Is it good idea to visit Tsomgo lake in October ?



“A lake is the landscape’s most expressive and beautiful feature. it is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” — Henry David Thoreau.



The Tsomgo Lake of Gangtok, East Sikkim holds the perfect sit for the quote. Guarded by high mountains from all the sides, lay the pristine lake at an altitude of 3,753 meters and it is 40 km from the capital Gangtok. The temperature ranges from 4 degrees Celcius to 3 degrees Celcius.

The story behind Tsomgo lake

The name TSOMGO or TSO GO meaning “above the lake” was given by the yak herders. The old folktale says that the lake was in a place called Laten in olden times and the place where the lake is today was actually a “Goth” (cattle shed) where the herders kept their yaks. One night an old woman in her dreams was told to leave the place soon as it would be filled with water. The next morning she warned all her herder friends but they refused to believe her. she left the village and as she left she saw a lady with flowing hair, believed to be the Guardian Deity of the lake enter the valley and soon the place was filled with water and Tsomgo lake was formed. The other herders however perished in the waters along with the herds of yak.
The lake is today worshipped by people and there are religious offering by the people during “Guru Poornima”.
Source of the above story 
  
The above story I learned from the board placed near the lakeside. 

Now coming to the main question: Is it a good idea to visit Tsomgo lake In October?

The lake remains frozen around December to February. Giving you ample opportunity to witness the glassy side of the lake. 
But, the lake in the rest of the year, especially in October, exhibits the true color of it’s beauty. 
tsomgo lake in october
Tsomgo Lake
The large waterbody surely is the habitat of a large number of aquatic life. 
But the lake is too humble to be sure of the former’s presence.

Activities to do:

The area of 24.47 hectares comes under the region of Tsomgo lake.
The two main activities offered:
  • Yak safari :

The yaks are beautifully decorated and made available for the tourist for a ride at a cost of rupees 350 per person.

  • Ropeway
If you’re a lover of adventure as well as nature then ropeway is the best gift that you can gift yourself. It takes you high above the ground level and gives complete geographic details of the area. The ropeway is at an elevation of 13000 feet above mean sea level. This is worth a ride.
The ropeway takes you to a station and you can spend time as long as you want.
Fresh air, freezy wind rejuvenates and lift up your excitement at the topmost

lake tsomgo from ropeway
Lake Tsomgo from the ropeway


The view of the magnificent Kanchenjunga From the station of Ropeway.

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kanchenjunga 
At this point in my trip, I was willing to shout out loud 

“I’m the queen of the world”

Top of everyone and in view of the total scenario was giving me sparks through my nerves. If you ever Tsomgo lake then you must try out Ropeway, and those who’ve already been but missed this then you’re the unlucky one. 
Because where on earth you’ll get the view of the cloud touching the ground?



We usually talk about the wonders of the world and the best one being the Taj Mahal( for more details check out: Unfold the history of Mughals, Agra )

But, Tsomgo Lake is a perfect scenario to be captioned with the tagline ” WONDERS OF NATURE”

Boost yourself for the energetic Banjhakri Falls

Water is such an element that always upgrades my energy level and revitalizes my mood. Nothing can hold me back behind if there’s something magnificent as this.

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Banjhakri Falls

The sound of the water is hearable few kilometres apart. It’s a short way walk from the parking to The Jhakri falls.

Located at a distance of 7 km from  Gangtok is a popular tourist attraction.

The park’s statuary and others display a document on the traditional shamanic healer who worships spirits living in caves and around a forest. The name BanJhakri was derived from the Nepali language where ban means forest and jhakri means healer.
The fall was hidden behind a forest land and now it’s cleared and received the honour to be one of the theme parks and also to imbibe the history of shamanic traditions.

The place can be enjoyed best around 1o’clock to 2o’clock in the afternoon because the inclination of the sun at a certain angle invokes the formation of an enchanting water rainbow.
The origination the rainbow is vague but it terminates clearly into green water of the fall.

water rainbow in Banjhakri Falls
Water rainbow

Though the temperature was around 18-degree Celcius still I didn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the splashes of the mesmerizing Jhakri fall.

Chilled water and fresh water is enough to elevate someone’s mood.

If the weather would be a bit warmer then I would’ve surely taken a shower under the magnificent Banjhakri fall.

The height of the fall is not so huge. The top can be easily located but the force of its fall is violent enough to break out everything that comes its way.

Consisting of an adventure park, food court and parking facility, this theme park is a perfect place for family time and for hanging out with friends.

