Sunday, June 28, 2009

Photoblog: Sikkim - Bhutan on Motorcycle

The photos are in order of our journey starting from Kolkata - Siliguri - North Sikkim - East Sikkim - Bhutan. Started riding from Siliguri after picking up bikes from Gati transport.

Over 2000 km and over 17000 ft...every km was so exciting!

Route Map:


View North Sikkim - Bhutan in a larger map

Some panoramas from the trip...

Gurdongmar Lake, North Sikkim

108 Chortens, Dochu La, Bhutan

City Sqaure, Thimpu, Bhutan
North Sikkim

Tiger's Nest, Bhutan

Tsongmo Lake, en route Nathu la

North Sikkim


The Album

On our way to Kolkata

Birla Planetarium, Kolkata

Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Park Street,Kolkata

Peter Cat Restaurant, Kolkata

Utter Bana Express: Kolkata-New Jalpaiguri over night train

Coronation Bridge, Sevoke, Siliguri-Gangok Road, We picked up our bikes from Siliguri and started riding..

Gangtok View from our Hotel

Prayer Wheels at Lingdong Monastery near Gangtok

Lingdong Monastery, Gangtok Area

Little Monk!

Ban Jhakri Falls, Gangtok Area

Night View: Gangtok

Momos everywhere!

Tibetan Cuisine!

met her at Seven Sister's Falls on our way to North Sikkim..she was very happy to pose!

Thats a very happy n excited guy..

View from a High Bridge on the way to Mangan, North Sikkim

Parag at the last petrol pump in North Sikkim..

The better roads...

Expect all this.. true excitement!

and the excitement never stops!

a water fall in Sikkim

The road conditions..you never know when'll you see a cross mark at all the places...

Teesta flowing fast!

The kind of bridges you get there

Road or not..its still exciting!

Info chart at Chungtang in North Sikkim

Its all restricted area but we had our permits after a 2 day struggle at Govt. offices at Gangtok!

on way to Lachung..

Nice water fall on the way to Lachung from Chungtang

Nice restaurant at Alpine Resort, lachung.. we stayed here..



Yumthang valley

Well you do get excited after a few rounds of old monk & this stunning scenery!

These girls run all the shacks at Yumthang..not a single man there!

Yumthang Valley aali re!!

Way to Zero point from Yumthang valley

Way to Zero point.. thick fog..rain..muddy n slippery road..chilly weather..perfect!!

Our first glimpse of ice!

Prayer flags on the way to zero point

It was flowering season at Yumthang valley

You won't miss Pune roads here!

Thats the kind of sight we've been waiting for! too good!

Yak on the run!

End of the road at Zero Point!

Finally at Zero Point!

Flowers near our hotel at Lachung

View from our Hotel at Lachung

Way to katao from Lachung!

Thats the farthest we were allowed by Army men ahead of Zeku Phyak and before Katao

Posing with Army men at Zeku Phyak..they said we were the first one on motorcyles there!

We all wanted to go to Katao desperately but alas!

Winding roads reaching to Katao!

Way back to Lachung from Katao

Lachung Valley

Rhododendron is their Sikkim's state flower and is found in this alpine country.

A cup of coffee from army men on the way...feel special!

Hot Springs at Yumthang valley

Just landed!

Morning 4'o Clock View from Hotel at Lachung

Another view...

Thanggu Village: We stayed here for a day to acclimatize for our next day's ride to Gurudongmar lake..pretty village

Thats our lodge at Thanggu

Dosa at 15000 ft!! An Army men makes dosa and kerala parotha!

way to Chopta valley

Chopta valley

Chopta valley

Our dinner table at Thanggu!

He woke up when Parag shouted...

Nice Picture!

Curious!

Cheerfull!

Last check point before Gurudongmar Lake

The last thing you need here!

Ice capped mountains n glacier lakes!

gr8 roads!

Do what you feel like!

Himalayan Desert!

The roads up there...

Clear!

You dont get to ride at such places often!

I loved it!

The High Point: Gurudongmar Lake!

My bike made it without any problems.. she is such a darling!

Another shot of lake

Prayer flags at the lake

Nicee!

Clear Skies!

The fantastic lake!

See it for yourself

I just loved this photo!

Woww!

Tsomgo lake on the way to Nathu la..it freezes in winter..

Chinese gate at Nathu La.. we could see chinese army men on the other side..very exciting place..
we could get here thanks to Major Chauhan who gave permission to come till this point as it was beyond closing time..

Chinese workers on the other side!

A cup of coffee from these men right on the border.. now thats a treat!

Lhasa is closer than my home!

Posing with the Guards on the border

Baba Mandir near nathu la

ATM at 15000 ft!

Local lady at a shop

Bhutan Gate: our entry into the himalayan kingdom

Bhutan's National Dress!

Coronation Special..guess that one!

Local currency (ngultrum)

with Kapil Thapa, runner up, Indian Idol 2.. I never watched the show but still..

No..not carrom..its called Marriage!

