Best Trek in Mechuka to see the Magnificent Mechuka Valley

Hey guys, how are you? It’s officially winter and just a few more days to New Year. Can’t believe it’s already 2019. I had a fun year and towards the end of the year I got the blessing to go on a trek in Mechuka.

As you may already know, back in summer I went to this remote magical place Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh, and I have already posted a blog all about it. Click Here to read my previous blog on Mechuka. 

This winter we decided to go back to Mechuka for the Adventure Festival and also exploring the outskirts of Mechuka and going on treks around Mechuka. We did explore a lot and found this beautiful places right outside of the Town, which left me speechless. I mentioned before I loved Mechuka in Summer but winter in Mechuka is beyond beautiful.

I will do another blog on the sightseeings outside Mechuka Town. In this blog, I will share my trekking experience to the beautiful mountains of Rinjinling which is outside the town and it’s one of the best trek in Mechuka, which you will know as I write more.

One fine morning, after the Adventure Festival, we finally got ourselves into Gayboo’s Traditional Lodge again and we asked Mr. Gebu to make arrangements for us to go on treks.

Click Here  to know more about the Trekking activities in Mechuka.

Why we chose Rinjinling Trek?

We came back mostly to go on treks. Unfortunately, it is winter and most of the trek routes are closed due to snow in the mountains and the Pasang Sonam Tso Lake Trek is closed due to some security problems, we didn’t know the exact reason why it is closed to the tourists.

We were disheartened to know the treks being closed. Mr Gebu helped us so much by arranging a trek to the Rinjinling mountains and we agreed to go.

About Rinjinling Trek

The mountains of Rinjinling is easy and the best trek in Mechuka which provides an exceptional views of the Mechuka Valley and an experience of a lifetime with beautiful sunrise and sunset at the top of the mountains, among the clouds.

On 26th of November, we got ready for the trek. A minimum of 6 people is required to go to the trek, a sum of 3500 Rs per person is to be paid for the tents, food and porters. But we were just two, my boyfriend and another guy from Bombay. We had to pay extra 500 bucks for the trek as we were just three people.

DAY 1

Driving to Dorjeeling Village

Our journey started from Mr Gebu’s Lodge at around 10.30 in the morning. Mr Gebu couldn’t come with us but he dropped us to the Dorjeeling Village in his car. We packed everything necessary, even got a ball in our way to play in the mountains.

We haven’t been to the Dorjeeling Village before and the ride to this village is a beautiful one. One can also trek from Mechuka to the Dorjeeling Village. It takes an hour to complete and most of the locals prefer trekking instead of driving to the village.

The beautiful village of Dorjeeling

We made a stop at a house, a close friend of Mr Gebu Sona, they dropped us here and we got our bags, bid good bye to Mr Gebu and started our trek.

Kiran, our little brother who works at GTL was the main guide, along with Kiran, Dachi and Panden were two other older gentleman who came along with us as guide and helpers, who carried most of the baggage.

Passing through the plains of Dorjeeling Village

Heading to the Best Trek in Mechuka, Rinjinling Mountains

We started our trek by walking along the plains of Dorjeeling village, beautiful morning, pleasantly warm. The mountains in front of us, golden grasses on both sides of our road, little vegetations can be seen too. A good pleasant walk through this countryside and little streams in our way, we finally reached the foothills of the mountains.

On our way up

As we were ascending, we could see the entire Dorjeeling Village. We climbed the mountains for two hours taking little breaks, hydrating and eating snacks. We stopped in between to take in the views, the gorgeous mountains, the green forest hiding in between. You can see mountains till your eyes meets the horizon. It’s completely isolated and pristine. We really loved it. As afternoon came by, the winds grew stronger, I was about get to blown away by the winds. After climbing for 2 hours we finally reach the last stretch of our trek, and as we looked back, we could see the Town of Mechuka from the top.

The last stretch of our trek

Beautiful Views from Rinjinling

We reached our trek in the afternoon, and it was exhausting but refreshing to be surrounded by such gorgeous views. My eyes couldn’t believe what I was seeing. The Mechuka town far away glittering in the sunlight, the Dorjeeling village to the right felt so little compared to Mechuka Town. To the left snow peaked mountains can be seen, and on the back undulating mountains can be seen with only two houses. It was amazing, sitting on the top of a mountain and getting mesmerizing views from all side, I felt immensely blessed.

The lonely Shed House

While taking in the gorgeous views, our helpers set up the tent. The Bombay guy was quick to snap photos in his camera. He was stunned just like us.

Where to Set up Camp?

Our guide led us to a plain cleared area on top of a mountain. This is the site for camping. There were signs of camping here. The grasses were cleared up, ashes from the last bonfire could be seen. Our guide and porter set up the camp.

Where to Eat?

