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... time frame. And i never like this type of trip.
So, we landed with a deal. We will go along with other tourists in a shared jeep. But we will not return with them. We are going to stay one more night in Lachung and the operator will send 3 empty seats in next day's tourist vehicle. It was cool. This way, we will get one full day to explore the village, meet with some local people and try some traditional delicacies. And ...
I woke before the sun and went upstairs to hotel lounge to catch up on my blogging. The hotel is blocked to the east by other buildings, so it didn't occur to me that a spectacular sunrise might be in store. To the west were the Himalayas, Mt. Kangchenjunga (the world's third highest peak, behind Everest and K2) in the forefront, shrouded in shadow.
So focused was I on my blogging that I nearly missed ...
... up the hill. The Jeeps don't leave until they're full and there was us and another couple in the front two seats when we got in (maximum capacity is ten or eleven). Ten minutes later an enormous American man got in the back and I can honesty say he's one of the most negative people I've ever met. He worked for the U.N. in Nepal, and was regretting leaving the safety of his compound in Nepal to see Darjeeling for the weekend. He did slip the Jeep ...
... to land yourself with a mouth full of them, we ended up pulling them of ourselves and tuktuk for the remainder of the journey (At least another 45 minutes). Unfortunately our luck ran out once we had arrived at the station as we soon discovered that our train was running a full 2 hours late ontop of the 1 hour early we had decided to arrive. Oh well TII (This is India) as our motto went so we found somewhere to sit down and read for a while to pass the time.
... promised to be fun but was a bit of a worn out tourist attraction, especially on a misty day destined for Ghoom.
I fight the bug in my stomach from Pelling it takes my hearty appetite but I carry on. I write and take more photos, I cant stop, the beauty is astounding.
We walk Darjeeling with our new found fitness and drink tea, find little cafes and restaurants to eat and drink more tea. We steal glances at the peaks that will be no more, how lucky we are.