The Gochala Inn
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... peak up ahead intrigued Sylvain. He would have given anything to check it out.
We spent about 30 minutes there and headed back down the valley to Lachung.
By 1:30 PM, we got back to the hotel where lunch was served.
And by 2PM, we embarked on our long ride back to Gangtok. We took ...
... the seat of the glorious Karmapa." The monastery is currently the largest in Sikkim. It is home to the community of monks and where they perform the rituals and practices of the Karma Kagyu lineage. A Golden Stupa contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. Opposite that building is a college, Karma Shri Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies.
From mg road we booked our lachen Lachung Yumthang and Gurudangmar ...
... to India, and only became a State of India in 1975. Access to Sikkim is restricted, and while we were able to obtain permits at the border to enter Sikkim, our permits were only valid for some parts of Sikkim. There are permits available for some other parts of the state as well, but there are other places that we just cannot go to. Some nationalities are even more restricted than us, even just on getting into Sikkim at all.
The differences between Sikkim ...
... passed at the peaks and we could see the 3rd highest (Kangchenjunga) in the world in all it's glory. All our photos don't give it justice as it looked a lot bigger in person. We enjoyed the great view for a while and then headed back to the hotel and ad our breakfast. We then went down to the train station to book the toy train for 10.40am. Hadley on the way bought a fake north face rucksack for about £13.00.we got to the station but it ...
... for the blog but here goes anyway. We left Kolkata this morning with the now not unusual maniacal drive from hotel to airport. At one time we were 4 abreast at a road junction filling all the space when cars started to appear from left and right going in the opposite direction. Our driver managed to miss them all by swerving one way and another and said did we like his driving. What could we say but yes! Kolkata has a new airport almost ready for use and ...