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We caught the jeeps to Gangtok in Sikkim for 4 nights. Sikkim is a little shard of India which sticks up between Tibet and Nepal. It does not really want to be part of India, therefore there is sometimes trouble around Independence Day, which is 15 August. We were therefore lucky to go there.
The first thing we had to do was get permits to enter Sikkim and get another stamp in our passports. Everyone was quite excited about this... I was ...
... to my house if you like?" I laughed and said, no it's ok I was only playing but he insisted it was a great idea - jackpot! I do casually drop hints like the above example to locals fairly often. I'm never trying to be intrusive but I know that sometimes people can be genuinely happy to cater for you. For me it's about the real experience, what is a better example of a country then being inside someone's house and seeing how they live, what they get up to and how they cook. I was ...
... in general but a bit grim in places. And it's got that peaceful village vibe apart from the continuous honking of horns; and I really do mean continuous. The horns start as early as 4.00am and finish around 9.00pm. Between 8.00am and 6.00pm there is nowhere in the town where you won't hear a horn for more than 30 seconds. It is very frustrating.
Rejuvenated by our day of rest, on our second day in the village we decided to escape the noise by doing a ...
... couples were seen openly holding hands, and western fashion was seen everywhere. In addition, there was a wider range of tourists, which gave Darjeeling a very international feel. We spent two nights before Passang picked us up to begin our 7-day trek through the Singalila National Forest. Highlights of our limited time in Darjeeling were staying at the Grace Inn, hot showers, Glenary's Bakery and a live Diwali festival music ...
... in the scenery and feeling of peace. It couldn't have been much better, it was heaven! We ate a massive lunch of rice, dal, papad (poppadom), a fern and paneer (buffalo cheese) dish, a potato and cauliflower dish, a kidney bean dish, paneer and pea dish and salad. It was epic, we were so stuffed! We went for a walk in the afternoon around the local village and tea plantation, everyone was so friendly and there were so many animals to watch too. It was a nice walk but we got ...