal nach einer revolte der nepalibevoelkerung abgesetzt!) hier befindet sich der hoechste berg indiens, der kanchendzonga mit 8658 m, der die grenze zu nepal markiert. sikkim ist nur mit sondergenehmigung, der inner line permit, fuer auslaender betretbar! limitiert auf 15 tage, kann jedoch bis 60 tage problemlos verlaengert werden! allerdings kann man mit dieser nur beschraenkt reisen, will man zb. in den norden, braucht man spezielle genehmigungen und meist nur in gruppen erlaubt (expeditio... read more

Asia » India » Sikkim » Pelling October 13th 2008

Last time we told you we were going to Sikkim. Well now we have returned after a great trip. We hope you enjoy this account of our travels. We have reverted to our previous format of daily extracts from our journal so it is a bit longer again. Our apologies for this. We would also like to thank the people who have sent messages to us. It is great to hear from you all. Hopefully, everybody on our original list of 60 people should be able to access the blog after some tweaking by us. So here goes: Day 73 - Monday 7 September We get up early to pack for our trip to Sikkim. Neelam arrives as we are having breakfast and then has something to eat himself. He and the driver have come from ... read more

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