About me

Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie..

Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... Love reading books- sometimes i read 3books simultaneously, crazy about music- need it all around me, all the time and ofcourse, i totally am ga ga goo goo over my 7yr old naughty brat- Floppy!! errr, Prince Floppy!! :)

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Drama in the skies... headed to Bagdogra

That was that, I had decided I was doing the trip to Sikkim. Next came the dilemma of travel, whether I wanted to fly direct to Bagdogra [a town in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal] or maybe to Kolkatta and then take an overnight bus/train.. Ultimately settled on direct flight to Bagdogra [ with stop over of 2.5hrs in Kolkata]. 

Upon landing in Bagdogra, we had to walk across the short distance to the airport.. I then managed to grab my rucksack, got out, found the driver/vehicle and headed out to pick up others. This is when I discovered this airport is located right next to Tea plantations.. :-) It was a pleasant surprise seeing the plantation!!

Sikkim Itinerary  

    The flight I took... 

For those who know me, window seat on a flight is my thing. And so here too I managed to snag window seat on both legs of the onward journey... here are some shots taken during the time I managed to stay awake...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Sikkim Diaries... The itinerary for the 9 day trip...

[Clicked this enroute Yumthang valley.. Rhodendron flowers were in full bloom]

Since I came back from Bhubaneshwar, I was busy chugging along life- work and things were happening and there were quite a few day trips and road trips that happened with friends/guys [most of which were unplanned]... And then, one day I stumbled upon Justwravel's insta story mentioning Sikkim. that was it! Within a few days, I had made up my mind and was looking at flight tickets [ which were sky rocketing, but then this sector is always on the higher side, esp cos I was looking at flights from Chennai to Bagdogra and not Kolkatta or other places in between. ] ... 

After quite a bit of deliberation, chit chat with friends and Rohan [justwravel], I finally decided to take the plunge and book my tickets.. Told myself that I rarely indulge and dont overspend on anything, so it was fine to spend 20k on flight tickets... :-) 

What was my agenda in Sikkim? Well, it did not include the typical touristy places which meant the places I was gonna go to would be offbeat and quite isolated.. Yayy!!  Here is the short version of all the places I went to during the 9 days there... 

Bagdogra / NJP/Siliguri to Gangtok ( 125 Kms ) - Overnight at Gangtok
Gangtok to Lachen (107 kms) - Overnight at Lachen
Lachen to Gurudongmar & onwards to Lachung [52 kms]- Overnight at Lachung
Lachung to Yumthang Valley, Zero Point & onwards to Dzongu [59kms]- Overnight at Dzongu
Dzongu local Experiences - Overnight at Dzongu
Dzongu to Gangtok (70 Kms)- Overnight at Gangtok
Gangtok to Gnathang (65 Kms) - Overnight at Gnathang
Gnathang to Aritar (72 KMs)- Overnight at Aritar
Aritar to Bagdogra / NJP/Siliguru and leave for respective home base/destination..
The plan on Justwravel site..
Detailed posts coming up on this.. If you are planning a trip to Sikkim or any of the places up North, do check out Justwravel. They do a lot of treks, and most trips are ex Delhi but completely worth it... I have done two trips with them so far and found them to be amazing.. well organised, planned out and touch wood, the gang has been small + good fun as well. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

What kind of a traveller are you?

Am not talking about solo, group, nor am I talking about mountains, beaches or nature.. Am asking if you are the well informed, do some research before you head to a destination or just get there and figure things out kind of traveller? Don’t tell me you don’t know, ‘cos I wont accept that!! :D

The reason I started writing this post is what I witnessed during my recent trip to Sikkim. Yes, that is where I was for 10days, completely disconnected and lost in the hills [Sikkim diaries shall follow soon,I promise]

In this post, I wanna share some thoughts with those who think the hills are just another destination to go chill in… They are, but then they also teach us lessons about ourselves… So be prepared~!

  1. For those escaping to the hills just ‘cos they are cool/cold, go with warm clothes. Do not think just ‘cos you are from a warm/hot region, the cold weather symbolizes wearing skimpy outfits.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings… always! If you are in the hills, especially if the altitude is above 8000ft, you need to listen to your body extra carefully.
  3. Oxygen levels up there is lesser than what it is in your home/base, and so you might feel tightening of chest, breathing difficulty, dizziness or any other unusual sensations.
  4. For those headed to The Himalayas Leh, Spiti, Sikkim or other high altitude places for a family holiday, it is advisable to carry Diamox [ a tablet] and pop it a day ahead.. Carry warm wear and do take something to cover your ears.
  5. At Lachen [North Sikkim], when we were buying snacks and some essentials, a man next to me came asking for “chingam”[ chewing gum] and picked up a kilo of it. When I looked at him, he said they were headed to Gurdongmar Lake, and since the oxygen levels were low, chewing gum would help them deal with it. Friend & I were stumped, we then told him to buy the pill and pop it at night and maybe one next day.
  6. During the Sikkim trip, a fellow traveller told me she suffered partial facial paralysis ‘cos of cold wind in her ears. So, a woolen cap + muffler/shawl is best.
  7. Do not take small children or elderly people to high altitude places, unless they have gotten clearance from doctor /physically fit. We saw so many families with babies and the babies were bawling their brains out [guessing ‘cos of ear ache due to cold winds] and the families had no clues how to deal with it. Make sure to also carry extra warm clothing for these two categories… No harm layering up and feeling warm in such places- remember the saying “better safe than sorry”.
  8. Drink more than the usual amount of water you consume. Also carry ORS or electrolytes, cos sometimes when you feel light headed or dizzy this will help restore sugar in the system…  
  9. Do not waste water- be it drinking water or otherwise. Since my USA trip, am a fan of the toilet paper and learnt to restrict use to one sheet for every toilet visit. [Yes Yes, trees are felled etc, but then am not killing a fresh tree or depleting new resources. You can also use newspaper as well.] #We have been reading news about how there is severe water scarcity in Shimla and Spiti…locals are getting drinking water supply once a week or lesser only.
  10.  Do not trash, do not throw litter wherever you go. We get that you were hungry and so munched away on million snacks and drinks, but do carry an extra bag or use the bag these packets came in to chuck trash in. Carry them with you till you find a trash-can and empty them. Also, reduce use of plastic as much as possible…

Well, do add on if you can think of other points…

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Bags are packed... off I go...

Its time to pack my bags and head off to explore a new destination...
Couldn't have come at a more perfect time, especially considering how hot it is here and the fact that am on a full on nostalgic USA trip mode.. :-) 

Got myself a rucksack, about time I owned one, considering the amount of travel I do and my love for backpacks.. And this is the watch I wear when i travel.. Love it!! 

Headed to a state I haven't been to before
It is raining and cold there...
The scenes and sights around here are known to be breathtaking. 
I might get to ride or drink milk off this animal... [ will be yet another 1st time experience]

So, go on, put on your caps and guess. The first 5 who guess right, will get something from the destination!! :) 

See you all on the other side.... 

Clue- it is popular for its hot water springs......