Hotel Tashi Delek
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... s population is very Himalayan as well, made up of Lepchas, Bhotias, and Tamang Nepalese, all Buddhist cultures heavily influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. They've been joined by a significant number of Tibetan refugees who've established their own monasteries since arriving after China's takeover of their country.
While Sikkim appears tiny on the map, mountainous roads are such that what appears close ...
... early riser and who has the greatest repertoire of songs I have ever heard...he is brilliant! He sounds like he'd taste good in pigeon pie!!
Sufficiently refreshed nonetheless we headed out to the highly recommended local zoo mid-morning with a couple of bits of admin to do along the way (buy warm gear for Annie, new boots for me and maybe a thermal top for me; confirm the trek route, hire sleeping bags and find out how to get to Maney Bhanjang, where ...
Once we got past the Indian boarder and into the town of Panitanki it took us a while to find the bus to Siliguri. They didn't go from the bus station which was deserted but from a street at the other end of town. Once we were on a bus the man told us we'd have to pay 20 Rupees (25p) each for our seats, and the same again for our rucksacks we were fine with that but he then explained this information over and over again for reasons we're still unsure ...
... centre and had a mooch around. We met a nice girl from Winchester in the hotel too and sat chatting to her for most of the evening. Scott went to track down Tongba Beer with a local. Its a millet beer brewed from dried fermented millet in a wooden bamboo mug that is drunk through a straw and is insanely strong. You get 5 big tankards worth for 40 rupees (50p!) He found a place where he could buy the illusive stuff but it ...
... It is certainly a very tourist friendly place and offers lots of attractions and activities to keep you occupied during your time here. Other than stroll through tea fields and ride on the steam train you can also go to the Zoo, visit the HMI (Himalayan Mountaineering Institute) and explore the botanical gardens and huge Chowk Bazaar. Something I missed out on that I would have like to do had I had the time is go on one of the multi day treks that take you ...