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Review of "Darjeeling (India)"
In the beginning...I took off with my boyfriend and met up with two friends from NZ in February and we did a 4 week tour of India. Wow what a country!
We arrived in Delhi and from there headed off into the deserts of Rajasthan, travelling through Pushkar, Jodhpur, Jasailmer, Agra and Varanasi. We were all eager to fit in as much as we could in such a short time so we decided to end our trip on a mammoth train journey to New Jailpuri (NJP) followed by a taxi ride to Darjeeling, okay let me think who's idea was that?!?Darjeeling
After the deserts of Rajasthan Darjeeling felt like a small heaven on earth. Darjeeling is nestled up high in the Himalyas surrounded by mountainous scenery with beautiful crisp clean air and some of the most lovely, friendly people you'll meet in India. I must say (although I'm sure my boyfriend and friends wouldn't have thought it at the time) it was well worth the treacherous jeep ride.If you decide to jump in a taxi at the train station make sure you don't end up in the boot seats like we did. The journey is madness, the roads are very twisty and as I discovered the jeep driver prefers to keep driving for as long as humanly possible before eventually stopping the vehicle to allow passengers the comfort of being sick in private away from the beady eyes of the locals who are obviously wise enough to know that you never sit in the back seat of a jeep on the way to Darjeeling!!! I'll say no more on the subject.
So yes, it was all worth it. We found ourselves a couple of rooms at the Hotel Capital, quite centrally located. And got ourselves a reasonable price 400Rs per double room, as we were staying for 5 nights. The owner was very hospitable and the two young Tibetan boys who were always on hand were extremly helpful and friendly - nothing was ever too much bother. Although none of us have figured out to this day why one of the guys was so keen to have his photo taken with my cheap £5 pair of sunglasses the day before we left - I thought maybe he thought they were designer.In the end - quick tips
If you go there... ride the toy train to Ghoom - it's a bit tacky but great, go for high tea at Elgin's - don't go to any of the other places they're all up themselves, go to the Himalayan Mountaineerying Institute (HMI) - it's real interesting but don't get conned into looking at the zoo coz it's ont the same ticket it's run-down and the animals look very sad, shop around for cheap tea - it all tastes great when you're there but when you get it home it's not nearly so good so don't get conned into buying the essence of the essence of the tea leaf!!
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Listed on Ciao since: 20/02/2004