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... downhilll.... yes it was downhill... very downhill! and we were dreading the walk back! having asked a couple of locals for advice we found the monestery - it is quite well hidden! and it was worth it! it was beautiful from the outside and was locked but one of the monks came up and opened it for us and we were able to go inside and have a good look around... it was pretty coool but unfortunately snaps were not allowed.
The trek uphill back was pretty hard, ...
... recent times devotees came to a cave below the crest of the hill in order to honour Mahakala who was the Buddhist deity.
The walk was very peaceful and we passed by a church whose gardens were lined with huge Japanese Cedar trees.
The weather was very bright and warm (when in the sun) and by the time we reached the hills viewing point we were treated to a fantastic look across the Khangchendzonga mountain ...
... br> Fri 16th We filled in forms for permission to visit Tsongo Lake, including 3 passport size photos, and photocopies of our passports, Indian visas and Sikkim permits. We then took some rough roads by taxi to Rumtek Monastery, home to the Kagyu (Black Hat) Buddhist sect. We had to show our passports and Sikkim permits at the gate, which is guarded by armed police - there have been violent altercations, and even invasions, by monks who dispute ...
... 11km taxi ride away, passing rice paddy fields and small villages the driver played the best of the Vengaboys album which put a smile on my face as i wanted to laugh!
The sun was beginning to set over the landscape and turning it all into pastille colours.
Sadly when i got to the Lingdum monastery a lot of the gorgeous artwork and areas were damaged by an earthquake in September but a friendly monk still showed me around the ...
I didn't want to waste such a beautiful day, so hired a car and headed off to Tiger Hill which is the main lookout point in Darjeeling. It gets very crowded at sunrise but when i arrived it was almost deserted. Magnificent views across the Himalayan ranges and I could clearly see Everest. Wow, that sure made coming here worth it. The weather has been terrible over the last few weeks and what with monsoons and earthquakes I was very lucky to ...