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... and passed the usual overloaded bus and van. We went through a town that was having tarmac laid and the crowds lined either side of the street watching with looks of amazement were amusing. After a while we stopped for breakfast but didn't fancy a curry so just had a couple of cups of tea, the tea came with milk and sugar already in which we didn't realise until we put salt in it by mistake. Lesley got excited when she found she had good ...
We found a new hotel, this time in the heart of Darjeeling, down (or up) a long, narrow staircase. This one had TV, WiFi (!), but no view. The room was a bit dark, but the trade off with the first hotel was worth the move. Plus, it was $2 per night cheaper.
Part of the joy of Darjeeling is just walking around, taking in the views & the architecture. The town runs over both sides of the mountain ridge. Lower down are the famous tea plantations.
... back to the dentist who suggested root canal but she is going on leave for a week so will have to live with the pain. Incidentally I also picked up a cough and bought some natural remedy from the local chemist. Not only has this cleared my cough but also relieved the toothache!!
Since being in Darjeeling I have walked a lot up and down the steep lanes and steps. I spent a pleasant day taking the cable car down the valley over the tea estates. I went to the ...
... pot of Darjeeling tea I had my usual porridge but also got a lamb sub. Again I cannot fuly attest to it actually being lamb but it certainly tasted awesome and I absolutely lapped it up. I couldn't have consumed it faster if id inhaled it. We ended up sitting at chatting in Glanerys with Zoe and her friends basically just discussing travelling and sharing tips for a good few hours before they needed to head off and we needed to start to get moving.
... a little before dusk, a crowd has gathered outside to protest and listen to a minister speak against the building of another Hydro station post earthquake. This seems a common theme in Sikkim amongst the traditional owners of this land and as we later drive along the Rangit river we see numerous stations at different stages of construction and the lack of water in what was once a powerful river.
The Temple is rather special considered most sacred and has a carved image of ...