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... are not just with the borders - the laws are quite strict there, but generally seem to resonate with what the locals want. As a result, Sikkim is a very clean state, with not much rubbish around at all (and also almost no cows!). Sikkim's cleanliness coupled with its green hills lend to it being proudly referred to as India's Switzerland. (Although Switzerland is pronounced more like Shujaland, and it takes quite a while to understand what on earth people ...
... up the courage and asked us where we were going. He was ale to tell us a lot about the local tea that was grown and how his family worked in the tea fields.
On our return to the hotel we went to use room the find the covers had been pulled down on our bed and the curtains closed for us..feeling very spoilt! We had dinner In the hotel restaurant which was an Indian buffet and then headed back to our lovely ...
We arrived in Darjeeling after a very long journey. A 6 hour train to Patna, with a wait of 5 hours and then a 18 hour train to Siliguri, from where we got a shared jeep to Darjeeling. The journey way incredible however, driving through the lush green jungles of Bengal and slowly climing up into the clouds. The weather was really dissapointing however, as it was the rainy season, the whole of Darjeeling ...
... gave us a tour and explained the process of drying and grading tea. We also discovered that the "tea" which ends up in the lowly tea bags we use in much of the western world is the "tea dust" which remains after all the higher-grade leaves had been taken out. Wandering into the tea gardens dozens of women where picking the tea. They swiftly clip the youngest of shoots from each bush, a process which is conducted 4 times a year before the plants are allowed ...
... gone. The Bakers Cafe has a good range of pastries, good lassi and Lychee Julep, and a great view over the valley.
After, we walk up the main road where we saw the footpaths and pedestrian bridges last night, pass the Hospital, then work out how to catch a taxi. It is obvious that you can't flag them down, so we think of walking back to the market, but see taxis stopping across the street. Takes a while to work out the protocol, as we don't want to push ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
- Pets allowed