Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Zeal for Zaluk from Gangtok -Day 2

2nd October'12

Nathula pass went off as quickly as it had arrived. The torrential rains that had poured  last night also brought along with it  a landslide on the road from Gangtok to Tsangmo lake. So, no chances of visiting Nathula pass as the alternate route via Zaluk  is also a time consuming affair.
The day remained  as misty as it appeared at the morning. The taxi took us to Rumtek Monastery, whose monks  kind of bent over their backs to register their protest at Indian Govt's refusal to allow the 17th  head of the Karmapa sect to take charge of the Golden Stupa at the monastery. Rumtek otherwise stood apart in its grandeur.

 The nagging drizzle kept us from venturing further outdoors what with slushy roads and overflowing roads. We managed to get off near an unknown girder bridge that stood over an unknown stream flowing gorgeously down the boulders, first  only to relieve ourselves and then as an afterthought some snaps and a video (inserted below) of the stream and the bridge were taken .

Late at night, when we reached the hotel, we despaired to find out some logistics link to Zaluk, which is at 12100 ft and part of the alternative route to Nathula. But as fate would have it, Zaluk too seemed out of bounds.
Our only hope is now for the skies to clear up tomorrow morning so that we can at least watch the Mt. Khanchendzonga at sunrise.

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