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Aug 15, 2012 - Ravangla

8-15 Wiki Info Ravangla Hotel was quite fine, good restful sleep. Up and to hired/shared jeep spot ( just across the road) by 6:15am! No jeeps going first thing...Jaime & Elena there say they will wait for one going to Tashiding, we are hoping one will take us to Ravangla beyond Tashiding. After waiting and eating breakfast and a very intense discussion with two 22 year old Jewish/Israeli students (very into revolution), J & E hired a jeep and took off to Tashiding. By about 9 we ended up in a (jammed with young guys) jeep going to...

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Oct 3, 2009 - Drive to Kalimpong

03-10-09 Before leaving Gangtok we visit the Drodul Chorten, built to commemorate the victory of good over evil. Surrounding the chorten are 108 prayer wheels. We also pay a visit to the Institute of Tibetology whose collection of rare books and manuscripts will interest students of Buddhism. Here there are numerous priceless religious paintings (thangkas), statues and other religious artwork. We then take a morning drive to the other side of the Ranipul valley to the Gompa at Rumtek. The headquarters of the Kagyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism...

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May 9, 2008 - Sandakphu

Once again up at 5:30 and once again a clear view of the mountains, maybe this time I could get the trek started. As I reached the taxi station normal service was resumed, the taxi found me rather than the other way around. Two hours later I was dispatched outside the Police Foreigners Registration office in Manibanjang. After a few minutes wait a policeman decided to turn up and register me, we had a brief chat about the trek and he was impressed that this was my third time; he didn't charge me the Rs100 entrance fee, result. As we left...

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Sep 26, 2007 - Darjeeling

Hi everyone, So, destination Darjeeling! And here we are. This is a hilltop town in the clouds - literally. The clouds are blowing through the town for 70% of the day! Although we haven't been able to see much of the views of Kanchenjunga (3rd highest peak in the world) due to the rain and fog, we are having a wonderful time and the town is just absolutely mystifying. Because we're only within a few hours from the boarder of Nepal, the people, food and religion have a very similar influence. There are tea plantations everywhere you turn, so...

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Apr 7, 2007 - Tsomgo Lake

We set out on our journey to Tsomgo Lake (pronounced Changu) knowing that we had to climb from an altitude of 1677m to 3780m in about two hours. The Lake is located at an altitude just slightly lower than the summit of Mt. Robson in Canada. I couldn't imagine that it was possible to ascend that quickly in a vehicle until we were well into the trip and I realized that we were in first gear most of the way. The road was very narrow and we met almost no traffic other than the occasional military vehicle. There is a large Indian Army presence...

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Jan 5, 2007 - Gangtok, Sikkim

Sikkim was really cool. It is this small state that is technically part of India, altough China does not recognize that. I met this really cool girl, Alana, from New Zealand. We took a day trip to Lake Changu which is in the Eastern part of the state. The lake is at 12,400 feet and it finally felt like we were in the Himalayas. There were yaks everywhere! You could take a yak ride around the lake, which we chose not to, but we did get some good photos of them. Some of the yaks even had little sweaters on their horns, it was great. We asked...

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