Hotel Darjeeling Palace
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... would not take the jeep unless he could sit upfront. Me and Kirsty agreed that we would sit in the boot seats so the lady upfront could sit in the back and then he could sit in the front. Once he was in Kirsty could not help but ask why he had to sit up the front. He said it gets a bit squashed in the back. I could not help but ask "are you a princess?" He replied "yes probably much like you" I informed him "I'm not a princess mate I'm sitting in the boot" haha what a ...
... temple a very special atmospheric quality. As we left the grounds, someone mentioned the chimney with smoke. People were putting something on it and throwing seeds. I asked what it was they were putting on - incense, rice, and now I have forgotten what the paste-like substance was. Oh, well.
I forgot to mention the ride up the road to the viewpoint. It was quite bad - potholes, loose stones, rocks in the road and, of course, the crazy traffic, with ...
... needed to say we had tried. The fog was persistent and became a lot denser as we climbed higher but we continued on and purchased tickets for a room with a seat as it was freezing. My chair decided to floor dive as I sat on it as I was just too 'giant' and snapped the leg. Huddled in, we shared warmth and waited about 45 minutes before daylight started to emerge. Every now and then a cackle of voices erupted and people sprang from their seats, cameras above their ...
... fun, reminded us of our holidays in Devon. The train trundled along the track, twisting and turning along the roadside. Peter kept getting "coaled", showered with small bits of coal as he leaned out the window taking pictures!
... 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 ...