Frolicking in the Lap of the Himalayas at Pulungdung

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Day 1 : Part 2

We boarded another vehicle to move towards the upper reaches of Singalila national park. The initial part of the road was very steep, and the vistas changed gradually. We crossed Chitre, and thereafter saw magnolia grandiflora blooming sporadically.

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The road that we had travelled.

We reached Meghma which is a scenic, little hamlet.

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As this is near the international border with Nepal, there was an SSB post there where we had to enter particulars. We had a little chitchat with the jawan there and shared each one’s stories of how we lived through the lock-down period and how we were treated by our employers. He jokingly said that grass always looks greener on the other side, and the treatment is similar – whether it be public or private employment! Perhaps he was right – who knows!

As we gained elevation, we entered the reign of clouds and rhododendrons.

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We reached Tumling, spent a few hours there and came down to Lepchajagat to spend the night.

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Day 2 – April 12, 2021 : Lepchajagat to Pulungdung via Sukhiapokhri - Jorpokhri

It was a cool morning at Lepchajagat.

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After taking breakfast, we set out for Jorpokhri.

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Road towards Jorpokhri - those seats are so inviting!

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One of the twin (Jor) ponds (Pokhris)

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The road from Jorpokhri to Sukhiapokhri has always been a personal favourite of ours.


Soon we reached our homestay at Pulungdung, which is approximately 3 to 4 kms away from Sukhiapokhri.

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Day 2 - Part 2 : Pulungdung monastery

As we reached the homestay, we got a warm welcome from the hosts. We were received with khada, a traditional piece of cloth. After having a round of hot tea, we went out to visit the local attractions. We happened to be the first guests there, and they were too eager to acquaint us with the community there.

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Every household of the locality is decorated with flowering plants. Because of the climate, it is very easy to grow them. It’s such a visual treat – it’s inevitable to grow an urge to own a house there.

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Day 2 - Part 3 : Pulungdung Nursery

Our next destination was a nursery nearby. It has a huge collection of plants and orchids. Any plant lover will go crazy after visiting this nursery. And this will again reinforce the urge to own a house there. Let the photos do the talking.

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Stone plant

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Zebra plant

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Cobweb plant

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The owner of the nursery. His contact details :
Arpan Nursery, +91-9933090572, +91-9733321539

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Rhododendrons in the backdrop. Your cup might be empty, but if you look beyond, mother Nature will fill it up to the brim.

In the afternoon, we had the opportunity of meeting Mrs. Bineeta Rai. A few words must be said about her. She had worked in the capacity of a secretary in Sikkim government, and her forte was tourism. She hailed from Sukhiapokhri. After retirement, she had been working at the ground level for promoting tourism. She had chosen a few young lads to form a team, had been developing homestays in the region. She is such an energetic and enterprising lady that it was really a pleasure meeting her.

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Mrs. Bineeta Rai – second from left. On extreme left is her sister who was an outgoing MLA. Both of them are very nice persons.

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The power game - who can reign, the sun or the clouds?

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The light in the terrace was switched on in the evening, and that invited a lot of visitors from the adjacent jungle. We’ll share their photos in another part.

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