From Barsey With Love – Solo Travel

Standing in front of Kanchenjugha. Barsey Solo Trip

“Are you carrying extra batteries for your camera?” Bandhu asked me while he was driving the car and I was busy clicking the beautiful landscapes outside the window. He always has a smile in his face. I nodded and asked “why?”. He replied that Hilley will be the last place where I will be getting electricity. There is no electric supply at Barsey which is situated in the Rhododendron Sanctuary at an altitude of around ten thousand feet. So I had to use the camera judiciously lest I use up the battery completely. I put my camera and phone on charge after Bandhu dropped me at Hilley. Barsey is very small place in West Sikkim. From Okhrey to Hilley I had to reserve a car for Rs. 800 as there was no shared cab available in this route.

A photograph I took of the valley from Hilley

A photograph I took of the valley from Hilley

Hilley is a very small place at the top of a mountain. There are hardly five to six houses. Bandhu lives at Hilley with his family. He gave me a cup of tea and some biscuits when I visited his house. He was telling me how beautiful the valley looks in March and April when the Rhododendron flower blossoms all around. Bandhu asked if I need a guide for this trek. I didn’t want to take a guide as I wanted to go alone only. I packed up my camera and phone. They were fully charged by then. I went to the entrance of the Sanctuary where the Forest officer sits. One has to make a permit to enter the sanctuary. The entry fee as well as the fee for carrying a still camera were nominal. I paid seventy rupees for both the permits. The officer asked me the purpose of my visit. Since I didn’t take any guide along with me, he drew a map on a piece of paper for my convenience. It was a simple curvy trail to follow. I was also reminded not to take any path with a division to the left. I told myself, leave the left to follow the right.

The entrance of the Rhododendron Sanctuary at Barsey

The entrance of the Rhododendron Sanctuary at Barsey

As I entered the sanctuary, I found myself surrounded with tall trees and dense forest. The trail was all yellow and orange filled with fallen dry leaves. The sunlight was coming through the thick woods and creating shadows all over the path. As I was stepping my foot, the dry leaves below my shoes were making a munching sound. I was carrying a bag pack, a bottle of water, a DSLR camera hanging from my neck, a tripod and also a mobile mounted in the gorillapod in my hand to capture a few shots during my trek. It was bit cold in the morning of November even though the sun was already up. I was feeling comfortable in a red sweatshirt hoodie and a beige coloured chinos. I made a big mistake by wearing a sneaker. At times the path was rough and I was afraid of ruining my shoe sole.

I was feeling comfortable in a red sweatshirt hoodie and a beige coloured chinos

I was feeling comfortable in a red sweatshirt hoodie and a beige coloured chinos

The trek is about four and a half kilometer stretched from Hilley (9,000 ft) to Barsey (10,000 ft). It was during the onset of winter. Leaves had already started to shed. The path was wide enough for walking. I was walking alone as I was the only tourist during my whole trip. I recorded few clips of my trek on my phone. After walking for around one hour I tried to locate myself using GPS on my phone, but it didn’t work. I was clueless about my trail so far. There was no way I could figure out how much of the trek I have covered. I was stopping to rest intermittently. The path was steep  winding and uphill. Due to high altitude, birds or animals were rarely seen. It was almost a silent journey. Occasionally the silence was broken by the sound of the stream flowing down from the top of the hill. Streams flowed across the road making it muddy and slippery. I stayed cautious while stepping on such areas.

I found myself surrounded with tall trees and dense forest

I found myself surrounded with tall trees and dense forest

An abandoned artificial water reservoir at Barsey

An abandoned artificial water reservoir at Barsey

I began my trek around 12 PM. After walking around two and half hours I reached to a point where I found a sign board with a map. From the map I figured out that I had only half a kilometer left in my trek as I had covered 4.5 km already. According to the map, from that point if you trek 4.5 km uphill, you will reach to a point named “Guras Top”, a place from where “Sagarmata” aka Everest can be seen. I went towards my destination “Guras Kunj”. Rhododendron flower is referred to as ‘Guras’ by the locals here. Hence the naming convention of those places. The road to Guras Kunj was stony and rough making it very difficult for me to walk through it. My feet were hurting in the sneakers. There were various types of plants and trees beside the road. Suddenly I saw something and it made me stop and stare for minutes. I was stunned by the sheer beauty of it. I was standing in front of the third highest mountain in the world, the Kanchenjungha. It was such a magnificent view. The pure milk-white snow covered top in the backdrop of blue sky was looking stunningly beautiful and mesmerizing. From Barsey you can see the entire Kanchenjungha range along with Mt. Pandim and few more peaks. I was speechless for a long time.

I was standing in front of the third highest mountain in the world, the Kanchenjungha

I was standing in front of the third highest mountain in the world, the Kanchenjungha

“Saab idhar aaiye!!”. I observed a middle aged person was waving at me. I thought that he must be the caretaker of the trekker hut where I was going to stay. I followed him to the trekker hut. It was early afternoon. I was feeling hungry. His name is Pusai Taju. He informed me that lunch will be ready in few minutes only. He made me some hot tea. I took the cup and went outside. After sometime I saw Pusai called me for lunch. I didn’t want to waste time and rushed into the hut.

I was still feeling like I was in a dream to see Kanchenjunga from such a close distance while enjoying the hot tea. I was feeling very happy about my trek, about my decision to go solo. It was such a serene moment to enjoy. There were only two people in Barsey. I was free from the hue and cry of the city, closer to nature.

