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... our heads out the window (with eyes pealed for oncoming objects at very close quarters) and people watching. There is something about a train that brings people on to the streets to wave at complete strangers. We have just about perfected our "royal' salute.
Installed in the Dekling Hotel, we are starting to experience the cold, asking for extra blankets, heaters and we were supplied with hotwater bottles to defrost our ...
... it to be a bit underwhelming. Mainly due to the weather I suppose as it was similar to Portland in March; rain, clouds, drear, gloom. We also expected to find a small, quaint town with lovely views of tea plantations in the valley below and beautiful snow capped mountains in the distance. The town was actually quite large and bustling and confusing as we had to take small alleys and sketchy winding staircases to get anywhere ...
... guesthouses we ate and slept in seemed quite full. In each village, there were multiple places to stay and eat; there was no such thing as reservations, so space was allotted according to when you arrived.
The last day of our trek was off the ridge (and away from the vehicles) into the valley below. Following trails instead of the cobble road, we walked around 16 km through beautiful lush bamboo forests, prime red panda habitat. Just ...
... crisp and clean, and besides the overwhelming number of dogs and excessive honking of horns, Darjeeling has the perfect ski village feel to it. It didn't take Britta-"hey are those pastries?"-Rasmussen long to discover Glenary's - a little bakery with free wifi- where we set up camp for most of the day. We filled up on pots of the infamous local tea, indulged in the first legit sandwiches we have encountered on this trip and of course- lots ...
... More days similar to the bureaucratic hassle I experienced in both London and Kolkata loomed. However getting a train ticket proved a more immediate problem. In the end I had a further three nights in Darjeeling, but now the weather was infinitely better, the place started to grow on me more. Andrew had also recommended a fine dinner restaurant, “best Tandoori Chicken in the area” and boy was he right, plus a bacon & eggs ...