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Darjiling, India

Many of the girls moved on today, but Betsey, Teresa and I have stuck it out another day. We had planned to get up before dawn (4 AM) to take a jeep to viewing point called Tiger hill. When I woke at 5:07 there wasn't time for the jeep but we viewed Sunrise right from our own porch and it was spectacular on an unusually unclouded day.

Enough so that ,peaking out the clouds on the edge of grey, was a whiter crest, the tip top of Khangchendzonga--the 4th tallest peak in the world and the highest mountain in India. We decided that a trip to the top of the hill might be worth it even now. So we went, and it clouded over more, but the way back down brought us a thousand prayer flags and two fantastic monastries to view. At one of the latter I was able to spin prayer wheels, fulfilling a long held child's fantasy from my parent's stories of Nepal.

We came back for a breakfast of Nepali bread (a slightly leavened round bread) with jam and honey and some rockin mashed potatoes. That was followed by an afternoon nap.

To top off a day of monastry viewing, Teresa and I walked the town (munching on coal-cooked corn with lemon) until we reached the Bhudia Busty, a gompa perched on the side of a hill facing the hidden crest of Everest.

permalink written by  Drie on May 2, 2008 from Darjiling, India
from the travel blog: Adventures in Hindustan
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I think Khangchendzonga Peak is in Nepal and not in India. India's highest peak is K2.
Anyways, I enjoyed reading your blog. A nice one.

permalink written by  Amit Srivastava on July 17, 2008

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