"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." ~ Heraclitus
Often times, people do not think very much about where the source of the river originates until one faces issues concerning the use of these rivers.
Lashar chu river (pic) that meanders like a silent serpentine is a tributary of Teesta river that sources from lake Tso Ihamo. This view is from Lashar valley, after a good trek to an altitude of 15000 ft above msl. The exaustion to get there is mostly due the elevation hence insufficient oxygen, but the views kept me energized.
Zemu glacier, the largest glacier in the eastern Himalaya is one of the sources of Teesta river. This glacier has seen significant retreat in the recent years, which means that it's shrunk drastically (about 150 ft) over the last century. Also, another problem on the glacier is the disappearance of its tributaries. Several of its tributaries no longer meet it. This deprives the glacier of a significant portion of its former ice sources.
As affects of global warming and human littering, I only wonder if the generations to come would be fortunate to witness such wonders, even more if there would be any water sources remaining to survive on.
Another fact I recently learnt while researching was most of the major rivers in Asia originate from Tibet. Just so we know!😊 #lasharchu#lasharvalley#teestariver#northsikkim#naturelover#sikkim#incrediblesikkim#lachen#valley#rivers#traveldiaries#backpacker#mountains#natgeo#cnntravel#himalayas#gosikkim @sikkim.tourism @sikkimadventures #_woi
Snow white and the yaks.
A bright sunny morning after an evening + whole night full of snowfall, made these yaks come out to absorb some sunlight. .
This small hamlet of Gnathang is part of the ancient silk route that connected this part of the country all the way to Tibet and China. The valley is home to the traditional yak herders who frequented the silk route. I can only imagine what a journey it must have been, in that era!
#sikkimdiaries from Apr, 2018.
Compiling a trip video is so nostalgic! Some moments from our Sikkim cycling trip coming...
Nathang valley, a high altitude plateau at 13000ft, is where we arrived on the fourth day of our cycling trip in Sikkim. We had some free time before the dusk, and even being the tired that we were, couldn’t resist ourselves and went out for a stroll exploring the beautiful surroundings. Walking on the edge of this ridge, with the hamlet on one side and army camps deep down on the other side, Nathang had a surprise welcome for us in mind with this shower of snow, ending up with wrapping the whole valley under a white carpet… Winter paradise?
PS: Did you see the full video of the trip? Link is there in bio.
Red Pandas. ❤️
This pair is in the Gangtok Himalayan Zoological park, which, even with its spacious and natural environment probably making it one of the best zoos of India, isn’t really wild. Hoping to someday spot these cute little animals in the real wilderness of Sikkim...
PS: Why can’t families visiting these places remind their loud kids that they’re in somebody else’s home, and they “might” be disturbing the hosts?
And our trip Nirvana came to an end with our stay at Nirvana Residency..😜
Everything is beautiful at the stay.. the rooms, service, views, people. EVERYTHING.
If I had enough money I would do annual trips to this place Till.I.Die.
Swipe for the view from a room at ground floor.
#pelling#sikkimtrip#incrediblesikkim#familytrip2018 ❤️ #nokia5photography
" This is what the path of Dharma is like. It's not that you have to do all the practices. It is sufficient to take just one of them, whichever one you really have an affinity with, and through practicing that one alone, for the rest of your life, you will achieve enlightenment. Whichever practice you choose doesn't matter; they are all valid methods for achieving enlightenment—if you practice. The key is to practice with diligence for the rest of your life. "
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