Darjeeling Planters Club
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... In this case, the movie was partially correct. While modern diesel engines power the train for most of its route, there is a working historic British built steam locomotive that pulls a tourist train through Darjeeling.
Despite the train not meeting my expectations (from the movie), it was still a kick to see this historic train in the beautiful hill station of Darjeeling.
... our birthday and yet he made us feel like we were the guests of honour! Bless his heart, it was adorable. So we stuck around for a couple rounds of beers and cake and had a lovely time helping our new friend ring in his birthday.
Before we knew it, our time in Darjeeling had come to an end. Such a shame, as this city has stolen both of our hearts- this is definitely a place that we will be returning to again one day!
... past we saw a settlement in the clearing of the trees, this was probably the biggest and nicest looking one we had seen, there were loads of house around a big circled area in the clearing of the forest. The was a large stream and water fall and animals roaming around, it was very picturesque. We sat down at one of the lodges where we would get breakfast. Niraj said we would get some Nepali 'roita' I think he said. As we had walked 15k in the these past couple of hours we ...
... was 'The Park' - a Thai restaurant. We thought we'd mix it up a bit and go with his recommendation. When we got there it immediately looked classy. Good decor, nice smells, many waitors and 2 TV's. One playing sport, one playing this modern jazzed up orchestral concert from a guy named Yanni. This turned out to be one of the greatest things I'd ever seen. It was their own in house DVD. The conductor was a long haired guy with a moustache but he was dressed in a jumper ...
... of these were tankers taking water to Darjeeling which has no significant water sources of its own; surprising given it's surrounded by hills. Anyway, as you can imagine, the views were fantastic - from the heart-stopping 3000 ft drops, we saw our first tea plantations, huge bamboos (80ft perhaps), the Toy Train (running parallel to and six foot from the road) and houses built into cliff faces. Brilliant!
We were pretty wrecked when we eventually arrived at the hotel and ...