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    At Tsongmo Lake - Part 2 pictures






















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    At Tsongmo Lake - Part 3 pictures - Last set


    Snow, the yak, and the walk to the other side










    Weather was turning for worse and we went to one of the shacks to have hot noodles





    After that we lingered for as much time more, and then started the return journey - stopped at Kyongnosla Waterfall on descent















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    Rumtek Monastery
    After a very productive and absolutely enchanting trip to Tsongo Lake, with the rains still intermittent, I also thought of giving a day's break before I pester the Sikkim Police again - now for the much tougher 3-4 days N Sikkim permits. Also had some work and really the Airtel Datacard did help me execute some very important work sitting there in the Gangtok hotel.

    After a late rise in the morning, planned to cover the Rumtek Monastery, Rankha and Banjhakri Falls - all nearby places around Gangtok. Rankha we did not cover since we had seen the best of the monastery over there [Rumtek] and also wanted to spend the evening hours at the Park so that the child can also enjoy and we too can relax at the coffee stall without much hurry to leave or get up.

    Enroute to Rumtek, a beautiful nursery - The Be-Yul Nursery. They even have good accomodation out here among the flowers.





    The nursery owner graciously invited us inside and showed some of the orchids


    Outside a monk was preparing some mud for prayer



    RUMTEK MONASTERY: Rumtek monastery or Dharma_Chakra_Centre is located at 24 kilometers away from Gangtok,East Sikkim. The Monastery is the seat of the Karmapa Kagyu lineage outside Tibet. The main monastery is surrounded by the monks dormitory. Roof peak of the monastery is comprised of four storied golden sculpture, known as ghanzira. Inside, the monastery is the paintings of the Kagyu lineage, the eight great Bodhisattvas, the sixteen Arhats, the Genduk Chogngi etc.

    Behind the Rumtek Monastery is the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute of higher Buddhist studies. Karma Shri Nalanda Institute was founded to preserve and propagate the noble teachings of the Lord Buddha, particularly the Kagyu tradition of Mahayana Buddhism.
    Rumtek Monastery & Karma Shri Nalanda Institute












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    Banjhakri falls & Energy park


    On January 5, 2008, a new tourist spot was inaugurated by Chief Minister Pawan Chamling at Lower Sichey, 4 kilo meters away from Gangtok. The name of new tourist spot is Jhankri water falls Enegy Park which is spread over an area of 2 acres

    The significance of the park is associated with local tradition and custom. The local term jhankri means the spiritual healer, shaman who performs prayer for the patients since ancient times. There is approximately 100 feet high waterfalls there. The area is surrounded by natural and man made lakes, stream and the hill top. The beautiful landscapes, footbridges in Sikkimese style, splash pool adorned by a dragon at the centre, sculptures and figurines of the Jhankri culture etc. at once fascinate the visiting tourists there. In the very entrance of the centre, there is the facility for parking vehicles. There is status of Lepcha Bungthing, traditional spiritual healer and Jhankri, the Nepali spiritual healer. The set of statue of jhankris, the traditional spiritual healers attracts the visitors mostly where a main jhankri is performing puja for a patient. A patient is lying on the bed. The two assistants called dholeys of spiritual healer are playing the Dyangro, a traditional drum. The practice of shamanism and performing puja in this way is still prevalent in the society. There is a small park where children can make joyride in a toy cars.

    There is equally interesting myth about Bungthing of Lepcha. They also perform puja for the patient and well being of the community. On the bank of stream and hill top, there are some statues of Bungthing. All the rest house , bridge and hill top are decorated in traditional architectural design of Sikkim. In the upward side, there is a set of statue which makes everybody delighted particularly to children. This is the statue of Ban Jhakri, the spiritual healer who is believed to have been lived in the dense forest away from human habitats with his wife called ban jhankrini.

    There is so many myths about the Ban Jhankri and Ban jhankrini (Lemlemma, which means the mother of long tongue in Rai language) in the society. They are considered the religious Gurus who live in the forest doing penance and practice of spiritualism. According to popular myth still prevalent among the people, Ban Jhankrini is like lady giant who likes to eat the human flesh but Ban jhankri does not allow any human being to be sacrificed in vain. The feet of Banjhankrini are in reversial position unlike Banjhankri and common human being. The Banjhakri, it is believed makes choice of his own to make any person his follower who can follow his spiritual and devine practice. There is still belief in the society particularly among the Rai community that whoever is likened by Banjhankri, he will be taken by his magic and such a person can be disappeared from the village and will be re-appeared after some days, months and years being fully trained. During the training, he will be served only clean earthworm taken from the inside bark of the banana tree.

    According to popular myth, Banjhankrini is confined to a place fully tightened in a chain of iron so that she cannot come out and eat human being. If the human being fails to take training and preaching from Banjhankri it is believed that he gives and sacrifices human being to banjhankrini and in turn, the Banjhankirini can eat human flesh to satisfy her hunger. It is traditional belief and myth only but not scientifically proved fact.Study reveals that such kind of myths are prevalent in tribal regions of North East States of India too who worship nature. This kind of belief is prevalent among khasi people of NE region too who believe about the existence of such spiritual healers and ghosts.The various folk tales among the tribals of the region speak the truth of their believes and myths.

    We just relaxed for the evening, tmmrw the big day and again dharna in front of the Sikkim Police permit window for the ultimate ride - North Sikkim - Gurudongmar and Yumathang permits.























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    Re: North Sikkim

    Enroute to N Sikkim - Lachen and Gurudongmar


    Next day again the Sikkimese Police personnel sees me with an application in hand - this time the big one - of North Sikkim - Gurudongmar and Yumthang. Again I stand there steadfastly from morning 630 am, in front of the permit window among all the tour operators and taxi drivers - make quite a few friends - they listen to my stories and I ask them about the places, the weather there, where you get diesel and road conditions and likewise - absolutely nice people out there.

    Well this time after some ifs and buts though definitely on the positive side and after seeing the registration papers of the car, the permit is finally written. With that in hand, go down to the hotel, dress and have breakfast superspeed and off we are to N Sikkim. What a feeling!!!

    Welcome to N Sikkim Oh yesss!!



    Stopped at this small food joint for tea, loved the name of this place - Tingchum!!



    The day was again intermittent rainy and cloudy Waterfalls galore along the route - these are raw water cascades - not what a tourist place is made around.







    We reached Lachen, the base of travel to Gurudongmar and Chopta valley. Lachen is at 9000 ft and from there one climbs up to 18,000 feet in a matter of 5-6 hrs. AMS hits each and everyone, some less - some harder. The night stay is at a budget hotel in Lachen - the hoteliers are not accustomed to see individual travellers, as all hotels are booked as a package along with the Sumo or Maxx taxi cost. Tomorrow early morning 430 am rise and have to leave by 530 am to be at Gurudongmar by 11 am. After 12 noon, high winds start and the max time that is physically possible to stay is till 2 or 3 pm. The weather looked good in the evening at Lachen and it was all excitement for the next day.

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