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... would also require great encouragement to leave. Unfortunately, we stayed a single night, spoiled royally while visiting. Our waiter from dinner the night before took the liberty of reserving a private breakfast spot on a balcony overlooking the valley below just for us. If it were not for the extreme difficulty of getting there, we could see visiting again and again. Off again back to Siliguri for the next part of our journey.
... at an internet cafe which was locate in a dingy basement and we also found the only local pub just in case we found that we needed it.
Further back up the hill we eventually found the local government taxi office and agreed on a fare to take us to Tiger Hill the following morning. The tour seemed pretty standard and also included a few other sites of interest on the road back between Ghoom and Darjeeling. ...
... It was damaged in September by an earthquake (centred on Sikkim, to the North of here). The monks were not in (attending to a recent death in the locale), but the caretaker opened the Monastery up and showed us around. We had a late breakfast at Food Steps - excellent food and fast, friendly service. Whilst walking from Tiger Hill I'd noticed a lot of signs with 'Gorkhaland' on them, as well as in Darjeeling - including our hotel. It appears ...
... on the surface, despite being surrounded by trees, because the Gods do not allow the wish-making lake to be interrupted. It was fascinating to see such a peaceful place over-run with so many Indian tourists that we barely had a chance to get close to the water.
The 'tour’ ended at the even tinier town of Yuksom, the first capital in Sikkim as well as home to ...
... last couple of Kiwi batting overs!) Tomorrow we make up for our lazy day by walking the couple of kilometres past the tea plantation, Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens to the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre, and Tenzing Norgay memorial statue. Tenzing Norgay lived here most of his life and was director of the local Himalayan Mountaineering Institute and Everest Museum.
Time to take over making dinner from Jimmy so he can watch the second innings.
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