Darjeeling Planters Club
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... as we settled in, on went another layer of clothes and we dived under the blankets to prevent hypothermia. None of us expected a 30 degree drop in temperature and our bodies were struggling to adjust. Our hosts had organised for their nephew, Promise, to take us to Tiger Hill view point for sunrise the next day where we would hope to see Mount Everest peaking through the clouds. The bad weather had been building the day before so we weren't confident on good visibility ...
- Great nights sleep, some 12 hours worth! Still up by 7am then headed over to the Happy Valley Tea Estate, where Darjeeling Tea is made. The factory wasn't running as the harvest season was over but we did get an informative guided tour of all the machinery, the tea making process and all the different types of tea's made there.
- Grabbed breakfast at Frank Ross Cafe then headed over to the train station to catch the 10:40 Toy Train to Ghoom. The steam train ...
... get some chicken! We couldn't wait. We hadn't been there long when the smiley and nice woman of the house started preparing dinner. She also made us a coffee. We had started to favour coffee over tea because they had been so nice and then we got to see why. There method is to boil some water in a saucepan (enough for half a cup each) and then add a generous amount of sugar into the saucepan at that point. The sugar in India and Nepal isn't nearly as refined, it is ...
We were at first happy that it was cool but then discovered no heat in the hotel and it did get cold. At 3:30 AM we left the hotel to go to Tiger Hill(Mountain) to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. When we returned, the only warm spot in the room was the bed. ...
... this is ‘one of India’s best’ zoos, I’d rather not even think about the other ones.
At least there was the Mountaineering Institute in the grounds, I thought, until we got in there to find it was more like a North Face display window. There were some interesting bits about the first Everest ascension and the few attempts preceding it, but other than that…an epic fail.
Thank God for the views on the walk ...