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Sep 18, 2005 - Darjeeling, India

So up high in the mountains are we. In what mountains? The Himalayan Mountain Range. Take away the jee and Darjeeling turns into darling, which is really a nice way to describe a being with human or animal properties. We visited the zoo and saw animals like red pandas (darling), siberian tiger, himalayan wolves, leopard and snow leopard, AND a BIG BROWN BEAR. We woke up at 4 am to visit Tiger Hill, where you could see a darling view of Khanchanjanga, the number three most highest mountain in the WORLD! It was very close to our eyes! We...

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Jun 29, 2005 - New Jaipalguri - Darjeeling

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) from New Jaipalguri/Siliguri to Darjeeling was built between 1879 and 1881. This train was added to Unesco's list of World Heritage sites in 1999. Unlike the train from Mettupalayam to Ooty, it doesn't have the extra grooved track down the middle to help with traction. It climbs from 398ft to 7407ft in 47 miles before dropping slightly to Darjeeling after 51 miles. Instead of a steam engine, we had a miniature diesel one. It was a pretty smooth ride up and we shared the car with a really nice family (+...

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May 11, 2005 - Darjeeling

Last week I was in Saurahar (Chitwan National Park) in Southern Nepal. Had an unfortunate incident with a baby elephant, Chitwan has only 1 of 2 elephant breeding centers in the world, so me and Kit decided to go check it out. It was supposed to be a touching experience but turned out to be a painful one. I didn't expect them to be so playful, I was havin a grand old time playin with them, until one of them (baby Elephant) decided to roll me for my thongs and for good measure stamp on my big toe. They might seem small but they weigh a ton,...

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Albs In the Himalaya

Apr 14, 2005 - Darjeeling, India

Ahhh, Darjeeling. It's literally a breath of fresh air after having to make yet another return to hot and polluted Delhi and a tortuous 3.5 day train and bus journey (more on that later) to get here. It's a 2100 meter/6000+ foot high "hill station" established by the British, first as a sanatorium and then for other purposes. Now it's a quiet (by Indian standards) and cool city inhabited by people of Indian, Nepali and Tibetan descent. It's in the Himalayas in the North East corner of the country near both those borders as well as the...

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Apr 3, 2005 - Darjeeling & Sikkim

I just got back from a 5 day trek in the Singalia range of the Himalaya that runs the border between India and Nepal. As the trail continously meanders up and down the ridge, we frequently passed into and out of Nepal and actually got to sleep there one night. The first day took us from a place called Mana Bhanjang where there is nice cobblestone road, which we (myself and another american guy I was hiking with) exited on a shortcut that turned out to blockbuster in length. Two hours of bushwacking later, sitting on a grassy overlook...

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Mar 31, 2005 - Snow, Yaks, and Khanchendzonga

From Darjeeling we drove across the border into the foreigner-restricted state of Sikkim. We had arranged permits fairly easily during the rest of our bureaucratic hell back in Delhi. So we drove through the spectacular mountain scenery of this tiny northern state, sandwiched between Nepal on the west, Bhutan on the east, and China (Tibet) to the north. The capital of Gangtok is rapidly developing and we spent a night here preparing for our upcoming trek. The next morning we joined our guide, Milan, as well as the rest of our trek-crew (2...

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India 2005

Mar 21, 2005 - Tea and Tibetan Refugees

Another night train, our first ride in a posh, air-conditioned car dropped us in the transit town of New Jalpaiguri. Unfortunately Kate was stricken with yet another stomach bug. Our plans to go straight to Darjeeling were thus curtailed for another day and we slept in the nearby-town of Siliguri while Kate tried to recover. The next day she felt well enough to make the four-hour mountain drive up to Darjeeling. This ride proved a bit too bumpy for Ethan who felt sick from the first hour onward. Thus we arrived in Darjeeling a bit...

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India 2005

Mar 4, 2005 - 'Tis I, once again

I'm here -- safe and sound. I hope the latest picture postings are enjoyed and help to illustrate some of the stuff that has been written about. I am sorry for not being able to send out more personal messages like I've wanted to in the past week or so but my time with computer access has been quite limited, after the posting of these pics. I will write back to all of you as soon as I get a chance. In the meantime, keep writing! It really keeps my spirits up! It is Friday night here, after my "going away" dinner and party here. I depart...

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Feb 28, 2005 - Trekking - West Sikkim

The trek started from Yuksom 8am with a considerable number of Yaks, porters and a guide for our 5 day expedition. The first day was again misty but at least it wasn't raining. A walk through the village of yuksom was followed by a rocky trail and before lonf we were into a rainforest - very humid with masses of trees and foliage. We could see and hear waterfalls below in the river valley, and before long we come to the first bridge crossing over the water. The trail continued to become steeper and rockier as we ascended. After lunch stop...

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Feb 26, 2005 - Gangtok, Sikkim

I've just arrived in Sikkim this afternoon. The city is Gangtok, the capital of the state. I flew to bagdogra, and from their a helicopter ride through the valleys up to Gangtok taking around 30 mins. The views were good, but a lot of mist meant that they could have been spectacular in the right conditions. Had to wait for about 3 hours for this chopper, after they cancelled it, then it was back on and then maybe a taxi instead... what a load of nonsense - a lack of commumication and common sense is common place I find here in india. So...

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Feb 18, 2005 - Gangtok (Sikkim)

(jednak, jeszcze) (o wyobrazeniach): oto miejsce, gdzie, dla odmiany, roi sie od bogatych hindsow; gdzie, spodziewalem sie braku elekrycznosci tymczasem takiego prosperity w indiach jescze nie widzialem (samochody, sklepy!); gdzie godzina w kafejce internetowej kosztuje tyle co nocleg lub cztery posilki... na dodatek tak wolny, ze chyba i tak nie uda mi sie sprawdzic poczty (a chcialbym wyjsnic 'co z bankiem' i pitami) :/ za to maja gory. gdzie gory a mi aparat sie psuje (milo bedzie jesli uznaja gwarancje); gdzie spozylem wygrzebana z dna...

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Dec 17, 2004 - Darjeeling: A tailored routine

I eat in the same Tibetan restaurant each day for lunch. I sit at the same table--the one in the corner facing out toward the saloon-style hinge doors. I like that table because it catches a hint of sunlight streaming in through a small glass window above the wooden doors. I order the same thing--a heaving bowl of Thumthek (chicken noodle soup) and a basket of steamed vegetable momos (dumplings). In keeping with the routine, I write my order on the little white pad of paper left at the edge of my table, and then return quietly to my book...

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