from left to right: a bell, a dorje!, then some other stuff
Have you ever had a cup of Darjeeling tea? Since I’m a tea head of course I’ve had plenty, so I wanted to make sure I went to Darjeeling while in India. We did all kinds of things while in Darjeeling including getting a dawn peek at Mt Everest and some great views of Kangzhenjunga
Back to Darjeeling and that first photo. A dorje (second to left thingie in the photo above) is a lightening bolt/ceremonial object used in Tibetan temples: looking at the wiki page it’s got other things going on in other countries! Darjeeling is named from that Dorje: It was Dorje-ling and the Brits changed the name to Darjeeling. We had an *amazing* guide who truly showed us around his town. Tea gardens, Mountaineering Institute, even the toy train which is historical but… too much coal not enough road space, I say get rid of it! The best parts of the trip were of course Karma (yes, that’s our guide’s name) taking us to his favorite restaurants and especially his mom and dad’s hidden restaurant where they are famous for their chicken wings and the town all knows about it.
Karma and his mom in their tiny but popular restaurant
Below are some more photos… while in Darjeeling we had *very* little internet, I’m at last posting something here from Delhi where they have the internet thing figured out!
Newlyweds from ‘the plains’ (somewhere from the rest of India, not from the mountains!). We kept running into them and helped them take photos so they would have photos with two of them both in the photo!:
Newlyweds we kept running into: going to all the same spots!
The following 3 photos are from a great lunch Karma’s mom prepared for us:
Sesame Cucumbers made by Karmas mom
fern fronds in buttermilk
Karma spooning out his favorite Mom-Made spicy beef jerky thing, it was delish!
And the photo with the Himalayas: this is Kangzhenjunga:
Dawn viewing of the tallest mountain in India
I have more darjeeling photos, Here is a Picasa album of Darjeeling photos:
More photos from the trip so far:
Mumbai in 4 hours: