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... twelfth century, that was erected by the king of the time to thank the Guru Rinpoche who brought Buddhism in the country and became crucial for eight centuries, until the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 when it housed the reincarnation of the last Dalai Lama and was expanded with the help of the king of Sikkim.The monastery is located in the mountain in face of the one that houses the city 'of Gangtok and therefore you must go down for 12 km and then go up for another 12 km ...
... from a travel agent . The entire package costed us INR 29000 paid with vehicle (Xylo), hotel, food and sight seeing. For Lachen , Lachung permits are needed. So please take sufficient photocopies of your ids and passport size photos too.
Day 3- Beginning of real adventurous journey- next day we left at 9 from our homestay at Rani pool to gangtok. .Our permits were ready so we started at 10. As our hotel in lachen was ...
... the other side of the road!).
On our second day we set out for some sightseeing with Prakash. Unfortunately we were unable to go to 2 of the main things we wanted to do because of access restrictions for foreigners: Tsomgo Lake, which is supposed to be a beautiful glacial lake nestled amongst snow-capped Himalayan mountains (although the time of year would have meant little snow anyway); and Nathula, from where you can see the Great Wall of China. ...
... Like most places in Darjeeling, Keventer's sells the famous black tea. It truly is great, & we drank it at the majority of our meals. We also had hot chocolate from Keventer's one morning. It was good, but we didn't realize that the majority of the chocolate was still unmelted on the bottom until most of the way through. Whoops.
We then wandered and came to a church dating back to the mid 1800's. There was a gate & barbed wire blocking us off from ...
... so reserved , to see women in their sari's squatting on the roadside , slightly hidden by bushes !! I cant imagine this happening on the M5 !!!
The bus stopped a lot for the men mainly to get off and pee , most just didnt bother to go behind a hedge !
We did stop for lunch at a 'hotel'. We followed everyone in and had the usual Dal Baht , very nice and cheap . I then went to search for the ladies .....ofcourse no separate toilet just a ...