Travel Blogs from Gangtok
... and passed the usual overloaded bus and van. We went through a town that was having tarmac laid and the crowds lined either side of the street watching with looks of amazement were amusing. After a while we stopped for breakfast but didn't fancy a curry so just had a couple of cups of tea, the tea came with milk and sugar already in which we didn't realise until we put salt in it by mistake. Lesley got excited when she found she had good ...
We found a new hotel, this time in the heart of Darjeeling, down (or up) a long, narrow staircase. This one had TV, WiFi (!), but no view. The room was a bit dark, but the trade off with the first hotel was worth the move. Plus, it was $2 per night cheaper.
Part of the joy of Darjeeling is just walking around, taking in the views & the architecture. The town runs over both sides of the mountain ridge. Lower down are the famous tea plantations.
... kids trying it on in most towns and there have been genuine street kids but I know once we get to India its definitely going to be the norm.
Back on the bus and the music was cranked up , lucky us under the speakers, it was so loud! I know Im getting older but it was crazy, out came my ear plugs ! I think I now know all the words of the Nepali songs played over and over for about 8 hours !!!
The bus driver made really good time probably ...
... a little before dusk, a crowd has gathered outside to protest and listen to a minister speak against the building of another Hydro station post earthquake. This seems a common theme in Sikkim amongst the traditional owners of this land and as we later drive along the Rangit river we see numerous stations at different stages of construction and the lack of water in what was once a powerful river.
The Temple is rather special considered most sacred and has a carved image of ...
... Pala has a son who runs the guesthouse next door. No real rooms free, but he allows us to squeeze into the meditation room.
We spend the next day doing nothing except eating, talking to other travellers, and looking out at the mountains. It's awesome. We're on a tight schedule though, so we're only able to spend two nights with the legendary Pala. At the end of the weekend it's time to collect our baggage and start our long journey to Kathmandu.
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