The beauty of Bengal is unparalleled and unmatched. It always pulls me to
Upper Ghalayter Lepcha Buddhist Monastery, Sittong
I celebrate every religion and Buddhism amazes me every time I get to feel its glory. Though I have visited more than twenty to thirty monasteries, yet this one proved to be one of a kind. I am a worshipper of calmness, simplicity, tradition, and peace. Well, this place has all the virtues embedded in it. Locals claim that the Lepcha Buddhist Monastery dates back to almost two hundred years. It attracts a lot of tourists from other parts of our country. We hardly spotted anyone there hence, escorted ourselves inside. The smell of burning incense sticks, the compelling eyes of Lord Buddha and some dilapidated structures fascinated us, in true sense. Don’t these photographs speak?
Namthing Pokhri, Shelpu
Namthing Pokhri (as the name implies, “Pokhri”=pokhar or lake) is a natural lake, situated in the district of Shelpu, Khasmahal. It lies 4500 ft. above sea level. It is basically a home for rare reptile species namely, Newt, the Himalayan Salamander. The pine trees (as you see in the picture) cover most of the part of the forest. It serves as the habitat for more than hundreds of birds and insects. Tourists who trek from nearby places like Ahal Dara or Latpanchar can witness calmness and serenity of nature. The roads are smooth enough so be sure about your comfort level.
Ahal Dara viewpoint, Latpanchar
Ahal Dara is a popular view point where you get to witness the mighty peak of Khangchendzonga (or, Kanchanjunga). Not only that, but I saw tremendous amount of Cinchona and Eucalyptus plants too which looks pretty amazing with such a great view. My mom loved the place and she is still staring at her photos. Our family has a hilarious tendency to stare at own pictures so, sorry not sorry. Tea plantations are at peak and not-so-pointed rocks, allowed us to sit and feel the breeze. Teesta river can be seen from afar with fog as a value added tax. I am just so lucky, right? (screams afar) We stumbled upon a huge rock as we headed towards our car. What’s next?