Way to Thimpu

land slides were common

Project Dantak(BRO) maintains all the roads in Bhutan

Thimpu City!

Never expected such roads.. four lane roads..too good!

Thimpu: Night View

Thimpu: Night View

Thimpu: Local Pub

Thats Sangay, lead singer at the pub.. he dedicated few songs for us too!

Thimpu is perhaps the only capital city in the world with no Traffic Lights!

Norzin Lam, Main Street at Thimpu

Cinema Theater.. baghaila hava hota picture!


Taj Tashi, Star hotel in Thimpu

Thimpu Streets



Takin Reserve, National Animal

Strange Animal.. combination of Goat and Cow!

Thimpu from BBS tower

Ema Datshi..National Dish..chillies in Cheese

108 chortens, Dochu la

108 chortens, Dochu la

Bhutan Country Side



Punakha: Ancient city

Punakha Dzong(Monastery)

Punakha Dzong(Monastery)

Punakha Dzong(Monastery)

Punakha Dzong(Monastery)

Punakha Dzong(Monastery)

Punakha Dzong(Monastery)

Punakha Dzong(Monastery)

Druk!



You get yak cheese as well

National Stadium, Thimpu



Sikam Paa..was highly recommended by Sangay the singer.. But then he was joking i guess..its a horrible taste!

nice menu to have in Bhutan!

Archery is Bhutan's National obessesion!

They play it the whole day on weekends!


Serious aiming!

Tiger's Nest Monastery Trek!

Tiger's Nest Monastery Trek: First View

Tiger's Nest Monastery Trek: Cafe

Looks stunning

way to Tiger's Nest Monastery

Woww!


Stunning place!



The mantra

Paro valley

See you again!

71 comments :

  1. kya pics hain boss .... lifetime trip ... dude next time u plan smthin like this , i am in ....just amazin

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  2. I'm so totally speechless...you had some trip Hrishi! some trip I must say...I could feel the intensity in ever pic you captured...Thumbs up! We're doin atleast one adventure trip together...

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  3. hey its very very amazing snaps!!!
    Gr8 one!!

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  4. Snaps are really amazing .They gives pleasure & lifetime memories

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  5. Hrishikesh,
    Great photos , you seemed to have enjoyed a lot! I envy ! ;-) :)

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  6. Hey this is just aweeeeeeeeesome!!!
    Well to tell u the truth, I am JEALOUS..
    wish could join you

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  7. Hrishi and Parag you r real trekkers.
    Snaps are realy amazing. U also captured human emotion pretty well(OR they have given good poses ;) ). Life time trip boss..lay bhari. Now when r u planning for laddakh..?

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  8. Man, u had fun!!
    Good snaps :D

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  9. u r amazing!!! superb trip!! mind blowing in fact mind blasting!!

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  10. What Lay Bhari Photos! Aakhya Bhartatla ek number cha load aahe!!

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  11. its amazing to be on such trips.The courage and adventure shown by u people is enormous.The snaps are ultimate.....i hope u people will plan more adventure tours in near future....All the best..:)

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  12. too good pics.. great place, great journey.. i m sure u had time of ur life..
    keep going !!!

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  13. hi yer your trip is amazing, photos r very ulty....not word to say

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  14. Too good ... I am from the North-East, but have never been to Bhutan ... after seeing these pictures, I think I must make a trip there!

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  15. superb trip!! great real time snaps!!!

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  16. FANTABULOUS........... Parag mast pics aahet bhava

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  17. tuji ....BHRAMANTI.......ashich ..chalu raho ....asech ..chan ..photos ...amhala ...bagayla ..milo..........
    gr8......superb!!!!!!...

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  18. Hey All!
    Thanks for liking the blog!
    These are amazing places which you all must visit to have the real feel.
    I'll soon write a detailed blog.

    Cheers!
    Hrishi

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  20. Awesome dude.................I feel sinned for missing this invited trip, feel like shooting at my BOSS for not granting me leaves :( Next time Puca, I will be there.

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  21. Hey Anil!
    No problem man...next time we all go for sure!

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  22. Sirrrrrrrrrrr.... grt pics and hats-off for embarking on an awesome tour

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  23. heyyyyy.....snaps r just ameeeeeezzing...!!!m speechless....jindagi to tu ji raha hai sahi mayno me....keep it up........

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  24. Mind blowing!! gr8 pics hrishi..:) way to go.. keep it up..

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  25. salute u man...u r my role model now

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  26. hrishi,

    WOW!!! WOW!!! Excellent!!! tht was sum really mind blowing pics, u r a gud photographer,
    Thts wht really shud b called a tour, really inspiring and ur captions were too gud :)

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  27. Hey.... your pics actually took me to sikkim-bhutan. Amazing!!! So much to x'plore but so little time :)

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  28. Really nice pics Hrishi. Its an achievement for u guyz 2 b d 1st bikers up dere. Great going guyz....kip it up n kip going places.V'l also get to c some beautiful places ol thnx 2 ur pics :)
    N d pics of Calcutta (dats wot its olwez gonna b 4 me) made me soooooo very nostalgic...thnx for those tooo!

