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 ...
... Darjeeling for just 170 rupees each. Result! Or not...the shared Jeeps are old and uncomfortable and it was a pretty painful trip for a man with a broken coccyx (that's me!); and it was an extra long trip as it turned out.
The little delays prior to flying this morning didn't actually cost us anything; the drive was not so time efficient though. An hour or so into the journey, we got stopped at a contraflow on a tight mountain road which turned out to ...
... and when we got to the central Darjeeling train station, our driver informed us that he would not take us to our hotel, nor would he drive any further. It was really confusing, but he was adamant and so we paid him, grabbed our bags and headed further uphill. Carrying two duffel bags, my own backpack, and with my travel mates in tow, we headed up the hill. We found our Hotel, and it was amazing. Unfortunately for me, I was so low blood sugar that I was shaking ...
... heavily hairy beard so he shaved it off to look like Craig David's. I was not sure I liked it but he kept it a couple of days till it grew out and looked silly! Scott then fixed the kettle for the 3rd time, I keep braking it somehow. We ate lunch at Hasty Tasty (an Indian fast food restaurant) and had a masala dosa it was massive! It's primarily a type of large pancake made with lentil flour stuffed with a potato spiced paste inside we also had puri and dum aloo. It was ...
... 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 ...