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Travel Blogs from Gangtok
Before driving back to Siliguri we visited the townsite proper of Gangtok. It was a happening kind of place, who would have known! Deb and I browsed the little shops along the tiny streets of Gangtok. Apparently, Sikkim is the place to buy libations if you get my drift. Indians while visiting pick up extra beverages due to the tax system making purchases here a virtual bargain. It just so happened I knew a certain Tea expert who had ...
... to the Sikkim in exchange for British control over potential border disputes.
During one such dispute in 1828, two British officers stumbled across the Dorje Ling Monastary and reported back Calcutta of its strategic military importance and of its use as a sanatorium from the heat of the plains. The King of Sikkim, who was still grateful to the British, happily leased the uninhabited land to The East India Company and ...
... right from Bagdogra to the whole of Sikkim because of it's proximity to China and because NH31 is the only way to get supplies to and fro from the Indo China border. The road widening project has been on for a few years now because this is the original and ancient silk route which is due to be reopened to improve trade relations with China. I asked Palden about the exact year this work began. He says "Not too long ago because China just finished their bit" ...
... comfortable lounge chairs. We relaxed with a local beer, Hit, realizing maybe we underestimated the charm of Pelling.
After our beer and breathtaking views, we decided to check out the internet situation and withdraw some money from the ATM. Well…the internet was down for the day and I couldn’t seem to get the electric door open to ...
Now the thing about these treks in Sikkim is that
everything depends on the weather. The trekking trail is all through the woods
so you won’t get to see any views. Its only until you reach the final view point
that you get rewarded. Now to reach Goecha la we had to trek for another 2
days. And then climb to the base of Goecha peak to get a good view of Kanchendzonga.
But during our Dzongri trek the ...