After setting everything up, we went downhill to one of the Shed House, where our lunch and dinner will be prepared. It is the shed house owned by the old gentleman back in the Dorjeeling village. During summer, he and his family comes to stay here to make local dairy products from the cows and return home in the winter.

Lunching scenes in our Little Shed House

The shed house was all to us, and I felt grateful to be near fire and inside, as the afternoon winds are dry and very chilly.

What to expect for Lunch?

A quick lunch consisted of Maggie, we added chips by ourselves. After lunch our party got divided.

My boyfriend, Priyangshu, the Bombay guy and Dachi bhaiya went back to the tent to gather woods for the fire. I stayed back with Kiran and Panden bhaiya to help them bring back water from a nearby stream. I carried 5 liters of water uphill and couldn’t feel my back for hours. It was worse than the whole trek. Even Kiran and Panden bhaiyya swore they found this more exerting than the whole trek.

Found this beauty near the stream

Panting and swearing my way up (a lot), we finally reach the shed house and I threw myself in the floor. We took a good 30 minutes rest before heading back to our tents.

In winter, night falls very soon, around 4.30 in the evening. I decided I can’t go back to the shed house to eat dinner. It’s too risky for me. I don’t want to trip and fall after having a full tummy. That would be shame. So, me and Priyangshu just stayed back while the others went back to prepare dinner.

The snow peaked mountains to our left

Beautiful sunset from Rinjinling

Spend the Night Stargazing

It was one of the most beautiful night I have ever seen. A night full of stars. We stare gazed for hours, we saw a few satellites, we even named a gaint cloud, as it changed it’s shape after every 30 minutes. The genie lamp of Aladdin and a Dragon among a few (haha).

It was amazing, there was no scented candles or cute throws and pillows to make it a romantic camping night. We were in the middle of nowhere, with temperatures rapidly going down, but it was very romantic for me to connect with someone who could imagine the same thing as I’m in the exact same moment. The feeling, it was out of the world. The best feeling one can have with their loved ones.

Camping under the stars, counting the stars, the unknown feeling to what lies ahead, it’s very raw. I highly recommend couples doing it. It’s the best.

Bonfire and A full Moon Night

Our friends finally return after a period of two hours. They brought back dinner. We all had tea, little wine. The Bombay guy went crazy over the stars. He said he has never seen this amount of stars altogether, it was endless, billions of stars. It was therapeutic for him. He played old Hindi classic songs and we played modern songs, it felt great, the trip was very therapeutic for all of us.

Eat Dinner under the sky full of stars

We had dinner around 9, rice with egg curry and veggies. I was not a huge fan of the food as I was craving for chicken, but it was delicious. The moon finally showed up around 9.30 and it was beautiful, another half an hour of chatting and we retired to our tents.

Beautiful sunrise, first sun rays hitting our tents.

DAY 2

Early morning, I woke up around 5.30, too lazy to get out of my sleeping bag. When I heard the other guy calling us to see the sunrise.

Amaze yourself to the captivating sights from your Campsite

As soon as I unzipped the tent, the rays came bursting in, the very first rays touching us. And I looked back and time stopped for me. I was looking in awe what was in front of my eyes. A sea of fog floating above the Town of Mechuka, I couldn’t breath for a few seconds. It was such a beautiful sight. I was screaming at my boyfriend to come out and look. I wanted everyone to just witness what I’m looking at.

Mechuka Town at 6 am in the morning (above), Mechuka Town at 8 am in the morning after the fog has cleared.

Have Breakfast with beautiful views from Rinjinling

We were the first to see the sun light while the town of Mechuka is still covered with fog. We took many pictures, we saw the fog slowly disappearing while sipping tea on our grand seat on top of the mountain. It felt like a theater, so beautiful.

Our little guide, Kiran posing for the camera

*You can have a full breakfast right here.

After finishing up our tea, the guys decided to play football nearby. It’s not quite plain and they finally lost the ball down the mountain when Priyangshu kicked too hard. It was funny and a sad situation. They tried to search for the ball but couldn’t get it.

Heading Back

It’s time to head back. We were to have our breakfast in the old gentleman’s house. We packed up our tent, took a few minutes to say good bye to this gorgeous place.

The view of Dorjeeling Village from Rinjinling

The Bombay guy taking his time to bid farewell to the mountains

After walking for an hour we finally reached the plains, looking back at the mountain top where we camped, it couldn’t be seen from the plains. I wanted to sleep on the grasses, it would be so peaceful to sleep there for a few hours while the sun is still bright and before the strong winds return.

Fell in love with these beautiful golden grasses

Vegetation in Dorjeeling

We had Ghee Chai and snacks when we reached back to the house. Dechi bhaiya cooked us Maggie and eggs for our breakfast. We went backyard to the green house and brought back small peaches, they are different from the ones we eat in the plains, sour and quite delicious with a pinch of salt.

