Thursday, June 3, 2010

WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME

TREKKING TO SANDAKPHU



A brief map of our trek route

Approx 61 kms in 5days. Seemed to be a tough job when we planned the trip, but was confident enough to jump ahead. The highest point of West Bengal, 'Sandakphu' at 3636 m altitude was calling.

I wanna run
I want to hide
I wanna tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I wanna reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

I want to feel
Sunlight on my face
I see the dust cloud disappear
Without a trace
I want to take shelter from the poison rain
Where the streets have no name


U2 (The Joshua Tree: 1987)


'The Kingdom of Far Far Away '


'You ask what makes me sigh, old friend,
What makes me shudder so?
I shudder and I sigh to think
That even Cicero
And many-minded Homer were
Mad as the mist and snow.
'
- W.B. Yeates


A temple (yellow) and a monastery in Manebhanjang, the starting point


আমার লিখন ফুটে পথ ধারে


Stairway to heaven


Enlightened


Manyabhanjang Village (Walking starts from here)


On you mark... get set...


Up up and away


Winding


Rosy cheeks, Dimple chin


Solitary grazing


Not I'm one, not I'm two...


All that's left behind


Pearl Jam


Disappearing Mist


Warmth


Roadside Pilgrimage


Inclined


Smiling


Lonely goat herd


Surprise corner


Wild Orchid


Singalila National Park Entry


Azul


Still to go


Light n' Shade


Seasons in the sun


Colors of life


Silhouette


Landscape


Landscape


Bikheybhanjang Village from top. Last stop before Sandakphu.


Toward the unknown


Viewpoint reviewed: SANDAKPHU AT LAST


Darpan Rocks


Lady BIRD


How far can you go?


Sea of cloud


Lhotse (left), Mt. Everest (middle), Makalu (right)


Kanchenjangha


Sleeping Buddha [Kumbhakarna (left: head), Kanchenjangha (middle: torso), Pandim (right: foot)]


Climbing down


Sandakphu from below


Crossing


Through the jungle


Forest Burnt


After 11 km. still 2 km. downhill to Gurdung


Gurdung


The Rider


Landscape


Sikkim at night


Buddha Poornima


Full moon in Gurdung


Here we are, on the road again


Water water everywhere


Where the streets have no name


I wish I could fly


I want to feel, Sunlight on my face


I see the dust cloud disappear without a trace


Mr. Sunil Chetri(Our honorable guide), blogger.this and Mr. Darpan


blogger.this


The Darpans


Srikhola Hotel


Srikhola Trekker's hut


Hanging Bridge


Fishing Peter


Fishing


Tweeter


Hanging Bridge


Last day


Final Fantasy


Men may come and men may go...


Couple of hours more


Towards Rimbhik


Rimbhik


Jungle flavor


Roadscape


Roadscape


Roadscape

7 comments:

Diya said...

its simply wow!!!!Thanks for sharing the blog with me......

Vondo said...

I have no words. It is too good Ritwickda.
Waiting for more.

mukulika said...

the pics are fabulous.they seem to be of a fantasy world!the natural beauty of the place has been captured in a splendid way.the streets beckon me to travel into their anonymity.

Shubho Roy said...

Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Sambaran said...

The snaps are too good.Nature unleashed by your skills.Though i am not a part of the tour but the pics are now provoking me to go there.Thanks to you for sharing such splendid pics.And hats off to your photographic skills.keep it up ritwick da.....
Awwwwessssuuuuum....

in future do share this kind of blogs with me....

Pratyay Das said...

Amazing snaps, it's simply mindblowing. Thanks for sharing.

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