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... tea. Much to my dismay, it seemed like yesterday’s brief stroll down to a tea plantation was about all we were going to get in the way of “tea tourism”. According to our guide, the season was over and that, was the end of the story. Under extensive questioning from Laine (thanks mum!) he admitted that we might possibly be able to visit a tea-plantation though we’d have to forgo the pleasure of (another) rambling stroll through town in ...
... us a picnic basket, which we found waiting for us in our chauffeured jeep.
And lastly, we can't forget the Tea. We were given a private tour of their tea estate, by the charming and enigmatic estate manager -- I know so much about tea now, it really is a science -- followed by an extensive tasting of their collection. We had so much fun.
If heaven turns out to be anything less than the Glenburn Tea Estate, I will be ...
We've been a tad remiss. We're still to write up our blog about the Singalila Ridge Trek: our five-day hike along the ridge that forms the India-Nepal boarder. So, rather than keep you in suspense, our fellow traveller and budding author, Little David 'The Tea' Bear, has kindly stepped in. We present to you an extract from The life and times of a travelling bear:
"...And so it was that I was forced from the creature comforts of Darjeeling and manhandled into the back of ...
... aufsuchen, da der Tank leer ist. In einem nepalesisch/tibetanischen Restaurant essen wir die feinsten Momo's die wir bisher bekommen haben. Lecker.
Die Rückfahrt nach Siliguri fahren wir konsequent der Eisenbahnstrecke nach. Und fahren zeitweise gleich neben dem Dampfzug. Die Strecke wurde aber durch verschiedene Bergstürze verschüttet und ist nicht mehr befahrbar. Ein durchkommen ist nur mit dem Töff möglich, da auch die Strasse ...
... now a believer...who knew!? After the trek and my time in Darjeeling, I took a couple days to see the Indian state of Sikkim. Sikkim is named for its original inhabitants, the Sikkimese, but is now populated with an interesting (and sometimes contentious) mix of Nepalis, Indians, Tibetans and Sikkimese. Sikkim is a beautiful place. But it is also very rugged - to travel the 16 miles on the "highway" from Darjeeling to Jorethang, for instance, takes nearly ...