Saturday, 25 October 2014

The ‘Secret’ Lake

I LOVE lakes. So, when my host at Kettle Valley told me about Bhangzang Salamander Lake, I jumped at the idea of visiting it. Interestingly, one has to hike downhill to reach the lake and it takes around two to three hours of walk. It’s not hard at all, as there is no significant uphill hike involved. In fact, it’s lots of fun.

A 'secret' lake of Darjeeling

A rainy and slippery ramble

We started our hike from Dilaram Village and meandered through many tea gardens and quite a few deserted places before we made it to our destination, the lake. Before I go any further, let me give you a bit of humour – since it was drizzling that day and it had got quite slippery on the way, I had a slight fall in the sight of my fellow-hikers! Well, I choose to label it funny because I was quite confident of my shoes that they wouldn’t let me slip, as they had a good grip, but I still slipped.

Me, smelling a tea leaf along the way. Photo credit: My host
Lots of lush tea gardens on the way to the Lake
We spotted a deserted temple on our way  

What did I think of Bhangzang Salamander Lake?

Coming back to the lake, it’s not a usual beautiful lake with blue water to soothe your eyes. It is a muddy green lake, which has different types of salamanders living in it. To be honest, the moment I saw the lake, I was a bit disappointed. It didn’t impress me pronto. But, as I walked around and took my time to observe it, I liked its uniqueness.

It turned out to be 'unusual' 
Bhangzang Salamander Lake
It has rare salamander species
A perfect place to witness nature's beauty and quietude

A hidden picnic spot

I was educated that salamanders survived only in a pure environment. No wonder the freshness in the air was pretty evident. There was a bunch of young boys swimming in the lake, who kind of indicated that it was a great place for such outdoor frolic. Later, I read somewhere that the lake used to be a picnic spot for the British.

They seem to be natural swimmers. Their spunk was in sync with nature.
Green hues dominate the scene
Picnickers' favorite

A lesson of ‘environment’ love

Thankfully, it isn’t touristic. Maybe not many people know about it yet. But if you ever visit Darjeeling, make sure to hike down to this offbeat lake. It’s not just a place to soak yourself in the natural beauty, but it should also give you a sense of environmental consciousness.

It's therapeutic to spend some time at such places 
The lake appears 'heart-shaped' from a distance

As we began to walk uphill and bade adieu to Bhangzang Salamander Lake, I realised that the lake looked like a heart from a distance. Perhaps it was nature’s way of telling us, “I love you.”

So, what do you say? Do you think places like Bhangzang Salamander Lake reinstate our faith in environment?

Practical Information: Bhangzang Salamander Lake is in Darjeeling district around 14 km from the town of Kurseong.
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19 comments:

  1. Wow! Now I HAVE to include darjeeling in my next Kolkata Trip...

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  2. Beautiful post...nice pictures..especially the first image..thanks for sharing

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    1. Welcome Ankit! And thanks for visiting!

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  4. The mist there seem to give the area a very interesting atmosphere!

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  5. The lake looks beautiful, but I'm more amazed by the fact that you just spotted a random deserted temple along the way! I would have loved to explore a temple like that, especially one of the beaten track that you could have all to yourself!

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    1. Yup! That was a bargain! Spotting things randomly while you are on your way to somewhere is the fun and beauty of travel! :)

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  6. Sweetheart, this lake is absolutely breath-taking. So romantic and stunning!!!!

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    1. Yup, there was an element of romance too! :-)

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  7. This is so pretty and peaceful! The 2-3 hour walk down to the lake would be nice--I love walking outdoors. The nature is so green...so different from the dry, brown nature here in California.

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    1. Yup, it was quite pretty and peaceful. :) But I like the brown and dry nature as well. That has an appeal too!

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  8. woww the place is soooo green. It must be a treat to travel to a natural abode this beautiful and green. Gorgeous photos.

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    1. You bet! It was a fabulous experience walking down to this isolated lake. :)

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  9. Not just restores my faith in the environment, but also in people. This place looks so untouched! I'd love to go there with my notepad and write for a few hours :)

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    1. Rightly said. It's a place for writers. Such quiet and nature soaked places bring you closer to life.

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