Himalayas are magnificent and majestic. Many of us just hate the crowd ( not that we hate people) but we miss the offbeat. That being said, some fabulous places are now big tourist destinations and "you are not just a tourist". Well, in that case go to these tourist destinations in off-season. So, this is an earlier journey of mine I took in the winters of January and today I stumbled across the memoirs of my journey. This was Darjeeling, Gangtok and off-course I can't forget that one plate of Maggi Noodles I ate at Tsomgo lake at over 12000 feet, that was heaven.