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Nov 8, 2010 - Calcutta/Darjeeling

It's 9am on Friday, I'm sitting by the open window of our hotel room in Darjeeling gazing at Khangchendzonga (8500m) - the start of the Himalayas. Uninterrupted crystal clear view of snow covered mountains with smaller lush green tea-plantation covered mountains and valleys in the foreground. We have been watching the sun hit the peaks since 5 this morning (from our bed naturally). Gobsmacking. Getting here was quite exciting too - overnight train from Calcutta to New Jalpaiguri then a shared jeep to Darjeeling (2100m) which you have to...

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Oct 30, 2010 - Calcutta - phew....

First the noise, hooting taxis, hooting buses and hooting motor bikes, continuously hooting, even when stationary, spewing exhausts, hooting, tooting, blasting. Roads packed full to capacity and more, footpaths crammed with stalls selling absolutely everything, crammed with people, shuffling, barging, walking both on the path and road circumnavigating pot holes, speeding cars (unlike Asia they drive dead straight here, if you're in the way you get bowled), men urinating, beggars, shop keepers. So many people (14m actually), all moving about...

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Apr 29, 2010 - Tour Freaks from India inviting Travelers to Asia...

Hi Friends We on behalf of Crazy Wanderers are promoting our Tour Programs across the Globe for a better cause i.e for the welfare of underprivileged children and old people {which means Traveling for a better cause}. We have facilities like: 1.Homestay with an Indian Family and enjoy the culture and habits. 2.Rooms available from 10$ to $30 per night depending upon facilities like Television, Internet access Breakfast to Dinner and car rent-Transport. 3.High profile Tourists who wants to stay at Resorts and Star Category Hotels, we have...

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Mar 17, 2010 - Der erste Eindruck in Kalkutta

nach dreistuendigem flug, mit grenzgenialem indischem flugzeugessen, von bkk nach kalkutta gabs an der einreisestelle erstmal einige gesundheitstests abzuarbeiten! da wir aber, wie erwartet, keine ansteckenden krankheiten mit uns fuehren war es endlich soweit und ich roch das erste mal indische luft, die gar nicht so schlecht roch wie erwartet. die taxifahrt ins zentrum bestaetigte da schon eher meine indischen erwartungen!! wir bezogen ein nettes zimmer in der sudderstreet, dem backpackerghetto kalkuttas!! unser guesthousebesitzer traegt...

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Der ferne Osten

Feb 28, 2010 - Happy Holi

Leaving Darjeeling in one piece(Hope we get down the mountain0 Our driver picked us up , I swear his name is Andretti. (He had all the bells and whistles in his jeep, from the MP3 player with remote and USB ports to the latest in Horn Fashion, “The Reverberator” deciding in his personal form of wisdom to forego any of the more frivolous auto accessories such as shock absorbers, exhaust systems, window defoggers, he did have wipers with token bits of rubber left though, I‘ll say that for him) He proceeded to lay on the horn and felt it his...

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Feb 25, 2010 - Darjeeling Is My Cup of Tea

Darjeeling in the Himalayas We arrived in New Jalpaiguri rail station and were picked up by our driver Pimba for a three and a half hour drive up mountain roads that were not wide enough for two cars in spots and were hung on the side of a mountain with drops of a thousand feet on the other side .(no guard rails).Marc’s language skills have abandoned him The conversation goes like this ,M “What’s your name? ” P” Pimbasa” M “Oh Pimbasa” P “No Pimba, sa (sir)” It can only get better from here. The toy train runs up the mountain at 30 km for 7...

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Feb 23, 2010 - To Market, to Market..

Went up to Sudder st. area and the New Market as it is referred to, really the Hogg Market originally built in early 1800's but fire destroyed 1/2 in 1985 so that was rebuilt (hard to tell the difference between the 1800 and 1985 parts. There are people called Market Porters you very kindly and subtly lead you to the slaughter inside. Lunched in a great old Indian restaurant, then wandered around, finally taking a taxi to Saint Paul's Cathedral, read the dedications (mostly to Bengal Lancers killed in the line of duty (usually by severe...

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Feb 22, 2010 - Pondering Peregrinations

Our next job is to see how we are going to traverse northern India. We plan to go to Darjeeling to see the Himalayas then to Varanasi, the holiest city in India, then to Agra to the Taj Mahal and finally to New Delhi to catch a flight. As nothing seems to be straight forward in India I'm curious to see where we actually end up. Stay tuned. OK it took us the whole day to organize the rest of our India tour, from one false lead to another. Fortunately all the walking around and taxi rides was a good way to see the day to day life in this...

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Feb 21, 2010 - Calcutta, West Bengal

We left the Bangkok International airport at 23:30 for a 2 1/2 hr flight to Calcutta (Kolkata). Just a note about the Bangkok Airport; it has by a wide margin the most shops, restaurants and duty free stores we have ever seen in our lives. Alot of time to kill before our flight we walked the length and breadth of it and were exhausted by the time we reached our gate. We have absolutely nothing to teach these people about capitalism (actually ditto for the rest of Asia we have seen so far). On to Calcutta, the airport , by contrast was out...

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Dec 5, 2009 - Darjeeling

I loved staying at the Planter's Club, and visiting the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. But Darjeeling itself has been destroyed - see the attached photos. It was once known as the Queen of the Hills - the place to which the British escaped from the heat of Calcutta. Now it is a mecca for Indian tourists who seem to come for tacky shopping and cheap guest houses. Politics has also wrecked the place. There is a movement to rename the state Gorkhaland - most of the inhabitants here are Nepalese. The Gorkhaland movement is in...

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Dec 4, 2009 - Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling

The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute was founded in 1954 in Darjeeling, India. Although we probably think of sherpa Tensing Norgay - who first climbed Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953 - as Tibetan, he lived in Nepal and then made Darjeeling, India, his home. It was from Darjeeling that many of the original Everest expeditions set out. Tensing's success on Everest made him a national hero in India. Prime Minister Nehru seized the opportunity to found a world class mountaineering instiuitute in India, and Darjeeling was the natural...

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Dec 3, 2009 - The Planter's Club, Darjeeing, India

There were two reasons I wanted to come to Darjeeling. Firstly to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), founded by sherpa Tensing Norgay, who with Edmund Hilary was the first man to climb Everest. See the next log for photos of the HMI. The second reason was to stay at a Raj era hotel. Darjeeling is a hill station in north east India which was set up by the British to escape the heat of the Calcutta summers. Darjeeling is 7,000 feet above sea level, hence temperatures are cool. In the good old days of the British Raj,...

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