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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 ...
... 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 ...
... 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. ...
... carrying all your gear!
Our home for the next few nights, the Snowlion Homestay is something of an anomaly. Not a hotel; too twee. But not a Homestay; because...well, it's a hotel! Our room has a warm and welcoming feeling; in spite of being cold...welcome to 2134m altitude! So we studiously unpacked, instead of the usual bag dump and leave, prior to a brief walk round this pretty town (it was dark!) and head for Domino's for a cracking pizza/garlic ...
... of amazing Indian sweets. They were all slightly different and consisted of a combination of sweet rice, sweet fried pastry, condensed milk, nuts, sugar and golden syrup. We happily munched these for the rest of the way down.
I thought Darjeeling lived up to expectations. It was like Swanage in the mountains. If you are after peace and quiet it's not the place to go but it's beautiful scenery and faded Victorian colonialism mixed with total Indian madness is amazing.