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Travel Blogs from Gangtok
... travelling up and down mountains in a criss- cross fashion all day but we have to realise we are so close to the Himalayans and roads are at a premium. At Tashiding, we travelled to the top of this mountain and the had to keep walking up steep steps to the Monastery that was also damaged slightly in the 2011 earthquake. Whilst the monastery was closed we walked around all the stupas and our guide rang the huge bronze bell which reverberated for an ...
... they wanted us to just order a big vat of one thing. The other people left, & we moved away from the door which the wind kept blowing open. Oh yeah, it's really cold in Darjeeling. We're wearing long pants & sweatshirts. It was a nice break from the heat.
The whole family prepared our food, which took them at least 45 minutes to make. Eventually, they bring us spicy chickpeas (which were undercooked & not good), a tasty spicy ...
... clouds had rolled in and it was seriously cold. Needless to say, morale was a little low.
Of course we made it though, to another passport checkpoint before we could go and warm up in the lodge. Or not. The passport checkpoints are at little army-posts, and one of the guards writes down your passport details and visa details…and the length of time that takes would indicate they have never done it before, though I’m sure they must ...
... An excellent view of Kanchenjunga over lunch. Then the downward hike home which was much more taxing on the knees but worth it for some great views in to the valley. Our guide was very patient with us as I suspect he could have rocketed home in a very short time.In fact many elder villagers overtook us on the steep goat tracks. The return passed by a small nunnery and an orange grove.
Christmas Eve proved to be an exciting adventure. All ...
... while the light is right – the afternoon 'honeymoon light.'
He talks more about the Hydro and the people he had just met, with animist beliefs, the shaman from the Lepcha peoples apparently believe the earthquake was a response by the spirits to disturbance and blasting of the mountain. Shai tells us that there are 75 Hydro schemes planned on this river, many are mega and threaten the land and the culture, so there ...
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