Unique species of flower in BanJhakri
Unique species of flower in BanJhakri

A day trip to Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery or The Dharma Chakra Centre is located in the Indian State Sikkim, near the capital Gangtok. This place is 23 km away from Gangtok at an altitude of 1500 metres (4900 ft).

The main building of the Monastery is a three-storeyed building. It houses some of the rarest Buddhist Artwork in the world in the form of wall murals and thankas.

It is also a renowned centre of Kargyu teaching.  The students are provided with well-authenticated hostels where they lodge and study.

The ground floor of the monastery consists of a large prayer hall where photo shooting isn’t allowed then surely I would have shared the glimpse of the calm and holy place of this monastery. 

Way to the prayer hall

The calm and serene atmosphere of the monastery is a total getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It’s quite sure that the secret of happiness in the face of the students lies in this place only. This holy place assures that no complications touch their children. 

I stayed there for quite a long time and the air gave me a mysterious satisfaction and blew me to some other world away from the hitches of daily life. 

Behind the monastery lies the Nalanda Institute. 


The students get the spiritual education about various fields. 


Hostel of the students of the Nalanda Institute.
This is not the end. 

The Golden stupa of the Rumtek Monastery. Curved in original gold by talented craftsmen. It consists of Lord Budha in gold. and several other artefacts. 

Gardening of the Monastery, plastic bottles recycled into pots.

As the Monastery is located at a high altitude, one can get a wide panoramic view of the Gangtok city from the top at the opposite foothill of the Rumtek Monastery. 


Gangtok city from Rumtek Monastery.



If you’re luckier enough to get clear sky then you can too have the magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga from here. 
Message from Gyalwang Karmapa

With the students of the Monastery.

a unique variety of flower in Rumtek.





The Rumtek Monastery is highly guarded and requires special verification of identity proof for entry.

It’s a long way uphill walk from the entry point to the monastery. As heavy vehicles are not allowed inside. 

Though the way from Gangtok to Rumtek is quite hectic and bumpy at certain parts but as we all know  :

“Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations”

The route to Rumtek Monastery is usually covered from Gangtok including few other spots. 





Packing Essentials

Packing essentials vary from person to person. but here’s a list of must-carry items which shouldn’t be ignored while traveling.

 
1. Double Shoulder bag(large capacity)

 
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Many tourists may prefer designer sling bags for travels but those bags cannot carry much stuff as these kinda bags can do. It can hold all your essentials at one go. Moreover carrying a single shoulder bag or crossed bag can cause pain in your shoulder for the burden in it so double shoulder bag is the best thing to maximize the space for your essentials without damaging your muscles.
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2. Mobile and it’s accessories

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No one leaves their apartment without a cell phone/charger/earphones/power banks.

3. Id proof

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No matter where you go, you must carry identity proof with you. It can be anything from the above-mentioned options.

4. Water bottles

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It is very sure that none of us wants to get ill while traveling by drinking open water running here and there. So it’s always essential to carry your own water bottle. In case it becomes emptied then buy a sealed bottle from any good store. Because none of us can compromise with our health.

5. Medicines

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Many people suffer from traveling sickness especially motion sickness. Or some people suffer from a change in atmosphere or water so medicine is must carry.

6. Books

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Don’t be afraid by seeing it. You don’t have to carry your textbook or subject book on your tour. A story will feed the need. You may get bored by long flight or train so in spite of diving inside your electronic gadgets it will be better if you dive into any storybook of your choice.

7. make up on the go

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 One thing you should keep in your mind that is never overdo with your make up while traveling. a simple updo can give you an attractive look. A compact, a sunscreen, and lipstick of your choice are enough for your picture-perfect look but try to choose light colored shades.
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www.nykaa.com to get exciting offers on your favorite makeup brands and travels pouches.

Unfold the History of India : Agra

Hello friends…welcome to my blog once again. I’m your best friend Anirnita present here to help you out with your travel confusion.
Today I wanna share my short trip to Agra.
It was a one day trip for me so couldn’t cover up few spots but didn’t miss the vital ones.

