Hidden Forest Retreat
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHidden Forest Retreat Gangtok
A beautiful environment, comfortable and great fresh organic food and sublime orchids everywhere.
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It's hard to beat breakfast with such stunning mountain views, but we were fortunate to retain these views throughout the entire day. It was one of those days, clichéd as it is, where the journey was far more important than the destination. It took us approximately 8 hours to travel about 100 kilometres through alpine scenery, narrow, cliff hanging …
... us the low down on the conversation she had with them about tourism in India etc. She was very honest with us and told us she can show us the hole tea making process we don't have to pay but you have to pay for the tea you drink the same prices as all the places in town and if we wanted we can buy tea. We agreed. She was a very enthusiastic funny woman and we enjoyed her demonstration and the resulting tea. Different teas = different leaves and there is such a thing as 5 second ...
... number of the jeep with one on our ticket. It was still a tight squeeze in the front due to the gear shift lever but we managed.
The taxi left about 30 minutes late at 2:00PM. The ride was through beautiful mountainous scenery. Past several Buddhist monasteries with hundreds of prayer flags on tall poles, tea plantations and rivers.
... too. We told the driver no one was getting out (except the puky kid & her family), & he thought he lost his mind. But we continued on.
We got dropped off just past the rail station in Darjeeling. We had no idea where we were, & since we had planned on going to Kurseong first, no idea where to go. The German girls had booked a hotel ahead of time that supposedly had a great view of the area. We decided to follow them ...
... the background.
Mt. Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain in the world.
This morning, we hired taxis and went up to "Rumtek" Monastery, a centre for Tibetan Buddhism. On the way home, we were dropped off at the Gangtok Ropeway (cable car) where we had more spectacular views of the valley and the snow-covered Himals.
After 3 days of rain and snowfall, Tsomgo Lake is now open courtesy of the Army. We head up early after breakfast in 4x4 jeeps enduring ...