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... they go to bed with the chickens at 9 pm, but the shops open at 9-10 am, in short, they take it very easy.I went to breakfast at a bakery in the beautiful pedestrian street in the center and then I moved up several streets in search of the park that appears on the map that should contain the Royal Palace.Asking various passersby, no one knew it, as usual they do not know anything! Anyway an earthquakle in 2011 destroyed the palace, but the beautiful royal ...
... family and the Indian government, it has been built by the 16th Karmapa as his main seat in exile. After four years, construction of the monastery was completed. The sacred items and relics brought out from Tsurphu Monastery, the Karmapa's seat in Tibet, were installed. On Tibetan New Year's day (Losar) in 1966 the 16th Karmapa officially inaugurated the new seat called, "The Dharmachakra Centre, a place of erudition and ...
... to tell you). Sikkim is also considered to be India's gateway to Tibet.
We eventually made it to Gangtok (the capital of Sikkim), and found it to almost resemble a small European city! (except that we were the only white people in sight). It has a pedestrian boulevard (MG Marg), with statues and groomed trees in it's centre, surrounded by western-style shop fronts. It was a very strange feeling to be there, and it really did not feel like ...
We found a new hotel, this time in the heart of Darjeeling, down (or up) a long, narrow staircase. This one had TV, WiFi (!), but no view. The room was a bit dark, but the trade off with the first hotel was worth the move. Plus, it was $2 per night cheaper.
Part of the joy of Darjeeling is just walking around, taking in the views & the architecture. The town runs over both sides of the mountain ridge. Lower down are the famous tea plantations.
... and you can still hear the voices of the long ago british empire ringing in the wind. It was if we had stepped back in time, this marvelous hotel was immaculate and articulated with wooden casings through out the hotel. The sun was setting when we arrived so you could just make out the village in the mountains and the setting sun over the mountains, it was magic. Deb and I are convinced that this area must have been the inspiration for the story of Shangri La.