Dhotapu Guest House
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Sikkim is the Switzerland of India, a place very different from any other part of the country I saw on my travels, an Indian state that has more in common with neighboring Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet than with the rest of India. I call Sikkim "The Switzerland of India" not only because of its mountainous topography in the Himalayas but also because of its relative organization ad cleanliness with a neat pedestrian ...
... You know gem she doesnt need an excuse to go shopping! However to be honest she had every reason to want to buy eveything. The jewerly and garmets sold here are just amazing! Traditionaly made scarves, shawls, necklaces, rings and other really nice things. We have wanted to buy loads of stuff to send back to you all and for ourselves, but not much room in our backpacks and it would cost a fortune to send it back home! Quite frustrasting! Maybe we could get a ...
... would be easy to catch from outside the hotel. After 1 hour of waiting and the manager trying to flag down the jeeps they were all either full or not going to Siliguri. Slowly the number of jeeps began to reduce until none were passing the hotel. The manager said that there were two roads out of the hills and the jeeps were probably talking the other road. He flagged down a taxi which was a small minivan to take us to the top,of the hill where the jeeps started. We ...
... 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, ...
... before long, I was leaving Gangtok for a long long taxi ride to west Sikkim. To get to west Sikkim, you need to drive south almost back to Siliguri to then drive west to Yuksom. The taxi was so weak that at times we had to leave the car so it could drive up hill!!
Eventually we made it to Yuksom late one evening and prepared for our 6 day hike.
Next stop, Yuksom and the six day hike to the third highest mountain in the world, Khangchendzonga.