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Review of Pemayangtse Monastery, Pelling by koshkha

Advantages: Fabulous location with spectacular views and fascinating things inside
Disadvantages: You will have to use your own imagination to work out a lot of what's inside

...will almost certainly visit the Pemayangtse Monastery. I’m not psychic and I don’t have any special itinerary-predicting powers, I just know that there ... Read review

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25.02.2014 09:50
Mooching in Mussoorie
Review of Mussoorie by koshkha

Advantages: An easy introduction to the hills
Disadvantages: Not terribly much to do

...got around to writing about Mussoorie itself. Whilst Kemptu is bizarre and rather entertaining, it’s most ... Read review

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E! by angelboouk123
Entertaining - given that there seems so little to it. by hiker

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05.02.2014 13:03
Delhi's Giant Lotus Blossom
Review of Lotus Temple / Baha'i House of Worship, New Delhi by koshkha

Advantages: A fascinating building and a fascinating religion
Disadvantages: Not everyone will love the lack of bling

A Lotus at Long Last I had been to Delhi many times before I finally went to visit one of the most famous modern buildings in the city, and indeed the whole of the country. Quite why it took me so long to finally visit struck me as a bit of a mystery ... Read review

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Smashing review xXx by Deesrev
Great review, E x by Wee_Jackie_163
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03.02.2014 08:28
Ta-ra-ra Boom-de-ay
Review of Tara Palace, Gangtok, Sikkim by koshkha

Advantages: Fantastic location and breathtaking views
Disadvantages: Dodgy wi-fi and not the best food.

...two listings for hotels called Tara Palace in India and both were requested by me. Both are hotels I rate very highly - although the two are totally different. One is my favourite cheap Delhi hotel, and the other is an up-ma ... Read review

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Well done you! by hiker
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10.01.2014 15:59
Putting a (holy) foot in it.
Review of Khecheopalri Lake, Near Pelling, Sikkim by koshkha

Advantages: Beautiful views, perfect clean, fresh air
Disadvantages: Best avoided when it's really busy

Lake Life Khecheopalri Lake is located about 30 km from the small town of Pelling in the west of the Indian state of Sikkim. We visited whilst we were staying in Pelling and it took around one and a half hours to drive there. This is pretty typical o ... Read review

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E x by danielalong
Yay! I am able to rate this one at last, courtesy of Chrome browser on my smartphone - a sign of the times, perhaps? Merry Christmas to you and yours. by pgn0
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21.12.2013 18:46
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Dosed up on Dosas
Review of Frank Ross Cafe, Darjeeling by koshkha

Advantages: Great views without the queues
Disadvantages: No cake - but that's not necessarily a bad thing

The Hit List If you consult any list of recommendations on where to eat in Darjeeling, you’ll find that everyone says you should go to Glenary’s, a very English tea shop that’s been filling tourists and locals alike with hot drinks and cakes since th ... Read review

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Excellent review x by Graygirl
Fab and the coffee looks great by Pam222
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11.12.2013 08:05
High on a Hill Side Outside Darjeeling
Review of Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre, Darjeeling by koshkha

Advantages: It's a unique opportunity to observe a community in exile
Disadvantages: It can feel awkward and uncomfortable.

An attraction that takes a bit of an effort and a vehicle We spent several days in Darjeeling a few years ago and we thought we’d already visited pretty much all of the city’s attractions. When our driver offered to take us sightseeing, we were fairly ... Read review

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Totally agree. There are a few of these places in the countries that border Tibet... and we need to go and take note... that the products are not the finest quality is part of the point. These aren't experts at anything, they're ordinary people trying to make a living at things which at home they'd just do for themselves and their neighbours... Interested that you'd see it as patronising to buy something you don't want. The Big Issue wouldn't survive on that basis - indeed a lot of modern big business wouldn't either: so on second thoughts, perhaps if none of us bought stuff we don't want.... hmmm. Might need to think a bit more about that one. Lx by hiker
Excellent review x by Graygirl
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07.12.2013 18:49
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
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