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... during the Cultural Revolution from which many monks fled.
Our second Sikkim day excursion was up - way up! Tsomgo Lake is alpine lake above 12,000 feet near the border with China/Tibet. It's altitude and snowiness makes it popular with affluent Indians vacationing in Gangtok who have never seen snow before in their lives. The drive up from Gangtok (about 4,500 feet) on treacherous unpaved roads might ...
... starts). Unfortunately the admin took so long that it was late afternoon before we finished so we opted for a couple of beers in the very welcoming Joey's Pub instead. Whilst here we got chatting to three English girls and one of them (whilst checking her mobile for updates) suddenly announced, 'Margaret Thatcher's dead!'. I look forward to all the heated debate on Facebook about the great leader/wicked witch depending on your point of view!
... up after Tensing Norgay and Edmund Hilary climbed Everest. Some great displays and when you look at the equipment used and compare it with what is used today there were strong men. One of the displays showed the equipment used by a team from the Institute in 2003. There was a freeze dried vacuum pack meal of Babootie from South Africa.
Will probably spend a couple more days here than head off to Lucknow before it gets too cold on this beautiful little hilltop
... to Ganeshtok a viewpoint that looks over all of Gangtok. We crossed the road to the Himalayan Zoological Park paying 50 Rupees to get in. The guide recommended we bring a car and we soon learnt why. The animal enclosures were massive and few and far between. We walked for miles up steep hills and down the other side. We saw red pandas, leopards, snow leopards, wolves and many colourful birds. The red pandas were so cute i wanted ...
... was as it turned out though worth the wait. We had great fun chugging along the side of the mountain as we headed towards the small neighbouring village of Ghoom. The train kept a pretty steady pace similar to a fast jog. Not particularly impressive you may think but considering the landscape it was covering it did a pretty good job. This rail track pretty much single handedly opened up Darjeeling and its surrounding villages to the rest of the world, changing ...
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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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