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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 ...
... amp; it was the last we were to see of them.
We rested for a bit & went a short way down the street to a restaurant we had walked by. It was empty when we walked by the first time, but it was now almost 2 o'clock & packed. For some reason Indians eat very late lunches, we've noticed. After the owner figured out how to reach us we ordered three different dishes & some bread to dip in them. This seemed to put a wrench in their plans. ...
... I could manage to keep going, but of course we made it, and the path steadied out for another few kilometres…merely to prepare us for yet another climb. This time it was 4km and it felt never ending. By now we’d already walked 17, and the end couldn’t come quickly enough for me. The lactic acid was seriously burning, and the ground underfoot was so uneven with unsteady rocks that you had to concentrate hard to keep your ...
... but did not really see much of the Googhly river or the flower markets as too scared we would get caught up in Kolkata traffic and miss our flight. 'The black hole' is off limits unless you have very special official permission.
Took a flight to Bagdogra in the north and glimpsed Mt Everest on the way in the plane.
Met on arrival by the Glenburn tea estate driver with cold towels and home made lemonade from the back of his jeep, ...
... 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.
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