Small But Beautiful- The Perfect Way to Describe Sikkim

Hello Lovely People!! We are back with another weekend full of new posts and loads of new and interesting stuff along the. This blog post can be described as a way to help you witness, experience and know a bit about Sikkim through the eyes and lens of ace photographer Jay Mukherjee.

A small introduction about the photographer: Jay Mukherjee is the owner and consultant of his website Jay Mukherjee Photography. Hailing from West Bengal, he is a mountain lover, trekking enthusiast and a professional photographer. He is also the owner/consultant and part of the team of Sikkim Trail With JOY. This is a travel website who aims to provide hotel booking, customized trekking, budget travel packages, offbeat trekking and backpacking trips in the complete north and west Sikkim. They provide with the finest experience of Sikkim and it’s their vision to promote the beauty, simplicity and capture Sikkim through their lenses to make people aware of why should someone visit Sikkim. They are going out of their way to promote and proliferate Sikkim so that tourism in the state can be done easily and without any hassles. 

Jay Mukherjee

Sikkim is the smallest state of the Seven Sisters of NorthEast states and the second smallest state of India. Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim and it is also the least populous state of India. It is bordered by Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. It is a part of the Eastern Himalayan Mountain Range. Kangchenjunga is one of the famous peaks to be viewed in Sikkim. It is the third highest peak on Earth. Mount Shimvo, Lama Aungden are a few other peaks which can be seen. Sikkim is particularly known for its biodiversity, including alpine and sub-tropical climates.

Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world and is accessible from Sikkim, Nepal, Darjeeling. The Kangchenjunga landscape is a complex of three distinct ecoregions: the eastern Himalayan broad-leaved and coniferous forests, the Eastern Himalayan alpine shrub and meadows and the Terai-Duar savanna and grasslands. In Sikkim, many a National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary are associated with it.

KANCHENJUNGA PEAK LHASA VALLEY PHALUNG 

There are four climbing routes to reach the summit of Kangchenjunga, three of which are in Nepal from the southwest, northwest and northeast, and one from northeastern Sikkim in India. To date, the northeastern route from Sikkim has been successfully used only three times. The Indian government has banned expeditions to Kanchenjunga, and therefore this route has been closed since 2000. However, some base camp trekking in the Phalung region of North Sikkim via the Lhasa valley is still carried out.

KANCHENJUNGA SEEN FROM GANGTOK

One of the many resplendent views of the sunset in the Kanchenjunga peaks. This view will never get old and especially for mountain enthusiasts, this view is heaven. Viewed from Gangtok, on a clear day it a treat for the tourists and photographers alike.

KANCHENJUNGA AND SPURS GREEN LAKE TREK

Green Lake near Lachen is one such hidden gem that allows outstanding views of the Kanchenjunga and other glorious Himalayan peaks. Adventurers embark on the famous green lake trek Sikkim, to revel in the beauty of the mountains! The winding road that leads to this stunning lake is interspersed with a large variety of rhododendrons that are a sight for the eyes. Though the going is tough through rocky terrain and dense forests, the end result is worth the effort.

LHASAR VALLEY PHALUNG
SEBU LA PHALUNG

Sebu La is a pass and is nearby to Khangchengyao, Yume Samdong and Donkung. Sebu La has an elevation of 5301 metres

DRUPKA TESHI FESTIVAL YAK RACE

The Drupka Teshi is a Buddhist festival, held on the fourth day of the sixth month of the Tibetan Calender. It aims to celebrate the first preaching of ‘Noble Truths’ as preached by Lord Buddha. This celebration is observed in Gangtok where the petitions are held at the Deer Park and at Muguthang in extraordinary North Sikkim and a Yak race is additionally held amid the celebration.

TIBETAN PLATEAU BEYOND GURUDONGMAR

Gurudongmar Lake is the highest lake in India and one of the highest in the world. It is considered sacred by the Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. This lake is situated 190 km away from Gangtok, in North Sikkim. The lake can be reached by road from Lachen via Thangu. The road from Thangu to Gurudongmar passes through rugged terrain with moraine, which has high alpine pastures covered with many rhododendron trees. The lake, fed by glaciers, is located to the north of the Kangchengyao range, in a high plateau area connected with the Tibetan Plateau. It provides one of the source streams which joins the Tso Lahmu and then form the source of the Teesta River. The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months, from November to Mid-May.

CHO YO PEAK BEYOND GURUDONGMAR
THAMBI VIEW POINT ZULUK

The Thambi View Points lies a few kilometers to the north of Zuluk wherein lies the winding roads of the old Silk Route. Located at a height of 11200 ft above the sea level, this view point offers a very clear view of three-level Zig-Zag Road on one side and a panaromic view of Kanchendzonga on the other side

OX BOW LAKE PHALUNG JACHU VALLEY
TSO LHAMO LAKE ORIGIN OF TEESTA

The Tso Lhamo Lake is one of the highest altitude lakes in the world, situated at a height of 17,490 ft in North Sikkim. It is fed from the waters of Zemu Glacier, Kangtse Glacier and is the source of Teesta River. It is one of the top tourist attractions of Sikkim.

HORN SHAPED PEAK NEAR TALEM GREEN LAKE TREK

The trek to Green Lake, the base camp of Mt. Kanchendzonga on the Zemu glacier in north Sikkim is a splendid walk with the variety of flowers like rhododendron, blue poppies and primulas all in bloom. The mountain views are fantastic with an amphitheatre of peaks. However, the green lake base camp is more than 5000m and so proper acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness.

MOUNT SHIMVO GREEN LAKE TREK
LAMA ANGDEN SEEN FROM LACHEN

The giant Lama Angden Peak shadows the Lachen village. It can be seen standing right on the top of the village. This is the shortest and at the same time most exciting trek in Lachen. It is a short three days trek. A gentle climb from Lachen will get you to Lama Angden Camp. This is idol place to enjoy the beauty of nature, you will see snow clad mountains all around.

To enjoy all these tours and treks in Sikkim, and to have the best experience, you can contact Sikkim Trail with JOY. Their contact number is +9198746 90114 or you can also email them on mukherjeejayabrata@gmail.com. You can also message them on their facebook page as it has been linked above.

Sikkim is a place for hidden treasures. The rich history of the place, the natural beauty of entire Sikkim and the many unexplored terrains is calling out to you with open arms. You just need to reach out to them, you will not be disappointed. Jay Mukherjee has left us spellbound with his extraordinary captures of such a beautiful place. We are immensely thankful to him for sharing his work with us and contributing towards the tourism of Sikkim. WeekendTrivia wishes him best wishes with all his endeavours.

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