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... and they also had an extensive collection of fossils and animal skeletons. The most fascinating part of this museum was seeing their style of presentation and organization. They literally had every single fossil on display, not just the best ones or the most rare, but thousands of them filling a huge hall. They also had a hall of displays showing different types of fruits and vegetables, seeds, nuts and more all ...
... of the current (17th) Karmapa - spiritual leader. The monastery is a replica of the Tibetan Tsurphu Monastery destroyed during China's Cultural Revolution. The current Karmapa has yet to visit the Monastery, and hence be crowned with the Black Hat - the Indian authorities have refused him permission to visit (in order to placate China, who dispute India's right to Sikkim), and so he has lived at Dharamsala (home to the Dalai Lama) since fleeing ...
I must do more research before i get up and head out for breakfast at 8am and find everything closed...Oops.
Wanting to get to Rumtek monastery early proved a no go so i sat and watched the morning world go by, eventually 1 restaurant opened and i enjoyed my first real Indian breakfast of 'Puri Subji' - Lentil and Potato Curry with shallow fired wheat bread, not too spicy but it was filling.
Went to get a jeep to take me to Rumtek and ...
... the festival's namesake, Durga, recognizable by her bright, wide eyes. The sculptures are painted in the brightest pinks and blues and greens, and on the festival day, will be marched to the river and submerged.
This all sounds cool, but we won't be here to see it. We're afraid we've missed all the excitement and it will just be another boring day at the temple. Boy are we wrong. We show up and a kindly man approaches us and welcomes us in. He ...
... our things. We were leaving on a night train towards Darjeeling, but wanted to store our stuff with reception for the day so we could walk around. At nearly any guesthouse and hostel, this is standard practice and there’s no extra charge. Unfortunately, we had caught a jerk of a manager who wanted to charge us to leave our bags. It wasn’t a lot of money, but for us the matter was of principle. We had asked several guesthouses around us and nobody charged for ...
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