Today we are leaving Darjeeling for Yuksom, the starting point of our trekking in SIkkim. We meetup with Ailsa from Scottland who joined our group as she is not allowed to trek alone. She is a policewomen and prefer solitary and outdoor adventures.
We took a jeep, pass through the junction to Kalimpong (with Ailsa claim is a nice and quiet town, better than the dirty Darjeeling) to Sikkim entrance, which took 45 minutes to sort out our Inner Line Permit (ILP). Our agent is supposed to get in prepared in advance. Another 4.5 hours journey before we reak Yuksom, a very small town which is supposed to be the end of the road.
So far, the India experience is just okay, not too bad, not too great either. Delhi is complicated to deal with the touts, Darjeeling is perhaps slightly overrated, and the path to Sikkim seems very tropical (Nepal seems more amazing). I'm hoping for more Sikkim wonders further down the Goecha La trek and in Rajasthan.