Sikkim Retreat Hotel
Travel Blogs from Gangtok
... New Jalpaiguri train station and took a cycle rickshaw to Siliguri. The man cycling was very old and a few times had to get off the bike to push. We eventually arrived to the Sikkim permit office in Siliguri which is near the Siliguri train station. I was able to pick up my free ten day permit within a few minutes, but because of the long journey, decided to spend a day and night in Siliguri to unwind, relax and prepare for some potential hiking in Sikkim. I ...
... the spirit of enduring monks, and tireless Tibetans.
Holy shrines and great monasteries fill the slopes of Darjeeling with a sense of peace. The tourist industry keeps the village in a flurry and the shops filled with trinkets, souvenirs, and a plethora of Tibetan symbols of monastic life. Malas and Buddhas line the shelves; prayer wheels and flags adorn the walls. The streets a leap down from the tourist trap ...
... green landscape in all directions.
The walk to the Enchay Monastery was an arduous one and required several stops and side tracking to catch breathe. I visited the flower show complex with a rainbow or Orchids inside a traditional greenhouse.
the last leg followed the road as it zigzagged its way higher and higher, by the time i reached the monastery i needed a well deserved lunch of Panner Masala and rice in a ...
... planning for the rest of our travels, which included purchasing tickets to Sri Lanka from Trivandrum on the southern tip of India on December 4th. Between hikes to nearby villages, a ride on the toy train and pausing for a cuppa of tea in the afternoon we had no trouble sticking around for several days. But now with tickets for Sri Lanka in our hands, the clock was ticking and for the first time in our travels there was pressure to move on. Next stop ...
... pretty much any country get together they often can become perfectly obnoxious? This mob was loud and disrespectful. I remembered my learning from India, decided it was of no consequence and settled into my seat without a care in the world. The steam train rattled its way through the town, occasionally adding to the traffic congestion. Fascinatingly, the train literally ran straight in front of many houses, so close you could reach out and ...
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