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- There are 4 flushes (pickings) of tea, spring (first) summer, monsoon and autumn.
- None of those are the best, but first is softer than second which is stronger.
- The tea plant is from the Camelia family
- Orange Pekoe tea is basically named after William of Orange (hang over from Dutch East India Company) and Pekoe is the tea bud they pick. It is a grade of tea.
All very interesting.
That afternoon ...
... treat you as a guest, and are gracious and kind. Then he showed me some pictures and videos of what he described as an absolutely "fantastic" religious event, which included an all-male mob rhythmically clapping in hysterics while about twenty shirtless guys with extremely bloody backs self-flagellated themselves with spiky whips. At this point I decided it was time to pay for my breakfast. There's nothing like traveling to expand your sense of the world... ☺️ Hugs, ...
... and car horns were honking and the place just had a easy vibe about it. But perhaps the best part was that the high Himalayas were visible from town. I arrived as the subways setting over Kanchenjunga, and I was pleased...even though my guts were not cooperating. Darjeeling is known for its tea. Being a coffee drinker (I find tea to be a terrible disappointment), I decide to head to the nearby hills instead of sipping tea. Located near three international ...
... that our trip was going to start in such a good way and couldn't wait to see what was round the corner. We arrived in Maneybhangjang and walked a few mins to where Niraj's house was. His house was literally just on the Nepalese side of the border. We crossed over the line into Nepal and then walked down some stairs and into his house. It was actually a really nice house. It was a well built wooden style house. It had been made to last and looked very homely inside. You walked ...
... and I visited the place in June. Not many people come here during the monsoons. I am glad we did.
There is nothing much to do at Jorepokhri. You can lie down with a good book beside your room's window and let the hours pass by. The forests are excellent for walking and when it rains, the foggy pine forest creates a mystery that cant be described in words. We walk through the clouds and the forest, listen to the silence, have hot momos at a roadside shop ...