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... a shower I went out again and found a great local restaurant, the Hasty Tasty, specializing in Indian cuisine. I tried the special Thali whom I liked a lot,execpt for two spicy sauces and of course I drank a large pot of Darjeeling tea.I have already 'packed my bags and tomorrow morning I will take the jeep to Gangtok, capital of Sikkim from where you will read my next post, if I find an internet cafe'like ...
... he did not want to rip me off directly but had no control over his boss. A woman came out from a house and began to talk to us about the prices of the horses and speak to the guys firmly in Hindi and then told us to give them the money we owed for the ride down (they wanted us to pay for the ride we were not taking back) and to come with her away from them. We did that. The lady was nice and owns a tea shop next to the be happy tea plantation. She watched the men ride away and ...
... you with some of now:
- There are 4 flushes (pickings) of tea, spring (first) summer, monsoon and autumn.
- None of those are the best, but first is softer than second which is stronger.
- The tea plant is from the Camelia family
- Orange Pekoe tea is basically named after William of Orange (hang over from Dutch East India Company) and Pekoe is the tea bud they pick. It is a grade of tea.
All very interesting.
That afternoon ...
... up and down the mountain range. The track is adorable and fascinating - it's only two feet in diameter and weaves carefully across and next to the main road. At points there are only a couple of inches of clearance between the train and the storefronts that now line the track. I wonder how many stacks of oranges get knocked over each year. The train has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. And rightly so - the experience really makes you travel back in time to a simple ...
I left Varanasi by train, and I was very happy to leave that busy tourist Mecca. Unfortunately, Varanasi got the last laugh with me as I felt food poisoning overcome me while I waited in the train station for six hours for my train to arrive late. It was a rough ride, trying to keep my composure on the swaying ride while my guts rebelled... BUT, I made it to Darjeeling about 24 hours after leaving Varanasi. It was bliss! Cool, crisp air. The atmosphere was ...