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by Vidya Sury June 21, 2012 48 comments
On Sunday, I was in North East India where we went on a quick trip. Here are some pictures from the trip. I’ll talk about the trip in my next post. I am still enjoying the happiness hangover. We visited Gangtok the capital of Sikkim, which is at a height of 4715 feet on Sunday and Darjeeling which is in West Bengal at a height of 6710 feet. We visited Tiger hill there at 8500 feet.

Now, let me take you there through a few pictures: do take note of the date and time.

At 7.12 am on Sunday – the view from our hotel window

 At 9.28 am – we were at an indoor flower show

At 9.32 am

 At 9.33 am

 At 9.34 am

At 9.39 am

At 10.12 am … oh yes…there’s a point to the time-keeping! It rained all day and we were inside a raincoat all the time except inside the flower show! Visibility outside was almost nil. After the flower show, we went to a temple on a hill and here’s the view:
Opposite the temple, was the Sikkim zoo. Nature at its raw-est. A leech bit Vidur’s toe. Didn’t realize until almost three hours later – until we noticed the bloody foot – no really. I am not cussing. 
At 11.00 am we met the red panda, a native of Sikkim, among other animals. Cute eh?

From the zoo, we were headed towards Lhasa falls, a waterfall. The water comes all the way from China.
I almost didn’t link up this Sunday and felt sad. Then when I visited the other blogs and saw the linky still open at Unknown Mami’s – I felt happy that I didn’t have to miss this Sunday. So what if it is already Thursday eh?

I hope you’re all having a great week!

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Jaky June 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

This is beautiful. I’ve been to Sikkim and it’s beautiful..

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Hi Jaky! Sikkim is gorgeous! 😀 Thanks for coming by!

vanita June 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

this picture are simply beautiful girl. Love them! i often site here with hubby and go through your blog showing him the pictures. it’s the only blog i share with him. lol

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Aww, Vanita – that’s so sweet! Thank you!

Lori Gosselin June 21, 2012 at 11:52 am

“Happiness Hangover”! I love it! You do have a way with words Vidya!
What beautiful flowers! we have patches of orange lillies and other patches but to see them all together is beautiful (and makes me wonder how I can do this in my yard!)
It must have been amazing to be at the temple on the hill with all that fog!

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Thank you, Lori 🙂 I am still hung over – it is kind of a constant state with me! That flower show was just beautiful – the place was dry and bright while it was pouring heavily outside! One thing I found amazing all over Gangtok was one particular bush with different colored flowers. I have a picture of that. The temple was lovely – the entire place was in different levels everywhere – and just breathtaking. Thank you for visiting 😀

Terri Sonoda June 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Oh so good to have you and your beautiful Sunday photos back, my friend! The flowers are gorgeous. And you, my dear, are stunning! Red is most definitely, your color! Vidur’s growing into quite the handsome young man. Thank you for sharing your precious family with us, Vidya! One thing about your “Sundays in my City” I’ll bet you didn’t know. I usually come back several times to look at the pictures. That’s how much I enjoy the journey! XOXOs

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Thank you, sweet Terri! I love red. In fact, all bright colors. I love that you come back to see the pictures! Hugs. I almost thought I’d miss this Sunday, and that would have been a sad thing for me. Glad Unknown Mami had the link open. Huggs.. Planning to do a more detailed post about my trip – but looks like there’ll be another Sunday before that happens!

zephyr June 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Gosh! Sikkim! That is on my wishlist of places to visit. Wonder when I will get a chance. your post has only stoked my interest further. 🙂 Lovely flowers. How long did you stay?

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Oh you really must, Zephyr! Such a fabulous place. Just make sure you never go from April to October. Nov to March is best. It rained nonstop all the time we were there. Our trip was a 4-day trip, most of which was spent traveling. But in spite of the super-short trip, we managed to pack in quite a bit. 😀 Love, Vidya

Harleena Singh June 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Awesome Vidya!

So glad you managed your trip finally to Gangtok – known as good as second heaven 🙂

I remember the time Dad was posted in Kalimpong and how we had seen the whole of North East and spent so many days in Gangtok and literally loved that place. Your pictures bring back those pleasant memories once again. And yes, it’s a wonderful time for the pretty flowers that you’d see all over too 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful time, if you are still there because a few days always fall short for such awesome places. 🙂

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Yes, Harleena – we literally managed – nothing went as planned, yet we had a good time. How lovely it must have been to live there! Do lets chat about it sometime!

Cathy | Treatment Talk June 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Hi Vidya,

Beautiful and interesting pictures as always! Take care.

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Thank you, Cathy. Always appreciate your visit! Love, Vidya

Bill Dorman June 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm

India? I thought you were from Indiana……..doh……….

Great pics and I love the red panda; looks like a really neat place to visit.

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Yes, India. 😀 Thank you for the instant smile / grin always! I love having you here. That red panda – saw quite a few of them in various places. This was at the Gangtok zoo. We saw plenty in Darjeeling too! What a sweet and playful animal!

The Northeast is gorgeous and I plan to go again! 🙂

Joy June 21, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Gorgeous photos! Your lovely, radiant spirit shines through the rain 🙂 And “yes!” for happiness hangovers…may you continue to allow the refreshment and beauty to soak in 🙂

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Thank you, Joy. I thought of you quite a lot during this trip, because you have such a lovely way of expression in your writing. I kept wondering what you would have said about the gorgeous weather. Thank you so much for your beautiful words! Hugs, Vidya

Galen Pearl June 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

How beautiful! Love the misty mountain views. Rain–that is what my weekends in the mountains are usually like. Right now we have clear skies, though.

