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Dodging the Rain and Listening to the Monks
Review of Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery, Kalimpong by koshkha

Advantages: We had a fantastic time
Disadvantages: If you don't turn up during a service, you may not get why we loved it so much.

What Dog? Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa is also known by the slightly easier to pronounce and remember (but rather less fun) name of Durpin Monastery because it stands on Durpin Hill in Kalimpong. It was neither the oldest, nor the most beautiful of ... Read review

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There is a very special atmosphere in Buddhist temples. & I'd support your last comment - I've been in a number of temples and churches of various denominations during services, as a tourist. I've never felt anything but welcome. Of course, one has to be respectful - but if you're not, why would you be there in the first place. by hiker
Malu, if they sat quietly at the back and didn't disturb anyone like we did, then I'm sure they'd be treated as we were. And ironically, when we went to Durham Cathedral last summer, there was a group of Buddhist monks wandering around. by koshkha
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27.11.2013 23:38
Kanchenchunga Views
Review of Summit Newa Regency, Pelling, Sikkim by koshkha

Advantages: Great room, fabulous views
Disadvantages: Slightly annoying manager, cold room

For our trip to West Bengal and Sikkim in October 2013, I had opted to pay for better hotels than I’d normally book. After the desperate disappointment of our horrible room at the Viceroy Hotel in Darjeeling, I was a little bit worried that all the other ... Read review

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Superb review - I especially like the last photo. What a stunning view! x by Graygirl
Well reviewed by MrGump
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24.11.2013 21:33
Cacti or Cactuses? Who cares, they're just gorgeous.
Review of Pineview Cactus Nursery, Kalimpong by koshkha

Advantages: Awesome collection of cacti
Disadvantages: Look but don't touch

A Mountain Marvel Our day in Kalimpong was a damp one and it was clear that we were not going to benefit from the fabulous views for which the town is famous. Our driver picked us up at 9 am and headed up the hillside to take us to our first ‘attracti ... Read review

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Excellent review x by Graygirl
Great write up!x by Chippytarka
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18.11.2013 16:06
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When I think of this place I could just sit down and cry
Review of Viceroy Hotel, Darjeeling by koshkha

Advantages: A good location.
Disadvantages: Almost everything except the location

Great Expectations When we planned our trip to India this year, Darjeeling was to be the highlight. We’ve been before and we love this fantastic, quirky mountain city. In a perfect world, we’d have booked a tour of Sikkim and tagged our own arrangemen ... Read review

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I would have cried too. x by Graygirl
Quite an entertaining read for a barely contained rant. It just doesn't pay to be too British and not complain - mind you, I'm not sure you'd have got anywhere if you had. Lx by hiker
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11.11.2013 14:00
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Room with a View - But Sometimes a View of a Cloud
Review of Soods Garden Retreat, Kalimpong by koshkha

Advantages: Great views when the clouds allow
Disadvantages: A bit on the chilly side

The Road to Kalimpong The drive from Bagdogra airport in West Bengal to Kalimpong was a rough one. As we were thrown around in the back of the vehicle and our driver did his best to avoid the potholes, I remembered that the one thing we’d not replenis ... Read review

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Sounds lovely, shame the weather didn't play ball. by Essexgirl2006
Excellent! by CelticSoulSister
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04.11.2013 13:01
Once in a while, familiarity might just breed 'content'
Review of ibis Mumbai Domestic Airport, Mumbai by koshkha

Advantages: Good value, clean, comfy and convenient
Disadvantages: Small rooms and very standard Ibis layouts

...book a room at an Ibis I know exactly what to expect. That’s not an exaggeration or an indication that I have some kind of psychic ability to predict room layouts. Ibis hotel rooms are pretty much universal. I c ... Read review

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Back by MrGump
Excellent review, sounds good! by marymoose99
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27.10.2013 16:50
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Starbucks will never understand that some places just have SOUL
Review of Mandala Coffee Shop, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala by koshkha

Advantages: A little spot of sanity in a crazy town
Disadvantages: Don't eat so much cake that you forget to go to the temple

Heaven in a cup Once in a while you find a place that seems so perfect and so totally ‘right’ that you really don’t ever want to leave. If you’re lucky it might be somewhere you can go back to again and again, but if you’re not, you might fall in lov ... Read review

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Full of much deserved enthusiasm. Lx by hiker
Excellent review x by Graygirl
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23.08.2013 11:26
A Dharamsala Dive
Review of Hotel Sahiwa, Dharamsala by koshkha

Advantages: The restaurant's OK, the location is good, the staff are quite friendly
Disadvantages: It's basically a bit of a dump.

