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Asia » India » Sikkim » West Sikkim March 30th 2019

From Nepal we walked across the bridge that is the border into West Bengal, India. Already in the eastern part of Nepal we could see a lot of tea plantations, but now travelling to tea capital Darjeeling there is tea everywhere. With two shared jeeps we end up in Darjeeling, positioned on a high ridge and therefore again quite cold. We were surprised how lively the town is and especially Indian domestic tourists know how to find this place and spend some time during their holidays. We walked around the town, visited the Happy Valley Tea Estate and drank a lot of cups of nice tea, because obviously this is what you do in a place called Darjeeling. We got to experience a somewhat nostalgic government bureaucracy, when we applied for a local permit; first at ... read more
Walking across the border bridge from Nepal to India
Shared Jeep to Darjeeling
Darjeeling

Asia » India » Sikkim » West Sikkim March 29th 2013

Nous poursuivrons notre visite de Sikkim. Toujours des routes qui descendent vertigineusement en lacets pour traverser les rivières et les remonter de l'autre coté en serpentines nauséantes! Des routes qui contournent les montagnes en découvrant des perspectives époustouflantes sur les vallées. La grande majorité des chauffeurs sont extrêmement jeunes mais ils sont très bons conducteurs, très prudents, avec un grands sens civique. Nous n'avons jamais vu des chauffeurs s'engueuler ou se faire des signes désobligeantes ou sacrer!!!! Pour eux la route se partage vraiment et la politesse est une question de survie. En plus ils sont pas mal zen quand des pepins arrivent: un de nos chauffeurs a eu une panne de moteur et une craiveson - jamais un mot, jamis une grimace, il a tout regle sans aucun commentaire! Nous sommes souvent étonnés par le ... read more
Lac Kecheopari - notre jeune hote avec l'oiseau bleu
Lac Kecheopari
Cascades Kanchenjunga

Asia » India » Sikkim » West Sikkim August 18th 2012

So we arrived at Darjeeling at about 7.30am and made the very exhausting trek up the mountain - heavy rucksacks and all - to the hotel we had decided on (and later advised as it was 'out of town'). After gorging on omlettes - our second meal in India - we finally had some much needed sleep (we had only had one full nights sleep at this point) before an setting off on an exploration of the colonial tea town. Darjeeling is a not your typical Indian town (speaking from experience) and it the most environmentally friendly town in the country thanks to the presence of rubbish trucks. There is a distinct colonial presence at the top of the town, and surrounding it thanks to the vast tea plantations. Lower down the mountain you get a ... read more

Asia » India » Sikkim » West Sikkim April 29th 2012

Unknown people … unknown place… mere imagination creates curiosity to come across. Most of us are driven by desire, to experience, the real face of such things. In Yoksum there is a popular trekking route to go to Kanchajungha . People from around the world visit this place for trekking to Kanchanjungha. But, I decided to explore a very less known trekking route Hungry, a small village of lepcha community at top of the mountain, & not well known, to the trekkers.... read more
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