Hotel Saikripa Gangtok
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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 ...
... questionably clean but, there were big thick blankets, the room was damp, and the the door to the bathroom was steel; similar to something you'd see in a horror film. Then there was the toilet itself...well, it was less of a loo and more of a hole in the ground. It was squatty potty. But we'd been traveling for 14 hours, we were hungry and tired and had just walked up what seemed like a mountain with 18 kilo backpacks. So we took it. Now, it's safe to say you really get ...
... 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 ...
... now and they have all the same things for much cheaper! Oh well) it was getting into early evening so we got some postcards and then went for a cup of tea at a cafe. We then had our last meal at the usual noodle soup place (which I will miss lots!) the owner was very nice and said goodbye to us. We then went to joeys pub for one last drink it was very busy so we had to sit in the garden area. We then went back to the hotel and Hadley and I packed for the big trip ...
... to tell you what came out when I blew my nose (hint: it looked like a charcoal briquette).
Once in Ghum, we visited the Sakyaguru Monastery and checked out the local marketplace before hailing a shared taxi for the ride back to Darjeeling (20 rupees each, or about 40 cents). In order to maximize his profit, the driver picked up a few other paying passengers as well... for a total of ten people squished into one 1950s era Land ...