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Darjiling, India

A sweet day in Darjeeling. Morning at the botanic gardens (lunch of momos), afternoon at the zoo (the highest in the world). We saw gorgeous orchids and red pandas at each respectively.
Then there was 4 o├žlock high tea at the Windsor hotel. I spent 7 dollars for a cup of tea and crumpets but I got to a Victorian British woman in an old Victorian tea room right out of Pride and Prejudice so perhaps it was worth it.
Let me re-emphasize that Darjeeling is not part of the India I have come to know. Things here are beautiful, quiet, basically clean, and there are no lewd stares or even much attention from Nepali-speaking locals. There aren't even and any rickshaws--they can't cope with these hills-- so no honking and we walk everywhere...on SIDEWALKS. Wow, if that aint different I don't know what is. I forgot to mention the small bakeries everywhere.
No Everest sightings in the cloudy distance yet, but I'm holding out hope.

permalink written by  Drie on April 29, 2008 from Darjiling, India
from the travel blog: Adventures in Hindustan
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