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Travel Blogs from Gangtok
... able to photograph. What luck! See photos
After our visit to Darjeeling we drove off to our next destination, Sikkim. This is technically a state of India but has a history as a kingdom of its own. En route to Sikkim we made a small stop along the way and put our toe into Nepal. There were two destinations within Sikkim for us, one is the tea garden Temi and the other is Gangtok the capital. Temi is a particular ...
... 8217; in various wars and operations. The memorial was classed as a sacred place, like a temple or monastery and so we had to pay 5 rupees each to be allowed to pay homage to the large soldier who stood atop the monument looking over to the Himalayan mountains in the background.
There were also lots of sellers there and many men who would charge you for a quick look through their telescopes to the ranges beyond. ...
... associated with the area for over 200 years. Ronald Frame was a Scottish tea planter who came to this area in 1950 and met local Deki Pulger, marrying her 10 years later. Ronald managed a tea estate in the area of Darjeeling until 1967, bringing up his young family there - but then the family left India, although they did return for family holidays over the years. Today Ronald's son Andrew has returned to Karmi to run the ...
... if it weren’t so chilly at night.
By the time we returned to the hotel, about all we could think about was a cold beer, and of course some tea, which I promptly ordered. We figured we had hiked over a 1,000 feet going up and down that day, which turned out to be way more active than we had ever planned. Of course we completely relied on the energy of Vincente and Deline ...
... was at least here a couple of sore heads on Buddhist New Years Day!
Back in town, I enjoyed more Nepali Thukpa (noodle soup) and sweets and then caught my shared jeep downhill to the tea plantation for my yoga retreat. I need to come back with a bit more time and a better plan of action because those mountains look amazing. I've no desire to climb Everest but a few days trekking in their foothills is on the must do list!
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking
- Pets allowed