Friday, December 27, 2013

New Year's Gift

“It is New Year’s tomorrow. And I still haven’t bought any gift for mom and dad! Hell what do I do?”
Riddhima had been planning for New Year’s since she was 10 years old but this year she failed do to so. 1st year in college and before vacation semester had left her with no time to hunt for gifts for her mom and dad. She had already spent more than two hours surfing different lanes and shops of Bandra. She also spent an hour earlier in some mall but found nothing and thought her new year’s doomed for sure this time until she saw a bunch of hippies near the ST. Andrews church only to realize they were college students sporting the very in “Stubble Look.” She remembered her mom mentioning to her - His clean shaven look bowled me over – when she had asked her Mom what was the first thing that attracted her to her father. And just then and there she knew what her New Year gift would be to her parents this year.
Next day when her parents were getting ready for the New Year’s Party, she walked into her parents’ room with her dad and her mom dropped her earring in surprise. Riddhima had made her dad shave off his French beard which he had been sporting for more than 4 months now and it looked more like some retro beard. The clean shaven look was her Mom’s gift she explained and her Mom’s twinkling eyes said it all. Later in the car her father asked her for his gift and Riddhima said – “I gifted you that lovely look on Mom’s face! What else do you want?”
Her parents smiled at each other and she went back to staring at the beautifully lit city feeling all proud of herself.

I was tagged by Priyanka Artiste for the contest.
I am tagging Priyanka Artiste and Uma  for the contest.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Three Musketeers

The three Musketeers were taking a stroll
When they noticed their new lad with a lady fair
The same lady they had saved for the league of black
And fumbled the words of love one after one
But the lady turned down all the gallant men
And laid her heart on this lad with no fame
Once the boy left his love, to see her next day
The company of three gathered in wonder around the girl
“What hath he that we hath not, dear lady!”
The sweet rose murmured with the red flushing cheeks
“He hath no stubble like you three don;
His clean shaven look bowled me over! Good Morn!”
The three stood flushed in their petty idiocy
While the lad had the lady, truly.

Old school bearded Men and Medieval gentlemen are totally out of fashion now. It is the era of Varun Dhawan and Ranbir Kapoor and not some "proud of stubble" Musketeers. So guys the earliest you let this sink in your grey cells the more ladies heart might yearn for just a glance by you guys else the young lad will claim all the roses in the garden and you would be left with the colourless green space to deal with...:P

 -Vaisakhi Mishra

Also I was tagged by Anmol   for the contest. 
I would like to tag HeenaTarun and Stephan in this post, for the contest.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Proposal

Will you be my Valentine
Was the very song tuned in my mind
I would ask my dear girlfriend out
And profess my love with a true shout

Dipped in shinny glass of wine
Was my symbol of love - platinum, fine
But all the love fizzed out in a beat
When her cold no gobbled up my passion's heat

"Had you not been waiting for this day
When i would propose to you in your dreamy way"
She replied with a sly and wary smile
I thought a gangster just asked me to be his bride

I stared at her with blank puppy eyes
She stood stern, her decision like frozen eyes.
I asked her to give me a satisfying reason
She handed me a small gift pack, a token for her treason

I opened the red shimmering pack of misery
To find a sleek blue razor and my weird beard tapestry
And all of a sudden it all made sense
And i stood there, ashamed, with a promise of penance

She smiled like an angel, telling me of love
"Come shaved again my loving dove"
Ask my hand with my parents around
And I will be yours, forever love bound

I posed in my calm, elegant demeanour
But knew my clean shaven look bowled her over
And so did i get my love after all
And learnt you need to shave if you need your girl!

-Vaisakhi Mishra

Also I was tagged by  Saravana for the contest. 
I would like to tag Ekta, Anmol and Ankit in this post, for the contest.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Shahrukh Khan's New Ad

Ek ladki thi dewani si,
Ek ladke pe woh marti thi,
Nazren jhuka ke, sharma ke, galion se guzarti thi,
Chori chori chupke chupke “ISHHAARE” diya karti thi,
Kuch kehna tha shayad us ko,
Jane kis se darti thi,
Jab bhi milti thi mujh se,
Mujh se poocha karti thi,
Kya tum aise hi rahoge jab tak hai jaan? 

There was a time when my stars shone brighter than Katrina's Lux skin. I was so awesome that heroines loved to share an intimate moment with me in movies. All I did was "Main hoon na" and I would be the "Baadshah" of there dreams.  

But then came a phase where I had two girls by my side but none with me. Not only did I get tired of asking my heroines "Kya pyaar karogi mujhse Jab tak hai Jaan?", my beloved audience thrashed me like they hardly recognized the innocent and handsome Rahul behind my shabby stubble. 

Anushka : "God, I hate that unclean stubble. The grass flower smells better.

Anushka : "Thank God, he didn't Kiss me with that prickly Stubble of his. Hell it hurts my forehead also!"

I had lost my charm. And then I realized....

Anushka : "Go take a bath, get a shave! Get rid of the stubble that reeks of Milk and Omelet. Smell as fresh as this dandelion else I am also leaving you!"
Shahrukh : "But I did have a Bath!"
Anushka : "No shave means No bath!"

Anushka : "Finally tujh mein rab dikhta hai!!! Now with mardo wali fairness creme do the promotion of some shaving gel as well!

So people Remember Shave karo Jab tak hai Jaan, ya na milegi koi ladki and rahoge tum single yunhi
Jab tak hai Jaan!

Also I was tagged by  Ekta Khetan for the contest. 
I would like to tag Uma, SaravanaEkta and Ankit in this post, for the contest.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My McDreamy

Every time I try and kiss my love
I drown in thousand island marmalade
The scent of his breakfast wrinkles my nose
So now I join the P.A.S.S brigade!

He senses not my regular sarcasm
But takes my comments and guesses as affection
How on earth do I break his heart?
And criticize the stubble - his month long devotion.

Aye I am wolverine I love that thing
He chants of it every time this topic beams
Leopold gets the girl, wolverine - just woods
Get rid of your stubble, respect the shaving cream!

I gave up all hopes of getting across to him
And all of a sudden he surprised me
His clean shaven look bowled me over

Now that is my lover, my McDreamy.

-Vaisakhi Mishra

I would like to tag Varun Singh, Aayesha Hakim, Ekta Khetan, Stephen AK and Ankit in this post, for the contest.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

10 Must See Places in Bangkok

East meets west, Modern era meets historic days, Industrialization in a kingly land! Wondering what I am referring to? Let me give you guys some more hints

The abode of the reclining Buddha
The chimes of the prayer wheels
A crimson hue to the river side ruins
Of age old tales that a palace sings
Just a stroll in the temple of dawn
And the peace at the Wat Phra Kaew
Where Chao Phraya guides you to pagodas around
And where a museum is also forensic bound
The wonder of today and legacy of past
That is my current fascination, Guess it fast!

Well for those who guessed it, Yay! And those who didn’t, don’t worry I was just talking about the Venice of the East - Bangkok!

Okay, to be very frank, I have developed this sudden fascination for Bangkok, thanks to AirAsia’s - World’s Best OnlineTravel Fair, where in they have amazing and very tempting travel plans for this very destination. But then if you have to travel, you need to know the place well right? Know where you want to go and what places to see, cause world is a beautiful place and a place like Bangkok just has too many amazing places in the must see zone. So if not planned well the trip to such an enchanting location might also turn out to be a disaster. Thus I started with my travel research because my mind either is uninterested or obsessed about what I come up with, and this has become my obsession for now. I had a cousin who worked in Bangkok some years back and have a couple of friends who have been there for vacations recently. So after accumulating the information from all the experienced parties I have come up with this list of the ‘10 Must See Places in Bangkok’.

