Hotel Saikripa Gangtok
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... Point Zero
We stopped for beautiful two hour hike through rhododendron forest. They were not in bloom but nevertheless it was a beautiful hike. We came out on open river valley wedged between magnificent mountains and snow topped mountain backdrop. Here we had to make the choice to continue to Yumesumdong ...
... nice view of a waterfall.
As it was raining so we decided to take a walk locally. There is heavy placement of ITBP. You will see army people all around. We enjoyed a quick chat with one army officer. Next day we had to leave at 7.00 am so we decided to sleep early.
Day 4- It kept raining throughout the last night. Our driver told us that it was not possible to go to Zero Point due to the bad weather. There was ...
... walking along, we discovered that we had been attacked by leeches while we were off-the-beaten-track. Prakash pulled them off us, but the bumps would last for weeks or longer.
We also visited a buddhist temple which was in the process of being painted while we were there! The designs and pictures were intricate and beautiful. Despite the signs for silence inside the temple (which we have learnt don't mean anything to Indians) one of the painters told us ...
... walk back to Darjeeling to make it 12km total but we had both found the walk so comfortable we decided there was no need for further training and that we should catch the toy train back instead. This had nothing to do with the child within, it was simply the most practical way back. Except the train wasn't due for 1/2 an hour, then it was another 1/2 hour late, then there was a 1/2 hour turn round, then the ticket turned out to be 335 rupees, and that was ...
... floor and we felt a bit stupid.
Our main reason for going to Darjeeling was to ride the toy train up. Built by the British in the 1900s, it's a narrow gauge steam railway that winds the 88km from Siliguri to Darjeeling, taking seven hours and gains over 20000 metres in elevation. It's described as an engineering masterpiece and we've wanted to do it ever since we watched a BBC documentary about it a couple of years ago. It's been a UNESCO ...