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Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok December 1st 2005

From the time I arrived in India, I knew that my ultimate destination was to be the Himalayas. As November was winding down, I grew increasingly anxious to get north. I wanted to take a trip hiking in the mountains, and with winter approaching it could only get colder up there. After nearly 24 hours of continuous transport, by rickshaw, then train, then jeep, I made my way from Varanasi to the former British hill retreat of Darjeeling. Darjeeling is famous for its tea plantations, and pleasant restaurants, tea houses, and old English hotels abound. It made for a very comfortable staging area for my trip into the tiny northern state of Sikkim. Darjeeling itself is not actually in the mountains, but is situated at some 7,500 feet, in the foothills of the Himalayas. The train ... read more
Observatory Hill
View from the Trip to Yuksom

Asia » India » Sikkim » Gangtok February 20th 2001

9-day Himalayan trek: $180. 8 candy bars and 2 bags of trail snacks: Rs 240. Hearing the sound of my voice fill a glacial valley while I belt out The Star Spangled Banner: priceless. All the bitter drama of a long and mentally exhausting trip over, our last hike ended with the trailhead leading us directly down the hill in the "balmy" afternoon to....... Ralph! Oh, my god, when do we NOT see this guy? But it's poignantly humorous that we continue to have him imposed on us since Goa! We had a good chance to recount some of our best trek stories, though. Like when the cook got tempermental and quit after Thansing and when the remaining porters (dressed in Howard's extra clothes because they were sadly unprepared) knocked off pieces of the roof at ... read more
Rumtek monastery

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