  1. Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn –
     It is the most famous landmark of Bangkok, standing tall since the 17th century. It is said that the structure of the central prang gives out a pearly glow in the early morning haze as it is tall and encrusted with colourful porcelain. It is completely illuminated in the evening and the sight of the temple during sunset from the banks of Chao Phraya is breathtaking.
  2. Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace – Another significant tourist spot of Bangkok is the
    Temple of The emerald Buddha or Wat Phra Kaew, which is situated in the premises of the Grand Palace. It is considered to be the most sacred Temple in Thailand and is magnificent structure glorifying the Rattanakosin or Ayudhya era architecture. The emerald Buddha is said to be from India and the Temple has a lot of instances of Ramayan in its decoration. Also the statue of Kinara sn the garuda pedestal of the Emerald Buddha have a lot of resemblance to the folk stories of India. Imagine being in a place away from your country and still not feeling out of place, sounds nice right?
  3. Wat Pho-
    Close to the Grand Palace is Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It is one of the oldest Wats of Thailand and is the house of the 15 meter high 160 feet long world famous reclining Buddha. Along with that, the complex has almost 1000 Buddha structures and 90 stupas or chedis. The temple is called the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, interesting right? Also people like me crazy about vedic maths and who have just read the Krishna Key would find this very fascinating. The feet of the reclining Buddha has 108 auspicious symbols of Buddha and the entrance has 108 bowls for dropping coins in them. The bowls symbolize the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. Vedic resemblance indeed!
  4. Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit – It is one of the 10 royal temples of Thailand and is yet another marvel of the Ayuthaya period. The Wat is less pompous in appearance in comparision to the other Wats but is never the less famous for its alley of Buddha, which has about 100 Buddha idols. It is also the seat of Thailand’s oldest Monk university and is now has a proper college university as well.
  5. Dusit Palace Complex –
    Post the Wat tour would be time to explore the royal realms of Bangkok that thrived during the 19th century. The complex has many modern palaces and villas. The most striking once among these are the Vimanmek Palace which is entirely made of teak wood, the Celestial Palace which served as the recreational royal home, the Ananta Samakhom throne hall and the Abhisek Dusit throne hall. The area is also famous for its gardens and zoo and is a hustling bustling public recreational area.
  6. The Siriraj Medical Museum –
    Yes you read it right! It is indeed a medical Museum and has a creepy section of Forensic Medicine Musuem. Horror fans this is for you, but no ghost sightings have been reported till date though. Dead people and creepy skeletons await you here so go at your own risk. But it is a different kind of experience so definitely makes an appearance in my travel plan.
  7. Safari World –
    We have all seen Dolphin shows on TV with a lot of “Aww”s and “Wow”s. Well here you will get a chance to see it live! Also it has a zoo where you would get familiarized with over 200 species of Birds. Don’t wanna let go of the child in you, then this place is a must!
  8. River Cruise in Chao Phraya or more aptly The Ayuthaya River Cruise
    – Ayuthaya harbor grazes old ruins that are literally frozen in time and the fast growing slowing city where time just waits for no one. The best way to experience both at the same time is via the River Cruise. Imagine the sunset at the confluence of present and past with your loved one singing your song in the “My best friend’s wedding” style! Romantic much? You would want to miss out on the feeling now, would you?
  9. Canal Hopping in the Bangkok Khlongs –
    Bangkok is said to be the venice of the East and a trip through the canals of the city is a beautiful experience indeed. Also wanna be a part of the crowd and live a day in the Thai way, there will be no better way! The river market in the Khalongs are the most interesting part of this venture.
  10. Siam Paragon Shopping Centre – Let the shopaholic in you rise and make merry. This is the hub of shopping in Bangkok and anything and everything areana. Also the famous Siam Ocean world is right here.

Well you know where to go now and how is fairly easy – Book a ticket and fly to the India outside India. I helped you in the where part and AirAsia can help you in the How part, so pack you bags and make way to the amazing land of Bangkok!

PS: This post has been written AirAsia's World's Best Online Travel Fair.
Picture courtesy Google.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Lights Camera Action

Gold does not glow
Unless fiery breaths force it to
Light is not accredited right away
If challenged not by darkness always.

-Vaisakhi Mishra

Saturday, October 19, 2013

10 Tips to Safety

Newspaper Headlines
  • A certain girl raped
  • A certain girl molested
  • Some guy killed for trying to help his friend
  • Another guy beaten to death after being attacked by some thieves

And well the list never ends.