If you’re updated with all my blogs then you sure have come through my last post on Delhi.
So this Agra trip was included into that holidays only. but didn’t mention in the Delhi post.
We took a train from Delhi to Agra To have a plenty of views through the city.
I’ll try my best to keep all of you tuned through my post.
Our expedition began from the magnificent Agra Fort 



The great Agra Fort speaks a thousand words by its great valour and concrete structure. The Fort was originally known as the BADALGHAR but it was in it’s ruined condition and it was rebuilt by red sandstone by Akbar, The great and renamed it as the Agra Fort. For around 4000 workers worked for  8 years for remodelling it. It stands a mighty structure highlighting the Mughal era.
Each corner of the fort holds some historical facts. It’ll advisable that if you take the pleasure to appoint a guide with you. Because if you’re unable to know the history/story behind the stones of the fort then you’ll surely miss the most of the interesting facts about the life of the Mughals.
The fort was not only made up of red sandstone but also white marble palace is included inside it.

the interiors are beautifully curved and the designs, the texture, structure everything is speechless. The entrance of the main palace stood high above.

well, after spending half of the day at the fort. we headed towards the Wonder of The World: THE TAJ MAHAL. One can have a vague view of the Taj from the Agra Fort:

 looks like a palace of paradise.

THE TAJ MAHAL

An ivory white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra.
It was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. The estimated cost of building it during those days was around 32 million rupees.
The construction of this project involved some around 20,000 artisans under the guidance of a board of Architect. The Taj Mahal was designated as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE for being the “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world heritage.
Taj Mahal is the best example to define the Mughal Architecture and India’s Rich History.
It’ll be not good to write about The Taj because no word is enough to explain it’s divine beauty. The aura of the Taj is enough to mesmerise the tourist.

 Taj Mahal at the time of sunset (above).

The work on the walls of the Taj Mahal.(above)
Due to lack of time, we were unable to unfold the other great masterpieces of the Mughal Dynasty. 
But, made a note of all the places we covered and also the ones not covered so that we don’t miss out next time.
one can easily lounge in Agra. 
Agra consists of too many hotels of different budgets. Follow the below-mentioned links to get great deals in Hotels according to your choice:
you can filter your requiremnts according to your priority.  Sign in or register for great discounts. 

Delhi

Well if you haven’t visited this city then I’m sure that you’ve missed the most magnificent city rich in cultural and heritage of India. Delhi is the capital city of India also known as the green city.
The famous monuments, artifacts are the true destinations for the one who seeks for Indian culture.
Delhi is the heart of India.  The great warriors, kings, the famous Mughals ruled this place decades ago.

top places to go:
1. Red Fort
serves the powerful symbol of the Mughal era and also highlights the struggle of India for freedom. It was built by 5th Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.
2. Jama Masjid
Is another treasure of Delhi and one of the largest mosque in India.
Lakhs of devotees visit this divine mosque for the blessings.
3. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple.
if you haven’t visited this place then you’ve really missed the great work of the artist. It is a new attraction spot dedicated to the rich Indian culture.
4. Humayun’s Tomb
much alike to Taj Mahal in Agra. It was the inspiration for the creation of the Taj Mahal. It houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun
 5. Qutab Minar
6. Raj Ghat




7. India Gate
At the center of New Delhi lies the war memorial, The India Gate. it was built in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who lost their lives while fighting against the British army.

How to reach Delhi?

Delhi is well connected with domestic and international flights to all the major cities. Within and outside India. Indira Gandhi International Airport is just 20 km away from the center of the city. The railway station in the city is well connected with different other parts of the country.

 Indira Gandhi International Airport.(above)

New Delhi Station(above)

Availability of Hotels:

There are wide varieties of hotel options in Delhi. For every budget.

I’ve never enjoyed my history classes in school but definitely enjoyed this historical city.
Delhi is a massive metropolitan city where there’s a perfect blend of modernization with the cultural heritage of our emperors.
so one must visit this vibrant city to enrich themselves with splendid offerings that are present.

Wish You all a Happy Journey…..  

Puri

Puri, Odisha

Have you ever experienced  Bay Of Bengal?
The violent, mighty yet admirable Bay.
If not then Puri is a must visit the place to indulge yourself in the most joyous experience of all the time.
Whether it be a family holiday or a runaway from the grueling schedule in search of leisure, Puri is well known for all.
Puri located in the eastern region in our Indian map in the State of Odisha. It is 60 km from the state capital, Bhubaneshwar.

Puri has favorable climate all the year round.
Each season holds clashing beauty.
Summer: Gives you burning feet sensation by the sandy beach while the cool mesmerizing sea water rejuvenates you.
Rainy: The best feeling is when you stay inside water and its start drizzling from the blue sky, the excitement would be unexplainable.
Autumn: With the favorable ambiance accompanied by high tides and low tides gives you an outlook for something rather memorable experience.
Winter: If you want to go for sight scene then this is the best time period.

