Darjeeling Gymkhana Resort
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... and pine trees on the other and linked together by an arching footbridge called Indreni Pol (Rainbow Bridge). A 3.5-km-long road encircles the lake and is used for walks with the view of Kanchenjunga on the far horizon. After lunch we continued our journey to Darjeeling and made a short pit stop for tea at Simana. A 60 feet by 40 feet plateau and a viewing area. Simana in Hindi means border. This is the ...
... in. In the evening we went out for a mixed grill which I defiantly needed as I had not had meat for 5 days. Then we collapsed infront of star movies on the tv. The next day We were up to early for Darjeeling which unlike other Indian locations nothing opens here till like 9 its really odd. Anyway once things got going we hunted for a train ticket to Delhi, we hunted as we wanted a higher class on the fast train that is 23hrs when the other trains range from 28hrs to 38hrs. If I ...
... on Observatory Hill. No monkeys this morning. Many people were milling around the temple.
I took a walk through a tunnelled market before returning back to the hotel for late afternoon lunch. Darjeeling is a curious place. It is in a beautiful setting yet so many of the buildings are either dilapidated or derelict.
Rubbish seems to be piled up in lots of places too. It is such a shame to see such a contrast but then ...
... like I was starring at a painting so majestic. It was uplifting to see them in conjunction with the prayer flays that are so synonymous with the Himalayan experience. As we got closer they were hidden more than in view because the houses that lined the train track obscured the view every glimpse was like seeing them for the first time all over again. It was magical. 3 and a half hours after setting off on the train ...
Having finally arrived in Siliguri, we woke up the next day and negotiated a jeep to Darjeeling (though not without the drivers stopping for breakfast unannounced half way there of course). It was with tremendous relief we had finally made it to our hotel in the sky. This time though the general fog had been replaced by a dense mist over the whole mountainside – so we still couldn’t see anything – and the 27°C ...