And there somewhere between Nepal and India, I was there.
Some place where the borders didn't exist, I was there.
Between the cold winds and warm hearts, I was there.
In places I'd never been and skies I'd never seen, I was there.
I have been a mountaineering student at the prestigious Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. This was taken on our way to the base camp at a place called Tshoka, West Sikkim. It is situated in the Kanchenjunga/Kanchendzonga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a biodiversity hotspot. The whole way has one of the most picturesque landscape and is a home to numerous exotic and endangered species in the world. The path further leads to the basecamp of the Indian side of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
These neverending layers of mountains are so surreal that they look nothing short of a painting.
So it all starts and there's a long way to go. Maybe, I'll tread down the path holding the railing; but when the way ends and I'm standing on the edge, I'll stop walking and start flying... to touch the horizon and then into the white mist beyond the mountains.
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Sikkim is considered to be one of the most gorgeous states of the country owing to its beautiful environment, rich wildlife and a picture perfect setting. There is also no dearth of adventure activities and several exciting things to do in Sikkim.
1. Trek at the Third Highest Mountain in the World- Kanchenjunga
2. Trek to Nathu La Pass in Gangtok- The Ancient Silk Route
3. Trek Up to the Beauteous Gurudongmar Lake
4. River Rafting in Teesta
Go to the Himalayas, to breathe freely, to open your minds, to look be one with nature. Leave behind the troubles of your daily lives, leave behind the doubts and fears that keep you awake at night, leave behind all the negativity that holds you down. Just don't leave behind plastic.
And after many days of going down rabbit-holes of what went wrong and what could have gone right, I thought I forgot to be happy. I forgot the meaning of inner peace, of a calmness in my heart that the ups and downs of daily life could not shake. I thought failure and sadness and a sense of unfulfilment was the norm. But then, I went to the Himalayas...and there, sitting by a crystal clear Lake at 17,000 feet, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and an all-consuming silence, I finally realised that it's okay, that all things eventually fall into place, that nothing is absolute. And I found the peace that I was looking for. #sikkim#sikkimdiaries#northsikkim#gurudongmar#himalaya#himalayas#sikkimhimalayas#incredibleindia#india#visitnortheast#lake#mountains#himalayangeographic
North Sikkim offers incredible vistas at every bend of it's steep mountain roads!
Horses roam freely in the high valleys on the way from Lachen to Gurudongmar lake in Sikkim. It seemed to me that most of them are raised at the army camps that are scattered all over the area. They are gentle beings, keeping to themselves, sticking to the side of the cliff side of the road without missing a hoofbeat and occasionally breaking into a run... To take this shot, I had to follow these two around a little bit before they offered me the perfect pose! Very shy creatures, they were definitely more sacred of being eaten alive by me than I was of getting kicked in the head or hit by one of the tourist vehicles that made their way up the winding road. .