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Gangtok, April 14, 2009 – Day 4 – Gangtok!

Gangtok, April 14, 2009 – Day 4 – Gangtok!

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 3 – Day 5 Last Leg, Silliguri To Gangtok, April 14, Day 4, 10.30 am We left Kolkata by Darjeeling Express, leaving Sealdah station at 10.05 pm. Did some shopping at Shree Leathers, Lindsay Street and the footpaths of Esplanade. The train was a hour late, arriving in New Jalpaiguri at 9.00 am. Mr. Chaudhari of the local LIC office picked us up and took us to their guest house in Silliguri for…

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Gangtok, April 21, 2009 – Day 10 – Bhubaneswar in the Summer of ’09

Gangtok, April 21, 2009 – Day 10 – Bhubaneswar in the Summer of ’09

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 9 We arrived in Bhubaneswar early yesterday morning by Howrah Puri Express from Kolkata. This was the shortest rail journey of our entire trip this summer and the only one on which we had a coupe to ourselves. All of us were thrilled with that and also lamented the  lack on our other, longer journeys. Bhubaneswar is hotter than I can tolerate. I am running up my father’s air conditioning bill. He has…

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Gangtok, April 19, 2009 – Day 9 – Kolkata

Gangtok, April 19, 2009 – Day 9 – Kolkata

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 8 – Day 10 I am lying in my second AC bunk on Howrah Puri Express enroute to Bhubaneswar from Kolkata. We arrived in Kolkata early this morning from New Jalpaiguri, returning from our visit to Gangtok. Mandal-da, my uncle’s driver was waiting at Sealdha station and took us to my uncle’s flat in the Queen’s Mansions, Park Street. We had gupchup for breakfast and then lounged around till 11.00 am. Then Padmaja…

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Gangtok, April 18, 2009 – Day 8 – Return To The Plains Of Bengal

Gangtok, April 18, 2009 – Day 8 – Return To The Plains Of Bengal

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 7 – Day 9 Today we return to the heat, dust & pollution of the plains of Bengal. Gangtok was pollution free most of the time. We had asked the travel agent in Silliguri who had rented us the cab on the journey from Silliguri to Gangtok to send us a car at Gangtok. The car was to arrive at 12.00 noon. We had planned to stop mid way to go river rafting…

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Gangtok, April 17, 2009 – Day 7 – Walking in Gangtok

Gangtok, April 17, 2009 – Day 7 – Walking in Gangtok

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 6 – Day 8 Today, the last day of our 3 full days in Gangtok, we had kept aside for the city of Gangtok itself. We haven’t seen the Flower Exhibition, the Handicrafts and Handloom Museum and a few other places. We had a leisurely breakfast in the Mintokling Guest House restaurant. The service was bad, the prices high and the food passable. We had stayed away from the guest house restaurant on…

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Gangtok, April 13, 2009 – Day 3 – Kolkata

Gangtok, April 13, 2009 – Day 3 – Kolkata

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 2 – Day 4 Falaknuma Express arrived on time at Howrah (Kolkata). My uncle’s driver, Mandal-da, was there to pick us up and we drove across the old Howrah bridge to Park Street where my uncle and aunt have a flat. I had saved my previous two emailed posts as I was getting an intermittent signal in the train near Kharagpur, my old college. At my uncle’s flat. I tried connecting and received…

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Gangtok, April 12, 2009 – Day 2 – On The Train to Kolkata

Gangtok, April 12, 2009 – Day 2 – On The Train to Kolkata

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 1 – Day 3 I suppose it is the uncomfortable berths but I always wake up very early in trains. The fact that most people are asleep and I can brush my teeth without cheerleaders also seems important somehow. Anyway, here I am, up nice and early, teeth as clean as they will get on a train. Everybody else is asleep. The sun is up though the drawn curtains don’t let in much…

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Gangkot, April 11 2009 – Day 1 – On the Way to Gangtok

Gangkot, April 11 2009 – Day 1 – On the Way to Gangtok

On The Way to Gangtok, April 11, 2009, 5.15 pm Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 2 Padmaja, Durgesh Nandini (Mamli), Jyotiraditya (Bablu) and I are sitting in the 2nd AC coach of Falaknuma Express on our way to Calcutta. The train left Secunderabad Station at 4.00 pm. We will arrive tomorrow evening about 5.45 pm, and stay overnight with my fourth maternal uncle, Shri Rebati Ranjan Dash and aunt, Mrs. Bandana Dash. My uncle is the head of…

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Gangtok Trip – Day 5 – Local Sightseeing

Gangtok Trip – Day 5 – Local Sightseeing

Vacations – Gangtok, April 2009 – Day 4 – Day 6 April 15, Day 5, 9.00 am: Local Sightseeing. The entire day today was spent in local sightseeing. Pema, the manager of Mintokling had booked a taxi for us yesterday and Kiran Chettri, our driver for the day, arrived with his Maruti WagonR well before the allotted time of 9.00 am. I got up early in the hope of catching a glimpse of Kanchenjunga from the hotel windows but was disappointed by the cloud cover. Any…

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