Sandakphu : January 2017

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  1. dwaipayan das

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    SUNRISE IN SANDAKPHU
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    THE PLAN :

    DAY 1 : DECEMBER 31st 2016 NEW JALPAIGURI to CHITREY 90kms (car)
    DAY 2 : JANUARY 1st 2017 CHITREY to SANDAKPHU 29kms (landrover)
    DAY 3 : JANUARY 2nd 2017 SANDAKPHU to TUMLING (20kms trek)
    DAY 4 : JANUARY 3rd 2017 TUMLING to TONGLU to TUMLING (4kms trek)
    DAY 5 : JANUARY 4th 2017 TUMLING to CHITREY (9kms trek)
    DAY 6 : JANUARY 5th 2017 CHITREYto MANEBHANJYANG (3kms trek) ; MANEBHANJYANG to NEW JALPAIGURI (car)

    the trip was planned in october of 2016, and the original plan was to trek to phalut from sandakphu on day 3 and stay there on day 4. but one of us (out of a group of four ) struck AMS at sandakphu. couldn't sleep at night, loss of appetite, couldn't walk straight, severe headache. sandakhphu is 3636mts above msl. hence the plan was changed to the above mentioned itinerary.

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    DAY 1 : DECEMBER 31st 2016 NEW JALPAIGURI to CHITREY 90kms (car)

    arrived at NEW JALPAIGURI station in padatik express from kolkata (sealdah stn) at 10am, late by 45 mins. decided to skip breakfast and have it somewhere on the way. rushed out of the station to get the best deals for the taxi to maneybhanjyang. coincidentally i found BAPPA , a cabbie i have traveled with in north bengal before. he has an indica, an ideal car for 4 of us. Rs. 2500 for a drop till maneybhanjyang.
    contact number for BAPPA : +917679534447 nice guy.
    so we had our brunch at a place called dudhia at around 12 noon (35kms from njp station). had some decent food with chowmein and momos. Rs. 400

    thats the momo and chow mein :)

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    after that it was an uneventful but beautiful journey till maneybhanjyang through some of the most elegant looking tea gardens, namely GYABAREE, SINGBULLI, PHUGURI, SOURENEE, THURBO, GOPALDHARA, only stopped for a few photo breaks .

    looking behind at the singbulli tea estate.
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    the phuguri tea estate
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    the gopaldhara tea estate
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    after the tea gardens we crossed MIRIK, PASHUPATI, SIMANA along the nepal border, before reaching MANEYBHANJYANG.
    at manebhanjan we had to change cars. chitrey is an uphill 2.5 kms from here, and only 4x4 cars go there. so we were supposed to hire a typical old landrover for Rs. 500 till chitrey. but there was a pick up van that offered us a Rs 100 per person drop till chitrey. we had to stand. it was fun. RS. 400 for 4.

    the pick up getting ready,@ manebhnajang
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    waiting...
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    finally set to go
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    and a small vid of the ride...
     
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  3. BHOOTER RAJA

    BHOOTER RAJA Chalo .......let's go.

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    Great teaser but without Mt Kangchenjungha !
    Bring it on Dwaipayan.
     
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    WILL COME !! ;)
     
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    sajalsheth Still Learning ©

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    Black Pearl vkd Don't Stop, You are just a step away.

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    Beautiful teasers
    Lovely
    waiting for more
     
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    Wow, lovely teaser. Waiting for the pics.
     
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    DAY 1 : DECEMBER 31st 2016 NEW JALPAIGURI to CHITREY 90kms (car) CONTINUED.....

    we reached chitrey at around 2.30 pm. i had informed PHUNTSOK , the owner of the hawk's nest homesstay in chitrey , in advance. this was my 9th visit here. PHUNTSOK is now more of a friend. a jolly funny man. it's always a pleasure to stay at his place. very basic place n rooms, but extraordinary people and food.
    his contact number is... +917319591836. might have to try a few times over a few days to connect to him as the network is real iffy there.
    this is the only option to stay in chitrey. my personal recommendation will be to not stay at maneybhanjyang, but come up 2.5 kms and stay at chitrey. very nice place.

    PHUNTSOK JI...
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    the HAWK'S NEST from outside. (PC KAUSTAV ROY)
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    the view from the room.
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    the view from the room. the large settlement on the hills in the background is DARJEELING.
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    after having a quick cup of coffee, and dumping our sacs , we headed to the place which they call UPPER CHITREY. this place gives you grand views of the mighty KANCHENJUNGA. the place is about 500mts from the HAWK'S NEST , and has a SASHASTRA SEEMA BAL (ssb) camp and a small little shack for some tea coffee chips wai wai momos beer etc.... it's a 15-20 mins uphill beautiful walk.

    the walk towards the shack
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    the walk towards the shack
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    it was about 3.15 pm when we arrived at the shack, with a lot of hope to watch a breathtaking sunset on the kanchenjunga. we were disappointed. the mighty peak was veiled by the clouds. the the place was in itself so beautiful though. we ordered for some hot wai wai and coffee for snacks. while it was getting cooked we decided to click a few..

    thats the place. you can see the shack and the SSB camp. the kanchenjunga shows up right above the GREEN cottage in the background. PC SHOUBHIK ROY
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    finally the stuff was ready and beheni( nepali for sister) called us in. boy it was cold. we needed the hot soupy wai wai and coffee.

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    at about 4.30 pm we were done with the shack and decided to go back to the homestay. we did not take the road this time, but walked on the hills.

    a few pics while returning....

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    and a few more of me PC SHOUBHIK ROY

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    we were at HAWK'S NEST by 5 pm and sat in their kitchen cum eating area while chatting the family and locals, while they prepared momos for tomorrow , the new year day, when they will see a surge of locals arriving there for picnic. all this was interspersed with unlimited rounds of tea , coffee, (a few pegs of old monk ;) ; not me,i dont drink) and ended with a nice chicked daal sabji rice meal for Rs. 180 per head.

    the kitchen
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    momos being prepared PC SHOUBHIK ROY
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    momos being prepared
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    the kitchen
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    after an amazing dinner at 8.30pm, we inquired phuntsok ji about the status of our car(landrover till sandakphu) and guide. he informed us both should arrive at chitrey from maneybhanjang at 8am next morning. CAR : Rs. 4000 chitrey to sandakphu. GUIDE : Rs. 800 per day +fooding n lodging at sandakphu (only) @Rs. 300.

    went back to our room and was asleep by 9.30pm. very cold though.

    END OF DAY 1

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    one of the rooms with an attach toilet
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    BHOOTER RAJA Chalo .......let's go.

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    Fantastic shots.
    Fungstok is such a genuine person. I too stayed there . Me in kitchen with Fungstok

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    wow this is fantastic . he is a great man. which year is this pic from?
     
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