Traveling in North India

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Has been almost a month traveling from South to North India. At the moment I'm in Darjeeling at 2000 mt of altitude. It's a small city on top of the mountain. There's not much to to up here... There are alot of small shops, few markets, many hotels and if is clear sky the view is amazing. It's possible to see all the Himalaya Range, included the Everest if it is very clear. But after couple of days is becoming a bit boring. We been in Sikkim last week... Amazing!!! Even if is part of India, you need to do a 7 days permit to get in, but you can always extend it when you arrive in Gangtok, the capital. It's shame that the North Sikkim is interrupt for the earthquake that they had a month ago. But our first stop was Aritar, a small village on the East. Very nice to be in the green and fresh mountain after spend few days in the hot and humid Kokata. Good food, nice people and more oxygen!!! We enjoyed the place for about two days and that we decided to catch a sharing tax-jeep to reach Gangtok. Lovely town also on the hill. There's no traffic in the square so it's nice to take a walk looking the market. If you are luck at the early morning you can have a view from your window on the third highest mountain in the world: the Kanchejunga. But if is not possible to visit the North of the country a beautiful place is Pelling. It's about five hours driving from the capital, up and down and the road conditions are not the best. But in the forest on top of rice and tea fields there this little touristic village. There a good choice of hotels and guest houses but the best you'll see in the morning when the manager of the hotel knock at your room door. look outside... It's stunning, unbelievable, indescribable... The big peak is just there: The Kanchejunga. Breathtaking! WOW! Enjoy the scenic view.
Ther're many trekking routs to do. Many agency organize tours and adventures on the Himalaya. A good start-point is Yoksum a small village nice to taste Yak's cheese and enjoy the buddhist culture. It's all surrounded by Tibetan flags... A nice and colorful atmosphere.

Next stop, Varanasi...

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