Travel Blogs from Gangtok
... many small villages along the way, some of which seem to spill down into the River Teesta. Even when there are no villages anywhere nearby, there seem to be roadside vegetable stalls every now so often. In the mountains the horn is used when going around every bend, to let anyone coming the other way know that you're there.
While Siliguri is in the state of West Bengal, Gangtok is in a state called Sikkim. Sikkim used to be a ...
We ventured beyond the tourist zone in Darjeeling and discovered an amazing local market - crowded, cramped, and maze-like, with narrow aisles and stalls overflowing with merchandise.
The place sold everything imaginable: textiles, clothing, pots and pans, fruit ...
... to the zoo where there is a breeding program for the endangered Himalayan animals - leopards including the snow leopard (I would not like to meet him in the hills! His tail alone would flatten me), cloud leopard, black leopard, red panda, black bear. They also have parakeets here similar to our peach face and they have myna birds and pheasants and kingfishers - bright blue. Then I walked down to the ropeway which is a cable car ...
... on holiday and realised that quite a few of them had come to Darjeeling from Kolkata.
One boy told us it was currently cold in Kolkata, but we took him to mean that it was not currently the summer 45 degree temperatures, not that it was England cold. Altogether too soon it was time to head back down the mountain towards Darjeeling and when we arrived back we wondered what we would be doing ...
... of the town, both above and below, and the far side of the valley. Heading back, we find a very rough, dirty stairway leading to the street some four floors below. This street has a parking station under the large building, and leads us to a curving ramp up to what turns out to be the main market.
We explore the market, finding a good range of fruit and veg, plus spices and lots of chilies. We see mounds of small dirty yellow and brown blocks. It ...
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