Pat and Richard in India and Nepal travel blog

A 5am start today to catch our train to Calcutta, or Kolkata as it's now known. We have a few days there before catching another train to Siliguri up in the hills of Darjeeling. Juan left yesterday with the truck to drive to Siliguri, where we will all meet up again.

On Wednesday 6 of us hired a car and driver for the day to take us round the sights - this seemed the easiest way to see a lot in a short time. We visited Jain temples, which were so heavily decorated they were like something from a fairy tale, a Kali temple which we didn't go inside as the queues were huge and we were a bit templed out, the Victoria Monument which was completed after Queen Victoria's death but her statue still presides over the place, and St Paul's Cathedral just over the road. This took all day and we were delivered back to our hotel around 4.30pm, just in time to head down the road to have passport photos taken as we need 7 each for our travels in Darjeeling. It was so cheap here - a sheet of 30 photos for around $2! We have enough for visa applications for years to come!

Wednesday evening we said goodbye to 2 of our group, and welcomed 2 more for our last 2 weeks in India and Nepal.

Today, Thursday, is our last day here before boarding the night train to Darjeeling. We have another car booked to take us to a project for rural kids that educates them in farming as well. Should be interesting.

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