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Travel Blogs from Gangtok
... teams are training well into the night. Tuesday 8 October Awoke to sounds of people soccer training in the dark. Later at about 6:30 the exercise programme started and continued for about 45 minutes. Haven't worked out whether they were military or high school students but all were in sports gear. Their must have been more than 100 participants while others were practising soccer. The climate up in the hills is very interesting, it's almost tropical. Bamboo, bananas ...
We are now in Darjeeling up in the foothills of the Himalayas. Elevation 2135m. The town of about 120,000 is spread over a steep mountain ridge and is a maze of alleyways, steep steps and confusing roads. We came up by 4x4 jeeps, leaving the truck behind in the city of Siliguri for the next 9 days as we trek, visit tea plantations and farms.
Our overnight train journey from Calcutta to Siliguri was quite the experience. We ...
... google maps had me ready to go! New japalguiri, while a lot quieter than Sealdah, was still a pretty busy train station! we got our stuff outside and began to haggle with local jeep drivers - we were quoted all types of prices up to being offered a 'good price' of 1500 rupees to bring us up! we managed to score 2 seats in the backof a shared car for 200 rupees each! the driver then ran off to find more people to squeeze in! a local lady from darjeeling shared our ...
... century as a cozy boarding house for bachelor English and Scottish tea planters, it had been converted into a hotel just before the outbreak of the Second World War.
We had read that they had a Christmas Day dinner and entertainment available and went to see the organising manager to get an idea of what was involved.
Our timing was a bit off as a wealthy Indian family appeared and jumped in before us so we took ...
... to Hanuman Tok and once again stare in awe as the majestic peaks appear covered in a pink glow. In the background we hear Sanskrit chants, it seems fitting in this spiritual world.
Another day the sun still shines and we don’t yet realize how rare this is, we head off to meet the local shopkeepers and do what we enjoy, shopping for memories of the past. The earthquake and GFC have made life hard for those who ...
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