Mintokling Guest House
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Tuesday 11 Oct Gangtok (Sikkim, India)
In 1835 the British bribed Sikkim's chogyal (King) to cede Darjeeling to the East India Company. Tibet, which regarded Sikkim as a vassal state, raised strong objections, and there were tensions between them for many years. Sikkim’s last chogyal ruled from 1963 to 1975, when the Indian …
There is much comfort in high hills,
and a great easing of the heart.
We look upon them,
and our nature fills with loftier images
from their life apart.
They set our feet on curves of freedom,
bent to snap the circles of our discontent.
Mountains are …
So, here on a Friday after a 6 hour drive, we're just 12km away from the state capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, in a small town called Ranipool.
We were supposed to go north from here, all the way to the Nathula Pass, from which one can see the Indo-China border with both armies. Yup, Sikkim acts as the buffer state and is a highly sensitive area. One has to apply for permits to enter (just like Bhutan), and you also get ...
... for a couple of months.
This small mountainside city is also known for being the home of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who was the first to climb mount Everest with Sir Edmond Hillary in 1953. Tenzing lived and died in Darjeeling and his, as well as other mountaineer's, adventures are chronicled in the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, India's premier mountaineering training facility.
The British origins of Darjeeling are ...
... the dogs owned the town. As we had heard every evening before bed, the dogs were out wrestling, scavenging, and fighting; running around town as if they were generous to let us be there during the day when they were sleeping. After we said goodbye to Jaideep at the bottom of the market, we made our final ascent up the dark foggy hill to our guest house, thankful to have our ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMintokling Guest House Gangtok
We highly recomend the Mintokling guest house, 5 stars for service & comfort, gorgeous envirnoment and lovely guests too.
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