Travel Blogs from Gangtok
It was a four hour journey from Karmi farms to Gangtok (1870m) through more bumpy windy roads but with some incredible views thanks to the clear skies. Gangtok (which means hilltop) is the capital of Sikkim in East Sikkim and used to be part of the busy trade route to Tibet. Even though Sikkim is a part of India, special permits were required to enter Sikkim which we secured when in Darjeeling and had to present at the border along with our passports ...
... took us to someone else who had a shared jeep we could get to Darjeeling in, we waited about 30 mins for it to fill up then off we went. There were 11 of us including the driver and luggage on top including someone's new mattress!!
After and hour and a half we pulled over at a roadside café and we got out with everyone thinking this was it , we asked the driver where on the map we were and he said no you have another hour or so yet.
We had ...
So we finally arrived in Siliguri, met a few french people along the way and we all shared a jeep for the three hour very bumpy ride up to Darjeeling. We noticed a drop in temperature half way through the trip up to Darjeeling, definitely getting colder. The trip up was a little hair raising but beautiful views all at the same time. We all were looking forward to a warm shower. Finally arrived in Darjeeling, say goodbyes and head to our accommodation. Now Villa Everest, ...
... supports as screens to separate sand and gravel a shovel full at a time. Later on we see working elephants and an increasing number of black-and-yellow 3-wheel taxis.
We arrive at Indian immigration at Jaigaon about 1pm. We have to front up in person, but the process proceeds smoothly, and is all over in half an hour.
The entrance to Bhutan is not far away, and we pass through the ornate entrance gate at Phuentsholing at 13.23 PM.
... was Africa and death is everywhere for all to see, you hope for the best and then let God decide. Here in Nepal though you do not even have the mercy of a higher power to put your trust in.
Buddhist drivers and passengers who believe strongly in reincarnation, even perhaps lusting after such peace coupled with mountain roads with barely enough room for one car let alone the several buses and trucks competing for the same space two thousand feet above a ravine are not ...
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