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Galen! I thought of you in Darjeeling – as I sipped tea amid the gardens. We were told a million times about how we should have visited another time when the weather was clear. The trip was magical though. 🙂 Hugs!

My Inner Chick June 22, 2012 at 12:00 am

—Oooo, your photos are superb.

My heart leapt with the photo of you and your son. I looooooove your colourful clothing. I love how you dress, Vidya <3 & your son is adorable just like you.

XXxx Love love Love.

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Thank you, dearest Kim! 😀 I usually skip personal photos – but even I liked this one. It was a fun trip! Hugs to you!

Sylviane Nuccio June 22, 2012 at 1:14 am

Hi Vidya,

I just found you on Galen’s post and thought I’d come over to meet you. Wow those pictures are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Welcome, Sylviane! Thank you so much for the lovely comment! Your blog is so interesting – I just subscribed to updates. So glad to connect with you!

Fran Sorin June 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

Vidya…I thought that I had left a comment yesterday…but obviously not…
Anyway, your photographs are divine… the indoor flower show, the luscious landscaping….and the ones of you and your beautiful son. Thanks for sharing your trip with us. These posts are always uplifting. xxoo-Fran

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Thank you, Fran, for your patience. Since I removed word verification, I moderate comments. I publish them right away, unless it is zzzz time in India.

The natural landscape of the region is just gorgeous and I remembered your passion for gardening, Fran. Hugs and thank you for commenting!

Sandra /Always Well Within June 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

How beautiful! I would love to visit Sikkim and Darjeeling. I’ve been to Delhi and Bangalore many years ago. And, I love the idea of a “happiness hangover” too! Here’s too more of them!

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Hi Sandra! I live in Bangalore – when you visit again, remember you have a friend here! Thank you – I love the happiness hangovers and have them all the time! Happy to see you here!

thoughtstomull.com June 22, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Fantastic post, breathtaking photos!!

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Thank you, dearest Janet!

Betsy at Zen Mama June 22, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Loved seeing your pictures are just beautiful and you are obviously had a wonderful time! I especially loved the indoor flower show and the red panda. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Thank you, dear Betsy! We were determined to enjoy ourselves 😀 in spite of the constant rain. Oh, northeast India is breathtaking! And. Gangtok is full of monasteries. Loved the trip. Hugs!

Vetrimagal June 23, 2012 at 4:03 am

Lovely place to visit in this time of the year.
Beautiful pictures.Thanks for sharing.
We have lovely memories of Darjeeling and Tiger hills , an experience of a life time for Deccan dwellers.

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:31 pm

It was beautiful, Pattu. But everyone pointed out the monsoons are not the best time to visit. Unlike other places, the visibility becomes zero here when it rains. Sigh. No sunrise for us as everything was cloaked in fog. Still, we loved the trip. Did you see the sunrise from Tiger Hill?

Aileen | Kaizen Vision June 23, 2012 at 2:13 am

Vidya, I really enjoy your Sunday’s in the city posts!
Love taking the photo journey 🙂

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thank you Aileen! I love sharing my pictures too! I look forward to Sundays especially!

Unknown Mami June 23, 2012 at 5:52 am

Exactly! So what? I’m glad you linked up. I leave it open for a few days because I think Sundays should be lazy and if someone can’t make it on Sunday they can make it a few days later. It’s all good.

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

You’re such a doll, you know? I felt slightly upset to think I’d miss the Sunday post – I love it so much. 😀 Glad I didn’t, thanks to you!

Hajra June 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I have been to Gangtok and Darjeeling when I was in college and I would agree… they are just so breathtakingly beautiful! I went during winters and my bones froze…:)

I loved the picture…. doesn’t tea taste so much better when you are there? 🙂

Vidya Sury June 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Oh yes, Hajra – tea tastes great right in the middle of the tea garden. We had a gorgeous view of them from our hotel window. I am keen on going again, this time for a longer trip.

Thanks for coming by – always a pleasure to see you!

Rachna June 24, 2012 at 2:56 am

Wow, Those are some awesome pics. I would love to visit Sikkim some day. It is so amazingly beautiful. How has the reconstruction been after the earthquake?

Vidya Sury June 29, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Hi Rachna – and Welcome! Sikkim is very beautiful! We saw a lot of abandoned constructions – it was raining heavily on both the days we spent there. There are lots of landslides – unpredictable. I just felt we spent too little time there 🙂 I am definitely going back!

Molly June 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Beautiful images. Looks like you had an amazing trip.


Vidya Sury June 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Thank you, Molly! Yes, we did!

Praveen Rajarao June 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Vidya – Those are some cool pics, I havent been to either of the two places, but have heard a lot about them. I Should probably plan for that soon after I come back to India.

I did hv a wonderful trip to N.India back in 2005, went almost near to the Leh border. I can never forget that trip, always good memories.

Vidya Sury June 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Hi Praveen! Good to see you here 🙂 Oh, Leh is supposed to be fabulous. We hope to go there next year. Sikkim / Northeast India is a must visit. It is breathtakingly beautiful!

Nikky44 June 28, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Great photos!!!!

Vidya Sury June 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thank you, dearest Nikky!


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