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Travel Blogs from Gangtok
... with several floors where you can stand and watch the sunrise. The more you pay, the higher you go. We went to the first floor but decided it was too crowded and possibly even unsafe so went outside to look over the patio fence. Much better.
The sunrise was gentle and the mountains hidden but the general atmosphere was worth seeing.
When we finally got back to Darjeeling (about 07:15) we visited ...
... the background.
Mt. Kanchenjunga is the 3rd highest mountain in the world.
This morning, we hired taxis and went up to "Rumtek" Monastery, a centre for Tibetan Buddhism. On the way home, we were dropped off at the Gangtok Ropeway (cable car) where we had more spectacular views of the valley and the snow-covered Himals.
After 3 days of rain and snowfall, Tsomgo Lake is now open courtesy of the Army. We head up early after breakfast in 4x4 jeeps enduring ...
... a magnet takes out any metal that has been picked up along the way. The tea is then packed into 15kg bags and exported all over Europe and the UK. Watching the process of making black tea was great. Green and white tea is similar but green only has 4 processes over the 7 for black tea and white has only 1 process. After our factory visit we drank Makaibari tea in the office then headed out into the tea fields to help pluck the tea leaves. We were told to only pick the top ...
... Bamboo Retreat are magnificent cared for by a beautiful Lepcha girl.
The garden was full of cardamon, thyme, mint, gourd, radishes, rice paddies, guava, mandarins, kerala, apples, squash, pumpkins,citronella, marigolds, holly, orchids among many different types of flowers.
The retreat looked like a Swiss Chalet but with colours and designs from Sikkim, Nepal, Darjeeling, Tibet with Buddhas everywhere.
My room was Mandarins with ...
... so we can proceed. They say he was shaking uncontrollably.
Leaving the town, the road follows the river, sometimes high up, with good views of the river, buildings beside it, and an idle power station canal. We have a pretty good run down, minimum time at the Sikkim border, and follow the river all the way to near Siliguri. We pass several hydro-dams under construction, pass the brilliantly coloured cream-and-pink Coronation Bridge, and see a number ...
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