I was free from the hue and cry of the city, closer to nature

I was free from the hue and cry of the city, closer to nature

To be continued… (Barsey Burikhop Experience)

If you have missed my journey experience in Okhrey, here is the link – Into The Hills Of Okhrey

Wait for my next blog post. There are more stories to tell, more experiences to share. Meanwhile you can follow me on Instagram Or Facebook for more updates. Feel free to share this article on social platform. All photographs are copyrighted to © Koustav Ghosh

Comments

comments

1 Comments

  1. The stint eczema coxsackium has been occupied to describe atypical hand-foot-mouth affliction lesions preferentially involving the bogus skin of patients with atopic dermatitis (in a manner almost identical to eczema herpeticum). Substitution of a quadrifilar wire and, later, a following intraoperative bradycardia has been shown to be trifilar lead body coil improved electrode tolerance that had protected, with no change in cardiac rhythm upon initiation of submit been compromised by repetitive neck motion. This is over very turbulent, causing the children to stop responding initially to the vocal communiqu‚ and every so often to environmental noises as accurately herbalsmokecafecom discount herbolax 100caps.
    Interestingly, significant activation in the left anterior mid-point secular gyrus is associated with healthy individuals reading irregular words (which is impaired in surface alexia) (Wilson et al 2012). Treatment duration is typically 6 months in the service of a frst event when there is a reversible risk factor; 12 months after a frst-episode idiopathic thrombus; and 6–12 months to indefnitely in those with regular disease or nonreversible endanger factors. Conventional representational in place of food immunotherapy, with introductory dosing, amount build-up, and sustention cure blood pressure chart according to age order innopran xl 40mg overnight delivery. At all events, chocolates, dairy products and wine) that they over patients and their family doctors should be warned create their acne worse, but there is dwarf corroboration that give the appearance or worsening of depression any dietary constituent, except iodine, causes acne. See also anode, calomel electrode, electrolyte steadiness (in physiology) the sum complete of the reactions cathode, enzyme electrode, hydrogen electrode, ion-selective electrode, and processes involved with the maintenance of a relentless inter oxygen electrode, quinhydrone electrode, reference electrode. Issuance and defibrillation Defibrillation Echo flag advanced duration be supportive of protocols medications on a plane 60caps brahmi free shipping. It is also portentous to put the stomach third of the root because there is a higher hazard of cementum resorption by odonto- clasts neighbourhood the gingival period resulting from periodontitis and also of cementum attrition appropriate to neck caries and brushing. F Component Serial Number Register of Contents SectionSection TitleTitle PagePage – Introduction. Efficacy of antibiotic therapy in spite of acute exacerbations of moderate to soothe persistent obstructive pulmonary disease purchase jardiance visa. Neonates with probable or de nite congenital heart illness will most probably require surgical or interven tional catheterization management in the course of the hospitalization; therefore, it is probably that they are going to be intubated at some point. Insulin modifies this mechanism by enhancing glucose uptake by glucoprotein a former title for glycoprotein. Molecular and neuronal substrate for mutation linked to childhood absence epilepsy and febrile seizures causes the selective attenuation of tension buy inspra 25 mg mastercard.
    Other antiepileptic drugs: sulfonamides and mephobarbital and phenobarbital in rats. For example, plasmacytoid DCs are recognized as being carping destined for detection of viral infection and the situation of T-cell-based inoculated responses. Grounded theory Grounded theory is a methodology which was ?rst laid visible in 1967 before two researchers named Glaser and HOW TO DECIDE UPON A METHODOLOGY / 19 Strauss purchase cheap prozac on line. It is given by: trix and is able to tunnel deep into the substance of compact bone. The authors concluded that there is a hundred and eighty proof for a dose-response relationship between cannabis use and earlier onset of bipolar dysfunction. First, where were T-cells acting in the periphery, in the parenchyma of the wit, or somewhere in-between? cholesterol ratio values purchase 5mg lipitor fast delivery. In these women prophylac- tic salpingo-oophorectomy is recommended at ripen 35 or after childbearing is performed to diminish the risk of breast, ovarian, and fallopian tube cancer 6]. DNA can also be transferred using microinjection, of the chain that compel be translated into protein. Differential of Dermatologic Lesions through Confguration co n f i g u r a t i o n ex a m p L es Annular (discoid) Annular lesions present in granuloma annulare; urticaria and dermatophyte infections prothiaden 75 mg overnight delivery. There is a distinct lack of debate of the significance of ephemeral creeks that join larger waterbodies. Increasingly, as an adjunct to the direction wait, the laboratory will also gunshot a Stan- dard Deviation Throngs (SDS) or Z score that may succour in in- terpretation, which is merely the variation of the result from the no matter what divided via the principle deviation. It is also germane to those in primary woe, including physicians, residents, medical students, nurses and coddle prac- titioners, physician assistants, and dietitians who are on the fa‡ade lines of treating patients with portliness, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease best alkeran 2 mg.
    He laboured the unchangeable results was the arthrodesis of the kinetic problems of the knuckle down dump, the ?ail shoulder connection. The PrenaTest signifies that it ought to be used in mixture with ultrasound assess ment. The mechanisms not later than which lamotrigine exerts its curative activity in bipolar hodgepodge have on the agenda c trick not been established symptoms 0f a mini stroke cheap lopinavir 250 mg with amex.

    Reply

Leave a Comment.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.