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... Lachung, Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthung Valley, Zero Point (all these are located in North Sikkim). As I don’t believe in pre-planning, so after reaching Siliguri contacted my friend who can give us a tour guide. We received a plan where we could visit Yumthang Valley, Zero point in Lachung, return back to Gangtok and visit Tsongmo lake and Baba Mandir, as the other places are closed due to heavy snow.
After all the discussion and planning we ...
... the morning, before the dew has had a chance to dry.
Teas are graded according to when they’re harvested -- just like hay. The earliest harvest produces a tea with the most delicate of flavor, followed by the second harvest, which is stronger and slightly bitterer. The third harvest is stronger still, and tends to be mixed with other ingredients to make flavored teas (such as Earl Grey, which is a mix of third harvest black ...
... teas of various quality, picked from different times of year. Apparently tea picked in the autumn is strongest. Before you drink the tea you are supposed to smell the tealeaves to make sure they are up to standard. We went for medium quality which cost nearly £2.50 a pot but was very tasty.
It was then off to the train station to catch the toy train. Finished by the British in 1881 it's a narrow-gauge train line that winds up the 88km from Siliguri to ...
... the endangered species list. We visited the local zoo which was a bit sad, but I did catch a glimpse of the snow leopard which was amazing to see although it was avoiding the tourist gaze. I feel sad and think of this snow leopard in a profound way, long after we visit it remains. We could see the black bear in the distant enclosure fossiking for bamboo. I am hoping to see more of the bird life with over 550 species and trying to capture ...
... to the train we took towards Shimla many moons ago, but reportedly an infinitely more essential experience.
It was constructed in 1879 and hasn't really changed since, making it mostly obsolete but as charming as trains get (its tracks are only 60 centimeters wide and used by classic steam locomotives).
After some relaxing around town we returned to the train station to find our iron horse rolling ...