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... the incredible view of Gangtok on the hill opposite. The city is perched up on the side of the mountains - as is our hotel. Many of the buildings are multistory and have parts below street level and above street level. Like our hotel. Our room is two floors below the lobby and the restaurant is 4 floors below the lobby.
We then had lunch at a nice restaurant in Gangtok - there was a sign about all of its pork products on the menu. I ...
... point we were surrounded by about 15 child beggars, and being the only white people we were an easy target. We soon found the only other foreigners in the station, two friendly Thai monks on their way to Darjeeling to stay at a Monastery for 2 months. We found strength in numbers and waited it out together.
Arriving in Siliguri after a comfortable 12 hour journey we jumped aboard a shared jeep and made our way up the steep, winding road ...
... the lounge was phenomenal. Samuel, especially, was always on hand to help with the fire, get something from the bar, serve breakfast or dinner, you name it. And, as others have said, you never have the impression that a tip is expected. And it would have been awkward and tedious to do so every time. So, we just waited until our final time in the lounge to tip for the entire stay.
If I ever have the pleasure of returning to Darjeeling, I will undoubtedly stay at the Shangri-La ...
... up the hill. The Jeeps don't leave until they're full and there was us and another couple in the front two seats when we got in (maximum capacity is ten or eleven). Ten minutes later an enormous American man got in the back and I can honesty say he's one of the most negative people I've ever met. He worked for the U.N. in Nepal, and was regretting leaving the safety of his compound in Nepal to see Darjeeling for the weekend. He did slip the Jeep ...
Before driving back to Siliguri we visited the townsite proper of Gangtok. It was a happening kind of place, who would have known! Deb and I browsed the little shops along the tiny streets of Gangtok. Apparently, Sikkim is the place to buy libations if you get my drift. Indians while visiting pick up extra beverages due to the tax system making purchases here a virtual bargain. It just so happened I knew a certain Tea expert who had ...