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Amazing Sikkim - Travel Story By Atishay Jain

Sikkim, A Journey to Gangtok, Nathula Pass, Lachen, & Yumthang. Time - February 2015 (winters), duration - 5 days Trip. Temp - -1 Degree to 5 Degree ( Traveler - Myself Atishay)

It was the month of february 2015, when i went to Sikkim. During this amazing journey I travelled to North & East Sikkim, where i covered Gangtok, Nathula Pass, Lachen, & Yumthang.

Day 1 ( Siliguri to Gangtok Via Helicopter Pawan Hans)

First day of my journey, I took my flight from Delhi to Bagdogra, After reaching to airport, It started with an amazing helicopter ride from Bagdogra airport (Siliguri) to Gangtok.





MG marg gangtok ( never seen such a clean market in India)

Yes, Sikkim tourism has an amazing chopper service (pawan hans) which has a capacity of max 5 people. It took only 30 minutes to reach to Gangtok (Capital of Sikkim). During this amazing journey over mountains & rivers, I experienced the most amazing ride of my life.

I reached after noon time, so i had enough time to go for local sight scenes same day. I decided to go to ranka monastery, which was like awesome. It was peaceful and was situated up on the corner of the hill. After enjoyinh another water fall in gangtok I took a hotel.

The plan was all uncertain so i decided to go for Indo-China Border (Nathula Pass) next day.

Day2 ( gangtok to Nathula Pass to Gangtok)

Shared taxis (Tata Sumos) are available for day trips to Nathula pass ( 700 per head for a round trip from Gangtok To Nathula pass To Gangtok).

It was really amazing to see nathula pass ( to meet chinese soldiers) & snow covered lakes & mountains. While returning, I saw magical frozen lakes, Changu & elephant lakes. I have no words to say how beautiful it was to see the incredible beauty of Sikkim.

Have a look to the beauty -


india china border - Nathula Pass

elephant lake - east sikkim

me at Nathula Pass

changu lake (Tsongmolake)

view of Tsongmo

Day 3 ( gangtok to Lachen)

This was the third day when I decided to go for north sikkim this time (by sharing cab), As i wanted to explore village life in sikkim, this was a long journey so we stayed in a village for first night. It was very cold and reached -1 degree celcius. It was about to snowfall but it didn't.
It was really aweosome to stay at this beautiful house in sikkim.





Day 4 (Lachen To Yumthang To Zero Point to Siliguri)

This was the last day of my trip when we started early morning to go for Yumthang valley and then to Zero Point. Check out the pics here-


Day 5 ( Back home to Delhi)

As I had my returning flight next day from Baagdogra(siliguri), so i came back here previous day itself. And day 5th I took my flight to Delhi.

Sikkim was beautiful & again 1 more place has been done from my to go list :) I am happy and thankful to God for all these amazing journies.

Auli, Uttrakhand in January 2015 - Travel Story By Atishay

Auli which is considered to be the # 1 ski destination in the Himalayan mountains of Uttrakhand, India.

Auli was in my "To go list" since 2- 3 years, but for some reasons it has either been cancelled or postponed many times. Finally this time I was confident to go for it.

The only wonder was that I decided to do Auli with my Mummy & Papa :)

It was second week of January 2015, when we had some plans to go to Dehradun to attend some family function, that I have extended to Auli. In the starting I decided to drive of my own and to complete the trip in 3 days.

But, after some advises we decided to hire a taxi from Dehradun to Auli to Dehradun back.

Day1
We started From Dehradun at 7 A.M and followed the route Dehradun-Rishikesh-Byassi-Devprayag - Srinagar - Rudraprayag - Karnaprayag - Nandaprayag - Pipalkoti-Joshimath (which was approx 300 km in total & which was totally hill). This is how we started our journey-


Byassi ( First Stop - A few Kms up From Rishikesh)

Dev Prayag - Second Stop After Rishikesh ( 28 Km from Byassi)
Same Directions as to Badrinath


on the way to Joshimath
 Finally we reached Joshimath at around 7:30 P.M, which was quite late, & finally we took a room @ GMVN (Garhawal Mandal Vikas Nigam Hotel) situated at main market in Joshimath. As, we were tired so we took dinner and slept.

Day 2
As we got up at 8 am, we got to  know 2 big surprises- or say 1 bad & 1 good news. Auli (which was 15 km uphill from Joshimath) is all snow covered, and to reach Auli is possible either by road or by a 4 km able car. As i already knew about the cable car that it has been non operational from the last 4 years & the second option was to go by road, which is doable only till 3 km and the rest 12 km could be done only by special local cabs with tyre chains installed on it.

The first news shocked us that the entire Uttrakhand Cab union is on strike and there is no cab running anywhere in UK. So now the second option i.e. cable car, aha, shocked us when we got to know about a news - Yes, It was the first day after 4 years when cable car was again ready to start operating after the first testing done on the previous day :)

So we were all set, we bought the tickets which costs us 750 Rs each both side ( Single side ticket is not applicable). However the prices used to be 500 before. Enjoy the pictures  & Video below that I have taken after reaching to the top point near Tower No. 10.

Video Taken at Another Chair cable car which operates in Auli at Tower No 8 to 6 :) which cost 300 rs per person both sides :)




Pictures below

never thought that 15 minute journey from Joshimath to Auli could be so beautiful

Newspaper screenshot of the wonder happened :)


















We enjoyed Auli From 11 AM till 3:30 P.M and enjoyed the scenic beauty of great ranges of Himalayas. Also there were many snow sports that we did during the entire day. As i was with my mom and dad, so i was littel careful about the snow games, trek and other ski activities. But still I have enjoyed a lot so as they :)

Another video taken in Auli on my Day 2 -
Day 3 
After darshan of narsingh temple at joshimath, we started at 8 AM from Joshimath. Below are the pictures taken on day 3 that is on the way to our return journey. After followed the same route we reached to Dehradun at 7 PM with lot of awesome memories:)


narsing temple joshimath

jain temple srinagar, Uttrakhand








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camps near byassi
 This was my family trip after 2009, that made me so happy I can't express! Thanks all for all your wishes & love :)