Two days Pelling and a shock

Trip Start Jan 28, 2012
Trip End Mar 12, 2012

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Flag of India  , Sikkim,
Thursday, February 16, 2012

The two days in Pelling were easy going. A few hours driving from Yuksom towards Pelling we took a 10 kilometre diversion up to the Khecheodpalri natural lake in West Sikkim. Khecheodpalri means Mountain of Blissful Heavens. It is called the wishing lake. Next to the usual prayer flags along the path leading to the lake we see many small piles of neatly piled up stones all over he place. These are done to have a happy live, Tashi tells me. Getting to the lake we hear bells ringing, there is a long row of bells in varies sizes and sounds that one can play oneself. On the way back I hear Tashi using the bells in what sounds as a holy song.

As always foot wear must come off in front of a temple, with here the temple being two rows of prayer wheels and two wooden planks leading to the still lake that is full of fish. Two locals come in from a different track. Most of the time here we are the only visitors. The second stop is what should have been a waterfall, but as it is not the rainy monsoon season we only see a river complex with many stones. Here we also run into the only group of some 30 Indian visitors that we see in four days.

We reach the Pachu Village Resort 1 km outside of Pellng at around 13:30. Tashi takes leave to find a place to stay at a friends' house. He did three years of his secundary schooling here, We don't have internet in the hotel, but there is an internet cafe in town. We read about 90 minutes in the nice sun on one of the roofs of the hotel. After that I sorted out my pictures and stories for my USB stick. At 16:00 we walked the one kilometre to town. I uploaded one more story, but the pictures turn out too big for uploading.

We wandered around in the dark in search of a restaurant. In the end we saw an open fire starting in the Garuda lodge and restaurant. This is a hangout of foreigners we found out. It is in the Lonely Planet guide. At 19:30 we felt a little shock and heard a bang. I thought it was a thunder stroke and that it started raining heavily. Chris looked outside, but did not see
anything. This morning Tash told us it was a minor earth quake for which he and his friends ran out of the house. It was followed by a second weaker one. None of them did any damage, he said. The last big earthquake of 30-40 seconds measuring 6.8 on the Richer scale here on
18 September killed 60 people mainly in the North and damaged morethan 53,000 houses.

We had to walk back to the hotel the one kilometre in the pitch dark. I used the light of the start up of my iPhone. We took a wrong turn up into a big construction work. Fortunately there were a few workers who heard us shouting hello.They helped us getting back on the main road and the hotel.    
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Michael vO on

Dick, handiger nog in 't donker: effe gratis LED Torch Flashlight als app downloaden, heel handig! Maar pas op, niet te lang gebruiken, slurpt onvermijdelijk veel stroom.

jantje on

proficist the eartquake did not harm you !!

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