Saturday, November 29, 2014

India - Darjeeling and Sikkim: Part 4

In Pelling (Sikkim), we had the luxury of staying in an awesome resort. I think this would have cost an arm and a leg in a developed country (i.e. out of my budget). Which is why, I have decided that from now on, I shall only visit developing countries (apart from the awesome scenery, fresh air and food). 
This is the view from our resort - the Chumbi mountain resort and spa. We didn't go to the spa (which has awesome reviews on trip advisor) since we were too busy trying to sleep early to catch the next days sunrise, and maximise our last few days in India. 

This is Pinky again! Visited her a few times during our stay in Sikkim cos we went to Hotel Garuda for tea and lunch.
Free carwash at all the numerous waterfalls. The roads are really bumpy and dusty, so most people take the opportunity to wash their car at the waterfall.
The Singshore bridge, which is a suspension bridge about 200m in length. It's the second highest suspension bridge in Asia, and the bridge sways when vehicles cross it.
Lots of rice terraces in the valley.
Wild cucumber, plucked off a tree.
We didn't believe that it was cucumber at first, until our guide took a bite out of it. I didn't try it but according to those people who tried (and one person tried it AFTER it was washed with bottled water, true city dweller style), it was tastier than our usual cucumber.
Squash growing on a tree. There's lots of edible stuff growing everywhere if you know where to look (I don't).
We visited the Rabdentse ruins, which used to be the ancient capital of Sikkim, until the Nepalese army. There's really nice views from the ruins.
After visiting the ruins, we walked around a small village. This is their charcoal stove in the kitchen.
We bought half a pumpkin from one of the villagers.
It looks pretty unripe and wasn't orange like the usual pumpkins that I know of, but it really tastes good and tastes even sweeter than the normal pumpkin.
Little kitten at one of the houses.
Lots of pickled vegetables.
Freshly plucked walnuts
Cracking walnuts - it's hard work cos the shell is really hard! I wonder how they manage to crack and peel the walnuts whole
Freshly cracked walnut. The flesh is actually slightly wet and very tasty, not like the dried ones that we get from the supermarket (btw I buy Nature Wonder Walnuts and it is definitely not half as tasty). Had a difficulty time trying to get the nut out initially, but things improved when I managed to get a fork to dig out every morsel of the precious walnut.

After all the holidays, I'm feeling all cooped up like a factory chicken. I wanna be a free range ...

Links to my Sikkim and Darjeeling trip:
Part 1
Part 2 
Part 3
Part 5

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