Tea with my favorite person

Ghee Chai (above) and Chaang, a traditional millet wine (below)

Life in the Dorjeeling Village

Our conversation with the old gentleman started with Chaang (traditional Millet wine) who is originally from Tibet, he told us about the trades between India and Tibet before the roads happened. They brought back Traditional Tibetan utensils and various other things from Tibet and they would sell various things they grow in their village. Now, it is not possible after the war of Indo-Sino in 1962. The old gentleman now 81, reminisces his childhood days with us.

We wanted to trek to one of the religious caves from the old gentleman’s house but later decided to just explore the Dorjeeling Village.

With pocket full of sweet peaches, and a little tipsy after drinking the wine, we bid the old gentleman good bye and headed out to explore the rest of the Dorjeeling.

Requirements for the Trip:

6 people minimum

Price: 3500 per person (includes food, tent and helpers)

Time spent: 2 days and 1 night

Travel Tips:

  • It’s best to carry your own tent and food, and hire a guide otherwise it will be very expensive if you think of going on other treks too.
  • Carry Water
  • In summer carry raincoats.
  • In summer take precautions like a pinch of salt to keep the leeches out.
  • Carry a torchlight/portable lamp.

I will write more about Dorjeeling and other places nearby Mechuka in my next blog. Hope you like this post, like and share it with your friends.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!

Love,

Nancy.

Festival Vibes: Outfit Ideas For NH7 Weekender 2018

With Nh7 Weekender around the corner, it’s time to put on our best festival spirits. With music festivals there is always room for getting all out when it comes to styling you and your outfits.

Keeping that in mind, I have curated four chic, hassle free outfit styles that will not only help you beat the chilly nights of Meghalaya and keeping you stylish but also groove to your favorite songs without the feeling of any uneasiness. (Tripping over own your outfit 😐)

NH7 Weekender is a two day affair of amazing music and food. With a beautiful set up and even more beautiful Meghalaya, can you blame anyone to not go and see for oneself. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend this time, due to my other commitments. I have to skip this year and yeah I will miss a very good dancing platform as I go crazy in music festivals.

But I have a little something for you people, even though I won’t be present, it will be a sweet thing for me to do this.

I have four outfit styles lined up for this festival, which I hope you will like and get some ideas of your own by checking it out.

Also Read: Look chic in SHEIN Braletes

I have two outfits for each day, one during the day when it’s nice and warm, and one for night when it will be very cold and you will need something that will keep you warm but also stylish.

Day 1. Afternoon

I don’t have the weather forecast of Meghalaya but it will be warmer in the afternoon. You can dress up light, check out the venue, click some pictures of yourself and basically just chill.

For day time, I have chose this high waisted denim shorts with this cute black polka dot tube top and bonus you can flaunt your belly button in this outfit.

You can wear just this or if you think you might feel cold, you can always layer it with a long shrug/kimonos anything you have in your wardrobe. I have layered my outfit with this maroon long shrug which gives all the festival vibes. To add some chunkiness, I have wore this maroon chunky ankle boots which is not preferable for dancing but add some glam to your outfit. This outfit is super cute, very chic and super simple to get ready with.

Day 1. Sundown

It’s getting chilly and your cute afternoon outfit won’t do any good to you during the night and when the actual fun begins. So for night time I have chose this, chunky knit black crop sweater and paired it with very warm brown plaid pants. With a cropped sweater, these high waisted pants goes perfectly keeping you warm and ready for the night. These pants are my absolute favorite as it has a layer of inner fleece lining which helps very much in the cold nights.

And for shoes I am wearing these white sneakers which goes with everything and you can wear it throughout the festival which means light packing which saves you a lot during the travels.

Day 2. Afternoon

Another day with more music and fun, and more to get all dressed up. For the second day, I have chose an all black attire with a pop of bright color.

Any music festival without blacks doesn’t feel good. A basic pencil black mini skirt paired with a black bralette sounds about right, you can be an Angel of Black (in a stylish way). I have created this look by wearing a black mini skirt, with a plunging V-neckline black bralette and slipped a mesh black top to keep it chic. A pop of color added with this bright yellow jacket that will brighten your outfit and if you get lost, your friends will find it easy to search for you (bonus point).

I did mention about packing light so here I’m wearing the same white sneakers and it perfectly goes with the outfit.

Day 2. Sundown

Last night of amazing music and fun, for this last outfit I chose this lace black sports bralette and a pair of warm black track pants. I have paired it up with a blue denim jacket and also with a pink midi shrug. You can chose either or go for a heavy bomber jacket to keep out the cold.

Wearing the same white sneakers.

