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This is Part 2 of 3 blog posts about our recent travel to the northern part of India.
A popular food on our journey north, which we enjoyed immensely, was momos. A momo is a type of dumpling native to Nepal and also enjoyed by communities in Tibet, Bhutan and Northeast India, (Sikkim and Darjeeling, where we were.) They are a type of steamed bun, (similar to dim sum) and the ones ...
Today our top priority was to plan the rest of our trip and how we getting to Nepal. We went to a cafe with free wifi as the Internet at our hotel was not working. We have decided how long to spend in the remaining countries we would like to visit and we have set ourselves ...
... drinks, sweets and a newspaper. This along with the stunning mountain views we got as the plane flew so low managed to distract us and 50 minutes later we landed in Karkabitta, the Nepali town which borders India.
We went to Nepali immigration to get our passports stamped to show we had left the country and jumped into a shared taxi to Siliguri, stoping 1km along the road at Panitanki, the Indian town ...
... able to see anything really.... it was then too late to go to the happy valley tea factory - but we managed to find a local shop that arranged a tea tasting - we sampled 6 different varieties of darjeeling tea - first flush, second flush, another second flush, third flush, green tea, and white tea..... it was very interesting - the tea is quite different to what we get back home.... irish stuff is a lot stronger - the closest to it was the third flush.... the flush ...
... to the front of the queue and joined in another tussle before being presented with our ticket for a Christmas Day afternoon trip on the toy train.
Just after we had bought the tickets the toy train came into the station so were able to get a taster of what we had to come before it headed back off to Ghoom. Across from the ticket office the view over the mountain ranges was fantastic and it persuaded us that ...