When my boys were much younger, we would often take off to several places in the Himalayan foothills. One favourite destination was Sikkim, closely followed by Darjeeling in the state of North Bengal. I’m sharing some holiday pictures today. For a change, this post isn’t about plants only!!
The first two photos are from the picturesque Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim. From February to June, the valley is filled with flowers when thousands of rhododendrons bloom. But our trip was in October/04 and we got a clear view of the awe-inspiring snow-clad mountains. But brrr.. it was COLD!!!
The state of Sikkim hosted an international Rhododendron Festival from April to May this year. The valley has 43 square kms of rhododendron forests so one can imagine how beautiful it must be…. I hope to visit some day during the blooming season.
My husband…we’ve been married for twenty three years…standing near one of the many waterfalls along the way.
At the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute all dressed up in local Nepali traditional gear. The institute was set up in 1954 a year after Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary successfully climbed Mt. Everest. It was created to encourage mountaineering as an organized sport in India. Tenzing Norgay became the first director for field training at this institute.This photo was taken at a picnic in January this year. The child on the left is a friend’s son. Time flies…my first-born (in blue) will turn 19 in August. The baby of the family ( in red) will be 16 in July.