Day 7 (23rd Oct)
Woke up at around 3:00 in the morning. And “Sunday Suspense”
was still playing. I guess I slept while listening to it last night. The only constant sound in our room, was of the Lachung
river, flowing just behind our home stay. Although I wanted to check if it is still raining outside or not but could not gather the courage to leave the warmth of the comforter
as it was very cold. Almost freezing. After about half an hour, I got out and peeped through the window but it was very dark outside and I could not see anything, but it was not raining
I immediately went back and woke my cousin brothers up and broke the good news to them. But they just scolded me for waking them up so early. Slowly, everyone woke up and we all got ready by 5:30 in the morning. It was very cold outside but it was a very clear weather and we could spot snow on the top of mountains which was not there yesterday when we came here. Now we will be able to play in the snow yayyy… and this is why we chose to go to Zero Point
. When we decided to go to Zero Point
, most of the people said that we won’t get any snow at this time of the year. And our home stay owner also confirmed that the tourists who visited yesterday also came back disappointed. But that is not the case today. It was a chilly but lovely morning today. We started for Zero Point
at 6:00 to the army check post for our permit verification and we thought we could be among the first few to pass. But how wrong we were. There was a traffic jam, everyone was trying to get their cars parked but space available was not much. But every other driver tried their best and all of the drivers parked their cars. This is what impressed me really how cooperative they are. Everybody make way for others in minimum space unlike in our cities where we literally fight for an inch of space.
Anyhow, our driver parked our car and went in line to get our permit verified and stamped. We waited there for around 15 minutes. After that we started towards Yumthang valley
. The sun was shining and everyone was in a very good mood. With each turn, we were going higher up in the mountains and views were just getting better.
On the way to Zero Point & Yumthang
After about 30 minutes, the snow line started. There was hint of snow everywhere, on the sides of the road, on the trees and as we move along the snow only increased. We reached Yumthang valley
in about 1 hour, but we did not stop there as we would stop there while returning. Our driver informed us that some of the tourists are not going for Zero Point
as they got so much snow here in Yumthang
, they feel there is no point going further. But that was not the case with us and we moved forward.
After another 10-15 mins, we reached a place where there were lot of cars in a queue. Our driver went out to see what is the matter. After sometime he came back and told us that we cannot go further. There is so much snow, that the tyres are skidding and it would be very dangerous to move ahead in this situation. He informed us that we are about 3-4 kms from Zero Point
. We came down from the car and saw that the snow has become a muddy puddle and it is really slippery. So, unfortunately we had to abandon our plans of reaching Zero Point
and we returned from that point but we were not disappointed. There is literally snow everywhere. Our driver stopped our car in a relatively safe and secluded place and then all of us got down from the car and started playing with snow.
After spending quite a lot of time there and playing with snow to our heart’s content, we came back to Yumthang Valley
and it was choc a bloc there. Second thing which hit us after reaching Yumthang
is hunger and finding a place to eat was a priority. Our driver pointed us to an eatery and we ordered for noodles and it was fantastic as usual. Back here the same noodles never tasted this good. I wonder how they prepare this.
After satiating our hunger, we started exploring the Yumthang Valley
. By now, the clouds were back and the sun is long gone. It was very chilly out here. And as this was the last place before we return back to our hotel, we had decided to spend a lot of time here.
But after exploring for half an hour it started drizzling and we then had to return back to our car. The driver told us that we will have our lunch and we will immediately start our return journey if it rains, as it might cause landslides. So, came back to our home stay had our lunch and started back for Gangtok
as per our original plan. It started raining very heavily thereafter.
We were already sad that our trip is officially over. We could neither have a last look at the snow covered mountains nor we could go to the Lachung
river. We started our return journey amidst the rain.
Meanwhile as we did not have any prior reservation at Gangtok
, we decided that it would be good if we could reach Rangpo
today itself so that we could start a little later for NJP
next day. It was raining cats and dogs till we reach Singtam
. After that the intensity of the rain decreased to a slight drizzle and when we reached Rangpo
, it had completely stopped. We reached Rangpo
at around 6:30 in the evening. After settling down into our hotel, we ordered Domino’s Pizza
to celebrate the successful completion of our trip
Day 8 (24th Oct)
We started pretty late for NJP
today at around 10:00 in the morning. The journey through the Sevoke
road is very refreshing every time. We reached NJP
in a very good time as we did not face much jam. We booked two rooms for ourselves in a hotel just besides NJP
station. After lunch, the ladies went out to do some shopping in the famous Hong Kong market
. Our reservation was in Darjeeling mail
. At around 7:30 we left our hotel and bid goodbye to the hills for now. With a heavy heart we boarded the train as we would be returning to our normal life from tomorrow. And until that time, when we will again go out to some other places to take a break from our mundane daily lives and take away with us some memorable moments.
Day 9 (25th Oct)
It was pretty uneventful journey. Our train was almost 1 hour late, when it reached Sealdah
. We boarded a local train to our place and we reached our home by 9:30 AM.
Dear Bcmtians, this is the end of our trip and my travelogue. I would like to thank the moderators for approving my thread and all other members for their encouragement.
I would like to conclude my log with a beautiful quote:
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang