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    Of Travelling Solo In The Heaven Of Sikkim

    Travelling solo is an awarding way of travel and it is an experience that stays with you for a lifetime. Some people have a passion for travelling and I am one of them. I have always believed (thanks to my parents) that never ever let your hobbies or passion die. Keep them burning alive somewhere inside you and this fire will help you turn your passion into reality.

    Buddhist prayer wheels

    As a content editor in a media organization, travelling every month is a farfetched dream for me. I always have to wait for the perfect time when no one in my team is on leave to follow my passion. Luckily, for me earlier this month, I got the chance to travel to Sikkim as I wanted for some solo adventure in the hills and also, this place was rotting on my wish list since my grad days.

    Another reason, why I chose Sikkim for my solo trip was because it is safe and on October 9th, 2019 I packed my bags and hopped on to the Sampark Kranti Express from Guwahati at 6:30 am. I was super excited about the trip as for the very first time, I was doing something on my own. On reaching Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, the wind was cold and a chill ran down my spine as I was standing on a road in a new city surrounded by strangers.

    Bhewma falls in Sikkim

    But brushing all the negative thoughts aside, I marched to my hotel room with thoughts of me clicking pictures in Yumthang valley with the snow-clad mountains at the backdrop. Nothing can beat this imagination. Oh, let me tell you I had booked my trip to Yumthang valley a month before through a Facebook travel group and the service I got the next day was amazing! I got my drive which was a Xylo, hotel and food at just Rs 14,500 and it was cheap as compared to other travel packages which were around Rs 25,000-30,000.

    Next day, I woke to the sound of chirping birds at around 6:30 am with all the enthusiasm to head to Yumthang valley. Had my breakfast of chappati and lentil curry and finally begun my tread to the valley. I started at around 8:30 am and reached Lachung village at 4:00 pm. Once, I entered the village, I was spellbound by the view of Mount Katao that surrounds the village and I had the most amazing evening there.

    On the way to Yumthang valley

    Finally, the next day was my trip to the valley and the upbeat kid I am, I completely forgot that I have car sickness and forgot to take my medicines. Luckily, I didn’t feel car sick for one moment in my entire drive to the valley which took around 2.5 hours. I crossed Indian Army camps who live in such harsh conditions and my driver told me that during winters, the entire place gets covered in snow.

    Lachung village

    When I finally stepped out of the car, the view in front of me was spectacular and the photos are just a glimpse I would say of the beauty that this place holds. I just stood there admiring the beauty in front of me with those majestic mountains with snow over them. That was the last day in Sikkim and I came back with a bag load of memories and newly built confidence of doing things all by myself.

    Mount Katao

    Girls out there, I advise you to take a solo trip once in your lifetime to understand, explore yourself better. Because there’s nobody out there who will understand you better than you.

    The views expressed by the author are personal and may not in any way represent those of TIME8.

    Photo credit: @pranatisinha

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