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Nov 18, 2012 - Mirik

After a breakfast of hot samosas [yes Jain :)] we walked up the hill to see a Buddhist Monastery. The name is Bokar Monastery. This monastery is a highly sacred place for the Buddhists of the region. Inside the monastery we found few monks creating a mandala, which is a very beautiful and neat geometric rangoli. It is very peaceful inside the monastery and from outside the monastery is equally beautiful. We also noticed a beautiful idol of Saraswati devi in the garden of monastery. After the uphill we walked down hill to Sumendu lake. This...

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Nov 17, 2012 - Sikkim Tour

Day 1 : Mirik : There being no direct flight, we took 2 flights to reach Bagdogra from Mumbai via Kolkata. From Bagdogra airport we proceeded for a small meal and then to Mirik (3 hrs. journey). Night halt at Mirik – Hotel Jagjeet. http://www.jagjeethotel.com/mirik.html Day 2 : Mirik-Darjeeling : After breakfast we walked up the hill to see a Buddhist monastery and Mirki lake. Post lunch proceeded to Darjeeling (2 hrs. journey), en route halted at Nepal border for shopping. Night halt at Darjeeling (Sterling Resorts – Ghoom). Day 3:...

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Aug 27, 2012 - Calcutta

8-27 Had complimentary breakfast then to the bus station where we discovered our info from yesterday was wrong, only buses to Jessore leave every hour. The only direct bus to the border(Bhonapore/Bonapur) leaves at 11am! So we take (are taken, literally) a local - stops every 100 meters, ha - and arrive 2 hours later. Right on another sloooow local to Banopur border by noon and because our LP says no exit fee we spend our last few taka on bananas, pomegranatesm,cookies, and tea. Big mistake! They do charge an exit fee so we have to use some...

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Aug 18, 2012 - Siliguri

8-18 Bon was able to connect Skype to talk to Tiff before leaving. Taxi to shared jeep station and got one with front seats for us although we have to wait an hour for it to fill. Road to Siliguri has lots of repairs being done where it looks like there have been landslides. We pass by at least 3 large dam projects, all about half finished. Skies are blue at first but just as we are getting down to more hot/humid elevations it clouds over and surprisingly cooler temps. Siliguri is just a big city but everything we need is on the main Hill...

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Aug 10, 2012 - Cross Border to Siliguri, India Then Onward to Darjeeling(West Bengal)

8-10 From Kakarbhitta: After breakfast at Hotel Kanchan, Robin, the very helpful manager (son of owner-it's family run) exchanged out Nepal rupees & got us a rickshaw negotiating a good price to take our packs across the border to the Indian immigration which was a considerable distance further than the LP said. Easy checking out of Nepal and easy into India (but being India it took 3 times longer filling out all the paperwork and didn't include the special permit for Sikkim). Short walk to bus park where we got a bus to Siliguri...this...

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Mar 11, 2012 - Darjeeling - Day 2

It was a very cold night and the alarm didn't help going off at 4am but we got up anyway. We need to get down the road to get a jeep taxi up to the observation point at the top of the mountain to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. Only problem was we couldn't get out of the hotel, the front door was unlocked but the metal gate outside the door was padlocked shut and no key was in sight nor anyone to open it for us. We searched the reception desk for a key, looked for another way out but no luck. In the end Roger found the staff bedroom...

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Mar 10, 2012 - Darjeeling

For the first time that I can remember on the trip so far the sky is cloudy. Only a light, high cloud but a definite change from the clear blue skies we have got used to. We pulled into New Jalpaiguri roughly on time and the train disgorged the majority of it's passengers out onto the platform. We now faced the challenge of getting to a town called Kurseong, about 30 kms away, to catch the Darjeeling Hill Railway up to Darjeeling itself. The train should run from New Jalpaiguri but a section of track has been disabled by a big landslide for...

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Mar 9, 2012 - Kolkata - Day 2

Breakfast today is included in our room charge and is a pleasant change. We get porridge, tea, toast and jam, just like home, almost. After breakfast I got the chance to arrange to keep our room until 8.30pm. Our train to Darjeeling leaves at 10pm so we will be able to have a day to see a few sights and then relax and clean up before going to the station. Mother Theresa's House was the main place that I wanted to visit. Her tomb is inside the house and they have kept her room just as it was when she lived there. It turned out to be a very...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Kalkota

It's hard to believe but one of the men in the next cabin has brought a large black Labrador type dog along with him on this 27 hour trip, only in India, surely? To our dismay the dog starts barking somewhere between four and five o'clock in the morning, then scrabbling and barking up and down the corridor for ten or fifteen minutes. The whole carriage was alive with people so any further sleep was out of the question. Still not sure if the dog used the western or the squat toilet or whether he was taken off at any of the stations we...

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Jan 19, 2012 - The India Part - Montreal to Darjeeling via Delhi

Inauspicious start with a 1 1/2 hour delay in Montreal plus another 2 hour delay in Frankfurt because the PA system was kaput! Arrived at hotel in Delhi after 25 1/2 hours on the go - the one plus was no traffic from airport to hotel at 4:30 AM! On and off sleep to get ready for Fri AM flight to Bagdogra in the State of Sikkim in northeast India along the Bhutan and Nepal borders. The trip was a 4 hour 95km climb into the foothills of the Himalayas.The speed, the hair raising driving with sharp switchbacks together with steep drop offs on...

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Nov 17, 2011 - Dual Sim Mobiles – Now Connect Easily With Your Loved Ones

Life with a cellphone is incomplete. We carry this gadget wherever we go. This is something that we can't live without. The recent development in the field of telecommunication is dual sim mobiles. Dual sim cell phones are in high demand now a days because of its innovative features and high end performance. Double sim phones has the ability to grab your attention soon and recent scenario says that demand for this latest technology is high enough. Although the dual SIM mobile phone segment was dominated by local brands till now, but the...

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Nov 16, 2011 - Know more on Dvd Double Layer

A double layer DVD is a very useful device and is referred to as DVD+R DL or DVD + R9. It is basically termed as double layer because of its huge space that you will surely not get on those normal DVD 's. It is a single sided DVD and don't you get confused with double sided DVD' s. it is a blank and recordable DVD and is expensive compared to that of those normal DVD' s. DVD double layer is filled with whole lot of features and there are a whole lot of benefits that one can enjoy by using DVD double layer. This blog will let you know some...

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