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... to terms and Dave walked out saying he wanted to check other hotels while I waited with the luggage. Seconds later, a young man came from the back office and asked again what price we needed. We settled on 1500Rs net, without breakfast. How do you get from 2500 to 1500 for excluding breakfast, I asked? That's 1000Rs! A head waggle later, without an answer, we were in our room and happy to be settled. It wasn't that many kilometers today, ...
... those funny yet informative sign boards of BRO and Swastik on the entire route.
It was such a pleasure to reach Gangtok, relax and have some sleep after all hectic and tiring journey. We reached our homestay at 8.00 pm. Mr and Mrs Sharma were waiting for us at dinner. Mrs sharma gave us special hot soup of methi sprouts. She mentioned that this would keep our digestion good and would help us fight mountain ...
... leaf water?
And the tea leaves? Who knew there were so many different ways to use the foliage of a single plant. Black tea is made from leaves that have been fermented and then dried. Green tea is dried without fermentation. Oolong is partially fermented (either halfway between black and green tea… or half black tea and half green tea combined – I’m not sure). White tea is just the newly formed buds, picked first ...
... 1, upset 2 and 'ladies delight'. Needless to say that all of us ended up in the drink at one stage or another either by the hands of Amanda sneaking up in her kayak or by the rapids themselves.
We rafted approx 20 kms downstream and were picked up by a 4x4 'Ute' to take us back to the camp. We all piled in cold and wet bouncing around in the back almost feeling like a local.
Our Indian sojourn comes to an end followed by a ...
... school sports day and laughed as the kids of 4 or 5 years had a 20 meter race. Half way they had to stop and eat a banana and then carry on the finish. The race took about 10 minutes as the kids were chatting and casually munching their bananas without any urgency at all. Mean time all the spectators were cheering wildly.
There is a week long festival (Durga Puja) in Darjeeling at the moment with lots of traditional dance and music. People are dressed ...