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Old 28th February 2009, 09:33   #31
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Very impressive pics.. and you ate all that in a Train?? thats nice!
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Old 28th February 2009, 09:46   #32
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I am sorry to say that it is is not the "Japanese peace pagoda".

It is a Buddhist temple built by King Ashoka. It is known as a peace pagoda because after slaying several people in the Kalinga War, King Ashoka regretted the massive killings and never fought a war thereafter!

As far as my knowledge goes, Japan has nothing to do with the Pagoda.
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Gautam, are you sure about this?
Looks very much like the Shanti Stupas that the Japanese got made at various buddhist places in India!
That does not even look like an ancient construction from Ashoka's time.
Gautam, please take a look here: Trip to Orissa: Day 2 (Part 1): Chandrabhaga Beach, Chandrabhaga River, Sun Temple at Konark, Shiva Temple at Dhauli Hill (Dhauligiri), River Daya, Shanti Stupa at Dhauli Hill (Dhauligiri) | AdmirableIndia.com

It is a Japanese Shanti Stupa. Indo-Japanese collaboration, LOL!
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@ Gautam: It's called ShantiStupa and built by Japanese KalingaTimes.com: Peace Pagoda at Dhauli

I got confused by another Japanese peace pagoda in Darjeeling lol, Man so many Japs.
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Old 2nd March 2009, 11:45   #34
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Very impressive pics.. and you ate all that in a Train?? thats nice!
That was our menu during the whole trip, wish we could get such food in the trains
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That was our menu during the whole trip, wish we could get such food in the trains
Where is the pic of Batasia Loop ? Thats a nice view . Also the pic of the famous toy train ?

Had you been to thasngu lake from Gangtok ?
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Where is the pic of Batasia Loop ? Thats a nice view . Also the pic of the famous toy train ?

Had you been to thasngu lake from Gangtok ?
I'm yet to recover my data, haven't uploaded the Darjeeling, Gangtok photos yet.

We planned for Lake Tsmogo but it was closed because of snow, and the tourists who went the other day got stranded and army was called to rescue them. close to 1700 got stranded.

so no Nathula pass and Tsomgo lake
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Old 21st March 2009, 05:27   #37
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Welcome to Darjeeling

The song,"Meri sapno ki rani kab aayegi tu, aayi ruth masthani kab aayegi tu" made this place and train very famous


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Batasia Loop is a loop (switchback) created to lower the gradient of ascent of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. At this point, the tracks spiral around over itself through a tunnel and over a hilltop. The railway line negotiates a circle and ascends 1,000 ft in altitude.

It was commisioned in 1919.

It is 5 km from Darjeeling, below Ghum. There is also a memorial to the Gorkha soldiers who sacrificed their lives after the Indian Independence in 1947.

From the Batasia Loop one can get a panoramic view of Darjeeling town with the Kanchenjunga and other snowy mountains in the back-drop.
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Traditional Dress and a Khukri
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We spent less than 12 hours in Darjeeling, somehow didn't like the place, and still wonder why it's called "Queen of hill stations", when we reached in the afternoon it was drizzling, we checked into the hotel, in the evening had a walk around the bazaar and next day morning left for 3 view points

Tiger Hill, Batasia loop, since we were running out of time skipped the Ghoom Monastery.

upcoming, spectacular Kanchenjunga.
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Old 21st March 2009, 05:40   #38
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Next day got up @ 3 AM and got ready cab came at 4AM and we went to TigerHill its a view point from where you can see the 2nd highest peak in the world KANCHENJUNGA turn into Red color when the first sun rays fall onto its peaks.

let the pictures justify

Trivia: From the view point to kanchenjunga, if there was a straight road then the distance between Kanchenjunga and Tiger Hill View point is 8KM
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No Camera trick, its because of the mist

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After Batasia loop, our next destination was GANGTOK, which was the best place in our overall journey, simply superb, the road from Darjeeling to Gangtok is awesome till half way through the journey the river Teestha follows you. and Gangtok one of the most cleanliest cities I have ever seen and for civic sense.

Trivia: You cannot find a straight road in entire gangtok for not more than 500 Metres

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Old 21st March 2009, 22:16   #39
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let the pictures justify
Great pictures. It's worth getting up so early to seethe sunrise.
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Old 27th March 2009, 07:03   #40
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@ Romyeo:
Not as great as your pictures. This is the picture of Lord Buddha from the peace Pagoda at Bhubaneswar
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Romyeo4u, waiting for your Gangtok adventure.
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