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10/31-11/2, 2014: 3-DAY NORTH SIKKIM TOUR
November 2, 2014 - Day Three
LACHUNG to YUMTHANG VALLEY TO YUNESUMDON (POINT ZERO) BACK TO LACHUNG then home to GANGTOK - 200km
Another early rise. How spoiled we are with Masala tea in bed at 5:45 am. We had a quick breakfast of omelets and toast. Left …
October 28, 2014
KOLBONG to GANGTOK
Central Hotel 1500 Rs/$24.25
Moving on from Karmi Farm
Our time spent at Karmi Farm had been a wonderful break. But …
... is still there, but it was closed. Fortunately, the old men who ran around in prayer, have warned a young monk who came to open the beautiful hall for prayer.I continued along the park, meeting before the Flower Show Complex, in short, an orchid nursery small but full of beautiful orchids, then the White Hall, a classical white building all empty inside.I then returned to my hotel room to take my passport to go out of town 'to visit the beautiful ancient monastery of ...
... the seat of the glorious Karmapa." The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A Golden Stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies.
From mg road we booked our lachen Lachung Yumthang and Gurudangmar ...
... in India anymore. It felt quite safe as well, and fairly liveable.
When you're off the boulevard its a very hilly city, and with its altitude it makes it quite tiring to roam around. To add to it, our room was on the top floor of the hotel, up 5 panting levels of stairs. The benefit of that though, was that we had a view of the mountains (if only we had appreciated that more when we could actually see them, because once the clouds set in we could barely ...