Don’t forget to Accessorize:

1.Rings, Nose rings, earrings, layered neck pieces, Head crowns, bracelets all can accentuate an outfit greatly. I have wore a self made bracelet which can also be worn as a choker. Silver rings and glittery black nail colors to give that luxe and shiny feel.

2. A fanny pack/other sling bag/small bag pack

I don’t like this whole fanny pack trend but it has been very useful for me when I’m out and about, and don’t want to carry a sling bag. This is great for traveling and also for the festival occasion. Just wrap it around your waist and your ready to go dance. Keeps your things in place and no worries of theft or the feeling of losing your precious handy bag.

Alright folks, that’s it for now. Hope you like this blog post about the music festival outfit ideas.

Comment down which outfit you liked the most or thinking of trying it out yourself.

Wish you all a happy and fun times at the Nh7 Weekender.

Photographed by my dear friend @lasubondhar, a doctor by profession, but keen to capturing moments and always helpful, also down for taking good pictures.

And also by my talented dear brother, @wild_light_films, who endured all my demands and silliness, and patiently helped me with the shooting of the photos.

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Thank you guys so much, couldn’t do it without you.

Till next time!!

Lots of love,

Escapadesofsyrah.

 

SHEIN Bralettes: How to Effortlessly look Chic in Bralettes

Bralettes have been trending for a few years now and there is no stopping any time soon. Why not, you ask? Because this little clothing is so pretty, comfortable and so easy to style. Be it satin, silk, velvet or lace, this versatile piece goes with everything and oomph up your style quotient a notch higher.

A must have undergarment staple to give you freedom from the tight, underwires of bras and give you comfort and the feeling of spaciousness.

Also Read: All about the Instagram Magic Bra

I fell in love with bralettes ever since it has become a trend. I’m so obsessed with them, now every time I go shopping or do online shopping my eyes kind of always goes searching for bralettes. I have a decent collection of bralettes in different shapes and colors. And I never turn down an opportunity to wear them out.

In this blog post, I will be showing you the cutest and chic bralettes collection I have from SHEIN. If you love online shopping then SHEIN is no stranger to you. If you haven’t heard of this online shopping site, make sure to check them out because they have the most trendy, cutest and chic outfits in budget friendly prices.

So without further ado, here is how I styled my SHEIN bralettes:

1. V-neckline Bralette

This deep V cut bralette with thin straps is a perfect go to bralette for a day out that doesn’t show much skin and pretty much covers everything up but still leave that sexy yet elegant look behind.

I have paired up this bralette with wide black pants which gives 90s vibes with a modern twist. You can also go for that cool girl look by accessorizing it with simple neck pieces.

2. Suede strapless Bralette

Do I need to tell you anything more of suede? It does all the talking once you can get hold of anything suede. This cute pink suede strapless bralette is my favorite. Isn’t it the cutest? The soft leather fabric gives you the ultimate comfort that doesn’t come much from the basic strapless tops. It also has wide elastic bands at it’s top and bottom to ensure it stays in place.

I love wide pants so much, they are so comfortable and classy. I have again paired this suede bralette with wide black pants, keeping the rest of the outfit simple as the bralette does all the work.

Wear it out on a summer date with your significant other or a day out with your girls. You can also pair it up with denim shorts if you are heading to the beach, it will make all the heads turn.

3. Lace Trim Bralette

Grey is my favorite color after black and when it comes to intimate wear, greys are all I could think of. Be it a basic bra, sports bra or a bralette, the color grey can shut all the colors out.

I always wanted a bralette in the color grey and I was so happy when I saw it in their website, my happiness reach to the moon when I realized it is a lacy grey bralette. Although I wear XS, it was not available at that time, but I couldn’t resist and ordered in size S. How can I let it slip away from my hands?

It is very soft, delicate and feels like your second skin. It fits perfectly, few inches above your navel. There are adjustable straps to adjust according to your shape and size.

I have paired it with plaid light grey pants and a denim shirt that absolutely looks sexy and elegant. Throw a denim jacket or shirt to get that chic Victoria Secret Model vibes. No more envying them, when you can rock one yourself.

This bralette is also perfect for music festivals. Pair it with shorts and be a boho goddess by layering it with a long printed shrug and dance the night away.

Go ahead, bring out your bralettes that you have stocked away, wear it out and be a head turner.

Shop my looks here:

http://www.shein.com/V-neckline-Crop-Cami-Top-p-365060-cat-1779.html

http://www.shein.com/Suede-Tube-Top-p-345184-cat-1862.html

http://www.shein.com/Lace-Trim-Triangle-Bralette-p-388608-cat-1862.html

Visit their website:

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Hope you liked my styling of these pretty bralettes. Let me know in the comment section.

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Thanks for reading.

Love,

Escapadesofsyrah.