|My first view of North Sikkim. Lachen is|
a pretty little village.
|Early evening- This house in Lachen |
is a picture right out of a fairy tale
The pictures in this post bring back memories of a lovely time in a lovely place with lovely people.
|The Monastery in Lachung. Did it survive the quake?|
|Lachung - the river Teesta flows at|
a lively pace by the town
|Blood red, lilac, orange, lavender-|
Nature's very own Holi Festival
Rhododendrons rule the valley
for a few weeks.
|The river Teesta in Yumthong|
|Up Close-the mountains in Katao|
|Katao- about 30km from Lachung|
The day before our visit, three army
soldiers were killed by a landslide at
The roads challenge the sturdiest of SUVs.Break downs and getting stuck in the mud are common.There is an accepted code of conduct that, regardless of impatient tourists, passing drivers must stop and offer help. Our driver stopped several times to help pull vehicles out of the slush or coax tired engines back to life.
|Such sights are a regular feature in Sikkim. Manoj, our|
driver(far right in white jersey) helped get this SUV out of
the mud and the convoy moving. Manoj played the
good samaritan often.
|This young man lives in Sinba valley and stopped |
us just to ask for cigarettes. Our driver obliged and we were
rewarded with a grateful smile
As I write this- more than a week after the quake- Television Channels have started to play tickers asking for donations to the Chief Ministers fund. For those who read this, please help as much as you can. Let us reach out to the people of Sikkim at this time of need.