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This is the first day of our journey. Since we are going to North Sikkim, tourist pass is mandatory to enter the region. And as per information, we can get that from Gangtok. So we are here.
So here are the main things to carry along, if you are travelling to North Sikkim.
1. Valid Identity Proof (Voter ID card or Passport. Need to provide a photocopy).
2. Passport size Photo (2 Pcs).
Note: - Carrying identity proof ...
... for the American market. Mmmm, yummy! I think I’ve just become a tea snob.
The tea shop owner invited us to partake in a tea tasting. Apparently, tasting tea is a bit like tasting wine in that the extra container on the table is for spitting out the samples after they’ve been tasted. We didn’t know that. Instead, we drank all eight samples in quick succession, resulting in the biggest caffeine buzz of the entire ...
... 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 ...
... but they did look either very sad , flat and deflated or were pacing the same circles over and over. The most interesting part of the zoo was a building dedicated to Himalayan mountaineering with a wonderful display of photos, maps and history of the Himalayan mountains and the many attempts to climb Mt Everest . There was information about each attempt and the climbers themselves as well as examples and sometimes the actual ...
... its quiet, full of rituals that disappear as the work begins. I become a regular and given I’m the only tourist there is not hard for the chai wallah to cognize me. I sit next to the same guy with a red hat who always gives me a smile. Pat tells me another day after I have shared the experience with her that the guy is the beggar I give money to every morning after breakfast. I’ve always found it difficult to recognize people out of context.
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