Journey between Flåm and Mydral is a beautiful one. It is renowned as one of the World’s most popular Bike Route. So I planned a Bike trip from Flåm to Mydral as I thought it would be a good idea to go downhill through the Valleys of Norway in Bike and take the overnight train to Oslo.

Well it seemed like a very good idea but when I reached Mydral, I suddenly realized, Mydral is 862 Meter above Sea level, and Flåm is just 2. And it would not be downhill but uphill climb. I kind of felt a doubt if I can make it or not as I am not an expert Biker (Not even Amateur), so was having second thoughts on going back to Mydral in a bike. The guy who was renting Bikes in Flåm also gave fuel to that “Second” thought as well.

But eventually after spending one or two hours Cycling around Flåm vally, I decided to go for it. So the next day, I started my solo journey to Mydral from Flåm railway station. Continue reading

Travel Stories – A dream coming true

It started with a calendar my father bought in for the new years. It had a picture of a place, where everything was covered in snow, then there was a train station. I asked him, where is this? He showed me at the bottom right corner of the picture, a little line says, “Switzerland”.

I felt sad from within after knowing that. Being born in a Lower Middle class family in India, I knew, at that age, that I might never be able to visit such a place.  But, I kept on dreaming and kept looking at that photo. After an year, the calendar was gone from my room, but I still remember that image after all these years.

 

The last photo was taken at Kleine Scheidegg station,which is 2,061 m above the sea level. From here you have to change trains to go to Jungfrau, The Top of Europe. This station was the same station which was in that calendar, just without the snow. I never planned to come here, but when I saw it, I knew I came to the right place.

 

Sikkim – Untold stories | Emergence of the last utopia

What is the first thought that the word ‘Sikkim’ evokes in your mind?
Ethereal hills, meandering rivers, picturesque valleys, the pristine snow capped mountains of the north or the bountiful greenery of the east.. or does your mind wander away to the cobbled streets of Gangtok,the array of nicely decorated shops on the M.G. Marg or a plateful of steaming hot Momos. But Sikkim has a bigger treasure, neatly tucked away, one that not many of us are aware of… it’s beautiful people.
Truly, a trip to Sikkim would be incomplete, without getting to know its amazing people. The moment you step here, you will be surrounded by gleeful faces.
There is no other state in India, where the people live up to the ancient Indian saying of ‘Atithi Devo bhava’ as much as they do it here.
So simple are their ways and so warm are their hearts, that it spills over in their appearance, thoughts and behavior. Ever trusting, ever helpful, they are always willing to extend their hand and embrace you. Irrespective of their financial status, they are always well turned out. They can teach you a thing or to two about making the most of what you have.
But when it comes to work, they are damn serious. Unlike other states, You would not find people loitering around, begging or creating nuisance because every one is mindfully tending to his or her work.
This is the third year that I have been visiting Sikkim for, & I have already made many best friends for life. Back home they say, “people from Hills are naturally good”, but I wonder, could it just be the virtue of the soil?

As my friend Suraj explained to me many times that here in Sikkim, as the weather is cold, the people are also cool. Well obviously I was not thoroughly convinced with his reply.

As I searched for answers I found out that the answers were right in front of me all the time. Let me take you through them….

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