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Travel stories and travel guides on Himalayas, forests, heritage and other travel categories.

Gurudongmar, The Lake of Legends Part 3

Sacred Gurudongmar lake

We had reached the Gurudongmar lake. Wherever you could see, it was all white and covered by fresh snow. Just below the hump was the Gurudongmar lake. On the right side of the lake, stood the majestic Gurudongmar peaks which seemed to grow out of the lake shining against the deep blue sky punctuated by sporadic white plumes of cloud...

Inside the Garu forest, part 2

Narrow animal trail leaving the wide jungle path at Garu

Unlike Betla, the forest was very thick in this area. The tall trees jostled against each other. Thick undergrowth covered the forest floor. Our guide told us in a low voice that the trail belonged to animals. On this trail only animals moved. We felt a touch of danger..

Inside the Garu forest, part 1

Bluish green hills from bridge on North Koel at Garu

Suddenly faint roar of rushing water could be heard on the right side of the road. Glimpses of hint of a river could be caught through the now thinning wall of trees. Without any warning, the bus turned right and the wheels rolled on the surface of a bridge across the till now hidden river. Angry muddy waves roared on down below...

A pleasant morning with Koina and the forest, Manoharpur part 1

Sweet meandering river Koina, Manoharpur

We felt free. Now it was time to go down to the river that waited for us. No hurry anywhere. Slowly we savored the atmosphere around—the two feet deep river leisurely flowing towards its destination, the brown leaved trees giving way to sparkling bright greens and reds; our jungles are full of colors...

Kaluk and Rinchenpong, the Eastern Himalayan Paradise in Sikkim

Snowpeaks far away in Kaluk

Mountains of Sikkim are one of the most beautiful in the world. Situated in a remote part of that mountain are the twin hamlets of Kaluk and Rinchenpong. If you love the mountains and jump at the joy of seeing the snowy white peaks of the Himalayas, then it cannot get better than this...

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