Darjeeling Planters Club
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... locals rather than watching it from a hotel rooftop. I asked at the homestay where I was staying if it was safe for me to go out and Anjana responded, "We are mountain people! We are not like the people on the plains!" So that's a yes then. All that remained was for me and Joe, a bloke I met on the train, to go out and locate suitable quantities of powder to smear on the faces of strangers whilst shouting, "Happy ...
... 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 ...
... high grade Darjeeling Tea sold solely to Harrods in London. Tea pluckers earn the equivalent of a dollar a day yet produce some of the most expensive tea sold anywhere in the world. The workers carry large wicker baskets that strap across their foreheads and scale the steep tea plantations for eight hours a day, six days a week. Many of the workers live close by in the hillside communities that we needed to walk through to get back to the town. The children played ...
As I take a leisurely stroll down the Chowrasta, I wonder; “What is it in this place that fascinates me most?” Is it the aura of the mountains that surround me, some canvassed in a distant blue while the others clad in a lustrous green often textured with camellia sinensis (tea shrubs)? Or is it the restless yearning to catch a glimpse of the snow clad Kanchenjunga that chooses to play hide and seek with her admirers with the help of the clouds? Is it ...
... people shoving in to our queue left, right and centre. Had to fill in a bloody form in order to book a return trip on the Darjeeling Toy Train (a small gauge mountain railway) for 10:40 tomorrow.