Hotel Saikripa Gangtok
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Sikkim is the Switzerland of India, a place very different from any other part of the country I saw on my travels, an Indian state that has more in common with neighboring Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet than with the rest of India. I call Sikkim "The Switzerland of India" not only because of its mountainous topography in the Himalayas but also because of its relative organization ad cleanliness with a neat pedestrian ...
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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 ...
... br> That evening, as we walked back home up the hill there were loads of Divali tea lights in doorways to guide Rama and Sita home and everyone was setting off fireworks and firecrackers all over the place. We got back to our guesthouse and went up to the roof to watch hundreds of fireworks going off over Darjeeling and the young boy who works there got all pyromaniac on us and started setting them off from our roof as well, it was pretty cool! There is almost ...
... before long, I was leaving Gangtok for a long long taxi ride to west Sikkim. To get to west Sikkim, you need to drive south almost back to Siliguri to then drive west to Yuksom. The taxi was so weak that at times we had to leave the car so it could drive up hill!!
Eventually we made it to Yuksom late one evening and prepared for our 6 day hike.
Next stop, Yuksom and the six day hike to the third highest mountain in the world, Khangchendzonga.
... villages, fruits, bamboo groves, cascading rivers and small falls for a walk up to one of the monasteries. It took us 3hours to walk there. We had picnic at the Monastery and then made the trek back to climbing up and down taking us another three hours with a stop a Kalden’s home for Pakora ( Hindi)and lovely chai masala. His father studied in Darjeeling used to be in a band called the Stray Dogs and he pulled out his guitar and started singing Elvis, ...