Today being the birthday of our baby god Ganesha/Vinayaka, I wanted to share my collection of Ganeshas, the first being Ganesha in a nest !! This nest has a small bulb inside where Ganesha is seated !!
On our return leg, we reached Gangtok the State’s Capital and stayed in the Mewa Regency on our way toDarjeeling.
To cover the time, we took the Cable Car which takes you from one end of the City to the other.
The market area here is so neat and clean.As usual, I picked up some Ganeshas.
Talking about food, we enjoyed ‘’MOMOS’’ which is specific to the North East.This is similar to our ‘’salted pillayar kozhukattai (modak)’’ which is made of Maida flour and filled with Cabbage or Cauliflower most of the time.
The Sikkimese are very friendly and hospitable and converse freely in English and you can see a lot of foreigners visiting this place.
Hope you enjoyed a short tour of Sikkim with me !!
Our next halt was at Chungthang which is in North Sikkim and is a Confluence of Lechen and Lachung Chu rivers. This is where the TeestaRiver starts. What a beauty to see the glacial water passing through,,,,,,
TeestaRiver is the lifeline of the IndianState of Sikkim. It was so wonderful to travel along with the river while climbing up and down the numerous hills of Sikkim.
We proceeded to Lachung next where we halted in the night.Lachung is also winter haunt for skying. Unfortunately that night I took very ill and the next day could not go toYumthangValley,the valley of flowers and fauna.We heard that there are more than 20 varieties of Rhododendrons in the valley.Yumthang ‘’Tsa-Chu’’ is a hot spring and noted for its curative and healing power.
There are so many natural waterfalls and we always used to stop the vehicle and taste the cold water. The Kyongnosla waterfall and the Seven Sisters waterfall were just amazing and a sight to behold !! (especially for us Chennaites where there is scarcity of rain and water !!)
We also had the taste of a lot of gardens like the SaramsaGardenand the JawaharlalNehruBotanical Garden where there are a lot of artificial waterfalls and excellent recreation and picnic spot.
Coming to TsomgoLake which is situated at an altitude of 12,500 ft. is 40 kms from Gangtok city. The lake is about 1 km long, oval in shape, 50 ft deep and regarded as a holy place.When we reached there the lake was fully covered with fog and mist and so cold (about 2/3 deg) and there is a climb up on the hill adjacent to the lake where there was snow (0 deg) and we played like kids.You can have Yak rides to go further into the lake in the snow ……..though I did not venture climbing on them (my SIL did).
There were ‘’n’’ number of Monasteries which we deferred to see owing to time and rides up and down the hills.
Our next stopover was at the KhecheopalriLake, a sacred wish fulfilling lake for Buddhists and Hindus in the North West Pelling town of Sikkim. There is a small worship place and from there one can reach the fence of the lake and can throw coins into it after prayers.The belief is that what one wishes is fulfilled if we pray to the goddess Tara of this lake.
Prayer Flags are a common feature all over theState and this is a tradition of Buddhism. Prayers are written on individual flags for various reasons like prosperity, good health, weddings, to ward off evil eye etc. The Priest at the Monastery will chant prayers with the flags at the altar.These are then handed over to the person who has requested them. Each flag is then hoisted on a bamboo pole and placed outside the house or wherever required. In this picture you can see the flags hoisted around the lake.
Sikkim is a small HimalayanState in the North East of India. Its capital is Gangtok.Since it is bordering China there is a lot of army presence in the State and one needs special passes to travel within the State.Fortunately our travel agent had made all arrangements for us including the passes, transport and all hotel arrangements.
Since Sikkim is in the HimalayanRanges, it can only be reached by road transport.The nearest Airport is Bagdogra in West Bengal and the Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri also in W.B.
There are 2 Seasons to travel:
1.Spring/Summer – April to June
2.Fall/Early Winter – September to December.
We had the opportunity to travel to Sikkim in April 2009 since we had a wedding to attend in Kalimpong, W.B. We decided to combine the wedding and a small vacation for ourselves.The entire trip was for 12 days, 3 days in Kalimpong, 6 days in Sikkim and 3 days in Darjeeling.
Since we were transitting in and out of Gangtok we decided to taste the hospitality of 2 hotels there.We checked into Orange Valley Resort on our way in from Kalimpong.
Our first visit was to the Enchey Monastery meaning solitary temple, 3 kms from the city of Gangtok. The place was so silent and serene and situated at such a beautiful spot that one does not feel like coming away from there.
We visited the famous NalandaUniversitywhich is just above the Rumtek Monastery in Eastern Sikkim 24 kms from Gangtok. We could see the monks of all ages mainly from the Himalayan Region.
These pictures of Orchids are taken at the Flower Show that is always held at the famous White Hall just below the PalaceRidgePark which is the office of the Sikkim Government.
Our next visit was to Ganeshtok which is a small temple of Ganesha situated on the Gangtok – Nathula Road.We took some pictures dressed up in their traditional Sikkimese outfit.
Tashi View Pointis another famous tourist spot which is a small climb of steps from where one can see the opposite hills very clearly. We bought some cushion covers from there depicting the Tibetan Origin and their Culture.
Today I am going to share with you one more of my precious collection. I call this ''Doughnut'' Necklace since the Pendant resembles a doughnut !! I used Leather Cord, lots of multi-colored Wooden Beads and a few Ceramic Beads too in completing this necklace.
This was specially made for husband's ex-colleague Audrey's birthday. She always loves huge, heavy and chunky jewellery especially necklaces and so we felt that this would make an ideal birthday gift for her !!
Audrey really liked it and wore it the moment we gifted it to her !!
I made 2 more similar ones, one of which got sold recently in my exhibition cum sale (unfortunately I did not click a picture of that but nonetheless herewith I share a picture of the Audrey necklace) !!
I am so sorry for the delay in thanking you both !!
Coming to me: 1. I love travelling. 2. I love to teach people what little I know in the way of crafts. 3. I love Jewellery Making. 4. I like meeting and making new friends. 5. I always encourage people in whatever they do. 6. I love eating and 7. I love photography.
Now it is my turn to pass these 2 AWARDS on to some more talented bloggers:
Welcome Friends to the Wedding of the Year ‘’Pretty Pink with Brave Blue’’ Thanks to my dear friend Shanvy from Indus Ladies, who had forwarded a link some months back from which I worked my way in creating this craft.
Link: http://www.spoolsewing.com/blog/2008/05/16/bird-mobile/ The SBS photos will take you on a virtual tour of the wedding including the preparations of the ‘’Mandap’’.
Enjoy the Wedding and Bless the Couple !!
For creating the Birds, you can follow my instructions given under Tutorials for Bird Hanging…..My simple and easy way !!!
Now let us take part in the wedding arrangements !!
Grandpa Grey makes his appearance first !
Grandma Proud Pink joins Grandpa Grey !!
Brave Blue the Groom arrives in Royal Splendour and poses for the camera with his Bride to be……..Cheese !!
Mommas Rusty and Majenta in deep discussion !!
Pink and Blue ready to be wed with their mommas in tow……
Petite Purple and Gorgeous Green - the Bride’s friends in the Welcome Committee !!
All set, the flowers are hung….
Atlast …………….the rings exchanged, the bride and groom kissing each other !!
God bless them both,,,,,,,,,
Wedding over and both mommas in tears of joy exchanging hugs !!
What a moment of joy this is !!
Join me friends in the group shot and to wish the couple a ‘’Happy Married Life’’ !!!
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WEDDING THIS IS…………ISN’T IT ????????