Day 3 - 16th March
The view from my window even as I woke up. Well nothing great to write about, but the blue sky and greenery around is what I don't get in Kolkata / Mumbai wherever I am at different parts of the month. What was missing was the fresh air, free of pollution. So I opened the wimdow to let it in and the view became clearer.
Opened the door and came out of the cottage.
On one side I could see Sebastian Pradhan's hutments, the only other place to stay here, slightly upstream
And on the other side was the mountains steeply climbing up
I walked towards the river. The machan which was our hot seat for the previous night was basking in the morning sun
What I needed to check was the Xylo. Was glad to find that it had company for the night. Chumbi Bhutia's Bajaj Avenger 220 DTSI was rolled up by its side.
Today we were to visit the village of Sillery which is at a height of 6,000 ft plus. It is 6 km up hill from Pedong town and this 6 km I was given to understand was again on no proper roads.
My decision to visit Sillery was taken the previous night while sitting in the machan. A lady called Dippannita, who have thr own travel portals and travel services, in Kolkata had had an interaction with me a month back about this place. So I had called her up from Reshi to fix up the Sillery. Why I am mentioning her name is that I was continuosly guided and my stay monitored for better services by her through the host of the home stay in Sillery.
Distance between Reshi and Sillery was only 22 km, so we took it easy and set ourselves a 10 am target. And it was a rare occasion when I met the target which was as it is pretty late in the day.
Before that got hot water to take a thorough scrub and went down to check how thorough a scrub the Xylo needed.
It needed a thorough wash and Sonam the staff of the hotel volunteered to do it with the waters of the River. Tipped him an additional Rs 50 for it.
Next we needed breakfast and I got hungry and waited impatiently at the dining hall.
Breakfast was good and wholesome. Poori Bhaji with boiled eggs and tea. We were satisfied. And ready to leave
The other group (they were 8 not 6 which I had thought the previous evening) which had come was also leaving that day, but in the opposite direction to Zuluk. They had hired a Mahindra Maxx which was also waiting around the time we were leaving. So both Mahindras were to roll out together.