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Then it was time for the zoo, where we saw adorable red pandas, moon bears, native birds, snow leopards, clouded leopards, some strange animal that seems to be a cross between a cat and a possum. Watching the leopards from afar was not enough fun for Prakash, so he took us bush-bashing around the side of the enclosure to get up close and personal with the leopard. It was great - we could pat him through the fence and hear him purr/roar. But later, as ...
... Darjeeling to Varanasi – Leslie's Mind at Work" post for more gory details).
Leslie developed a computer-based modeling algorithm for her iPhone that calculated our projected travel time using complex regression analysis that factored in possible road conditions and potential delays caused by yak herds, small children, dogs, etc. Her estimate of 16 hours to Bodhgaya and another 6 to Varanasi, for a total of 22 hours of driving, was off by about 10 minutes. ...
... but its not. All of which were waiting to go to Sikkim, but didn't want too because of the weather. Sikkim is where I am writing this now, and it is wet. You need a permit just to enter Sikkim and I don't think there will be much internet so I will probably get back in touch in a week bye bye
PS more pictures soon I know Im behind but it is SLOW and we have to catch a jeep
... the great Bengal Tiger and a handful of other animals. We were surprised how good this zoo was.We then followed this by a visit to the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which was quite interesting, founded in 1954, it has provided training for some of India's mountaineers and it also has the Everest museum which traces the history of attempts on the world's highest peaks.It starts to get dark up here around 4pm and so so cold, the days are actually pretty ...
... stops and we get good photos of the peaks through the pine trees.Pass scores of Indian Army troops on the road, some running with uniform, guns and full pack, others in track suits.
We carry on to the Ganesh Tok viewpoint. The lookout point is a Hindu temple, which has a viewing walkway, and good views of the city, the large concrete telecommunications tower, and the peaks. We take photos down into the town and across to gold-roofed monasteries ...