The last week of October saw students of J J School of Arts pack their bags and set off for a study excursion in the north east. From 25th October to 5th November, we visited were Sikkim, Gangtok, Rumtek, Darjeeling, Changu lake, Mirik and Kolkata, in that order.
The beauty of the K2 took our breath away in Sikkim. The crystal clear water of the emerald colored springs and falls washed out all traces of exhaution. At the Rumtek monastry, we got really friendly with the monks and learnt of how differently they viewed life. The sight of the toy train in Darjeeling of the ‘Mere Sapnon Ki Rani’ fame reminded us of the many colorful Bollywood shoots there. The view of a lifetime which everyone stuggled (literally) to see was that of sunrise atop Tiger hills. But the real party was at Changu lake, where every single thing had thick cover of snow on it. For some time, it felt like we were spending Christmas in Canada. To warm ourselves, we gorged on hot plates of momos, the local speciality.
The boating and horseriding at scenic Mirik were equally unforgettable. We discovered that suave coffee shops and restobars like Glanaries could be found even in such small towns. Our ten days in such fairytale surroundings made us aware of that India’s natural beaty is second to no other country in the world.
– Sonali Banerji