It is not weird to be scared of the world when you see things and read reports of these nasty incidents every other day. But to stop living your life normally due to all this, it that justified? It scares me too. It took me a really long time to finally use a cab to come home after work when I had to stay back late and miss my regular company bus on more than one occasion. Remember the case of the female photographer case in Peddar Road some days back. I had to go to that very area the next day evening, and spent the whole day thinking of whether I should go or not. And after I decided to continue the way I had scheduled my next day my nightmare was convincing my parents. Next day my phone kept ringing every half an hour with my mother’s worried voice on the other side waiting for my reply “I am Fine.”
But why let these monsters ruin your daily life and scare you to this extend. We can still enjoy our normalcy with just a few convenient modifications and regular practices. I have brainstormed on the ten best ways to stay out of unwanted trouble and teach these creeps some lesson if they ever decide to try their tricks with your.
  1. Pepper Pots ops I mean Pepper sprays – Make them your best friend. The are harmless and definitely trustworthy. And if you decide you are just not the pepper person your deo can be your trusted companion too. Practice not leaving your place without them and get a apt size to fit in your pockets and after that well keep humming the song “Count on me” by Bruno Mars and enjoy your day.
  2. And have you met smart surakhsha? It is an android app that allows you to list five trusted people and the police on speed message and can track your whereabouts with a single touch. Basically at a single touch will send an SMS to the pre-listed 5 people and the police simultaneously. Also if you are in a situation where you are able to give details of the would-be offender, you can record info like model of the car or clothes he is wearing, in your SMS. The only requirement - keep your GPRS on and here the app can be mightier than anything else!
  3. Now tips for when you are travelling alone in a cab or rickshaw. Call or message any of your friends the number of the vehicle and keep chatting with your friend till you reach your destination. This way your friend knows you are safe and the drivers would never get an opportunity to do anything wrong, as they will easily be caught. Don’t worry about your bill because life is more important than money. And with the drivers Never Be Friendly.
  4. From money I remembered. NEVER count your money in public or keep all your money in one place! Counting money gives thieves a chance to mark you as their prey and keeping all the money in one place means if you are ever a victim in a theft you will not have any backup. But do carry enough money all the time cause money comes handy all the time. Same goes for your credit and debit card.
  5. While visiting a place for the first time never make it evident. Try to mingle in the crowd and make if seen that you know every nook and corner of the place even if you don’t. Google maps and Nokia maps can come in handy in these situations or call up a friend who has knowledge about the surroundings.
  6. Attend some basic self defense classes. Being trained in karate gives me a great deal of confidence while in a crowd and I am sure it helps all. Everyone should know how to protect themselves right?
  7. Wear shoes and flats as much as you can, that will help you escape your attacker quickly. Just run and find a safe place asap! Well if you are wearing heels no need to panic. Just remove them the first chance you get and run. If the attacker catches up with you, you know exactly where the heels can cause a lot of damage *Wicked you now! :D*
  8. Keep 100 1090 and your parents numbers on speed dial running or not, in danger or not this will always be of help! Just be sure to carry your cell phone always with you pocket or hands but avoid keeping it in your purse.
  9. God forbid if you are attacked and cannot find a way out of the situation act confident and make up story about some sexually transmitted disease you have. Don’t be ashamed cause that will buy you time and also think of the disgusting psycho trying his luck on you, the disease sound gentle doesn’t it. And report the incident to police as soon as you can.
  10. And all the people in general, never let anything suspicious to you go unreported. Your word might save many lives in the future. That doesn’t mean just report everyone and anyone. But if you witness anything wrong do not turn your backs be a coward and walk away. Instead take a stand and help and report.

Hope these tips turn out to be helpful to all.

Safe is what lets us be normal.

I am sharing my smart suraksha tips at   in association with Smart Suraksha App

PS - Personal picture is used in the post.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Durga Puja 2013

Nothing Beats the Exquisite feeling of Durga Puja of Kolkata or Cuttack
But that does not mean we can not try to recreate the magic in Mumbai.
Snaps of four days of awesomeness all in a small area of the Maya Nagri! 

For More Photos please visit Vaisakhi Mishra Photography Page

The 5 min Bread Upma

Add what ever masala you want to this basic upma and people like me....You would always want to add Mayonnaise and eat cause I love it that way

My Doodle recipe is a part of Easy Doodle Recipe contest at in association with

Crunchy Munchy Parched Rice

This is my exam time snacky, by the way, and you can try different flavours by adding different masalas from your Mom's Masala Box..:D

My Doodle recipe is a part of Easy Doodle Recipe contest at in association with

Friday, September 20, 2013

Chaamsire Number Five

No wonder Bhutan is called the land of Thunder Dragon or for now let us just call is land of thunder.. When my office called me to investigate the sudden disappearances near Paro on the way to Taktshang Lhakhang every 15 days all I said was “Challenge Accepted” but little did I know the trip would actually turn out to be the weirdest adventure of my life.

