Darjeeling Planters Club
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As a Dutchman I am probably more impressed by altitudes than others, but no one can tell me that Darjeeling & surroundings are not exceptional. In about three hours a jeep will take you from Siliguri in the hot plains of West Bengal to about 2100m altitude up the Himalayas - where it's cool. Driving up the hills filled with - you guessed it - …
... After an hour it was slightly clearer but we decided to go back to our hotel. On the way back we bought some tea from a little stall and drank this on the way to the hotel. We then ordered our breakfast and it was brought to our room 10 minutes later. We ate breakfast and got back into bed to warm up. Laura had a little nap and I continued to catch up with the blog. ...
... this little shop all the tea grown on this plantation is sold exclusively at Harrod's, in London.
She first showed us & a French couple how to make the tea. This type is called Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe. The leaves aren't steeped in water, you just pour the water through the strainer & are ready to go. The tea has a golden color & is mild in flavor. It's nice, but I think we both prefer the stronger black tea. We did end ...
... he wasn't so keen and a black tea Highland (1st flush) I wonder why?? I tried Gopaldhara (1st flush) which was a black tea and white silver bullet (pussimbing) which was a white tea (I'd never even heard of white tea) and came in a champagne glass.
We spend the afternoon just walking and headed to Lunar restaurant for dinner and tried dosa's, which are lentil flour filled pancakes. I had masala dosa and Craig had paneer ...
... with local guides, told them about our epic trek and they couldn’t believe we got there in less than 6 hours! We were proud.
Highlights: The end of the iphone saga. Seeing the entrance gate to Lukla after the power trek. Taking our boots off. Having a few rum and cokes with locals.
Duration: 5 ½ hrs
Difficulty: Intermediate. Steep descents difficult on the toes, some tiring ascents difficult after so ...
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