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... masks - both of which Mike bought. Gillie bought a red panda pencil case and I got a surprise present for Suzanne for her birthday - I hope she likes it!
Our next stop was a park that had a flower show. Most of the flowers were orchids - the most incredible orchids I have ever seen. I saw cim on some of them - as well as their variety names. There were also some clivia I think and astromeria. There may have been some other flowers I ...
... It was loud, dusty, congested, dirty and with no visible charm. With no LP (we'd left our Indian version in Kathmandu) and no evidence of wifi anywhere, we wandered down the main drag in the hope of finding somewhere suitable to stay. After a few overpriced damp cell blocks made us consider trying somewhere out of town, we were pointed in a different direction by a helpful manager of a full hotel. Walking uphill we arrived on a street showing a few more signs of life to ...
... us from Darjeeling to Varanasi in a relatively new Toyota Innova. It would be a two-day trip with an overnight along the way in Bodhgaya. For an additional fee (to be negotiated), he would drive us around Bodhgaya for a few hours the next morning so we could explore some of the area’s many temples before driving the rest of the way to Varanasi, arriving there early in the evening.
Shortly before we left for India, Pema e-mailed Leslie: "Slight problem, ...
... a major stop of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway or the Toy Train as it is known internationally. The Toy Train is a Unesco World Heritage site.
From here we had picture perfect view of the third highest mountain in the world peeking out above the clouds. There was something really awe inspiring looking at a peak or series of peaks 24,000 ft above sea level. Even though we were already quite high up (over 7 thousand feet) ...
... but its not. All of which were waiting to go to Sikkim, but didn't want too because of the weather. Sikkim is where I am writing this now, and it is wet. You need a permit just to enter Sikkim and I don't think there will be much internet so I will probably get back in touch in a week bye bye
PS more pictures soon I know Im behind but it is SLOW and we have to catch a jeep