15th March 2020

The ides of March is when I started my journey to the cliff monastery of Bhutan from the Paro valley. About driving for one hour I started to notice a deep blue tone merging with the clear blue sky. In no time it was dark like the evening had decided to come early and it started thundering and lightning. Soon it was pouring like cats and dogs and I could hardly see the path ahead of me. I switched on the navigation on my trusted safari storme and kept moving on. But soon there were some kind of inferences and the navigation was cut off. I took my cell phone out but there was no range. I parked my car and waited for some other car to come which could help me. Hours passed, rain stopped but no one came. I decided to go ahead without a navigation support but what I saw next was……
I was in an area I was totally unfamiliar with, but was pretty sure it was not Himalayas or Bhutan. Where had I come? There were no birds chirping in the area. The pines were all gone! There was a deep valley right ahead of me. And the weirdest part was – It was all dry here like it had not rained at all! I knew this was the land of the disappearances, but I was alone here as of now, and I had to find the others who disappeared, but how? I kept going ahead observing the area. No birds, small moderate plants and trees, but all plants had a peculiar reddish and golden tinge to them. After every five kilometers I could see one tall Sal tree. Only after crossing 4 such trees I realized something was written on the leaves of these trees. I stepped out, plucked a huge leaf to read. It was in Dzongkha, but lucky me as I had learnt Dzongkha in the past 2 months for this mission, I understood every word of it.
Miss me I cry
And all you do is lie
I was strong like the mountain wall
And you caged me in this land alone

 We were more in world that was unknown to you
But now am I all that remains; my future blue
I am small and crave someone in my dry creek
Cause a friend is all that I seek

Follow me to the river bend
For that is where you will comprehend
The power buried by the dragon master
The power my feeble self is bound to master.

My mind was too flogged to make meaning of any of this, and it was getting dark so I decided to camp there for the night. I must have dozed off sometime while writing my journal cause when I was woken up by a thundering growl of some kind. I almost threw the Journal. There were five such growls and then it all stopped. The sun was up, spreading light onto this mysterious land, and I restarted my journey.

16th March 2020

I must have driven almost a 70 km now, but still no sign of life. The wind outside was cold and it was getting foggy. I decided to stop again and started reading the Dzongkha poem. I read it almost 5 times and it all made sense, Dry creek – Destination, River Bend – Path but dragon master and small feeble self – who could that be. The more I thought about it the more it confused me. I closed my eyes to get some answers and still could find none. When I opened my eyes and looked ahead my heart skipped a couple of beats. I saw something in the fog, something scary and weird! But what was it? I started the car, it roared back to life and I started following the devilish shadow. The fog started to fade out but there was no sign of that being anywhere.
I reached a lake, fog floating over it. When the fog thinned out a bit, I could see a house at some distance. I waited to see it what I saw was real as the fog descended over the lake again. But when the fog cleared this time the house was gone! And moreover it was getting dark now when it had only been five hours post the day break. What is wrong in this strange place? The place had started to creep me out. I decided to spend the night near this lake and continue my journey as soon as there was light. Having woken up just five hours ago, I didn’t get a wink of sleep throughout the night – which lasted exactly 5 hours. Next morning break was also after 5 scary thunder growls.

17th March 2020

I freshened up, had some of the food I had brought with me anticipating something like this might happen, and resumes my venture. Another 20 kilometers or so and the roads got really rough. Stony, uneven, meandering roads and it was all a downhill. The roads lead to a stream with sparkling clear water. I started driving along the stream which changed into a greenish hue and went deep into the forest. I had no option but to follow it as it would soon get dark. The clock of this land was obsessed with the number 5 according to my observation.
The river the dried out after about 20 more kilometers and it was turning weirdly hot. That is when I realized what the lines of the verse meant –

I am small and crave someone in my dry creek
'Cause a friend is all that I seek 
Follow me to the river bend
For that is where you will comprehend

This has to be it; whatever it is it has to be here. I set my camp there as moving in the dark could be reckless and my five our day was almost over. I was awake the whole night today as well, not because I was not tired but because I could sense I was close to whatever this land is hiding from the rest of the world. The growling started again, louder than ever, my heart beating fast as if trying to jump out of my chest and in the darkness I saw the devil face yet again. I was eagerly waiting for the sun to announce the commencement of the new day and started my journey as soon as the paths were visible.

