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"The mind is everything. What you think, you will become." - Buddha (Written on a sign next to the former British military base on the road up to Darjeeling) Hi Everyone, As we mentioned in our last post, Edie and I had a scheduled split to allow her to volunteer/observe at an eye center in Kathmandu. She's going to stay there also to check out an epic festival celebrating Shiva featuring a three story effigy which she expects will be burned (Burning Man is getting a run for its ...
... mountains. The earlier you arrive, the better place you find to stand.
Samten Choling Monastery :
Once you have witnessed the Sunrise @ Tiger Hills, when descending, you can visit the Samten Choling Buddhist Ghoom Monastery. The main attraction is the huge 26-foot model of Lord Buddha.
Batasia Loop :
One of the main attractions in Darjeeling is the "Joy Ride" in the Toy train (steam engine). Batasia loop is the place where the train makes ...
... walking weather. Fortune favoured us at first as the first 12k was either flat or a shallow downhill. We tore through the first 12k in just over a few hours and felt great. We had changed up from the ridged line of the path along the sides of the mountains to the more open fields. We had gone 'off track' and were walking over grass through some nice green and flat areas. There were yaks and goats around in groups and it felt to me like we were a bit more submerged in nature. It ...
... Most notably you can see Mt Kanchenjunga which rises 28,169ft to be the 3rd tallest mountain in the world. It was incredible. We also visited the zoo which is the leader in breaking both Tibetan wolves (which are insanely badass) as well as red pandas (insanely cute). Inside the zoo is the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which was founded by Sherpa Tenzeng who was the first man to climb Everest (with Hillary). It had an awesome 3D map of all ...
... with several floors where you can stand and watch the sunrise. The more you pay, the higher you go. We went to the first floor but decided it was too crowded and possibly even unsafe so went outside to look over the patio fence. Much better.
The sunrise was gentle and the mountains hidden but the general atmosphere was worth seeing.
When we finally got back to Darjeeling (about 07:15) we visited ...