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... The streets are filled with people wandering, seemingly, aimless. A category that I fall into nicely. The thing to do appears to be shopping and eating as opportunities present themselves around every turn.
I have only two things left on my list on this side of the planet...see Mt. Everest and the Taj Mahal. I had originally planned to hit Nepal and then India. However, mother nature threw a ...
... Readily we agreed, and with only the driver, we set off down narrow winding lanes and steep bumpy roads.
I On arrival, the sign informed us we were now at “Happy Valley” tea plantation and factory. This seemed to us a positive sign. Inside a helpful employee apologetically informed us we had missed the morning tea-tasting but instead offered to show us around the now dormant factory. He was clearly a man passionate about all things tea and ...
... nothing is their fault. There was excellent news in that the horseman was bringing two horses, one for me to ride and the other to carry our stuff. Two horses was better than one but I had only bought enough horse snacks for one horse. We jumped in the jeep and off we went. An hour later we arrived at a town and met our guide, G.D. he seemed nice and I liked his face, we had some tea and were off again. The next stop was the start point where we met the horse guy and nearby 2 ...
After such a climb, my mount and usual transporters felt the need for a tea break -- the first of many, I would soon discover. A grand idea, I thought! Although I was soon to become a little concerned that they were all getting far too dependant on a constant supply of mango cream biscuits in order to function. I mean, how am I meant to get my paws on those, for them, at home?!
Refulled, we set of into an eyry, fog-like low cloud; one which would trail us ...
The drive to Jorepokhri from Sukhia passes through lush green pine forests where sunlight finds it difficult to touch the forest floor and clouds kiss your face as soon as you open the car window. There is a fragrance that is specific to these pine forests - it makes you breathe-in deeply to take in as much as you can. I ask our driver-ji to stop the car to take a picture. As i get down and the ignition stops, the first thing that strikes me is the absolute silence of ...