18th March 2020

I kept going ahead on the graveled path where once the river flowed. After about two hours I could see the same house I had seen near the lake, at some distance. I drove fast towards the house while keeping a constant gaze on the house. After reaching the house I was drowned in numerous incenses, all reminding me of temples. I knocked but no one replied. The door was open and I went in. the rooms were all red and black giving it a very ethnic yet gothic look. I could not find anyone in the room and turned to go away. But the devil face was standing right behind me, and I almost screeched my lungs out, while it laughed its devilish laughter. After bouts of screams and shouts when I calmed a bit she told me she was a “Chaamsire” the ancient dragon of Bhutan.
She told me that as dragons were becoming haughty an powerful in the past the dragon masters created this dimension and locked them here giving them the task of maintaining a balance in nature and protecting the purity of Bhutan. But Chaamsires transform into dragons only after 100 years and need a human to blow the dragon spell on them, else this dimension would disintegrate and they would cease to exist. Since the old dragon died and she was the only Chaamshire left and was yet to be the dragon, the world had started to merge itself with the real world. She created this spell to let people come in and help her transform into a dragon to save the world but the spell had created new problems. It started organizing the world according to the humans that came in and since I was the fifth person to enter the world organized itself to the numeric value of five. The poem was her spell and I was the only one to have reached her out of the five who came in.
I was listening to this intently while she explained her growl as the tool to balance day and night. How the dragons have survived so long, how they walk on earth once every year to continue their line and bless the land of Bhutan. It was all very interesting while looking at the Chaamshire scared me out as well. Heat radiated from her body and she had a golden aura around her. She asked me to rest for the day and we would perform the ritual the next day. I was eager to leave this freaking lonely hell whole and agreed to the Chaamshire. She gave me the book of spells and worded the required spell for me in Hindi as the book was in ancient Dzongkha. But little did she know I knew how to read Dzongkha. She didn’t even realize that after I traced her using her poem, I wonder if Dragons were suppose to be this dumb! Anyways the spell spoke of sacrifice of 5 people for the completion of the ritual. So she definitely indented to kill me. I kept scanning the book for an alternative the whole night.

19th March 2020

I read the spell for the ritual and the Chaamshire slowly started to grow in size. I kept repeating the spell till it completely transformed and waited. It was waiting for me to complete the spell, to recite the part of the sacrifice so that it could kill me. I nervously started reciting, praying to God for my safety, not even anticipating the future. I carefully recited each and every word and waited there with my eyes closed for Fates to play their game.

“Taktshang Lhakhang 5 km ahead”, my safari navigation roared to life. I stared at the screen and the date displayed was 20th March 2020. I breathed a sigh of relief and saw the spell book lying on the seat. I had successfully recited the teleport spell and the dragon had not sensed the difference in the words. Dragons are dumb! No wonder the dragon masters won over them! I drove towards Taktshang Lhakhang, called up my heads but didn’t tell them the story as I knew the situation was averted for the next 100 years. I returned the book to the monks there saying it was my family legacy. They bought my story and gave me five gold coins, symbols of the dragon and all I could do was laugh to myself. How I hated dragons and the number five now! 

PS - This post is written for the "I AM EXPLORER" competition organised by Indiblogger and


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Land of my Dreams


Truly said by someone, because we always fail to value what is always with us. Whenever people are asked about their dream destinations it is always Switzerland, New Zealand, USA, UK or Mauritius but no one ever says India, though India is blessed by natures’ beauty in equal measures. So if I had to pick my Dream destination it would be a place in India and that place would undoubtedly be Sikkim.

I had visited this mountainous land some years back with my family and fell in love with it instantly. It was on my 16th birthday and our first ever visit to a place outside Orissa or Maharashtra. As it was a family trip it has a special place in my memories but my biggest regret related to the trip would be losing all the clicked pictures as my old camera played its last ever trick with me. My data card got corrupted and all that were left with me were memories full of picturesque scenes that my eyes could capture.

Sikkim is nothing less than heaven on earth, and people who love the Scandinavian countries pay a visit here to see something equally or maybe more pure. The best way to reach Sikkim is via Siliguri or Bagdora in West Bengal where you get bus or taxis for Sikkim. The way to Sikkim itself is enchanting as River Teesta gives you company till you reach Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Every corner of Sikkim sings to me, but there are places I just have to visit.