...expectations Sometimes you know that your hotel is going to be really rubbish and there's nothing you can do about it. In India it happens quite often and you just have to accept that not everything about your holiday is ever going to be c ... Read review

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Such a good review, really interesting to read :) by purplehaze13
Excellent review x by Graygirl
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19.08.2013 23:27
Carry On Up the Khyber
Review of Khyber, Manali by koshkha

Advantages: After a week of curry, pizza is very welcome
Disadvantages: No real atmosphere as it was so empty

Working up an appetite Manali is a great place to spend a few days and on our last day before we moved on to the next destination, we indulged in a very full-on morning of sightseeing which involved a chance to really see the best and worst that the ... Read review

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I'm certainly not going to throw abuse at you for choosing pizza but we DO eat three Indian meals a day for a week every year for National Curry Week - and love it! Enforced by others it might be a different matter though... by fizzytom
E review :) by crystalaward
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14.05.2013 14:08
Paradise found!
Review of H2O Agonda, Goa by anwar

Advantages: beautiful area,few tourists,great food!
Disadvantages: long flight,scary driving!

...of research we settled on H2O Agonda. We loved the look of the substantial beach huts just met ... Read review

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I love the idea of seeing cows on the beach! :) A very detailed review with some great pictures to back it up! x by frankiecesca
Exceptional review with everything i would want to know. by mcfcdave12
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14.03.2013 08:47
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Food and Philosophy
Review of The Embassy, Shimla by koshkha

Advantages: Unique approach to feeding and provoking thought
Disadvantages: It's a very long way to go to get a brownie

...those places that sticks in the memory, that lingers in the mind as a uniquely ‘different’ place and one which you will inevitably try to find again when you ... Read review

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I want a brownie! by marymoose99
Full of real enthusiasm. L by hiker
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14.02.2013 08:56
Watching the World Go By
Review of Cafe Crafters, Kochi by koshkha

Advantages: Lovely setting with super views and a great old building
Disadvantages: Small portions and quite expensive by local standards

Jewtown or Craftertown? Cafe Crafters is a lovely restaurant located slap bang in the centre of the Jewtown district of Kochi. It sits on a corner where Jew Town Road makes a sudden zig zag, close to the cul de sac that leads to the Pardesi Synagogue ... Read review

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I'd always rather a small main and a pud! the place looks deserted! by catsholiday
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05.02.2013 22:37
Life is Tweet at the Goldfinch
Review of Goldfinch Hotel Mangalore, Mangalore by koshkha

Advantages: Great standard of accommodation and dining for a great price
Disadvantages: Overenthusiastic air con and strange lighting in the rooms

Mangalore – with an M There are two typical reactions which can be expected when you tell people that you’re going to Mangalore. The most common response is that people correct you. They think “Clearly she’s crazy and means Bangalore because that’s a ... Read review

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I'm sure hotel staff are frightened when they see you coming. :-) by MALU
I'm afraid my sons would be in hysterical fits of laughter at the f-e-c-a-l floors. They are still very much in the toilet humour stage. by Marge3781
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30.01.2013 08:47
A sea of milk!
Review of Dudhsager Falls by anwar

Advantages: see review
Disadvantages: see review

I have just returned from a week with a friend in southern Goa. During the week we took a trip to visit the Dudhsagar waterfalls on the Goa/Karnataka boarder. Getting there. ************ We were staying in southern Goa and decided that a local taxi wo ... Read review

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You give us a great "taste" of this one here - the photographs are excellent too. R. by RICHADA
E! by Jake_Speed

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23.01.2013 13:12
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Manali in the Mountains
Review of Manali by koshkha

Advantages: Fantastic scenery, clean air and lots of things to see and do
Disadvantages: Unless you intend to ski, raft, or throw yourself off a mountains, 2-3 days is enough

Just Passing Through You don’t go to Manali, high up in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh by accident; you have to really want to go there and make quite a lot of effort to do so. Unless you are crazy enough to be trying to go overland to Ladakh, Man ... Read review

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No need to ask why... and yes, the photo says it all. Lx by hiker
Great review x by xmum2fourx

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14.01.2013 17:28
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