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Sandakphu – Day2: Kopidana To Tumling

Posted: February 14, 2022 in Sandakphu

As we started our trek I was skeptical about walking for miles. Thanks to COVID I wasnt in good shape

Few kilometers and I was thinking “No I cant do it”. I was drained physically and exhausted mentally.

Rather than sitting and cribbing about it, I started coming up with a strategy. Energy bars, candies, quick breaks, water and self motivation kept me going. As I walked, enjoying the trail, wild flowers, beautiful mountains I realized how I missed the outdoor in last 2 years.

Our Trek guide. My non-stop questions, talks never made him lose his cool. He is very down to earth
That’s my trek-mates. 2 couples
Perfect Christmas Tree
Sleeping Buddha 🙂

As we were approaching the check post our trek guide told us not to click any pics and behave ourself

High on energy I said to to the army guy “Good morning sir, how are you?”

No pleasant smile or grin, he scanned us and said “Where you guys are from?”

Still pumping on energy I said “Bangalore” while other’s whispered “Mumbai”, “Pune”.

Without taking much time he said “Bangalore lady take out your ID card”

That’s that, last time I mentioned Bangalore 🙂

Break to catch my breath
Road signs were nice but couldnt beat Leh road signs
Red Panda Habitat
If you are not into trekking there road which takes you to Sandakphu
Post card picture
That’s Jameso
One of the best Teahouse. Good food, cozy and fun

Tickets booked, bags packed I wasn’t sure I will board that flight to West Bengal. With COVID upgrading to new version I wasn’t ready to take the risk.

“How long I am going to play safe” my trekking gear was mocking me. With lots of prayers, masses, rosaries, holy water I boarded that flight.

Travelling alone its not a big deal to me, I kinda started loving it. Out of place and generation, total misfit to the surrounding may be, I still come out of my fox hole and try to explore on my own terms, no compromise whatsoever.

First time Airbnb in India, lot of googling, reading reviews, I ended up at Michelle’s lovely, peaceful place(Mulaqat) only few KM from Bagdogra airport. She is an awesome host with lot of travelling tips and suggestions. If you are a solo female traveller, her place is meant for you. She can arrange for a local auto pick up from airport which is hassle free.

Lost In The Mountain

After a peaceful night I was up on time geared up for my 2021 trek.

Broken bridge, crazy traffic, welcome to Bagdogra 🙂
Drive from NJP railwaystation to Kopidana was scenic
First glimpse at the landslide and we knew it this trek going to be challenging
Houses are colorful with varities of flowers, red, yellow,white,purple……
“bring some flower seeds” with my sister’s voice echoing in my ears I turned to be a famous flower thief.
TTH is the best, good food, best trek guides and royal treatment

To Be Continued