Hotel Sonar Bangla - Darjeeling
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... times and the builders used a variety of ground-breaking engineering techniques such as reverse sections and loops (rather than blasting tunnels through the steep terrain) to lay the track in this difficult but beautiful mountain setting.
We managed to get a ticket, bizarrely by buying it direct from the station manager inside the ticket office rather than outside with everyone else. ...
... was soooo worthwhile.
From 6 am the sky started to change colour and slowly the peaks of the Himalayas were revealed. The most stunning views were of the third highest peak, but eventually we gained a distant view of Everest. How astounding! I had been hoping for some mountain views, but the guide books warned of impenetrable fog in Winter and after Rajahstan I was not optimistic. But our luck has certainly been in here in Darjeeling. The peaks changed ...
... peaks of the third highest mountain in the world, its great. In the evening we sat down and planned out the rest of our stops in India to see how long it will take us to get down south to meet my dad, yes the old man of coming to join in the fun for a months and I can't wait. The next day. Today we met our trek guy to go through details of the trek and what we needed and then went shopping to get a hat, scarf, gloves and 2 pairs if warm leggings, total cost for 2 £7.50. We ...
... area through tea plantations (highest altitude in India so apparently good stuff), the local zoo and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute's museum, a tea tasting at a local shop, carpet weaving demonstration at a Tibetan refugee center, and very English style high tea at the Windemere Hotel.
On our last morning we rose at 4:00 for a Jeep ride to Tiger ...
... because the tank is empty. In a authentic Nepalese / Tibetan restaurant we eat the finest Momo's that we have gotten so far. Yummy.
The drive back to Siliguri we go strictly according to the railroad. And drive sometimes right next to the steam train. The track was but spilled by various rock falls and is no longer passable. A pass is only possible with the motorbike, as well as the road was swept away. An otherwise the track and scenery, ...