Blogs about Sandakphu

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Blogs about Sandakphu

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By Swathi Chatrapathy

2016-02-04

The Placid Height and Plummet- Ajay Chawda

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Walking amidst the clouds- Harshit Kumar

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Selah…Here I am with you again… – Polika Dmelo

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Himalyan journeys-Swathi Sreenath

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A misty floral trail through quaint villages- Aparna Sharma

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A walk in the Himalayas- Sandakphu by Sanchita

I walked up slowly, employing all my senses to absorb the ambience. It was a truly beautiful day with azure sky, miles and miles of mountain layers on all sides and a few cowherds and shepherds out with their animals. Phalut wore a relatively desolate look, as there were only a handful of huts and much less number of trekkers than Sandakphu. While Everest, Lhotse and Makalu were as impressive as ever; it felt as if Kanchenjunga was simply a jump away from the hilltop.

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Treading through Clouds- Sandakphu by Ankan Hore

Colours & shades, wrapping the Sleeping Buddha and the Everest ranges made the sunset even more graceful. As these change momentarily, you don’t want to miss an inch. Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu were glorious with the sky-kissing Everest peeping from behind.  Some of you, who are still unable to sketch out  “Sleeping Buddha”, relax a bit. The picture takes the shape of a human body with the Mt. Kumbhakarna sketching out the head and face of Buddha while Kanchenjunga appears as the upper body.

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Back to Home- Sandakphu by Subhashis Pal

Truly speaking, the more you get closer, the more beautiful Kanchanjunga is. Whenever I felt exhausted, just stopped and watched Sleeping buddha for 2 minutes. It took away all my fatigue, for the whole route Kanchenjunga attracted me like a magnet.

This photo blog was the winner of February 2016 blog contest.

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The first rays – Sandakphu by Dr. Sharat Kolke

It’s been 2 weeks since I have returned from my trek to Sandakphu /Phalut in Darjeeling district of WB. I can still visualize the spectacle of Kanchenjunga getting lit by the first rays of the rising sun. It simply refuses to fade away in the midst of the hustle, bustle of my beloved Mumbai. And in the cacophony of this city, I can still hear the sound of the wind rustling through my ears as I stand on top of the mountain watching the clouds beneath me getting colored red by the setting sun. The mountains are beckoning again!

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West Bengal’s crown jewel – Sandakphu by Atreya Nath

You must have heard (if not then do hear now 😛 ) of the “Toppers of The World” -The Eight Thousanders that have been saving this country from the evil cold winds of the North ! They have largely impacted the woollen sector of our country’s economy.

Even though our Kashmiri Shawls are recognized globally for their quality we dont actually need them much in India! Because of these “Toppers” that I have just mentioned! The Topper on the Topper’s List is Mt.Everest !

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My invincible summer- Vika

So, in middle of the year, I elaborately planned the trek to Sandakphu-the flight tickets, the train tickets, the trek itself. Ekla Chalo Re. December came early, 2015 whooshing past faster than I could fathom and I found myself at New Jalpaiguri Railway Station on a Sunday morning. Already way out of my comfort zone, I did another uncomfortable thing. I called a woman’s number I had noted down from the trekker’s list to ask her where she was. Introductions check.  Shaking hands check. Commenting on our matching purple bomber jackets check.  We were set.

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Swathi Chatrapathy

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Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers. A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content. Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters's in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact on a person's mind, body and spirit.