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Travel Blogs from Gangtok

Monastry and then Tigers plus rain

A travel blog entry by brucetumba


... They have about 150 monks studying here. Cheryl pointed out fo a peaceful mob there are a lot of armed gaurds around, even around the monastry. After this we went back down and back up the other side of another hill to a zoo/national park where we saw a couple of snow leopards and some other animals one I can emember is a civet cat. It started raining very heavily so we decided not to hang around any longer, besides Dan was hungry. We had ...

Slight Problem, Madam

A travel blog entry by leve-cowles

... would have stranded us in Kolkata or Delhi or Lucknow or ... so we decided to explore the possibility of driving.

There isn't a lot of information available on the drive from Darjeeling to Varanasi. According to Google Maps, the 501 mile distance can be covered in 12 hours, but Google Maps assumes a smooth, unobstructed road, so it is useless in India. Bloggers on India travel websites offered estimates that ranged anywhere from 18 hours to "can't be ...

Where the Tea comes from, and the the little train

A travel blog entry by adamorjeff


... disappeared back under a cloud. So you will have to take my word for it, Darjeeling is at a elevation of around 2500m and has very nice tea. It also has many Buddhist monasteries just on the way to Ghoom which is a nice walk.

We met a bloke from Manchester, and bloke from Germany and a bloke from California in an english style pub called joeys, which sounds like a long ...

Boxing Day at the Zoo

A travel blog entry by bellethorpe


... active during the day as well.

Not this bear – he didn’t look like he fancied doing much work, the most he did during our visit was lick his lips. Heading onward we entered a one way system that took up upwards to the rear of the park and on our left we could easily look over several enclosures that housed; Samba Dears (just like reindeer), Blue Sheep (with their lovely shell like horns), Barking Deer (who had ...

Sikkim-more monasteries and snow-capped mountains

A travel blog entry by diannemurray


... a view of the back side of the city. We then continued up through guarded gates to the Tsuglhakhang temple. Take no photos at first, until we find photography only banned inside the temple, so then take some excellent photos of the temple and other buildings. The temple features black trapezoidal surrounds around the windows to look like the Tibetan style, which has trapezoidal stonework surrounds. Shoes off to inspect the interior, which has quite elaborate ...


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