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... Siliguri for a night, then started to make pur way towards Kolkata. This is where we lose Dave and Alicia as their visas run out early due to the information given by Odyssey being incorrect. They will meet us in 10 says time in Chang Mai in Thailand. I will be very strange without them as we enjoy spending time with them.
For those waiting on an update on the group, I think the time away from the truck has done us good, although there is now a ...
... It was quite foggy and the horn of the train was unbearably loud. We were quite happy to get off to save our ears. We went back to the hotel quickly to pick up my US dollars for money changing. We then went for lunch at the organic restaurant again and had the usual toast, eggs and hash brown with darjeeling tea. We then looked around all the shops and I went on a bit of a splurge. We bought a singing bowl, jewellery box, bracelet and a bag for about £15.00 (being ...
... in 1816 then returned most of the lands back to Sikkim in exchange for British control over border disputes. The King of Sikkim leased the uninhabited land back to the East India Co. And in 1835 the hill station of Dorje Ling, now Darjeeling was established and the first tea bushes were planted resulting in a massive influx of Gurkha laborers coming down from Nepal. There are still ongoing calls today for a separate state of Gorkhaland
... 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 ...
... Indian tourists. I found the only hostel in the city, walked up 6 flights of stairs to my shared room then ran all the way back down to order a curry, rice and some nan bread. Boy, was I hungry!! I felt very unsocial and tired so took an early night.
Gangtok is a very hilly capital city of the state of Sikkim. It has a Tibetan laid back feel to the area. Young women dress down, compared to the rest of India and as a tourist, I ...