We’re in Gangtok…until tomorrow.

11 Oct

It feels more like China or Tibet than India- mountainous and incredibly lush.  The drive from Darjeeling to Gangtok was beautiful coming down off the mountain into the valley we passed through a tea plantation that sat nestled in the clouds.  At the bottom of the valley, the Tista River ran powerfully as it cut through the rainforest.

The roads were less than great, in fact there were many places where there were no roads- we would “detour” into the forest on a single-track, mud-bogged road that was difficult even for our Jeep, let alone the small Suzuki cars that were trying to drive on it.

Gangtok is a little boring- it’s an overnight stay for other places.  We are getting out of here tomorrow morning- heading for North Sikkim where we can be in nature a little bit- Buddhist monasteries, hiking, lakes, and hot springs await us.

We will be out of comunication for a few days, but will be back in Gangtok on Sunday for another night or so and then on to Pelling, Sikkim for a few more days.  We’ll post pics when we get back.

See you soon.

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2 Responses to “We’re in Gangtok…until tomorrow.”

  1. Naresh Kumar Agarwal November 5, 2007 at 7:45 am #

    “It feels more like China or Tibet than India- mountainous and incredibly lush. The drive from…”

    Again, reflects a very skewed understanding of India. India is not just the hot, vast plains..or the crowds of Kolkata…from the deserts of Rajasthan to the temples of Tamil Nadu, to the backwaters of Kerela to the mountains of Sikkim and Darjeeling, to the valleys of Manali and Kashmir…to the cold desert of Ladakh…they’re all India.

    India is an extremely diverse country…a country of contradictions…I don’t think you can pin point at one single aspect and call it India. Yes, you will find a little of Tibet, a little of Nepal, a little of the whole world in different aspects of India…

    India is a mirror of the whole world..a mirror of life itself..with all its manifestations and contradictions

  2. indiatraveller November 5, 2007 at 8:20 am #

    Thanks for your comment.

    When the goverment has an entirely different permitting process to even step foot in Sikkim, anyone would tend to feel like it is a different entity altogether.

    Now, I don’t know if you have been to Sikkim or not, but to me it does feel like Nepal or Southern China, it bears almost no resemblance to the places in India we have visited thus far on our journeys, in fact I never said that these places were not India. These are my impressions and opinions as I see them. For those reading our blog from home, being able to relate to a place that I describe in my writing can only be done through associations with places they might have been or seen before.

    Our friends are intelligent, when our travels are through, people looking at this blog will see the differences in terrain and culture that make India what it is.

    Cheers!

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