  1. Gangtok, located at the height of 5400ft, is the largest city of Sikkim and
    access to the rest of the state. It is a popular Buddhist pilgrimage site after the construction of the Enchey Monastery. It is also comparatively warm and is house to large variety of flora and fauna. Gangtok is an inexpensive and amazing shopping hub with all shops concentrated on the M.G. Marg, and for foodies – you will not want to eat anything after tasting the momos here. From Gangtok the way to north leads to Tsomgo Lake.
  2. Tsomgo lake is an ethereal lake situated at an height of 12,400 ft. the most interesting feature of the lake is its water, which is said to change its colour according to seasons. It freezes completely in the winters turning white, while autumn renders a sea green colour to it. During springs and summers the blooming flowers of the area and the blue crystal clear water of the lake sketch a breath taking image. The lake is also sacred for the locals. And for me the best part of this place that I would love to relive again is the ride on the beautifully decorated yaks on the lake; frozen lake of course.
  3. Nathula Pass and Baba Mandir  - further north of Tsomgo is the temple of a Army Officer and the Tibet Indian pass called Nathula.  It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and and is very well maintained by Indian Army. Lucky tourists also get a glimpse of road winding down the Chumbi valley and are allowed to go close to the international border to see Chinese army on the other side of a barbed wire border line. All once in a life time chance, as you need permit to visit Nathula. And how much I miss gauging the wonder in my baby brother's eye at the sight of the whole place covered with snow and testing the strength of our voice through our echos.
  4. Rumtek –
    South of Gangtok, at about an hour’s distance is the largest monastery of Sikkim – Rumtek Monastery. It is said to be a replica of the Tsurpu Monastery of Tibet and is the seat of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa of the Kargyu sect of Buddhism. 
     Rumtek is situated on a hill that is terraced with paddy fields and is often visited by fog giving the area an amazing atmosphere. And I could spend hours listening to the path bells and the prayer wheels of the Monastery..

  5. Lachen and Lachung valley – the North of Sikkim is purely Himalayas, untouched by pollution and Lachung and Lachen are the stars. These valley towns are mostly covered by snow half the year and lush green valley chants of purity the rest of the time. Waterfalls and sparkling streams, Monasteries and wood houses, Yaks and wooly dogs, apples peaches lichies and apricots, these places give the entire essence of Sikkim.
  6. Gurudongmar Lake –
    Covered by mountains from all the sides this milky white lake is a must see in Sikkim. It is one of the height lakes in the world and is one of the sources of Teesta River.
  7. Yumthang Valley – Or valley of flowers as it is called, is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron. In springs it is surreal to see the entire valley bathed in colours courtesy to rhododendrons and is closed from December to march cause of heavy snowfall. Bollywood lovers remember the song “Rahoon mein unse se” from the movie Vijaypath? This is where the gorgeous Tabu confessed her love, so if you are going there with your lovers you know exactly what to do.
  8. Dzongo – It is the trekkers’ paradise, reason it is the access point to Mt. Khangchendzonga biosphere reserve and the starting area for the trek up to the summit of world’s 4th highest peak starts about 5 km from here. It is also house the the red Indian Panda’s. Mogli lovers remember Papu the panda? You might find his family here.
  9. Pelling –
    The most important city of West Sikkim and is the 2
    nd fastest growing tourist destination of Sikkim. It has its own beautiful landscape of flower valleys and snow capped mountains with access to two serene monasteries. Pemayangste monastery is barely 1km from Pelling, while a half an hour walk on the hill opposite the monastery leads to Sanga Choling monastery. The Khangchendzonga Festival is held at Pelling every year, which offers a plethora of fun activities like water rafting, kayaking, trekking, mountain biking, traditional sports and bird- watching.
  10. Namchi – About 80km from Gangtok lies Namchi, aka ‘top of the sky’. Set in a scenic location, Namchi offers an unmatched view of the Khangchendzonga range and the Rangit valley. The Sherdup Choeling Monastery and the Dichen Choeling monastery are the main attraction od Namchi. Around 2 km from Namchi is Ngadak monastery and situated on a hill just above Ngadak monastery is a Rock Garden, full of rare flowers and plants all contributing to a  breathtaking view.
Where the sunbeams dance on water blue and white
Where God's people hum just praise and nature love
Where sky meets the mountain peak to paint a picture serene
Where Red Pandas and Rhododendron sketch some part of the mystic world
My heart runs there to be a part of it
My heart resides there to be a part of it

Ah I wish I could give up the noisy Mumbai roads for just a week and teleport myself to Sikkim with my family right away. My mom and brother being adventure freaks like me could spend the whole day chatting walking and admiring the serenity of nature while Dad would immerse himself in books about monasteries of Sikkim. We enjoyed the trip to the tiny state years ago and would love to visit the place yet again to relive the memories of our best travel ever.

Written for the Happy Travellers contest organized by and
Photo courtesy: Google

Monday, August 19, 2013


A glimpse of talent never goes unseen

On the World Photography day

To all the shutterbugs and the aspiring clickers...