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... main road (which was dominated by loud, honking jeeps that were driving WAY too fast for how narrow the road was). Also, the views may be spectacular at other times but it was so cloudy while we were there that our only views were bright white clouds. One day (out of boredom?) we decided to take our chances and hike up to Tiger Hill which is one of the tourist attractions in Darjeeling because of the great views but the fog was ...
... Tiger's Nest, we were being driven up Tiger Hill. Big difference. We had several diesel 4x4s for the 9 of us plus our two guides. Tiger Hill is a viewpoint high above Darjeeling - between 8 and 9 thousand feet above sea level. From it you can see Darjeeling and also a series of Himalayan mountains if the conditions are right. Since it is spring and not fall, we were not insured a good view even for the sunrise. There was an outdoor viewing platform crowded ...
... park, we also walked through several villages that harvest fodder, firewood, and other non-timber products from the adjoining forests (including some illegal collecting from the national park). In an effort to reduce their impact on the national park and enhance the livelihood security of the villagers, ATREE (my host institution) is working with community members to develop alternative sources of work and educating them about the importance of ...
... goods. No surprises that we frequented Glenary's A LOT during our time in Darjeeling.
The next morning, we took a jeep up to Tiger Hill at 4:30am to catch sunrise on the Himalayas. Despite it being extremely cold, this was one of the trips highlights for sure. Since the above levels were already sold out, we snagged our general passes- collected our complimentary chai and secured a prime spot by the window. As soon as the first rays ...
... safe non-veg. My vegetarian habits when out the window.
With two fee days on the agenda, I was able to catch up with some shopping plus take in some local sights. However, some things like internet connections still proved frustrating at best. It took Rachael & Joe some six hours to try and book a flight online and then they were unsuccessful due to the internet speed fluctuation.
On the final day I sorted out all my ...