May 13, 2014

Postcards from SIKKIM ~ For the Love of Monastery, Prayer Flags, Waterfalls and Momos

Last to last weekend, I took a short trip with my Mom to the beautiful place of Gangtok, Sikkim. I generally don't like to travel to hill stations because I lived in Arunachal Pradesh for the fair share of my life. And the untouched beauty of Arunachal cannot be compared with anything. But, I had 4 days in hand and Kolkata was burning at 40 degrees centigrade with high humidity and so, we decided to visit Gangtok to get some relief.



This picture from Enchey Monastery is my absolute favorite picture. The cute boys have no expressions but the naughty little one managed to put a 'V' on the taller ones shoulder. And of course, the picture also has the prayer flags and prayer wheels. This monastery was established way back in 1909.




Yes, I really love prayer flags. 




"Hey look! Small wild waterfall!!"



Bhakthang Falls, Gangtok, Sikkim, India



Temi Tea Gardens, Temi, South Sikkim, India. (more)




   Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche, Namchi, South Sikkim




Found this lovely couple offering Sikkim Supreme Passionfruit juice to everyone at Siddhesvara Dhaam in Namchi, Sikkim. 

I asked them - "Why?"
They replied -  "Today is Parashurama's birthday." 

I was deeply touched by this because they decided to  actually help the people instead of donating money to the temples where at times the money is not properly accounted. In case you have watched the movie - OMG - Oh My God and remember what Paresh Rawal said in the court during the initial hearing, you will understand what I mean here.



Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake at an altitude of 3,780 m (12,400 ft).
Feeling cold but I removed all warm clothes to take pictures. We were lucky to visit the place just the day before we left the place because permits were not given in any of the previous three days. I will visit Sikkim just to be here one more time. And also to visit Nathula Pass.



Mind Game - Tilt your head 90 degrees to your left. Now, do you see anything?



Momos from Allen's Kitchen. Discovered the place by chance. This place had the most plump and yet soft momos of all places I tried in and around Gangtok.



Friendly pigeon at Rumtek Monastery. If you are visiting Sikkim then you cannot afford to miss Rumtek Monastery. I loved it the most ( from the ones I was able to visit.)




Friendly pigeons of Rumtek Monastery



Keep Exploring,
Shayoni


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