I trekked in Eastern Himalayas (Sikkim, Darjeeling, Arunachal) in Spring for consecutive years and between the unforgettable views, long walks, wild winds and chilling cold; I remember those stolen moments of romance with the flowers. They bloom along the mountain side breaking into a splash of red, different shades of pink and yellow, an occasional blue and of course the white and super white. Here is a photo journey from Goechala Trail in Sikkim and Sandakphu Trail in West Bengal.
I would often find an excuse to sit under a rhododendron tree or a magnolia tree quietly hoping for that shower of blessings. The pretty pinks on the Sandakphu Trail had a heavenly fragrance and I enjoyed their company until the guide came along and warned me that it could lead to head ache.
When you are in this part of the Himalayas; in between those snow capped peaks and the rugged rustic mountains, look out for these pretty blooms who often break the monotony of green and brown and sometimes make a coy appearance as sun and mist tease each other for supremacy over the hills. “Aaoge Jab Tum o Saajna Aangna Ful Khilenge” As nature sang this tune, I hummed along and romanced the flowers in the Himalayas. The blushing pink, the pristine white and the bold red welcomed us with open arms…
- Best Time for these 2 Trails : March to May & September to November
- Duration: Sandakphu is 5-6 days; Goechala is 10-11 days
- Level of Difficulty:
- Sandakphu is Easy (Tea house Trek) and has road access; Highest Point @ 12,900ft
- Goechala is Difficult. The highest point @16,000 ft
- Sandakphu: Kanchenjunga Range, Everest, Makalu, Lhotse etc
- Goechala : Kanchenjunga Range, Pandim, Kabru etc
- Begining Point:
- Sandakphu: Maneybhanjan in West Bengal; 5 hours from NJP Station/Bagdogra
- Goechala : Yuksom in Sikkim; 6 hours from NJP Station/Bagdogra