Club Mahindra Royal Demazong
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The day began early (4.00 am) and it wasn't until evening that the implication of a 15 hour journey kicked in. I left my travel plans and hotel contacts with my folks, brother and Mel so they know where to contact me in case I cannot be reached. My folks are obviously concerned about me travelling alone and I am trying to do everything I can to …
... to Ganeshtok a viewpoint that looks over all of Gangtok. We crossed the road to the Himalayan Zoological Park paying 50 Rupees to get in. The guide recommended we bring a car and we soon learnt why. The animal enclosures were massive and few and far between. We walked for miles up steep hills and down the other side. We saw red pandas, leopards, snow leopards, wolves and many colourful birds. The red pandas were so cute i wanted ...
... baboons who were more like buffoons on the side of the road in the shade, not minding the traffic at all. Our driver was a real rock and roll cowboy. I was sitting in the front and sometimes his speed and quick passes …well let us just say its not for the faint of heart and for those who are used luxury. He bought on Hindi music and we were dancing away in the car and enjoying our ride practicing what we had learned in our workshop!! I shot ...
... no rubbish on the floor...It even had a Subway!
Take a shy walk away and you get back to the normal Indian streets, its like yin and yang only meters apart...it did feel good though and i had a lovely meal at Live and Loud club as it had free Wifi so i checked and updated stuff.
Tomorrow its off to Rumtek monastery and hopefully views of Kanchenjunga...the worlds third highest mountain!
A half hour cab ride through the streets of Kolkata (Calcutta) from the airport to the train station showed me that for some, all aspects of life occur outside. On the street is where people wash, sleep and earn their living. Thankfully my ticket went from waitlisted to RAC which means I'm allowed to board the train but not guaranteed a seat. I ended up sharing the birth with an older fellow. Unfortunately he got there first which meant he got the better side, as ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsClub Mahindra Royal Demazong Gangtok
If you arrive at night, it's pitch dark and the journey tiring. When you wake up the next morning and go to the balcony, you are greeted with lush green mountains decorated with pine trees all around. The fresh mountain air is all you'd need to wake up and spend some time relaxing.
The staff is courteous, nice, welcoming and treats you like you're the most important person in this whole world. You don't need to introduce yourself to them ... check in and every where you go - fun zone, The Orchid Restaurant or The Alpine Bar, everyone knows you and the room you're staying in.
The rooms are clean and the bed cozy. Some rooms don't have a geyser, which could be an inconvenience, but I am sure they'd arrange some hot water for you if you ask for it. The food is delicious, albeit expensive.
The place is located near Chandmari, Gangtok which is a good half hour drive away from Gangtok town. If you're looking for a place to relax, away from town is what you'd need.
All in all - I had a wonderful time there. Highly recommended!
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