A trip to Sikkim – Part 4. Zero Point

This is part of a series on my trip to Sikkim in 2017. You can read about reaching Gangtok in  A trip to SikkimPart 1 , about Lachen in A trip to Sikkim – Part 2  and about Gurudongmar lake in A trip to Sikkim – Part 3


After getting up early like the last day, we got ready to leave for the famed Zero Point, one of the biggest tourist attractions to Sikkim. Making the same preparations as that for Gurudongmar, we all left, cramming once more into the car which was to take us to Zero Point.

Yet again we saw the beauty surrounding us, yet again we saw the white peaks, and yet again we were the lone car on the road. We also passed through a rhododendron sanctuary on our way. But this time, the altitude and the cold affected us in the car itself, the bitter cold causing us to hold on to our jackets, the altitude keeping us gasping for air (at least from the perspective of a person from Mumbai who would never think about such heights and such cold in the low-lying, jam-packed city).

yellow periscope zero point sikkim

On the way, we again came to a sheltered stall, but this time there was a whole complex of them. We picked a random stall who heated up our hotel-provided bread and butter after ordering some tea yet again. Again, at those stalls we rented some gumboots. And again, I used the word again in a sentence (I promise that this is the last time I shall be using that word)

After sitting patiently in the car for over two hours, we reached Zero Point. Zero Point might not be interesting to some, as it is just a slope coated in snow and ice, but snow and ice itself is a huge factor for Indians because India is almost a summer country. We found a new opportunity to click photographs at Zero Point, as the vibrant sun took the background away from the nightly skies against the mountains.

Zero Point is also very high up, so follow the same precautions as Gurudongmar mentioned in my article A trip to Sikkim – Part 3. Gurudongmar Lake

 

After having our time in the sun (or should I say snow), me and my uncle went further ahead to the hot springs. They were hygienic, but also far too smelly. If you want to take a dip in the hot springs to warm yourself up, it would be alright, as it is nearly deserted, and hygienic. But be prepared to handle the smell.

There was a strange heat emanating from them. I shall not explain the science of that, but here is a link to the page:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_spring

Are you done researching? If so, great. Now let’s get on with the story.

After looking at and touching the hot springs we left through the rhododendron sanctuary for Lachung. But we weren’t stopping. From there we directly continued towards Gangtok, reaching there in the night. For the last time, we saw the great peaks and the lush forests. For the last time, we experienced the feeling of being alone on the road. We did this because we would be soon out of Gangtok, and our trip in Sikkim would have ended.

 

My giant VR (virtual reality) expedition with three hundred and sixty degrees of precisely programmed and preserved nature was to come to an end.

 

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