Doing Nothing In Darjeeling..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hello from tea country.
Well our first major stop back in India is Darjeeling. Draped over a steep ridge and backed by 4 of the worlds 5 highest peaks is what some would call India's quintessential hill station. The hills surrounding are covered in tea plantations and supposedly often dotted with colourfully dressed workers.

Sounds beautiful doesn't it. Well unfortunately we picked the wrong week to get there as it was nothing but pea soup fog and freezing weather for the entire duration of our stay. We'd planned to walk around the local tea plantations, visit Tiger Hill at sunrise to view the 250KM stretch of Himalayan Horizon, including such peaks as Everest (8848mt), Lhotse (8501mt), Makalu (8475mt), Khangchendzonga, to name just a few. Sadly we saw nothing but the new James Bond flick and the inside of restaurants, coffee shops and the ubiquitous Internet cafes.

The above may sound like a waste of time but I had an unfortunate accident a few days before arrival and ended up being driven to hospital in an ambulance (or version thereof). In Kathmandu I somehow managed to rupture my posterior capsule (no not my arse, my knee) and ended up not being able to walk without using Kat as a crutch. I tried to wait it out but after 5 days of barely being able to walk Kat finally convinced me that there was something other than just a bit of a bruised knee. Anyway, the doctor whacked together something called a Robert Jones bandage which was quite inconvenient but kept the leg straight so as to enable it to heal. I have to wear it for 2 weeks which means no showering. Lucky Kat.

Anyway, not much else to report from Darjeeling due to the weather.

Next Pod - Kolkata, India.

Nath and Kat.
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