Sikkim Retreat Hotel
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... all pretty much looked the same. Certainly never boring, but not that different. The roads here are pretty bad - partly because of construction and improvement efforts. There are lots of piles of crushed stone and other road building materials. The terraced valleys held houses at all levels - seemingly hanging onto the land by a thread - a bit of an exaggeration. I was sitting in the back of the van with Gilly and we tried to identify plants as ...
... I'm fine with the name Jim. My grandpa is 'Jim Hall' and has been called Jim all his life. He is a legend and an inspiration to me so to be called Jim is quite literally an honour for me. Anyway, I digress. We sat up drinking our beers and listening to the music on Dan's phone- which was comical. He had a few absolute bangers on there, but again some of the most random things you could imagine. Cher Lloyd was a classic example. Just a really random obscure mix of songs. I put ...
... although we could still hear background honking and somebody had a radio blasting on loud speakers at 6.30am (we could hear it 400m away!); still it was a nice 3-hour, pre-breakfast stroll.
After breakfast we set of on our walk proper and headed for nearby Ghoom, a 6, 10 or 12km walk depending on who we listen to/which map we trust! We reckon it was a little over 6km and it was a really nice walk with some great bird-watching en route. We had ...
... t come prepared for a trek and hadn't brought any gear with me. I did manage to pay a visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute here, where Tenzing Norgay lived and died. He's a bit of a local hero and rightly so. The institute is impressive - they train Himalayan sherpas and mountaineers there and their museum is full of interesting stuff from previous Everest expeditions. Quite a lot of the town is mountain oriented and this is partly why I like it so much - I like ...
... any growth except from the tea plant itself. For some reason this garden, the only one in Sikkim, felt more remote than the other gardens we visited, which is saying something. The local Indian community find Sikkim natural and untouched, however I have to admit I lacked the skill to notice any difference to the surrounding Indian Country side which is all spectacular to me.
Just like Darjeeling we stayed at a Mayfair ...