Wiki Info YuksomWiki Info Sikkim
Miracle of miracles, I awoke at 5:30, then 6, finally 6:30 when I rousted Bon from bed to see the spectacular view in clear blue skies of Khangchendzonga, worlds 3rd highest peak! Right out our door from our deck at Hotel Garuda.Wiki Info Kangchenjunga Mtn.
AMAZING! We've thoroughly enjoyed our very comfortable stay at Hotel Garuda
even given we had to wait almost 2 hours in their restaurant our first night there for tomato soup and boiled veggies, ha!
Left with Juan, Nuria, and Mati (gal from Israel) with Ajay (Mr Bean he likes to be called), our very nice driver who also acted as a somewhat guide explaining things along the way - pointing out sights, etc. Good chatting along the way and stopping several times for photos. Couldn't have asked for a better deal/driver. See photos. Khecheopalri Lake, Phamrong Falls, and several other scenic view places.
We arrived in Yuksom at 12:30 and encountered the other Spanish couple (math teachers from Madrid), Jaime and Elena , who actually clued us into the hired jeep idea day before yesterday since they had hired one and came here yesterday. We had tea and lunch before Mati had to leave to return to Pelling. Juan and Nuria, after seeing the situation at the lake (they had intended to camp/stay there several days) - no easy transport onward, little to do as far as hiking, etc. - had decided to continue on to Yuksom so after lunch we checked into Hotel Demazong
, a descent, clean, reasonable place where Jaime & Elena were staying, plus right across from the jeep/taxi stop. We only intend to stay one night so after power naps we head out to visit one of the monasteries (Kathok Wodsallin Gompa - under renovation] and Norbugang Park & the coronation throne, Yuksom being Sikkim's first capital and the grounds where a royal palace complex once stood near the park. A fantastically huge cryptomeria pine stands behind the throne and brings to the whole scene an overwhelming sense of awe and powerful vibes that calm and sedate you in a sense. Wiki Info Cryptomeria Pine
Back to town we decide not to hike up to Dubdi Gompa (1701) said to be Sikkim's oldest monastery due to time(45 min one way), steepness, & leeches.Wiki Info Dubdi Monastery
It's cloudy up there now and besides, we'd rather have tea and discuss more of what's ailing our planet with Jaime, Elena, and later Juan & Nuria over dinner.
Tomorrow is India's Independence holiday and our inquiries into onward transport tomor. keep coming back with questionable responses. So we must get up and across to the jeep/taxi stand by 6 am tomorrow. Such an onerous job we have!