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... 2.5km uphill. In the mist we puffed our way to the Zoo.
First we didn't see a bear as the enclosure was huge and overgrown, this was good in some ways as it meant the enclosures were good and hopefully that meant happy animals. Then we got to the leopards. The happy leopard couple then put on a show for us! They got frisky, the female must have been in heat, the great thing was, as health and safety doesn't apply in India we were standing right ...
... we will see!
After all the window shopping, we had a lite bite which consisted of a Indian style veggie slice, a banana and walnut cake finished with a coffee each! It was delicious and the banana and walnut cake was 2nd best only to Martin Tuner's walnut and banana cake! Such delicious stuff is banana and walnut cake!
Apologise for the essay i will wrap it up now, dont want to bore you with Darjeeling! Will update the blog soonish.
Cheers Jack and ...
We are now in Darjeeling up in the foothills of the Himalayas. Elevation 2135m. The town of about 120,000 is spread over a steep mountain ridge and is a maze of alleyways, steep steps and confusing roads. We came up by 4x4 jeeps, leaving the truck behind in the city of Siliguri for the next 9 days as we trek, visit tea plantations and farms.
Our overnight train journey from Calcutta to Siliguri was quite the experience. We ...
So, getting to darjeeling was a bit of a trek! we had to get a 14 hour train to new japalguiri train station and from there we would have to get a shared jeep for three hours up to darjeeling - with that in mind we mentally prepared ourselves for the trek!
As i mentioned before, sealdah train station was madness and it was a relief to get onto the train - 3 AC is hard to describe, there are six bunks for the overnight train they are stacked in 2 rows of 3 and ...
... while researching a potential hike.
After three hours of driving, we reach a border crossing where my permit is reviewed and stamped. I was within 30 minutes of arriving into Gangtok and having my lunch when something happened. The bus stopped! It stopped moving. Hours went by. We were parked on a steep hill and the bus driver was sat on a bench on the road??? What was going on? I had only half a bottle of water and zero food, thinking I would make ...