HOW TO REACH PURI?

Puri has a rich source of connectivity with other states. It has multiple numbers of trains and national and international flights facilities. Via train will drop you at Puri Station and Via flight, it’ll land up in Bhubaneshwar airport.

ATTRACTIONS

  • Replace your spa treatment with the rejuvenating long hours’ sea bath
  • The famous Jagannath Temple
  • Sun Temple, Konark
  • Nandan Kanan(don’t miss)

When you’re in Puri, don’t forget to eat the famous crunchy sweet “Purir Khaja”.

BEST BUDGET HOTELS TO LODGE near sea beach

 Jagannath Temple, Puri

Nandan Kanan

Sun Temple,Konark

Mirik

Knock! knock!
Are you looking for a graceful, romantic holiday? Planning for Paris, Venice or some other places ?? Ooppss…but that doesn’t fit your budget? Or not getting enough break from office for the tour??
 Well, here I’m to sort out your complication. 


Seems heaven isn’t?
You must be brainstorming that where’s this place is?
Well, it’s MIRIK
Mirik is a tourist spot located in the hills of Darjeeling district in West Bengal, India.
The small town is centered around 1.2 km long lake known as Lake Samendu. The pristine lake is surrounded by high forested hills and tea gardens. Boating in the lake is a fascinating activity for the tourists. 
The lake not only feeds the temptation of the tourist with its natural beauty but also it allows us to witness the most vibrant fishes of all the times. 

The dreamy destination Mirik will take up few days out of your bag.

Arrival at Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Junction) / Siliguri any spot according to your convenience. Next start for the 32km drive via the Nepal border to Mirik. It’s 2 hours drive. The drive is scenic and so is the place both attracts tourist in hordes 

When In Mirik, you must not miss the charm of Beautiful Tea Gardens, Samendu Lake, Orange Orchards, Cardamom Plantation and its pleasant Climate out there. 
And, if you’re a honeymoon couple then you must switch your lodging to Swiss cottage. It’s a lovely property for rest and a takeaway from routined grueling life.



I’m something more than beach parties and carnivals: Goa

Travel makes one modest,you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world: Gustav Flaubert.
 Don’t underestimate me for my size: Goa holds perfect for it.
101 km of long coastline surrounded by lush green beauty is an exemplary home for the one who is seeking for romance, fun, and adventures.   


How to Reach Goa?

By Railwaysit is quite easy to reach Goa as the major railway stations inGoa are located in Margao. The main railway station is known as Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. These railway stations are well linked with Mumbai and then other major parts of the country as well.
By FlightNearest airport from Goa (Panjim) is Dabolim Airport (Goa International Airport), at a distance of 29 Km. Dabolim Airport serves regular flight from Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and other major cities of India and also the cities of U.K and Germany. You can hire a taxi to reach your destination further.
By Bus: There are a number of public as well as private bus operators in Goa, which offer options for intra-city and inter-city conveyance. KSRTC, MSRTC, and KTC are some of the Government undertakings that operate from Panaji, Madgaon and Vasco Da Gama. Private bus operators include the likes of Neeta Tour and Travels, Paulo Travels and Naik Tours and Travels. Goa enjoys daily bus service from important cities like Mumbai and Pune
 
 
I will rather give you a small suggestion- if you want to be mesmerized by the beauty of the magnificent “dudhsagar falls” then it’s better for you to switch over to train.
 
 
Now we move on to the hotels of There:
 
Well, Goa is a calm and beautiful place which attracts tourists from all the corners of the world,
There are multiple of hotels and resorts in Goa according to your budget.
 
 Generally, being a nature lover I chose to lodge in Hotel Orange House, Goa.http://www.orangehousegoa.com/
Far away from the crowd but proximate to nature.
 
Goa has multifold of cultural and archeological heritage. The most magnificent:
 
1. Basilica Of Bom Jesus
 
2. Se Cathedral
 
3. Reis Magos Fort
 
Things to do:
 
  1. Scuba Diving
 
 
 
2. Water Sports
 
 
3. Dolphin Trip
 
 

4. Parasailing


5. Camping with temple waterfall experience

..and there lots more.
Apart from beach parties and beer Goa has much to unfold. It is a perfect blend of Portuguese and Indian culture. It has numerous numbers of beaches waiting to welcome you with wide-stretched hands. So, guys pack up your essentials and get set go to feed the temptation of your wanderlust. 

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