While I get back into the swing of things (namely: having to set a morning alarm, NOT eating the entire left side of the menu, and getting over the four-and-a-half hour jet lag), I’ll have to put blogging about my amazing trip to Sikkim on the back burner. So, until I get time to transcribe voice notes, edit photos, and pull excerpts from my journal, here’s a little snippet of my trip, in pictures. And words (because, quite frankly, no one has ever called me a ‘woman of few words’):
We started our trip in Gangtok. The weather was a little, um, how do I put this mildly– DISMAL (?!) on our first day:
All was not lost, however, because we learnt to play Mah-jong (well, The Sister did, anyway. But I won, so, whatever), and drank lots and lots and lots of tea.
The following few days, however, were outstanding, weather-wise, and
we* I woke to this stunning view of Kanchenjunga:
Mangan, further north than Gangtok, but at a lower elevation, was boiling. Ok, so perhaps I’m exaggerating a tad, but it was a good 28 deg. to Gangtok’s 20, anyhow.
At Mangan we visited the Ringhim Monastery:
Visited the Ringhim Monastery today, to shoot some footage for a mini-documentary the sister and I are working on (I have no future in videography, it would seem). The monastery is currently still under reconstruction after an earthquake hit Sikkim in 2011. This is a close up of the original doorframe, one of the few things that survived the earthquake.
Before heading back to Gangtok, and petering onward to Martam (pictured) and the Rumtek Monastery (pictures to follow in next post):
It's been a while since I've done a 'fun fact' to accompany a photo. Since I appear to have stable internet for the moment, here goes: Sikkim (where this photo was taken) is tribal a state in Northeastern India. It joined India in 1975, after the abolishment of its monarchy, and is currently the country's main producer of cardamom. It's also famous for: pan liqueur, fireball brandy, Temi tea, and, lest I forget, my Year 5 crush, Bhaichung Bhutia (seriously though, that man has aged like a fine wine) 🍷 #worldnomads
We wound down our trip in Siliguri, and somewhere in-between we enjoyed Gangtok’s night life… but I’ll get to that in the ‘proper’ blog post, complete with an itinerary, where to stay, and what NOT to do.
* The Sister isn’t too much of a morning person, to be honest.