It is around 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and I am writing today's entry seated at a table in the overland truck
. We have been on the road en route to Darjeeling
all day, so it will be nice to stop for the night within the next hour or two and get a reprieve from the cabin fever I am suffering from.
We left Calcutta
before the traffic got ugly shortly after 6 o'clock this morning and have spent the entire day driving in a northern direction through the Indian state of West Bengal
. West Bengal
has the highest population density of any state in India, and based on what I have seen during our drive today, this is easy to believe. We are on West Bengal
's main "highway" - if one can call it a highway at all, given it is in most parts nothing more than a two lane road - , and the towns lining the road have seamlessly merged into one another in what seem at times to be an unending mass of small villages and cities. Our drive earlier this afternoon took us very close to the border with neighboring Bangladesh
as we drove across the large dam on the Ganges River
. All in all, it hasn't been an uninteresting drive.
Our drive has been a hot and humid one, however. I'm ready both to break camp for the evening soon and for the cooler temperatures that should accompany the impending setting of the sun, but what i'm really ready for is the generally cooler climes of the foothills of the Himalayas
which we should begin to experience tomorrow as we edge further north toward Darjeeling