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  29. Hi Hrishi....well wht 2 say....
    u hv done a lifetime achievement man....
    just so much enjoyed ur pics....amazing....
    Katao mountain, Gurudongmarg Lake, the bridges, the lakes n valleys, ur only bike on the mountain.....all pics r too gud...gr8 man took some time 4m so much busy life....
    Next time, u make to decide such trip....count on me...ok....bye tk care... :)

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  30. 2222222222 gud hrishi.....Superb awesome..wonderful..lifetime experience you have had..n good capture dude.. ti lake kasli sahi ahe...tithe pollutionach nasel nakki...

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  31. amzing picuers . see mountans and snow and zero point its realy nice experiance .the most incredible treep you enjoy ...............sachin

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  32. Too good, feel like should have been there with u guys on my pulsar

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  33. Nice photography, it must have better if could have writtem it.

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  34. Its Fabulous !!! Simply Awesome Hrishi..!!! tht too on bike - Its incredible !!!

    Prabhu

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  35. Hi friends, I am a friend of Parag.... i just want to say that ... if you are about to do a trek then it should be this way otherwise live it...

    Abhay Bagalkoti

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  36. @Yogesh
    Glad you liked the snaps.I would soon be writing a detailed blog. Have already started working on it and will try to finish it up fast.

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  37. Zakkas Re Hrishi and Parag . Photo pahatana jam maja ali are real madhe ........ kay maja yaeil.
    Jau parat kadhi tari may be some othe destination :)

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  38. waaah mitra, india madhe ashe loka kami aahet, enthusiastic, dedicated!!!
    good, soabt plan karu kadhi tari lambi ride, i have a kb 125. am quite busy these days!! but will definately join u for a superb ride someday!!
    nishant deshpande
    nishantdeshpande.nishant@gmail.com

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  39. @Deepak
    Nakki jau ya ektra sagle.Will b fun for sure.

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  40. @Nishant
    Aamchya barobar ek bike bajaj caliber croma hoti.its a 110 cc bike!
    So tuzi tar aaramat yeil. btw What do u do?

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  41. awesome picssssssssssssssss bosss,
    i m in for the nest time for sureee

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  42. we were supposed to go to tiger's nest monastery too...

    bad timing and a small road accident prevented us that time...

    maybe we'll do it next time around...

    wish i could've gone along with you

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  43. Amazing Pics man ek dum mast
    Some of these pics are Out of this World Exp....
    Gr8 Photography as well...
    Sahi hai


    Anish

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  44. gr8 pics .... love to travel like you guys did ... its amazing .. cheers guys

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  45. Gr8 picks buddy ... Pls put in some details abt the trip so that others can get more idea abt it ...

    i just came back from 3 weeks of ladakh bike adventure in august ... chk out the blog its in marathi ... http://indiatravel-rohan.blogspot.com/

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  46. chakk te phatte.....i njoyed a lot while watchng ur pics...bt u had good FUN over there.....KEEP IT UP guys...

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  47. jus awesome.... no words...!!!!

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  48. besht !!!
    awesome photographs Hrishikesh ...
    mastach...

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  49. Gr8 pics and best shots .............Dude :)

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  50. hiii Dashos...

    its great collectionj of your tour... reallly great nice....

    thanks for posting ...

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  51. i want to go this rute, so pls. help me

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  52. @sudip

    You can refer the detailed blog which is on a day to day basis

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  53. great pics ...

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  54. seems like mind blowing trip. I'm planning to do sikkim around mid-may by bike. can you share details on where you hired your bike and about permits ?

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    1. Yeah...it was indeed a mind blowing trip. We transported our own bikes to Siliguri from Pune.
      About permits, You should get them at Home Department Office, Gangtok. They are the ones who will issue it. You can refer the more detail day-by-day log for more information.

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    2. HOW WE DETAIL DAY BY DAY LOG FOR MORE INFORMATION AND ANY OTHER THING WE NEED TO DO FOR PERMIT? IS IT RELAY DIFFICULT TO HAVE PERMIT FOR NORTH SIKKIM

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  55. Wonderful trip indeed. We (three) are planning the same trip for the next month (May '12) on our bikes (2 Hondoa Unicorns and one Enfield Bullet)the difference being that you two are so young and we three are on the other side of the age-plateau (one is 40 and the other two 59). We are likely to ride right from Kolkata to Thimpu, Paro, Haa, Punakha to Yumthang Valley to Gurudongmar via Pedong, Baba Mandir and Chhangu. Your pictures provided us a good preview of what we are going to witness in person. Thank you. But a detailed accompanying blog would have been still better.

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    1. Hats off to you people!
      I think your trip will be an inspiration still for many more. I had made an attempt to desscribe in details if you check the the day-by-day log. But that too, might not be very detailed. If you people have any questions, I would be more than happy to help. You can contact me at h.burkule@gmail.com
      Cheers!

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