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... and passed the usual overloaded bus and van. We went through a town that was having tarmac laid and the crowds lined either side of the street watching with looks of amazement were amusing. After a while we stopped for breakfast but didn't fancy a curry so just had a couple of cups of tea, the tea came with milk and sugar already in which we didn't realise until we put salt in it by mistake. Lesley got excited when she found she had good ...
... leaf water?
And the tea leaves? Who knew there were so many different ways to use the foliage of a single plant. Black tea is made from leaves that have been fermented and then dried. Green tea is dried without fermentation. Oolong is partially fermented (either halfway between black and green tea… or half black tea and half green tea combined – I’m not sure). White tea is just the newly formed buds, picked first ...
Darjeeling is high up in the mountains - 7000 feet up! You can see the Kanajungen mountain range from the town (and our hotel!) - simply stunning at any time of day! spent time on the rope-way - a local cable car they have only just re-opened after fatalities from before when a cable car decided to make a dash for freedom!
Jason who is scared of heights opted to drive us there in his jeep but not join us!
Darjeeling is a real mix of Indian, Nepali and ...
... muster (10AM is pretty early ok) we got some nice cheap local breakfast and hopped in a Jeep bound for Darjeeling. It was a bit of a squeeze but we had had some far worse experiences in Jeeps, to be honest this was actually the most comfortable. As we wound up the mountain roads I could not help but be reminded of Mcleod Ganj and became full of anticipation to see what Darjeeling would be like. I've found that despite the cold (Which can be abit of an issue I ...
... a little before dusk, a crowd has gathered outside to protest and listen to a minister speak against the building of another Hydro station post earthquake. This seems a common theme in Sikkim amongst the traditional owners of this land and as we later drive along the Rangit river we see numerous stations at different stages of construction and the lack of water in what was once a powerful river.
The Temple is rather special considered most sacred and has a carved image of ...