Monthly Archives: May 2010

Tea, anyone?

Tonight I am in Darjeeling, having arrived today around 2:30 in a downpour followed by a hailstorm. The drive this time involved three different vehicles. First, from Yuksom, a cousin of Barap’s drove me to the Sikkim border in his … Continue reading

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The Road to Yuksom: A Religious Experience. Or, Four Wheeling in a MicroBus

Today I left Gangtok, fair capital city of Sikkim. Cars are hard to come by for transport to Yuksom, in part because this is a starting point for many mountain expeditions. It’s climbing time here, so cars are all booked. … Continue reading

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From Kalimpong to Gangtok

My impressions of Kalimpong are mixed. The monasteries are special, and the location is great, but the main town is pretty dirty. In the main market there’s a lot of honking, diesel fumes, trash and sewage. The vegetable market had … Continue reading

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Spectacular Sikkim

Sikkim, India, is a pretty special place and you’d have to work at it not to feel welcome here. Gangtok is larger and cleaner than the last town, the food’s good, and the people have a lot of civic pride. … Continue reading

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A Quiet day in Kalimpong, India

I am trying to be more tolerant and able to accept the here and now. I did not even get upset this morning that there was a flea in my bed, and more of them near the toilet. I told … Continue reading

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Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride

I was dog tired on reaching Bagdogra (ha ha), India. The farmers tilling the fields 10 feet from the tarmac stopped to watch the plane land. It was mostly rice paddies, from the look of it, and made for a … Continue reading

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Incredible India…

After almost 40 hours of travel, I have reached the Darjeeling area, specifically Kalimpong. It has been a long, strange trip. The road up to this Himalayan town was awesome, and I mean that as in “left me in awe”, … Continue reading

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