Travel Blogs from Gangtok
... we are engulfed in had allowed us to view the valleys and the mountains.
From my window, as I sit writing, I see the mountains rise above what we would call slums. The contrast of the pure white peaks against the grey unkept buildings reminds me of India with the taste of chai still on my tongue.
We move into a routine, I get up early and sit in the square drinking chai with a variety of men that line the benches around the square. I love watching a ...
... and as a result confronted with Darjeeling reality: If you can't see the surrounding area, there is simply not that much left to you.
We wandered the city for a bit before deciding to seek out a much mentioned tourist information center. We figured instead of loitering about we might as well go rafting in the surrounding area or, even more ambitiously, watch a purebred Bollywood picture at the local cinema.
After some climbing and descending our map told us we ...
It was raining in that part of world, but not heavily. We were talking with the local people to find a place that matches our criteria. A wine shop owner told us about Tadong at that time. He told us there is no resort or hotel in Tadong but we can stay there in TAMU HOME STAY. We decided to go there and check our luck.
It was almost 2KMs away from Kaluk Bazar, not a long distance and we wanted to sense the new place, ...
When the day started I had no plan in my mind. Sonam (our driver) told me that the forest office will be closed as it is a Sunday and it will not be possible for us to get permit to enter Maenam. I hated those words. That was the main purpose of my tour, to see the snow cladded peaks from the top of Maenam. It was around 9:30 AM, and I was unable to decide what to do. At last I made up my mind to give it a try. I took a cab and went to the forest ...
... 7:15 our journey ended in Ravangla. But some more surprises were waiting for us. The next day Buddhist guru "Dalai Lama" was coming to Ravangla, and all the hotels were packed and in the remaining hotel the rent was sky high. We had chosen "Hotel Chingthang" after trying a few and it was a good decision. We were really tired. So we had our dinner and went to the hotel after booking a car for the next day ...
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