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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This is our second day in Sikkim. Sikkim is a Himalayan state of India. We are now in Gangtok the states capital which flows down the slopes of the mountain side.. The roads to get here make for very slow travelling.. They are narrow , winding ,lots of hair bends and full of pot holes , treacherous in parts due to slips which would be closed in ...
... and not a hotel. We decide to stay at Ro Ro Village Homestay as we found it really economical. This beautiful, clean and safe homestay is located at on the bank of the river Ro Ro, that is 12 Kilometres before Gangtok. They charge for per day is ranging between 500- 1000 bucks (separate for food). I really felt like being in seventh heaven. The owner of the place is Mrs Kaushila Sharma. On our arrival we were greeted by the Mr ...
... tiles or marbles would be a bit on the chilly side in Winter.
We visited an area called Do Drul Chorten where there one huge stupa and a number of smaller ones. One must walk around them in clockwise motion, the same as when you spin the prayer wheel.
Enchey Monastery, run by the Red Hats, was on top of another steep hill overlooking Gangtok, population 55,000. This Monastery is ancient and again damaged considerably in the 2011 ...
... now a thrilling India! The journey up involved so much overtaking, poeple and obstacle dodging and plenty of horn use! It's crazy how much the drivers use their horns, literally every 20 seconds or so and not just little toots, big long bursts! It defening at times!
Reaching the higher part of the so called highway we entered more built up roads with what seems to be Nepalise/Tibetan/Indian towns. The people up here seem a lot more friendly and dont stare! ...
... to try to keep up with the train.
Next on the agenda, afternoon tea in the Windamere hotel. An absolutely beautiful hotel which, was an old colonial house and looked like it hadn't changed one bit in at least 100 years. After eating far too many sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and scones and drinking about 4 cups each of Darjeeling tea we dragged ourselves back up the hill to our hotel. Not the healthiest dinner but ...