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May 4, 2008 - Darjeeling

The journey from Delhi to NJP, the railhead for Darjeeling, used to take 27 hours, leaving at 8am and arriving at 11am the next day. Now, through improvements in the trains and the timetabling that same trip is only 21 hours, arriving at the same time but not leaving Delhi until 2pm, a chance for a nice lie in, breakfast and a leisurely trip to the station. With some strange feelings in my gut still and a midday temperature in the mid 40s I didn't venture far from the fan at the hostel until it was time to head to the chaos that is New...

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Nov 30, 2007 - Thanksgiving in Darjeeling

After our busy weeks of travel and sickness, Matt and I were eager to get to Darjeeling for a restful and relaxing four day weekend. We flew into Bagdogra, West Bengal, which is the closest airport to Darjeeling. We were told at the airport that the road to Darjeeling was closed due to a communist strike and that we could go to the crossroads town of Silliguri, to see about further arrangements. A ten minute taxi ride gets us to a little crossroads of a town, with little else except for cycle rickshaws and taxis. Red communist flags line...

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Apr 15, 2007 - Hospitality Hostage or, when's dinner?

We arrived at Aditi and Mohan's tea estate house, but they were not there - the toy train that runs parallel to the Darjeeling road had gone off the tracks, blocking traffic. They were stuck on the wrong side of the accident (nobody hurt) in their newly picked up car. Aditi, a very religious woman, was not surprised by their misfortune. She had wanted to take the car to be blessed at the Kalighat temple before the trip, but Mohan thought it would make them late. So the car never received its "puja" and they encountered misfortune on the...

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Apr 14, 2007 - Horses and other health hazards

4/13/07 Singtom Tea Estate After visiting the projects we had a choice of driving another three hours to get to Iditi and her husband's tea estate or drive for an hour and take a horse for an hour. Of course, the boys picked the horse option! Before I tell you about the drama with the horse, let me tell you a little about the CHAI project. When Steve was at Tazo he partnered with Mercy Corps to create the CHAI Project, which stands for Community Health and Advancement Initiative. Although I was familiar with CHAI before our visit, my...

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Apr 12, 2007 - The Darjeeling Triathalon

What I didn't see in Calcutta: 1. The Indian Museum 2. The Victoria Memorial 3. The Park St. Cemetery 4. The Botanical Gardens 5. Mother Theresa's Mission and Motherhouse (where she's buried) 6. Howrah Bridge Except for the ill-fated Kalighat temple, I didn't see a single Calcutta sight. I feel like a bad tourist. I already wrote about the mall visit and the party. Today, Kim volunteered to watch Jack and Henry at the pool while I joined Steve at a tea tasting and lunch. A car was sent to pick Steve and I up from the hotel (I'm really...

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Apr 9, 2007 - Darjeeling

We left Gangtok for Darjeeling on Monday, April 9th. Arun and Neena had a train booking to return to Patna on the 10th. We originally had seats booked as well, but decided to stay in the cool hills a week longer in order to give us the opportunity to see Father Abraham in Kurseong. We first met father Abraham in 1984 when he was travelling across Canada on a fund raising drive for the school he had built . I had come to Kurseong in 1995 with our daughter Adia and her friend Terri Hron. We saw the St. Alphonsus Secondary School at its best...

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Apr 5, 2007 - Gangtok, Sikkim

We were reluctant to leave Cloud 9 (our hotel in Kalimpong)but we knew that more great places were waiting to be discovered so we headed back down from the clouds to join the main highway to Sikkim at Teesta Bazaar. We turned northwards once again and before long we found ourselves at the border town of Rangpo. I should tell you a little about Sikkim, India's state since 1976. The first people to come to Sikkim were the Lepchas who journeyed here from Myanmar (Burma) in the 13th century. Others followed; the Bhutias from Tibet driven out by...

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Apr 3, 2007 - Kalimpong

After staying in Patna for a couple of days we loaded our luggage and headed for the train station around 10:00 pm. The traffic was horrendous in front of the apartment and all we could locate to take us to the station was one autorickshaw. He was quite willing to take all four of us plus seven pieces of luggage. Anil was convinced that we would never fit, but somehow we did. I sat in the middle of the seat with my feet up over our suitcase and sticking out the side. Anil sat on one side of me and Neena on the other. The two small suitcases...

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Mar 7, 2007 - Treking Near Darjeeling

Hello Again, Well we did it and the girls were brilliant. We walked for 5 days up onto the Singallila ridge where we got absolutely fantastic views of the Himalaya, including Everest and a really close up view of Kanchengjunga (3rd highest peak in the world). We did need the hired down jackets as it was really cold at night. We even slept in them at the highest village Sandachphu, which is at 3600 metres(12,000ft).There was still a good covering of snow and freezing at night. Glad to be back in the comforts of Darjeeling and the wood...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Feb 27, 2007 - Incredible India

Hello from Darjeeling in North East India where it is still quite chilly so we are keeping warm with lots of tea. We arrived here 5 days ago from Delhi after an amazing two week tour of Rajasthan, which is in the west and borders Pakistan. We travelled with a driver and guide for the entire time, which is not really our style, but we thought it was an easier option and gentler introduction to India for the girls. Rajasthan was fun, but in hindsight we probably did too much travelling and not enough stopping in each place we visited. We...

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Gilmour Four on Tour

Dec 31, 2006 - Darjeeling

Darjeeling is a hill station town in the Himalayas. It is really charming with a bell tower in the center of town and cute cafes and stalls selling Tibetian goods and hats and pashminas. I was there for New Year's and I went to this pub called "Joey's" and there were a bunch of other travelers there, which was fun. I had momos for the first time. They are from Tibet and kind of like Chinese dumplings. They are so good and are usually served with this spicy sauce. I am also loving the tea or chai. They boil the milk with the tea leaves and...

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Cryssa's RTW Trip

Nov 29, 2006 - Goeche La Trek

Wow, what an amazing trek.... something that takes your breath away - literally. We're just back from 9 days of trekking, out from Yoksum, Sikkim, to the 5000m summit of Goeche La which sits under the shadow of Kangchenjunga - the world's 3rd highest mountain. It sort of all started with the chance meeting of 2 Canadians, Dana and Jeff, who we met as we were leaving for the dawn spectical at Tiger Hill in Dargeeling. As we crept out of our room at 4 in the morning, 3 rooms down we spotted a couple quietly exiting their room, apparently with...

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The Wanderer

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